<h2>WELCOME TO THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN FILM FESTIVAL - BHFF 2016 IN NEW YORK CITY!</h2><span class='program_text_slider'>  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.   </span> <h2>NO ONE'S CHILD </h3><span class='program_text_slider'>In the spring of 1988, a wild boy is found deep in the Bosnian mountains living amongst wolves. He is randomly given the name Haris and sent to an orphanage in Belgrade. He becomes inseparable with another boy, Žika, and slowly starts to show progress. In 1992, after he became a fairly socialized young man, local authorities force him to go back to war-torn Bosnia. 'No One’s Child' is based on a true story.</span> <h2>ONE DAY IN SARAJEVO</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>'One Day in Sarajevo' is about Sarajevans marking the 100th anniversary of what’s become known as the Sarajevo Assassination: the killing of Austro-Hungarian presumptive heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife on June 28, 1914. The film explores different aspects of events that happened on that day using materials shot by citizens of Sarajevo, each of whom has their own personal interpretation of the event. 

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TIGERS</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>Everything is going well for Ayan, a young Indian man who just married and has become rising star at his job selling infant formula for a multinational business. But Ayan is horrified when he discovers that the product he’s peddling so successfully can have deadly side effects. Determined to stop the formula’s use, Ayan risks everything in to fight a one-man battle against a global corporation. Based on a real-life story.</span> <h2>OUR EVERYDAY LIFE</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>'Our Everyday Life' is a story about everyday problems of a typical Sarajevo family today.
An entire generation of people who are now in their forties lost their youth in the war, yet the 2000s have offered neither freedom, successful jobs, nor progress; as if the life has been placed on hold.
The characters are ordinary people who wish for better life, comfort, and security. The static camera, the lighting, the warm colors of the costumes and the set design evokes emotion, humor, and human drama.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers</span> <h2>THE HIGH SUN</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>'The High Sun' shines a light on three love stories, set in three consecutive decades, in two neighboring Balkan villages with a long history of inter-ethnic hatred. It is a film about the fragility–and intensity–of forbidden love. Taking place from the early 1990s to the modern day, the film probes the intersection of conflict and romance, while affirming the power of love, and the healing effects of time. </span>

THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN FILM FESTIVAL (BHFF™) IN NEW YORK CITY IS UNDERWAY!

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New York City, May 2016
- The programming committee for the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival is honored and excited to announce the 2016 lineup!

A total of 19 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, nine documentaries and six short films, including an animated film. We are proud to announce that the competition program features works by eight 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: damir@bhffnyc.org.

For the latest updates and other items of interest, check out our Twitter account @BHFFNYC, Facebook page, Instagram @BHFFNYC, and Google+ under Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival. Our official website is another great resource for information about films screened, our history and mission, and ways to help out.

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2016 Board of Patrons:
2016 Additional Support By:
Fuad M. Sahouri
Amy Kates & Dr. Muhamed Šarić
Dr. Amra Spahić-Musakadić & Vedad Musakadić
Milad & Selma Hadžiabdić
Adnan Šarčević & Nermica Šarčević
Djula Luković
Richard Wraxall Moore & Barbara Forster Moore
Selma & Goran Avdičević
Les & Samira Dinkin
Downey Kates Associates, Inc.
Anable Basin Sailing, Inc.
Emir Halepović
Anne Eberhardt
LS Alloys Trading USA, Inc.
Nadežda Filipović
Zlatko Filipović
Damir Pozderac
Jelena Subotić
Michael Kieffer
Amra Čehajić
Tea Sefer


Special Thanks To:

Dr. Džemaludin Harba for The Golden Apple award production
Šejla Bratić, Sandro Drinovac, Bojan Hadžihalilović and graphic design students at The Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo for BHFF 2016 Graphic Design



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25 May BH Film Forum Program
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Panel




26 May BHFF Competition Program
starts at SVA Theater




26 May 6:30PM
BHFF Competition Program -
SVA Block 1




26 May 9:00PM
BHFF Competition Program -
SVA Block 2




27 May 6:30PM
BHFF Competition Program -
SVA Block 3




27 May 9:00PM
BHFF Competition Program -
SVA Block 4




28 May 3:30PM
BHFF Competition Program -
SVA Block 5




28 May 5:30PM
BHFF Competition Program -
SVA Block 6




28 May 8:15PM
BHFF Competition Program -
SVA Block 7




28 May 11:00PM
BHFF Competition Program -
Winner Annoucements






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