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BHFF JURY AWARDS

Since 2012, BHFF™ awards BHFF™ Jury Awards to the most outstanding films screened at the BHFF™ and selected by jury members as most outstanding in its categories. Members of the BHFF™ Jury are accomplished and recognized members from Bosnian and American cultural, film and art community who have significantly contributed to the Bosnian-Herzegovinian film industry and culture in general. 

BHFF™ jury awards following honors to the most outstanding films:

BHFF™ Jury Award for Best Documentary Film
BHFF™ Jury Award for Best Short Narrative Film
BHFF™ Jury Award for Best Feature Narrative Film

BHFF™ Jury Award for Best Acting Performance

BHFF™ Jury Award for Best Picture

JURY MEMBERS 2019

Ademir Kenović

BHFF 2019 Jury Member​

Ademir Kenović is an award-winning Bosnian producer and film director. He graduated from the University of Sarajevo in English literature in 1969 and then studied film and art at the Denison University in Ohio. In 1989 he was appointed Professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, Department of Directing and film Production. As one of the founding partners of film production company Refresh, he has been producing films since the early ‘90’s. During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina he directed and produced numerous war documentaries including BAFTA awarded Sarajevo: A Street Under Siege. Mr Kenović's directed films including Kuduz and Little Bit of Soul are today widely considered as classics of pre-war Bosnian and Yugoslavian cinematography.

Aleksandar Bošković

BHFF 2019 Jury Member​

Aleksandar Bošković is a Lecturer in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University, where he teaches courses on the intersection of literature and visual culture in Slavic avant-gardes as well as on Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav cinema and literature. He has published essays on issues of digital mnemonics, Yugonostalgia and cultural memory, avant-garde photobooks, Serbian poetry and post-Yugoslav fiction, Küntstlerroman, and the theory of possible worlds. He is currently working on several projects, including the anthology of Yugoslav modernism and the book manuscript, Slavic Avant-Garde Cinepoetry, a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exploration of photopoetry and bioscopic books within Slavic avant-gardes.

Tatjana Krstevski

BHFF 2019 Jury Member​

Tatjana Krstevski is a New York based cinematographer and professor at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. As a director of photography she worked on a number of critically-acclaimed films - both short and feature length - including “The Load”, which premiered at 71. Festival de Cannes and has won 18 prizes internationally so far. Tatjana also shot the documentary feature “Depth-Two” which premiered at Berlin Film Festival in 2016, and picked up 17 awards internationally, including 8 main prizes.  

Her artistic journey began with drawing and painting, transitioning from Fine Arts and Applied Arts to Photography and Motion Pictures. She explored various art forms, including theater acting, music and graphic design. In 2014, she co-founded the “Pancevo Film Festival” and acted as its Artistic Director.  

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PAST JURY MEMBERS

Mirko Ilić

BHFF 2018 Jury Member​

Mirko Ilić is a world renowned graphic designer born in Bosnia. In Europe, he drew comics, illustrations, and art-directed posters, books, and record covers. When he arrived in the U.S. he became the art director of Time Magazine International Edition. Later, he became art director of the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times. In 1995 he established his firm Mirko Ilić Corp. His company designs for a wide range of clients, from pro bono organizations to the high luxury hospitality clients. For his work he received numerous awards and is in collections of institutions such as Smithsonian Museum and MoMA, New York. Mirko is the co-author of several books with Steve Heller, including Genius Moves: 100 Icons of Graphic Design, Handwritten, The Anatomy of Design, Stop Think Go Do, Lettering Large, and Presenting Shakespeare.  With Milton Glaser he co-wrote The Design of Dissent. He also organizes and curates shows and lectures around the world. Mirko teaches masters degree illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Jasmina Husanović

BHFF 2018 Jury Member​

Jasmina Husanović is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and chair of Cultural Studies. She earned her PhD in 2003 at the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK, with a thesis entitled, “Recasting Political Community and Emancipatory Politics: Reflections on Bosnia.” Her research interests are in cultural and political theory and praxis dealing with the politics of witnessing, equality and solidarity, governance of life and culture of trauma, as well as emancipatory politics with a focus on intersecting public spaces of cultural and knowledge production (critical pedagogies in art, education and activism). She has published widely on these themes in the post-Yugoslav region and internationally, including a monograph, two co-edited volumes and numerous articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes. She is currently engaged in various teaching, artistic, activist and research initiatives and platforms regionally and internationally concerning the issues of memory, trauma, violence, solidarity and social justice. At the moment she is based as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford University, USA, conducting research project entitled Re-Configuring the Trauma Market: Cultural Interventions into Conflict and Social Justice.

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Ana Janevski

BHFF 2018 Jury Member​

Ana Janevski is Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art. She’s organized a number of significant projects including performances and exhibitions by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jerome Bel, Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, Martha Rosler, Rabih Mroué, Akram Zaatari and many others. She was also the appointed curator for the Annenberg Research Residencies for the choreographers Ralph Lemon and Trajal Harrell. Janevski organized Boris Charmatz’s Musée de la danse: Three Collective Gestures in 2013 and edited the monograph Boris Charmatz (2017), part of the museum’s new “Modern Dance” book series. Additionally, in 2015, she led the acquisition of Simone Forti’s “Dance Constructions.”  She is currently working on the exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done, which will open in fall 2018.  Prior to MoMA, Janevksi was Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland, where she curated the large-scale exhibition on Yugoslav experimental film and art from the 1960s and 1970s, As Soon As I Open My Eyes I See a Film (2008). She co-curated the exhibition "This Is All Film! Experimental Film in Yugoslavia 1951-1991" at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana (2011).

Zlata Filipović

BHFF 2017 Jury Member​

Zlata Filipović was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is renowned for her book Zlata’s Diary, which she wrote at the age of 10 during the Siege of Sarajevo. The diary, first published in 1993, became a record of the war and her survival in the city, and was an international bestseller. It has since been translated into 36 languages and is required reading in many schools around the world.  

Zlata holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Sciences from Oxford University and a Master of Philosophy in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin. She has been working in Ireland on documentary films for the past 10 years and has won numerous awards for her work, which includes the Grierson-nominated Here Was Cuba and Irish Film and Television Award-winners Somebody To Love and Blood of the Irish. She served as jury member at the Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival in 2016.

 

Her written work includes contributions to several books, radio programs and newspapers, including a foreword for The Freedom Writers Diary in 1997 and the English translation of Milosevic: The People’s Tyrant in 2004, for which she also wrote a foreword. She also co-edited the volume Stolen Voices: Young People’s War Diaries from WWI to Iraq in 2006.  

 

Zlata has served for 6 years on the executive committee of Amnesty International Ireland and is a Lay Member of the Mental Health Commission's Mental Health Tribunals. She regularly volunteers with the organization Fighting Words in Ireland, working with young offenders in juvenile justice system, and is a Founding Member of the Network of Young People Affected by War (NYPAW).

Ron Haviv

BHFF 2017 Jury Member

An Emmy-nominated, award-winning photojournalist, Ron Haviv is co-founder of the agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe.

 

In the last three decades, Haviv has covered more than 25 conflicts and worked in over 100 countries. He has published four critically acclaimed collections of photography, and his work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries internationally, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Haviv has produced an unflinching record of the injustices of war and his photography has had singular impact. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal at The Hague. His first photography book, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, was called “One of the best non-fiction books of the year,” by the Los Angeles Times in 2000, and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering” by Newsweek.

 

Haviv has directed short films for ESPN, People, Doctors Without Borders, Asia Society, and American Photography. His film work has appeared on PBS’s Need to Know and Frontline, as well as NBC Nightly News and ABC World News Tonight.

 

Haviv is the central character in six documentary films, including National Geographic Explorer’s "Freelance in a World of Risk," in which he speaks about the dangers of combat photography, including his numerous detentions and close calls. He has provided expert analysis and commentary on ABC World News, the BBC, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and the Charlie Rose Show.

