Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF)

The seventeenth annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) will take place in New York City from Wednesday, April 8, through Saturday, April 11, 2020.

The BHFF promotes the diversity and breadth of Bosnia-Herzegovinian stories through film, and serves as a valuable link for members of the Bosnian diaspora in the New York City area to their heritage, while also exposing a wider audience to Bosnian culture. Over the years it has grown from a simple film revue event to a New York City institution, recognized by filmmakers, production companies, and the general cinema community. In addition to the roughly 15 productions screened annually, BHFF also includes a series of interactive, collaborative events that serve as a platform for critical dialogue between our guests, most of whom are filmmakers based in the Balkan region, and the hundreds of New York City-based attendees the festival attracts each year.

The BHFF call for entries is open until February 15, 2020. The festival is currently accepting feature, documentary, short, and animated films either produced by Bosnian-Herzegovinian filmmakers or that feature themes about Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Films honored by the festival in 2019 included Best Feature Narrative Bobo Jelčić ’s All Alone, starring Rakan Rushaidat, who won the Award for Best Acting Performance for his role as Marko; Bojan Bodružić’s The Museum of Forgotten Triumphs, which won Best Documentary; Ado Hasanović’s Nomophobia, which won Best Short Film, Marta Hernaiz Pidal’s The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić, which won the Audience Award for Best Picture; and Zdenko Jurilj’s Sisters, which won the Jury Special Mention.

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