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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.  

FILMMAKERS 

BOJAN BODRUZIC 

director

"The Museum of Forgotten Triumphs"

Bojan Bodruzic was born in 1980, in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and now resides in Vancouver. He holds a Joint MFA in Creative Writing and Film Production from the University of British Columbia. His films have screened at a number of international film festivals, as well as MoMA. His most recent film, 'The Museum of Forgotten Triumphs' (2018) received the award for Best Canadian Documentary at the Vancouver International Film Festival. While he primarily works as a writer/director, he has also worked as a cinematographer, editor and film music composer. He has been teaching film production at various post secondary institutions in British Columbia since 2006. 

Screening and Q&A Time:

 Friday - April 14, 2019   8:30 PM 

DAMIR AVDAGIC

director

"Reprise/Response"

Damir Avdagic is an interdisciplinary artist, currently living and working between Oslo, Norway and New York, US. Damir Avdagic´s artistic practice is based in performance, text and video and deals with issues of historical memory and identity.  
 
Through various strategies, Avdagic and the participants in his work perform recorded monologues, conversations, letters and documents which are circumscribed by the same historical event, reflecting on how history is passed between generations and what effect it bears on cultural identity, nationality and the self.  
The historical background for Avdagic's work is the conflict in Ex-Yugoslavia, which lasted from 1991-1995 and from which his family fled to Norway in 1993. 
Avdagic has produced a number of video works, which are usually shown in gallery settings. Including "Prevodenje(Translation)" from 2014 and "Reenactment/Process" from 2016. 

Screening and Q&A Time:

 Wednesday - April 10, 2019   6:30 PM 

MARTA HERNAIZ PIDAL

director

"The chaotic life of Nada Kadic"

Marta Hernaiz Pidal is a Mexican filmmaker with a Degree in Film and Television and a master degree in fine arts with a specialty in film direction obtained in film.factory school in Sarajevo founded by the renowned Hungarian director Béla Tarr. In 2016 her short film "Dobro" was part of the official selection of Cannes Film Festival in the Cinefondátion section and her first feature film as director "The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić" had his world premiere at the Berlinale Forum 2018. 

Screening and Q&A Time:

 Thursday - April 11, 2019   8:45 PM 

NEBOJŠA SLIJEPČEVIĆ

director

"Srbenka"

Nebojša Slijepčević was born in Sarajevo in 1973. He obtained a degree in Film and TV Directing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art. He made 35 epiosdes of the documentary TV series Direkt, produced by Fade In. The episode Fatherless won him Best Script Award at the Days of Croatian Film and Audience Award at ZagrebDox. His documentary film In 4 Years was awarded at film festivals in Sarajevo and Verona and his documentary TV program City Folk was shown on a dozen of European TV stations. In 2009 he directed one story of Zagreb Stories omnibus film. In 2011 he directed his first animated film, Dog/Rabbit. His feature-length documentary comedy Gangster of Love (2013), about love stories in the 21st century was awarded at numerous film festivals in Croatia and abroad. 

Screening and Q&A Time:

Thursday- April 11, 2019   6:30 PM 

ADEMIR KENOVIĆ

producer

"Kuduz"

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.

Screening and Q&A Time:

 Saturday - April 13, 2019   6:30 PM 

SNEŽANA BOGDANOVIĆ

actress

"Kuduz"

One of the most prominent actresses from former Yugoslavia, Snezana Bogdanovic’s theatrical work has ranged from Sophocles’ Elektra to Maggie in “Cat on the Hot Tin Roof” and Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate”. During her time in theater, she won multiple national awards, receiving critical praise throughout the entire Balkan region.   
Through her work in film, Snezana 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 which was a Serbian adaptation of the HBO show “In Treatment”. 
At the peak of her career, due to political unrest and war in former Yugoslavia, Snezana left the country and moved to the United States. She currently lives in New York City. 
Snezana’s most recent work was Ana in “Stitches” by Mirislav Terzic, which premiered this year at Berlin Film Festival. She also finished “The Son”, a film by Bosnian director Ines Tanovic, currently in post-production.   

Screening and Q&A Time:

 Saturday - April 13, 2019   6:30 PM