Bosnian War exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

This road sign from Bosnia once stood along the main road linking Sarajevo and the city’s airport. The road—Vojvode Putnika—was known as “Sniper Alley” during the 1992-95 conflict. As the scores of holes from small-arms and tank-cannon fire attest, the area was under constant fire from Bosnian Serb forces and was one of the most dangerous parts of the city. The sign directed drivers to cities in the former Yugoslavia. (Loan, David Rust, CNN) — The pick-up truck, I’m told by the Newseum staff, was used by TIME Magazine during the wars of the 90s in the former Yugoslavia.

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GOLDEN APPLE AWARDS FOR THE CHICKEN, BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO, PRETTY VILLAGE AND RACKET AT THE TWELFTH ANNUAL BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Record-breaking attendance in all 12 years

(written by Sanida Luković and Zlatko Filipović)

New York City, May 2015 – We are pleased to announce the Golden Apple winners for the twelfth annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF), held May 21-23 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City:

BHFF Jury Award for Best Short Film: The Chicken by Una Gunjak.

BHFF Jury Award for Best Feature Film: The Bridges of Sarajevo, showcasing the talents of 13 European directors, including Leonardo di Constanzo, Jean-Luc Godard, Kamen Kalev, Isild Le Besco, Sergei Loynitsa, Vicenyo Marra, Ursula Meier, Vladimir Perišić, Cristi Puiu, Marc Recha, Angela Schanelec, Aida Begić and Teresa Villaverde.

BHFF Jury Award for Best Documentary Film: Pretty Village, directed by Dave Evans and produced by Kemal Pervanić.

BHFF Audience Award for Best Picture: Racket, a feature film directed by Admir Buljugić.

All winning films were announced at the festival’s Closing Party on Saturday, May 23, held in The Varick Room at Tribeca Cinemas.

Jury Award winners were selected by the official BHFF 2015 Jury, an expert panel comprising acclaimed filmmaker and media executive Pamela Hogan, award-winning journalist Almin Karamehmedović, and scholar of cultural and cinema studies Dijana Jelača. Hogan and Jelača attended the BHFF and announced the Golden Apple Award winners in each category during the Closing Party.

When asked to comment about their selection for the BHFF Jury Award for Best Feature Film, Jelača and Hogan stated: “While not a traditional feature, we salute this fascinating experiment comprising 13 short films, and 13 distinct artistic visions of Sarajevo from 1914-2014. It brings together an impressive list of international filmmakers, who tackle a variety of important themes from Sarajevo’s, as well as the region’s, past and present.”

Una Gunjak, London-based director of The Chicken, was unable to accept her Jury Award for Best Short Film in person, but was delighted to receive the news from NYC: “It warms my heart and I am sending [big thanks] across the pond to you. It is particularly tense for me to show the film to an audience that is not just familiar with the Balkan region – but also comes from Bosnia – to an audience that has the right to judge and question your choices. It’s a big test of the heart for me – for the film. I want to say a huge thank you to the jury, to everyone who made it to the screening, to the dedicated and supporting team of BHFF and say how sorry I am for not being able to celebrate with you tonight.”

Kemal Pervanić, producer and protagonist of Pretty Village, also sent a statement from London. He emphasized the importance of his documentary film: “Pretty Village had to be done for so many different reasons. It had to be not only a survivor testimony. It also had to be a piece of art which creates a depository of memory upon which we try to build a civilised society. It’s been a privilege to have Pretty Village selected for this year’s Festival. To win an award is a massive honour, it’s a humbling experience for all of us at Pretty Village.” Pervanić added: “I’d like to congratulate all the other filmmakers whose works were included in the festival. Thank you BHFF organisers, thank you members of the jury, thank you members of the audience. By watching the film you have lent us your support.”

Admir Buljugić won the BHFF Audience Award for Best Picture for his directorial efforts on the feature film Racket. Buljugić expressed his gratitude from Sarajevo: “I am thrilled that the film Racket won the Audience Award. We make films for the audience so we are very happy that it was received so well.”

This year’s audience was the biggest in BHFF history. Attendance in 2015 surpassed the all-time record set in 2007.

