Mima Simić

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Mima Simić (born Ana Marija in 1976, Croatia) is a Croatian writer, an awarded film critic,[1] translator and an LGBT media activist.[2][3][4] She holds degrees in Comparative Literature and English Language and Literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb and Gender Studies from the Central European University.

Simić wrote for the Feral Tribune in the 2000s.[5]

She is the author of a short story collection Pustolovine Glorije Scott (The Adventures of Gloria Scott, AGM, 2005),[6] which is currently being made into an animated series[7] and a collection of film essays Otporna na Hollywood (HFS, 2009).[8] Her short stories and various other texts have been published in numerous Croatian and international magazines, journals and anthologies.[9][10][11]

Simić is particularly interested in activist interventions in the media. In 2007 Simic went on the Croatian version of the Who Wants to be a Millionaire and outed herself as a lesbian. She ended up winning 125.000 HRK.[12][1] For her activist engagement in 2011 she was named the Croatian LGBT person of the decade by the Zagreb Pride Committee.[13] During the debate on Croatian constitutional referendum, 2013 Simić was the guest on Nedjeljom u dva, becoming the first outed lesbian to appear in the long history of this most popular Croatian political TV show.[14]

Simić received a literary grant from the Croatian Ministry of Culture in 2012.[15] Under the Milanović government, Simić was named to the Croatian Ministry of Culture's committee for non-profit media in 2013, 2014, and 2015.[16][17][18] The committee was relieved by the new Orešković government in 2016.[19] With her band Drvena Marija[20] Simić took part in protests calling for the government's resignation organized by the far-left Workers' Front on 1 February 2016.[21]

From 2013 to 2015 Simić hosted the weekly TV show Peti dan (Fifth Day) [22]

Simić is vegan.


  1. ^ "HFS | Hrvatski filmski savez | Novosti | Nagrade Vladimir Vuković autorima Hrvatskoga filmskog ljetopisa!". www.hfs.hr. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  2. ^ Simić, Mima. "Prides and Prejudices - Confessions of an LGBTIQ Activist" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Mima Simić". Word Express. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  4. ^ "FIPRESCI - Mima Simic". www.fipresci.org. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  5. ^ "Koja smo poznata lica gledali u kvizovima?". Jutarnji list. 2007-04-09. Archived from the original on 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  6. ^ "Ivana Armanini, Mima Simić: Pustolovine Glorije Scott". mvinfo.hr. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  7. ^ "The adventures of Gloria Scott". www.kinematograf.hr. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  8. ^ "HFS | Hrvatski filmski savez | Knjige | OTPORNA NA HOLLYWOOD Ogledi iz dekonstrukcije tvornice snova". www.hfs.hr. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  9. ^ "Best European fiction 2011 / edited and with introduction by Aleksandar Hemon ; preface by Colum McCann". www.imcpl.org. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  10. ^ ltd, codegent. "Poetry Magazines - Boys Don't Cry". www.poetrymagazines.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  11. ^ "KinoKultura". www.kinokultura.com. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  12. ^ gayhr (2007-04-08), Mima Milijunaš, retrieved 2016-03-28 
  13. ^ "Izbori - Zagreb Pride". www.zagreb-pride.net. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  14. ^ "Nedjeljom u 2 - Mima Simić (2. lipnja 2013.) - Video Dailymotion". Dailymotion. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  15. ^ "Hrvatska: Stipendije za književno stvaralaštvo u 2013. godini". eAkademik. 2012-12-25. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  16. ^ "Stručno povjerenstvo za neprofitne medije 2013". Ministry of Culture (Croatia). Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  17. ^ "Stručno povjerenstvo za neprofitne medije 2014". Ministry of Culture (Croatia). Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  18. ^ "Stručno povjerenstvo za neprofitne medije 2015". Ministry of Culture (Croatia). Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  19. ^ "MINISTARSTVO KULTURE BRANI HASANBEGOVIĆA 'Ministar je razriješio članove povjerenstva za neprofitne medije u skladu s ovlastima'". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  20. ^ Zagreb Pride (2016-01-30), Drvena Marija - Halo, retrieved 2016-03-28 
  21. ^ "Više od tisuću prosvjednika zatražilo ostavku Vlade". tportal.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  22. ^ "Mima Simić nova je voditeljica 'Petog dana'". tportal.hr (in Croatian). 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2016-02-04.