The Mandela Effect

A girl who works at a video rental store finds a VHS cassette which contains a commercial break from a TV channel from an alternate universe in which the Yugoslav history has taken a different turn.

  • Mihajlo Vitezović
    The Marionette
  • Mihajlo Vitezović
    Memento Mori, Tito and Film
  • Mihajlo Vitezović
    The Marionette
  • Jelena Vitezović
  • Milica Petrović
    Key Cast
    "Sanja Kasandrić"
    Pored mene
  • Petar Kokinović
    Key Cast
    "Dr Volkov"
    Pored mene, Zaspanka za vojnike, Reži
  • Miloš Krasulja
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Mandela Efekat
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 24, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Serbian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 35mm
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Akademija umetnosti Novi Sad
  • Karlovci Film Festival
    Sremski Karlovci
    August 25, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival of Serbian Fantastic Film
    October 18, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Mr Vorky Film Festival
    August 22, 2020
    Grand Prix "9413" for the Best Short Film
  • Jahorina Film Festival
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    September 25, 2020
    International Premiere
    Best Experimental Film Award
  • Dev9t Festival
    July 1, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Mihajlo Vitezović

Born in Belgrade 1991, although he wanders a century up or down sometimes. Graduated in Dramaturgy at the Academy of Arts in Belgrade, currently a graduate student in Multimedia Directing at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.

Bit of a Jack-of-all-trades, being a screenwriter, director, graphic designer and visual effects artist.

Makes strange and thought-provoking films while waiting for that jetpack old sci-fi films promised us.

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Director Statement

I was always fascinated by the idea of alternate universes where the history has taken a different turn.
I was also intrigued by the TV commercials from the 80s and 90s which tell us a lot about Balkan history of the time, ina a period that is still a controversial subject.
I wondered what would a commercial break look like in a world in which Yugoslavia still exists and the US do not, with Belgade hosting the largest sports event the contry hoped for and deserved?
Using archival footage from a promo film for Belgrade’s bid for the 92 Olympics and visual effects, I dived into such a world.