We were also joined by a great number of special guests and we thank them for supporting the BHFF:

  • Muamer Čelik, director of Toy Car
  • Aleksandar Hemon, co-writer of Love Island
  • Rialda Zukić, director of Bad Blood
  • Irena Škorić, director of Dear Lastan!
  • Darko Herič, director of photography for Dear Lastan!
  • Denis Butkus, actor in A Quintet
  • Tanya L. Domi, Columbia University’s Harriman Institute; Emerging Democracies Institute
  • Kenan Trebinčević, author of “The Bosnia List”
  • Jadranka Negodić, Bosnian-Herzegovinian Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Adnan Hadrović, Minister-Counselor & Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Seeking Truth in the Balkans filmmakers and Q&A panelists: June Ellen Vutrano and Erin Lovall – directors and producers of Seeking Truth in the Balkans
  • Richard Dicker, Director of The International Justice Program for Human Rights Watch
  • Jennifer Trahan, Associate Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at NYU
  • Belinda Cooper, Senior Fellow World Policy Institute

The BHFF team would like to express our deepest gratitude to the local businesses that donated food for Opening and Closing nights of the Festival: Šeher Restaurant, Djerdan Burek Shop and Kafana.

We would also like to thank the incredible media team covering the festival this year:

  • Portuguese journalist Ricardo Alexandre Sousa, who has decades of experience covering Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Balkans. He was formerly Deputy News Director at RTP, Portuguese Public Radio and TV
  • Oleh Dubno, New York City-based photographer and videographer and BHFF volunteer
  • Adnan Šačiragić, Toronto-based photographer and BHFF supporter
  • Mario Marquez, New York City-based photographer
  • Mirza Medunjanin, New York City-based photographer and BHFF volunteer

That is all for now! We are already excited to start planning next year’s event and hope that you can join us for lucky #13!

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TOMORROW: 3 days of BRAND NEW Bosnian-Herzegovinian cinema screenings start in NYC

Dear all,

Just a friendly reminder that the 12th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York City will kick off tomorrow, Thursday, May 21st, for what will be an amazing three days full of screenings of the BRAND NEW Bosnian-Herzegovinian cinema and films about Bosnia-Herzegovina. The festival will conclude on Saturday night, May 23rd with a big closing party featuring live music entertainment. We have an amazing program for you, and we recommend seeing all 14 films! All-access passes are still available: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-access-festival-pass-tickets-16606296881

For the complete program and tickets: http://www.bhffnyc.org/program.html

We have a large list of special guests coming:

• Muamer Čelik, director of “Toy Car”

• Aleksandar Hemon, co-writer of “Love Island”

• Rialda Zukić, director of “Bad Blood”

• Irena Škorić, director of “Dear Lastan!”

• Darko Herič, director of photography for “Dear Lastan!”

• Denis Butkus, actor, “A Quintet”

• Adnan Šačiragić, photographer / documentary storyteller

• Jadranka Negodić, Bosnian-Herzegovinian Ambasador to the U.S.

• Adnan Hadrović, Minister-Counselor & Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Bosnia-Herzegovina

“Seeking Truth in the Balkans” filmmakers and discussants: 

• June Vutrano and Erin Lovall – Directors and Producers of “Seeking Truth in the Balkans”

• Richard Dicker – Director, International Justice Program for Human Rights Watch

• Professor Jennifer Trahan – Associate Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at N.Y.U.

• Professor Belinda Cooper – Senior Fellow World Policy Institute

Don’t miss this big cultural event!

We hope you will join us!

– Zlatko Filipovic

Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival

New York, NY

http://www.bhffnyc.org

In just 5 days, the 12th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival kicks off in NYC

Dear friends,

We are just 5 days away from the 12th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) in New York City! Tickets are going fast and are available through our website. The BHFF will go on from Thursday, May 21st through Saturday, May 23rd at Tribeca Cinemas, concluding with a big closing party / afterparty which will feature LIVE MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

Doors open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21st.

Bosnian restaurant Seher in Astoria (SeherRestaurant.com) is providing some traditional Bosnian food for the first day and for the closing party.

The opening remarks will begin a little before 7 p.m. and the first screening starts at 7 p.m.

Here’s an updated list of our special guests:

• Muamer Čelik, director of “Toy Car”

• Aleksandar Saša Hemon, co-writer of “Love Island”

• Irena Škorić, director of “Dear Lastan!”

