Vanja Černjul was born in 1968 in Zagreb, Croatia. After graduating from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1995 he moved to New York to get his Masters from Graduate Film School at NYU. Vanja has DPd 16 feature films such as City Island (Raymond De Felitta, director), the winner of the Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award. He has received the Best Cinematography Award at Aspen Shortfest for Fishbelly White (Michael Burke, director), a Kodak Vision Award at Avignon/New York Film Festival for The Photographer (Jeremy Stein, director) and The Best Cinematography Award at Stockholm International Film Festival for Rain (Katherine Lindberg, director).
His recent work includes feature film Violet and Daisy (Geoffrey Fletcher, director) and HBO TV series Bored to Death. Vanja has earned two Primetime Emmy Nominations for "Outstanding Cinematography" for his work on NBCs comedy series 30 Rock and Showtime/Lions Gate TV series Nurse Jackie.
Vanja Černjul is an active member of the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600), Imago (European Federation of Cinematographers), HFS (Croatian Society of Cinematographers) and The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences .