The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) in New York City has selected the jury members for the 14th annual event taking place April 13 to 15, 2017 at SVA Theatre. The jury members include photojournalist Ron Haviv, author Zlata Filipović, and costume designer Amela Bakšić. The jurors will review the 2017 BHFF program and select the recipients of the festival’s awards for Best Feature Film, Best Short Film and Best Documentary Film. Additionally, the 2017 BHFF will introduce for the first time a Best Acting Performance Award to honor outstanding talent in films screened at the festival. Films selected to screen at the 2017 BHFF will also be eligible to win the Golden Apple Audience Award, with winners to be announced during the festival, to be held April 13-15, 2017 at SVA Theatre.
The BHFF is currently accepting entries through February 1, 2017. The programming committee will consider narrative features, narrative shorts, documentaries, and animated films by Bosnian-Herzegovinian filmmakers and producers, as well as films with Bosnia-Herzegovina as their theme.
Over last 5 years BHFF has introduced a total of 15 jury members, representatives of Bosnian-Herzegovinian, American and international film, arts and literary communities, who have provided invaluable critical and curatorial reviews of works selected and presented at the BHFF.
For 2017 BHFF welcomes its 6th film jury team:
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.
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).
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.