Veljko Bulajić (born 22 March 1928) is a Croatian film director and actor of Montenegrin descent. He has spent the majority of his life working in Croatia and is primarily known for directing the Yugoslav state-sponsored World War II-themed movies from the Partisan film genre.
Bulajić was born in the village of Vilusi near Nikšić, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. His debut film Train Without a Timetable was a complex drama dealing with the interactions among people who were forcefully leaving their ancestral homes in order to move to new, yet undeveloped farmland. The film won the Audience Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 1962 his film Kozara brought him international attention and was awarded the Big Golden Arena for Best Film at the Yugoslav National Film Awards. It was also entered into the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Golden Prize. He was a member of the jury at the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.
In 1969 he wrote and directed the legendary war film Battle of Neretva. "Neretva" is the seventh most expensive non-English movie ever produced. Pablo Picasso created the poster for the film. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Throughout his career, Bulajic has worked with a number of Hollywood stars including Orson Welles, Franco Nero, Christopher Plummer and Yul Brynner.
Some of Bulajic's most notable film awards include; Lion of Saint Mark at the Venice Film Festival, the audience award at the Cannes Film Festival, a Golden Nymph at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, the Gold Medal at the Moscow International Film Festival, a lifetime achievement award at the MedFilm Festival and the prestigious Kalinga Prize awarded by the Director-General of UNESCO .
Bulajic is a two time jury member at the Cannes Film Festival, and a four time invitee to the jury. He served on the jury in 1969 and 1980.