Slobodan Šijan was born in 1946 in Belgrade, Serbia. Šijan is a film producer, directo and film critic, painter. He graduated from the Academy of Arts and started painting, and in the 1980s he actively engaged in cinematography. One of his most famous films is Who's That Singing Over There? (1980), which was, in 1996, chosen as the best Yugoslav film in the last 50 years. He also created experimental films. His other notable films are How I Was Systematically Destroyed by an Idiot (1983), and The Marathon Family (1982). He is a professor at the Faculty of Performing Arts in Belgrade. He lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia.