MEET THE FILMMAKERS 

In recent years, the BHFF has worked to expand its program beyond film screenings to include a greater number of interactive, collaborative events, including Q&A's and panel discussions, that foster a multicultural dialogue between the festival’s filmmaker guests and attendees. These interactive events allow direct interaction between filmmakers and film enthusiasts, offering a new level of intimacy to the BHFF’s tradition of diversity, inclusiveness, and cultural exchange.

The events allow the festival’s filmmaker guests to speak to filmgoers more candidly than they might in media interviews or on a red carpet. Conversations at the BHFF give rise not only to resonant personal connections between Bosnian and U.S.-based event participants, but also to critical conversations across cultures that benefit the film industry and the arts as a whole.

BHFF guests typically include directors, producers, actors, and actresses from the films selected. Guests may also include film industry figures and film scholars, as well as artists who produce work that is relevant to the themes explored by the BHFF.

We are honored to present our distinguished guests for the 16th annual BHFF.  While you may catch some of our guests at the SVA Theatre and the Anthology Film Archives throughout the festival, make sure you plan ahead and book your seat at the Q&A's and panels listed below.  

In Conversation: LET THERE BE COLOUR 

Wednesday - October 28, 2020   4:15 PM 

Ado Hasanović (born in Srebrenica 1986) is a Bosnian film director based in Rome. From 2008-2011, Ado has been the Creative Director of the Srebrenica Short Film Festival. He graduated from the Sarajevo Film Academy as a film director in 2013. He later attended the prestigious National Film School 'Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia' in Rome, where he specialized as a film director. In 2015, he started working as Art Director for the Mediterranean Short Film Festival in Sant'Antioco, Italy. As a guest student at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, he finished a Master in Dramaturgy. He won several international awards for his short films “The Angel of Srebrenica”, “Blue Viking in Sarajevo”, “Mum” “Breath of life Srebrenica” and “Pink Elephant”.

ADO HASANOVIĆ

Director

"Let There Be Colour"

In Conversation: THE SON 

Wednesday - October 28, 2020   6:15 PM 

Ines Tanović is a film director, writer, and producer born in Sarajevo. She graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, department of dramaturgy, and she is a founder of the production company Dokument Sarajevo in 1990; Currently president of the Association of Film Workers of BiH. She was at the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2006. and her project Decision was selected in the Berlin Today Award 2011.

In 2015. she finished the realization of the feature film “Our Everyday Life” which was supported by the Sarajevo Film Fund (BiH), Slovenian and Croatian Film Fund, and Eurimages. The film was invited to over 40 international film festivals and won 15 awards. The film was a Bosnian candidate for an Oscar for 2015.

Alem Babić is a film producer born in Sarajevo. As a producer, he participated in the production of the long feature omnibus “Some Other Stories”. He produced his first long feature film “Our Everyday Life” in august 2014, a movie that won the award for post-production in the Work in Progress program at Sarajevo Film Festival in 2014. The same year he began to prepare a new project “The Son” which was awarded the development Fund during the CineLink market SFF. For the same project, he was awarded with EAVE scholarship.

Snežana Bogdanović is one of the most prominent actresses from the former Yugoslavia. Her theatrical work has ranged from Sophocles’ "Elektra" to Maggie in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate". During her time in the theater, she won multiple national awards, receiving critical praise throughout the entire Balkan region. Through her work in film, Snežana became known for her leading roles in "Kuduz", "Original Forgery", and "My Brother Aleksa", for which she also received numerous national film awards. Her role in "Kuduz" garnered her a nomination for a European Film Award for Best Actress and also a win with their Special Spirit Award. Her work has also included multiple leading roles in Serbian television, one of which was a Serbian adaptation of the HBO show "In Treatment".

INES TANOVIĆ

Director

"The Son"

ALEM BABIĆ

Producer

"The Son"

SNEŽANA BOGDANOVIĆ ​

Actress

"The Son"

ULIKS FEHMIU ​

Actor

"The Son"

Uliks Fehmiu was born in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is an actor and a producer, known for “Redemption Street” (2012), “Our Everyday Life” (2015), and “White White World” (2010), "Well-Tempered Corpses (2005). He also guest-starred on “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”.  He debuted as a producer with the film “Stitches”  in 2019 which was showcased at many international film festivals and garnered a great number of awards across the world. Uliks currently lives in New York. He is a son of a renowned actor Bekim Fehmiu (“Odyssee” - 1968).

In Conversation: THE INFIDEL 

Thursday - October 29, 2020   4:30 PM 

Nejra Latić Hulusić is a director and producer born, raised, and currently based in Sarajevo. Graduated from directing department of Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo. She is the founder and a member of HAVA SARAJEVO, where she directs and produces documentary and fiction films. As a director and a producer, she was awarded by BDC “Balkan discoveries 2011” workshop for the pitching of UNDERCOVERED (SFF, ZagrebDox, Cottbus FF...) project in development. Directed a documentary film HER CINEMA LOVE which has been screened on the most important documentary film festivals such as HOTDOCS, Visions du Reel, DOK Leipzig, ZagrebDOX, Dokufest...  

As a director Nejra Latić Hulusić is known for films SVJEDOK (2008), HER CINEMA LOVE (2011), INTO THE BLUE (2014), UNDERCOVERED (2017), and ĆAFIR (2020.). As an employee of national TV channel BHT1 she has directed documentaries FROM DARKNESS TO ETERNAL LIGHT, ČOVJEK JE ČOVJEKU VUČKO, MEMORIES ABOUT MEMORIES AND A ROAD TO REMEMBERANCE.  