Amela Bakšić

BHFF 2017 Jury Member​

Amela Bakšić has worked extensively as a costume designer in theater, film, and television. Her recent film work includes Weiner-Dog, directed by Todd Solondz; Barry, which portrays the early life of President Barack Obama; The Runner, starring Nicolas Cage, Sarah Paulson, and Peter Fonda; Tumbledown, starring Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall;and the upcoming Mercy, starring Ellen Page and Kate Mara. Her work has premiered at major film festivals, including Sundance, TIFF, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, the Rome Film Festival, and many others.

 

Amela’s television work includes costume design for Unforgettable, as well as extensive experience over many seasons as associate and/or assistant costume designer for Conviction, Fringe, The Good Wife, Kings, and New Amsterdam. Highlights of her theater career include productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the Stratford Festival of Canada; Shakespeare’s R&J in London’s West End and Japan; and numerous productions in major off-Broadway and regional theaters across the country.

 

Amela was the recipient of the prestigious Theater Arts Design Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment of The Arts. She holds M.F.A. in costume design from Brandeis University.

Elma Tataragić

BHFF 2016 Jury Member

Elma Tataragić, was born in Sarajevo in 1976. She studied Screenwriting and History of Cinema at the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts and subsequently obtained her Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in Film and Literature. She has been with the Sarajevo Film Festival since its founding in 1995, where she now works as a selector for Competition Program. Tataragić co-wrote the short film “First Death Experience” and wrote and produced the short “North Went Mad.” She has produced and co-written the feature film “Snow,” which was shown at Cannes 2008 – Semaine de la critique and won the Grand Prix. The film has been screened at over 80 festivals and has won over 30 international awards. Tataragić is also a General Secretary and member of the Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has been teaching screenwriting at the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts since 2002, now as a professor. Tataragić is member of European Film Academy. In addition to publishing a book on screenwriting, Tataragić is working as a script doctor for Eurimages (EU co-production fund) and advisor to the European Film Academy, and was a delegate for the Rome Film Festival in 2012 and 2013.

Nataša Milas

BHFF 2016 Jury Member​

Nataša Milas, is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She was born in Sarajevo in 1976, where she lived until her move to Canada in 1995. Currently Nataša lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Nataša works on Russian and South Slavic literatures and film and translates from Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. Her translation of Muharem Bazdulj’s novel Transit, Comet, Eclipse is forthcoming from Dalkey Archive Press in 2016. Milas co-edited a special issue of the film journal Kino Kultura 14 dedicated to Bosnian film, and guest-edited Absinthe 20: Spotlight on Bosnia, focusing on contemporary Bosnian prose. Her essays and translations have appeared in Slavic and East European Journal, Absinthe, Brooklyn Rail, Kino Kultura, InTranslation, and In Contrast: Croatian Film Today.

Annette Danto

BHFF 2016 Jury Member​

Annette Danto is an accomplished filmmaker, educator and author with extensive credits in film, television production, documentaries and sound recording. Some of her works include projects for BBC, Channel Four, NHK, Canal Plus, NBC, HBO and Showtime. Danto has directed fiction and documentary films for nonprofit organizations, including the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Pathfinder International and the Ted Turner Foundation. She’s been awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in Film and Media Making three times. Danto’s documentaries are distributed through www.forwardintime.com and held in permanent collections of universities and educational institutions worldwide. Recent documentaries include: Reflections On Media Ethics (2011), Gandhi’s Wheel (2010), and The Never Ending Path (2005). Her recent invited presentations include: British Film Institute (2015), Daniel Pearl Film Festival (2015), IIE/CIES Global Exchange (2015).

Almin Karamehmedović 

BHFF 2015 Jury Member​

Almin Karamehmedović is the Executive Producer of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir. Karamehmedović was born in Sarajevo and began his career at the national Bosnian-Herzegovinian broadcaster RTV BiH. He was named Executive Producer of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir in August 2014. In this position, Karamehmedović oversees the production and all daily operations of the program. Prior to joining ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, Karamehmedović served as the Executive Producer of Nightline, also on ABC. Karamehmedović has traveled the world over the years producing notable pieces for Nightline and ABC News. Some of his award-winning work includes living among the indigenous people of the Enawene Nawe tribe in the remote and uncivilized Amazon. Karamehmedović has also covered the ongoing Mexican Drug Wars, and the child abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cambodia. In 2005, he was one of the first journalists to travel to Darfur/Sudan to report on the genocide unfolding there, and in 2006 he covered the war in Southern Lebanon. He has won 11 Emmys, two Overseas Press Club Awards, four Murrow awards, two Genesis awards, as well as contributed to a number of ABC News' Peabody and DuPont Awards.

