PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN FILM FESTIVAL (BHFF™) IN NEW YORK CITY
Tickets Available Now! Festival Adds an Extra Day and Reaches Higher Than Ever!
New York City, April 2016 - The programming committee for the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival is honored and excited to announce the 2016 lineup!
A total of 16 films will screen Wednesday through Saturday, May 25 through May 28, 2016 at two Manhattan venues!
For the first time in its 13-year history, the BHFF is expanding by adding an additional evening of screenings and events, for a total of four festival days of film, art, culture, conversation, new connections and fun.
Our program this year consists of four blockbuster features, seven documentaries and five short films, including an animated film. We are proud to announce that the competition program features works by five women directors.
We’ll kick things off with a newly added BH Film Forum program on Wednesday, May 25 at Anthology Film Archives, the place which hosted our second and third annual BHFF editions back in 2005 and 2006. The evening will include the screenings of two films as part of our non-competition program, as well as a special panel presentation featuring Bosnian-Herzegovinian and international film professionals and cinema experts. BH Film Forum is intended as a warm-up to exciting events to follow and to provide our audience and those Bosnian filmophiles an informative artistic backdrop for the inspiring film line up to come.
Then, from Thursday, May 26 through Saturday, May 28, we take the action to SVA Theatre for a jam-packed, three-day marathon of screenings featuring the 2016 BHFF competition selections, Q&As with filmmakers, celebration of Bosnian-Herzegovinian cinema and culture and much more! All the details, including screening times, film synopses and exact locations are on our program page.
The four blockbuster features we are delighted to present to our audience this year are:
• Our Everyday Life (Naša svakodnevna priča), director Ines Tanović’s debut feature. This multi-award nominated family drama explores the everyday problems of a typical Sarajevo family today. The film was the BiH submission to the 2016 Oscars;
• The High Sun (Zvizdan), director Dalibor Matanić’s multi-award winning drama about forbidden love featuring three stories, set in three consecutive decades in Balkan communities burdened with a long history of inter-ethnic conflict. The film was the Croatian submission to the 2016 Oscars;
• No One’s Child (Ničije dete), director Vuk Ršumović’s multi-award winning drama based on a true story of a wild boy who is found deep in the Bosnian mountains living amongst wolves; and
• Tigers, a thriller drama by the Academy-award winning director Danis Tanović. Based on a true story, it follows a salesman as he battles the multinational corporation he works for, after discovering deadly effects of the infant formula he is peddling.
We’re very excited to share our short films slate for 2016!
• Picnic (Piknik) explores the father-son relationship between a young boy and his imprisoned father;
• Requiem for Pinocchio is an animated short about childhood in Sarajevo;
• Damaged Goods (Kalo) provides a snapshot into the life of a young man who struggles with a personal problem that society often mocks;
• In Whatever Will Be Will Be (Bit će šta bude), a first-time robber learns a powerful lesson;
• In Last Perspective (Posljednji pogled), Bosnia is invaded by zombies. Is there anyone left who’s normal?
And our exciting documentary selections cover a wide and diverse range of topics:
• Lionheart (Treba biti lav) takes on the issue of sex trafficking in Bosnia;
• I Can Speak (Ja mogu da govorim) is a look at four people with speech impediments who come to terms with the problem;
• I Love SFK (Volim SFK) is an uplifting story that shows how sport and teamwork can help unite Bosnians and help them overcome ethnic divisions;
• Soul Train is the first-ever film about Bosnian hip-hop and rap scene, as well as the overall music scene and the arts in the country;
• No Excuses (Nema ali) takes on the issue of crimes committed against the Bosnian Serb civilians in Sarajevo during the siege;
• 100 Million Dollar House explores the meaning of home and the search for identity in the Middle East;
June 28, 2014 marked 100 years since the Sarajevo Assassination. One Day in Sarajevo shows how some Sarajevans spent the day, including why some decided to take to the streets to protest.
The festival received close to 60 submissions this year, the highest number ever, and the programming committee had its hands full making the final selections. Compared to last year, we received about 20 more submissions this year.
The programming committee members screened and considered each film very carefully and debated the final program thoroughly. In the end, many great films did not make the final program and we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for submitting your films and for showing interest in BHFF!
This year’s final program represents a wide range of talents and themes from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, France, India, Slovenia, Serbia and the UK.
You can review our complete film line up at our program page. Tickets are available NOW through May 25 at 3 p.m. ET. All films have English subtitles as needed.
Program at a Glance: Wednesday, May 25, 2016: ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES: BH Film Forum Block 1:
6:30 p.m. | Film: No Excuses | Film: 100 Million Dollar House BH Film Forum Panel: 8:30 “Bosnian Cinema: From National to Transnational Frameworks” with:
• Elma Tataragić, 2016 BHFF Jury member, scriptwriter, producer, general secretary of the Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia-Herzegovina;
• Ines Tanović, filmmaker; Board President of the Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Association of Filmmakers in Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina;
• Dijana Jelača, scholar of cultural and cinema studies; and
• Amir Husak, filmmaker and multimedia artist.
Thursday, May 26, 2016: SVA THEATRE:
• Block 1: 6:30 p.m. Picnic | No One’s Child
• Block 2: 9:00 p.m. One Day in Sarajevo
Friday, May 27, 2016: SVA THEATRE:
• Block 3: 6:30 p.m. Lionheart | Tigers
• Block 4: 9:00 p.m. Requiem for Pinocchio | Our Everyday Life
Saturday, May 28, 2016: SVA THEATRE:
• Block 5: 3:30 p.m. I Can Speak | Damaged Goods | Whatever Will Be Will Be | Last Perspective
• Block 6: 5:30 p.m. The High Sun
• Block 7: 8:15 p.m. I Love SFK | Soul Train
Films selected to screen at the 13th Annual BHFF competition program are eligible to win a number of honors including the Golden Apple audience and jury awards.
In 2016, the BHFF Jury consists of scriptwriter, producer and general secretary of the Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia and Herzegovina Elma Tataragić; filmmaker, educator and author Annette Danto and scholar of film and literature Nataša Milas.
The jury will award the following honors to the most outstanding films: BHFF 2016 Jury Award for Best Documentary Film; BHFF 2016 Jury Award for Best Short Film and BHFF 2016 Jury Award for Best Feature Film. Films eligible for the Jury Award are all those screened at the BHFF 2016 that were released in 2014, 2015 and 2016. As always, the audience will select one film in any of the categories to receive the BHFF 2016 Audience Award for the Best Picture. All those attending the screening will be able to vote for the favorite film of this year’s Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival.
We have an incredible line-up that you should not miss! We only come around once a year; hope to see you at the festival!
The awards ceremony will take place at the SVA Theatre right after our final screening on Saturday night, May 28th. Then, following the awards ceremony, we will host a closing party at the Westside Tavern at 360 West 23rd Street, New York, NY, starting around 11:30 p.m. Everyone is invited, so please join us! The Westside Tavern is just steps away from the SVA Theatre.
The BHFF is entirely non-for-profit and completely run by a tirelessly dedicated team of volunteers who do it all out of love. We are always very grateful for the support of our friends and audience! If you’d like to make a donation today to support the BHFF, please visit our sponsorship page to make your tax-deductible and secure donation. Thank you!
Those interested in sponsoring the BHFF or a particular film/block should contact Damir Pozderac: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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