laurence stajic

Laurence Stajic was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. At the age of 7 she received her first Kodak Instamatic camera and started capturing the world around her.


In 2001, she graduated from film studies at the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL). Her graduating film, a 20 minutes documentary shot in Tokyo: “Heidi Island” received an award at the Tokyo Video festival, an award from the Swiss Cultural Department (OFC) and a grant to transfer the film from video to 35mm from the Festival Premiers Plans Angers, France. Heidi Island was screened in various festivals around the world, among them: Locarno, Switzerland / Namur, Belgium / Torino, Italy / Tokyo, Japan / Clermont-Ferrand, France and Toronto, Canada.


Laurence lived in Paris, France where she worked as an Assistant Director on several feature films. While living between Paris and Lausanne, she directed films for dance and theater companies. During this period, she also undertook studies in Chinese Acupuncture and traveled to India, Nepal and Mexico.


In 2008, Laurence moved to Los Angeles to expand her knowledge of film. She completed three certificates at UCLA in producing, screenwriting and cinematography. She also interned at Mosaic & Atlas Entertainment in the TV development department.


Laurence’s work as a cinematographer includes a series of short films as well as music videos for the Los Angeles-based band Crime Rock and the pop artist Savannah Pope. The last short she shot – The Drain – won Best Horror Film at the Atlanta Shortsfest and was part of the Official Selection of New Filmmakers Los Angeles and Santa Fe Film Festival 2014. She was recently nominated for Best Cinematography at the SoCal Creative & Innovative Film Festival 2014.


She currently lives in Los Angeles.







Photo by Leo Ibanez