Erol Zubčević was born in Sarajevo. He graduated at the Film Camera Department at HFF Munchen (Hauptstudium fur Kamera/Kino und Fernsehen Film Munchen) in class of Michael Ballhaus (Departed, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York). He also had two years of training for TV cameraman on ZDF, Mainz, Germany. He attended masterclasses: Roger Deakins (A.S.C./B.S.C.) – Lighting From Documentary to Fiction, Ellen Kuras (A.S.C.) and Tom Stern (A.S.C.) – Faces in The Dark, Dante Spinotti (A.S.C.) – Panavision Workshop ,Vilmos Zsigmond (A.S.C.) – Kodak Lighting Workshop.
Some of his most successful feature films are ‘An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker’ (Two Silver Bears at Berlinale 2013), ‘Tigers’ (Toronto FF) by Oskar winning director Danis Tanović; “Children of Sarajevo” (Special Distinction of a Jury, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2012) and “Snow” (Grand Prix, Critics Week, Cannes 2008) directed by Aida Begić; ‘Stranger’ (Berlinale 2013) by Bobo Jelčić. He was two times selected at the Cameraimage Film Festival and is awarded with Golden Arena for the Best Camerawork at Pula Film Festival 2013.
Erol Zubčević is teaching Film Photography at the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo and has worked as a cinematographer on numerous fiction films, documentaries, commercials, videos and promotional films. That includes professional engagement as a cinematographer on regional and international co productions, as well as projects for National Geographic, ZDF/Arte, CNN etc.