Perica Rai was born in 1977, in Koper, Slovenia. Graduated from the Faculty of Economics UNI Ljubljana in 2004. In 2017, specialized in criminology studies at the Faculty of Security Sciences, University of Maribor. Since 2005 has been actively involved in video production. During this time, he carried out film courses and screenwriting workshops within the scope of the Slovenian Directors Association (DSR). Rai has written, directed and produced his debut “It Was A Beautiful Day”. Since 2005, Rai has written, edited, and directed 240 screenplays for music videos. During this time he directed 50 TV commercials and 4 documentaries.
Vertigo Ljubljana is a Slovenian production company with a distinctive track record and extensive experience with international co-productions. Vertigo’s carefully balanced slate consists of various formats.
More than 40 feature films, 10 socially engaging documentaries and several short films and TV series include award-winning films such as THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD by Teona Mitevska (2022, Venice FF – Orizzonti, Grand Jury Prize at the Les Arcs EFF 2022), WAKE ME by Marko Šantić (2022, Black Nights FF – Critic’s Pick Competition), SMALL BODY by Laura Samani (2021, Cannes FF Critic’s Week 2021; European Discovery – Prix FIPRESCI at the European Film Awards 2022), RECONCILIATION by Marija Zidar (2021, CPH:DOX, IDFA), OTAC – FATHER by Srdan Golubović (2020, Ecumenical Prize and Audience Award at the Berlinale – Panorama), AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER by Danis Tanović (2013, Silver Bear – Grand Jury Prize at Berlinale, shortlisted for the international feature film at the Academy awards 2014), ALEXANDRIANS by Metod Pevec (2011, Best documentary at trieste FF), BREAD AND MILK by Jan Cvitković (2001, Lion of the Future at Venice FF 2001), and HALF-SISTER (2019, Karlovy Vary IFF – Main Competition), NIGHTLIFE (2016, Cristal Globe for Best Director at Karlovy Vary IFF), SLOVENIAN GIRL (2009, Toronto IFF, Sarajevo FF, Busan IFF, released in more than 30 countries, incl. France, Germany, Brasil, Japan, Taiwan and USA), and PERO (2023, IFFR Cinema Regained) all by Damjan Kozole.