<h2>WELCOME</h2><span class='program_text_slider'> to the 12th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF). We have an exciting program for you with a total of 14 films screening 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 films represent a wide range of countries, including: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  </span> <h2>THE CHICKEN </h3><span class='program_text_slider'>The festival kicks off on Thursday with a screening of the award-winning short film The Chicken, directed by Sarajevo-born and London-based Una Gunjak. Gunjak studied film at the University of Torino and editing at the National Film and TV School in UK, where she received her Master of Arts degree.</span> <h2>LOVE ISLAND</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>The past comes back for a young couple vacationing at a popular Adriatic seaside resort. Grebo and his very pregnant wife Liliane are enjoying a holiday, but soon meet a young woman named Flora, who will put their young marriage to the test. Past secrets cannot stay hidden for long on Love Island. 

Jasmila Žbanić is an acclaimed film director from Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

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THE BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>Bridges of Sarajevo is an omnibus containing 13 short films by 13 directors sewn together into one. 

The film contemplates Sarajevo’s present and past, including the 1914-18 period and the more recent war period 1992-95. 

The filmmakers explore what the city has represented in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo stands for today in Europe.</span> <h2>SEEKING TRUTH IN THE BALKANS</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>Seeking Truth in the Balkans comes on the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Accords, which ended the bloody war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as on the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. 

The film explores and analyzes where things stand today and if the prosecution of war criminals in the Hague has contributed as much as once hoped to peace and reconciliation. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and analysts.</span> <h2>A QUINTET</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>Five up-and-coming, award-winning filmmakers with different cultural backgrounds tell five stories of people in various countries and walks of life who meet and bring down the inner walls in their lives.

The five segments take place in Germany, the United States, Italy, the Balkans and Turkey - and they are all, in a way, connected to the multicultural center of Berlin - the city where all the filmmakers met each other for the first time. </span> <h2>RACKET</h3><span class='program_text_slider'> Racket deals with life and corruption in today’s Bosnia-Herzegovina. 

Amil Pašić finds that local authorities are not doing enough to protect his father from a local criminal, so he decides to take things into his own hands. 

Director Admir Buljugić is a Sarajevo-native. He studied film directing at Columbia College in Chicago, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Racket is his feature debut. </span>




New York City, April 2015
– The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) has announced the film lineup for its twelfth annual edition. 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 selection covers a broad range of subjects and includes two feature comedy dramas, Love Island and A Quintet, a crime drama Racket and an omnibus feature tribute to city of Sarajevo, The Bridges of Sarajevo, featuring renowned European filmmakers. The documentary film selection will cover topics inspired by the hundreth anniversary of World War I in Sarajevo Assassination, homecomings in Bad Blood and Pretty Village, and an analytical dissection of the final years’ work of The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Accords in Seeking Truth in the Balkans. Dear Lastan! is a documentary filled with nostalgias for the days of growing up in former Yugoslavia; it is juxtaposed by the vivid imagery of childhood in wartime, presented in the award-winning short fiction film The Chicken. On the Verge is an essayistic portrait of Sarajevo and shows the city as it undergoes several changes in early 2014. Other short fiction films also included this year will address issues of family values and problems in Toy Car and Mercy, while Redemption shows the power of forgiveness.

The festival received more than 40 film submissions this year from all over the world. The films selected into the BHFF’s final program represent a wide range of talents and themes from the following countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The complete PROGRAM and TICKETS are AVAILABLE NOW at our Program page. 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.

Program at a Glance:

Thursday, May 21st, 2015:
Block 1: 7:00 p.m. The Chicken / Dear Lastan!
Block 2: 9:00 pm. Toy Car / Love Island

Friday, May 22nd, 2015:
Block 3: 7:00 p.m. Bad Blood / Pretty Village
Block 4: 9:00 p.m. On the Verge / The Bridges of Sarajevo

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015:
Block 5: 4:00 p.m. Sarajevo Assassination
Block 6: 5:00 p.m. Seeking Truth in The Balkans
Block 7: 6:30 p.m. Mercy / A Quintet
Block 8: 8:30 p.m. Redemption / Racket

Films selected to screen at the 12th Annual BHFF are eligible to win a number of honors including the Golden Apple audience and jury awards.

In 2015, the BHFF Jury consists of award-winning filmmaker and media executive Pamela Hogan and award-winning journalist Almin Karamehmedović, and scholar of cultural and cinema studies Dijana Jelača.

The jury will award the following honors to the most outstanding films: BHFF 2015 Jury Award for Best Documentary Film; BHFF 2015 Jury Award for Best Short Film and BHFF 2015 Jury Award for Best Feature Film. Films eligible for the Jury Award are all those screened at the BHFF 2015 that were produced in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

As always, the audience will select one film in any of the categories to receive the BHFF 2015 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 hope to see you at the festival!

Those interested in sponsoring the BHFF or a particular film/block should contact Denis Bešlić: denis@bhffnyc.org denis@bhffnyc.org or (646) 267-2467.

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Calendar of Events

20 apr 12:00AM:
Online Ticket Sales Open

21 May 3:00PM
Online Ticket Sales Close

21 May BHFF 2015 Opens
at Tribeca Cinemas

21 May 7:00PM screening:
The Chicken | Dear Lastan!

21 May 9:00PM screening:
Toy Car | Love Island

21 May 10:45PM Q&A:
Toy Car | Love Island

22 May 7:00PM screening:
Bad Blood | Pretty Village

22 May 8:30PM Q&A:
Bad Blood

22 May 9:00PM screening: On the
Verge | Bridges of Sarajevo

23 May 4:00PM screening:
Sarajevo Assassination

23 May 5:00PM screening:
Seeking Truth in the Balkans

23 May 6:15PM Q&A:
Seeking Truth in the Balkans

23 May 6:30PM screening:
Mercy | A Quintet

23 May 8:00PM Q&A (TBC):
A Quintet

23 May 8:30PM screening:
Redemption | Racket

23 May 10:00PM
BHFF 2015 Closing Party

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