Pamela Hogan

BHFF 2015 Jury Member​


Pamela Hogan is Series Creator and Executive Producer of Time for School, PBS's longitudinal mini-series following seven children from seven countries as they fight against the odds for a basic education. She was recently Co-creator and Executive Producer of Women, War & Peace, a five-part media initiative on women's strategic role in global conflict and peace-building. She was also Director of Episode 1, I Came to Testify, about the Bosnian women who changed international law when they testified about wartime rape for the first time in history. Seen by 12 million viewers on PBS, the films won two Overseas Press Club awards, a Television Academy Honor, and the ABA's Silver Gavel. Previously, Hogan was Executive Producer of PBS's international series Wide Angle. Working closely with global filmmakers on 70 programs filmed in 50 countries, she also originated and developed Ladies First about women's leadership in post-genocide Rwanda. The film won her an Emmy and the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi for excellence in journalism. She is currently a Board Member of the International Center for Transitional Justice and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Dijana Jelača

BHFF 2015 Jury Member​

 

Dijana Jelača, PhD is a scholar of cultural and cinema studies. Her areas of specialty include transnational feminist theories, critical ethnic studies, trauma and memory studies, and studies of post-Socialism. Jelača's work has appeared in Camera Obscura, Feminist Media Studies, Studies in Eastern European Cinema and elsewhere. Her book, Dislocated Screen Memory: Narrating Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Cinema (Palgrave), focuses on trauma narratives as cultural memory in cinema after Yugoslavia. Dijana is a film scholar, and her most recent, co-authored book is Film Feminisms: A Global Introduction (2019). She teaches in the Film Department at Brooklyn College.

Amir Husak

BHFF 2014 Jury Member​

Amir Husak is a filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Bosnia, he left the country in his teens on one of the last buses to depart before his hometown turned into a hot war zone. Being a refugee, first in Germany, then in the United States, Amir pursued all sorts of occupations and trades including sorting travel catalogs, assisting elderly, cooking, repairing VCRs, and playing guitar in a Sicilian wedding band for hire. He eventually took up media arts as more than an avocation. Since 2005, Amir has worked across a variety of time-based and interactive media, and also recorded and performed as a musician. His works have been shown at such diverse places as Sundance Film Festival (US), Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Stadtmuseum Graz (Austria), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (US), TV Cultura (Brazil), South by Southwest (US), and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (US). He currently teaches as part-time faculty in the Film and Media Studies department at The New School for Public Engagement in New York City.

Harun Mehmedinović

BHFF 2014 Jury Member​

 

A filmmaker by trade, Harun Mehmedinovic took up photography as a hobby during his road trips across America. Years later, his project Bloodhoney* became one of the most successful Kickstarter photography campaigns of all time. Harun's photographs have been featured by Vogue Italia, L.A. Times, Washington Post, The Boston Globe & have been a subject of a TED Talk.
Prior to Harun's venture into photography, his film In the Name of the Son premiered at Telluride Film Festival and won over thirty international awards including Shanghai, Savannah, and Cleveland film festivals. It was the first live action short film to receive an exclusive screening for the members of United States congress on Capitol Hill.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he studied screenwriting and theater directing, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Directing from the American Film Institute.

