Ana Bilić – Full Biography

Ana Bilić, born on September 28, 1962, is an Austrian writer, filmmaker, playwright, and linguist of Croatian origin.

Her father worked first as a public prosecutor, later as a district judge, he held the position of district court president and later he worked as a lawyer.  Her mother was a housewife and after her divorce she worked as a factory worker and foreman.

Ana Bilić studied law at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb and graduated in 1987. In her third year she enrolled at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb, where she studied journalism, but out of a total of four semesters she attended only two. After graduating from the Faculty of Law, she worked as a trainee lawyer at the District Court of Zagreb and passed the bar exam in 1990. She then worked for five years as a lawyer in her father’s law office. In 1992 she married and in 1995 she emigrated to Vienna with the husband and the daughter.

As a literary author she first began to write in Croatian and her first prose articles appeared in various periodicals. Later she also participated with her literary contributions in the Austrian magazines and periodicals. In 1999, when she had already settled in Vienna, her first two prose books in Croatia were published by Konzor Publishing House under the name Snježana Bilić. In 2002 her novel „The Small Piece of the Big Sky“ (Das kleine Stück vom großen Himmel) was published in German-speaking countries by Verlag Hoffmann und Campe under the name Ana Bilić and she continues to use this name for writings. Since then she has been working as a freelance author. She is represented in numerous prose and poetry anthologies. Since 2003 she has also been working as a literary translator, mostly the prose works of Austrian and German authors in literary magazines. 

Her activity in languages, Ana Bilić  began 2004. She teaches the Croatian language at various language institutes and academies in Vienna. From 2010 to 2012 she worked in literature and multilingualism and held various workshops with upper school classes in Vienna. From 2012 her textbooks for learning Croatian were included in the official schoolbook list of textbooks for the subject of Croatian teaching. From 2015 she is the author and editor of the book and audio book series „Kroatisch leicht“ and „Croatian made easy“.

After the publication of her German prose debut she also began to write her first theater texts. In 2008 she won the theatre prize „Exil Literaturpreis – Dramatikerpreis“ awarded by the Wiener Wortstätten (led by Hans Escher and Bernhard Studlar) and in the 2008/2009 season she was a scholarship holder of the Wiener Wortstätten.  In the year 2010/2011 Ana Bilić attended the radio play and radio art seminar with Götz Fritsch at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and she deals with the radio play.

In 2009 she attended a crash course in acting as part of a VHS programme in Vienna. In the screenwritting workshop „Diverse Geschichten“, organized by Witcraft Szenario Vienna, she was a member in their 1st season 2009/2010. In 2018 she attended the Film Editing and Montage seminar at the Munich Film Workshop. She attended there in 2019 also the Film Distribution seminar. Ana Bilić has directed and written the scripts for her four short films: for one short film and three experimental short films. The film „When the Woodlark Sings“ (Wenn die Heidelerche singt) was her first feature film, which won many international film awards.