Besides her directing works, she is writing articles weekly for “Lola”, magazine from Banja Luka, and Al Jazeera Balkans Blog.

NEJRA LATIĆ HULUSIĆ

Director

"The Infidel"

In Conversation: FULL MOON 

Thursday - October 29, 2020   6:00 PM 

Nermin Hamzagić - born in 1986 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, where he works as an assistant professor. In addition to short films and documentaries, he has also realized theatre projects. FULL MOON is his feature film debut and celebrates its world premiere at the 29th FFC.

MOVIES
Dreamers (2009, doc, short)
Soul train (2015, doc)
Damaged goods (2015, short)
Interview (2017, short)
The rope (2018, doc)

NERMIN HAMZAGIĆ 

Director

"Full Moon"

In Conversation: Take Me Somewhere Nice

Thursday - October 29, 2020   6:00 PM 

Ena Sendijarević (1987) is an Amsterdam based, Bosnian filmmaker. She studied Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam and the Freie Universität Berlin, before graduating from the Netherlands Film Academy as a writer/director in 2014. She directed several successful short films like TRAVELLERS INTO THE NIGHT (2013) and FERNWEH (2014). Her last short IMPORT (2016) premiered at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes 2016, and traveled to numerous festivals ever since. It was the official Dutch short film entrance for the Oscars 2017. Ena is currently finishing her debut feature film TAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICE.

ENA SENDIJAREVIĆ

Director

"Take me somewhere nice"

In Conversation: SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL

Saturday- October 31, 2020   4:30 PM 

Guillaume de Fontenay (born March 6, 1969) is a Canadian film director and screenwriter from MontrealQuebec. He is most noted for his feature film debut Sympathy for the Devil (Sympathie pour le diable), which received three Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 8th Canadian Screen Awards in 2020.

Prior to releasing Sympathy for the Devil, de Fontenay worked primarily in theatre and advertising, and directed the short film Le Retour triptyque in 2012. He first signed on to direct Sympathy for the Devil in the mid-2000s after reading war correspondent Paul Marchand's book, but the film was delayed by various production complications, including Marchand's death in 2009, and was not completed or released until 2019.

At the Canadian Screen Awards, de Fontenay was nominated alongside Guillaume Vigneault and Jean Barbe for Best Adapted Screenplay, and the film was also nominated for the John Dunning Best First Feature Award. Vigneault, Barbe and de Fontenay also received a Prix Iris nomination for Best Screenplay at the 22nd Quebec Cinema Awards, where de Fontenay was also a nominee for Best Director.

GUILLAUME DE FONTENAY 

Director

"Sympathy for the Devil"

In Conversation: STITCHES

Saturday - October 31, 2020   6:00 PM 

Miroslav Terzic was born 1969 in Belgrade.  He graduated at the University of Belgrade ( International law department). He has attended bachelor degree studies at Belgrade Academy for Film & Drama, Belgrade University. As of 2000 he worked as a freelance artist - director and screenwriter. He is a director and assistant director, known for Stitches (2019), Redemption Street (2012) and Underground (1995).

MIROSLAV TERZIĆ

Director

"Stitches"

SNEŽANA BOGDANOVIĆ ​

Actress

"Stitches"

Snežana Bogdanović is one of the most prominent actresses from the former Yugoslavia. Her theatrical work has ranged from Sophocles’ "Elektra" to Maggie in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate". During her time in the theater, she won multiple national awards, receiving critical praise throughout the entire Balkan region. Through her work in film, Snežana became known for her leading roles in "Kuduz", "Original Forgery", and "My Brother Aleksa", for which she also received numerous national film awards. Her role in "Kuduz" garnered her a nomination for a European Film Award for Best Actress and also a win with their Special Spirit Award. Her work has also included multiple leading roles in Serbian television, one of which was a Serbian adaptation of the HBO show "In Treatment".

ELMA ​TATARAGIĆ

Screenwriter

"Stitches"

Elma Tataragić (1976) is a scriptwriter, professor, and festival programmer. She graduated Dramaturgy (Screenwriting and History of Cinema) at Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts and obtained her Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in Film and Literature. She has been with Sarajevo Film Festival since it was founded in 1995, where she now works as a selector for Competition Programs and CineLink Industry Days.
She co-wrote the short film First Death Experience (2001) and wrote and produced the short North Went Mad (2003), both directed by Aida Begić. She has produced and co-written the feature film Snow (2008) also directed by A. Begić, shown in the Semaine de la critique at Cannes Film Festival 2008, where the film won the Grand Prix. The film has been shown at over 80 festivals and won over 30 international awards. She is a General Secretary and a member of the Filmmakers Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has been teaching screenwriting at Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts since 2002, now as a professor.

She is a member of the European Film Academy and has published a book on screenwriting and is also works as a script consultant. In 2016 she has completed her short fiction film I Remember, which is successfully touring the world film festivals. The feature film When The Day Had No Name (2017) directed by Teona Mitevska which she has co-written premiered in Panorama Special at Berlinale 2017. She is currently in the preproduction of two feature films she has written: Stitches to be directed by Serbia director Miroslav Terzić and God Exists And Her Name Is Petrunija by Macedonian director Teona Mitevska. She’s also developing a new feature and a short experimental films.

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