Gregor Božič was born in 1984 in Nova Gorica, a Slovenian town on the border with Italy, Gregor Božič has maintained a keen interest in photography since boyhood. He studied film directing at Slovene National Film School, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, and at DFFB in Berlin. Apart from working as a film director and director of photography, most notably together with the director Matjaž Ivanišin (PLAYING MEN, (2017), OROSLAN (2019)), Gregor is also a passionate researcher of Mediterranean pomology. In 2012, he conducted a vast research on old and autochthonous fruit varieties, in which he collaborated with old farmers from the Italo-Slovene borderland. It was during this time that he collected numerous memories and stories from the 20th century that inspired him to make his first feature, STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS (2019) which world-premiered in the Discovery section of Toronto IFF.