Bill Carter

BHFF 2013 Jury Member​

Bill Carter is an award winning filmmaker and author. He spent almost two years in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war in the 90s, mostly in Sarajevo, where he delivered humanitarian aid. Understanding the importance of music to Sarajevo culture, Carter arranged for nightly satellite link-ups between Sarajevo and U2 concerts during the siege of Sarajevo, while U2 was on their Zoo TV Tour. Carter also directed and produced "Miss Sarajevo," a documentary executive produced by Bono, based on personal video material Carter took of the citizens of Sarajevo. In 2009, Carter was given honorary citizenship of Sarajevo for work he did during the war and for continuing to be an ambassador of goodwill. During the last 15 years, Carter has traveled to over 70 countries, writing articles and doing photography. He has written three books: Fools Rush In, which details his time in Sarajevo during the war; Red Summer, a look at commercial salmon fishing in the remote Bristol Bay Alaskan region; and most recently, Boom, Bust, Boom: a Story about Copper, the Metal that Runs the World. Carter lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, with his wife and two young daughters.

Goran Rušinović

BHFF 2013 Jury Member

Goran Rušinović is an award-winning Croatian film director and screenwriter. After graduating from the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts in 1992 with a degree in painting, Rušinović went on to the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark for post-graduate studies. Rušinović's first feature film was independently-produced "Mondo Bobo," which won four Golden Arena awards, including the Golden Arena for Best Director, at the 1997 Pula Film Festival. His 2008 film, "Buick Riviera," based on a novel by Miljenko Jergović, won him the Golden Arena for Best Screenplay at the 2008 Pula Film Festival, as well as the "A to A" Regional Best Film Award at the 2009 Motovun Film Festival, and the Grand Prix at the 2008 Sarajevo Film Festival. He has worked as a screenwriter on many films, including "The World's Greatest Monster" (2000), "Butterflies" (2002) and "Freelander" (2009). 

Sara Terry

BHFF 2013 Jury Member​

 

Sara Terry is a former staff correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and magazine freelance writer, Sara Terry made a mid-career transition into photojournalism and documentary photography in the late 1990s. Her long-term project about the aftermath of war in Bosnia -- "Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace" -- was published in September 2005 by Channel Photographics. Her work has been widely exhibited, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and in many private collections. In 2005, she received a prestigious Alicia Patterson Fellowship for her work in Bosnia. She is the founder of The Aftermath Project (www.theaftermathproject.org), a non-profit grant program that helps photographers cover the aftermath of conflict. Based on the conviction that "War is only half the story," the Aftermath Project seeks to affect media and public understanding of the true cost of war and the real price of peace through its grant program, exhibitions, publications and educational outreach. "Fambul Tok" is her first documentary; she won a 2009 Sundance Documentary Institute grant for the film, and was a fellow at the 2010 IFP Doc Lab.

Refik Hodžić

BHFF 2012 Jury Member​

Refik Hodžić has worked as a journalist, filmmaker and communications specialist in the field of transitional justice. Currently, he serves as the director of communications for the International Center for Transitional Justice. He worked in various capacities at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia. He also headed the public information and outreach section of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2004, Hodzic co-founded XY Films, an independent film and television production company producing documentaryfilms dealing with the legacy of war crimes committed during the 1990s. Hiswork includes Statement 710399 and Justice Unseen, award-winning documentaries produced by XY Films.

Steve Nemsick

BHFF 2012 Jury Member​

 

Steve Nemsick is an award winning filmmaker with ten years of experience making documentaries and editing television shows. In 2007, Pray For Me, The Jason Jessee Film, won numerous awards including Best Emerging Filmmaker (X-Dance). The 2010 film, Much Ado In Mostar, won Best Documentary at the2011 Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York. A wide variety of projects has lead to Steve filming from the back of a chopper in Tokyo at 125mph, to a community that lives in a Mexican garbage dump, to a white power bbq in Australia. In between films, Nemsick has edited dozens of tv shows. He is currently making a series of short films about quintessential New Yorkers.

Aleksandar Hemon

BHFF 2012 Jury Member​

 

Aleksandar Hemon is a Bosnian-American fiction writer. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation. He is the editor of several Best European Fiction anthologies (Dalkey Archives) and the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, The Lazarus Project, and Love and Obstacles. His collection of auto-biographical essays, The Book of My Lives, from Farrar Straus and Giroux in came out in fall 2012.

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