• Darko Herič, director of photography for “Dear Lastan!”

• Rialda Zukić, director of “Bad Blood”

• Jadranka Negodić, Bosnian-Herzegovinian Ambasador to the U.S.

• Adnan Hadrović, Minister-Counselor & Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Bosnia-Herzegovina

“Seeking Truth in the Balkans” filmmakers and discussants:

• June Vutrano and Erin Lovall – Directors and Producers of “Seeking Truth in the Balkans”

• Richard Dicker – Director, International Justice Program for Human Rights Watch

• Professor Jennifer Trahan – Associate Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at NYU

• Professor Belinda Cooper – Senior Fellow World Policy Institute

The BHFF is a non-for-profit, all volunteer-run project. Please help us continue in our mission to bring the best Bosnian-Herzegovinian cinema to NYC by donating to our online crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo. Every little bit helps, and we are eternally grateful for your support!

Please spread the word to your friends, colleagues, and associates about the BHFF. The BHFF only comes around once a year and this is your chance to see many films that are shaping today’s film culture in Bosnia-Herzegovina and southeast Europe.

We have created a Facebook event page for each of the days. Please help us spread the word by inviting your friends and sharing on social media: Day 1Day 2, and Day 3.

We truly recommend that you see as many films as you can. Our ALL ACCESS PASS costs $75 and will allow you to see all 14 films and give you entry to the closing party / after party.

A reminder about the closing party: Please keep your ticket stubs, as they are your tickets to the closing party. For those without a festival ticket stub, and who are just joining us for the closing party, the entry is $10.

We invite you to share your experiences with us during the festival, by sharing them on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and using a hashtag #BHFFNYC. Some other hashtags we recommend are #NYC #Bosnia and #BosnianFilm. On Twitter specifically, we’d love to retweet and share your festival experiences with others, so make sure to mention us. We are @BHFFNYC. We are also on Facebook and Instagram.

We cannot wait to see you next weekend, May 21-23, for what promises to be an unforgettable weekend of excellent films!

Thank you!

The BHFF team

AUDIO: My review of documentary ‘Seeking Truth in the Balkans’ – screening at the 2015 BHFF

Link:

Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival – New York City

Trailer for Seeking Truth in the Balkans documentary

Facebook page for the film

The 12th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival is fast approaching and is just 7 days away.

It will take place Thursday, May 21st through Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21st.

The film ‘Seeking Truth in the Balkans’ by June Vutrano and Erin Lovall will screen on Saturday, May 23rd at 5 p.m.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A and discussion led by Vutrano and Lovall.

The panelists and discussants will include:
– Richard Dicker – Director, International Justice Program for Human Rights Watch
– Professor Jennifer Trahan – Associate Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at NYU
– Professor Belinda Cooper, Senior Fellow World Policy Institute.

The festival is also excited to announce other guests:
– Muamer Čelik, director of “Toy Car”
– Aleksandar Hemon, co-writer of “Love Island”
– Rialda Zukic, director of “Bad Blood”
– Darko Herič, director of photography for “Dear Lastan!”
– Jadranka Negodić, Bosnian-Herzegovinian Ambasador to the U.S.
– Adnan Hadrović, Minister-Counselor & Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Bosnia-Herzegovina

A total of 14 films will screen Thursday through Saturday, May 21-23 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. They include four feature films, four short films, and six documentaries.

The complete PROGRAM and TICKETS are AVAILABLE NOW at our Program page at www.bhffnyc.org. Tickets for each film block are $15. They can be purchased NOW until Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3 p.m. ET. All films have English subtitles.

We hope to see you at this exciting cultural event!

AUDIO: My review of TOY CAR – screening at the 12th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in NYC

My review of the film Toy Car by Muamer Celik. The film will screen Friday, May 22, 2015 at the 12th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF). The festival runs Thursday, 5/21 through Saturday, 5/23 at Tribeca Cinemas.
Click here for tickets and more info.

Still images from the film:

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AUDIO: A little bit about ‘Dear Lastan’ – screening at the 2015 BHFF in NYC

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The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York City

AUDIO: Introducing the film ‘The Chicken’ which will open the 2015 Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York City on Thursday, May 21st, 2015

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The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York City