The 2017 will be remembered in Bosnian and Herzegovinian cinema as the year with a record number of finalized feature films in the past 25 years.
Films that had world’s premieres this year were:
-THE FROG by Elmir Jukić (Refresh Production, premiere at Sarajevo Film Festivalu);
- MEN DON’T CRY by Alen Drljević, (Deblokada, premiere at Karovy Vary Film Festival);
- THE FINAL BARIER by Jasmin Duraković, (Depo, premiere at Sarajevo Film Festival);
- BIRDS LIKE US by Faruk Šabanović and Amela Ćuhara, Prime Time, (premiere at Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film);
- NOTHING BUT THE WIND by Timur Makarević, (SCCA/pro.ba, premiere at Raindance Film Festival); and
- NEVER LEAVE ME by Aida Begić, (Film House, premiere at Antalya Film Festival).
Film MEN DON’T CRY has received outstanding results at film festivals around the world and has won over 10 awards including Special Jury Award at Karlovy Vary Film Festival and Best Film Award at Zagreb Film Festival.
This year’s BH Film Program at Sarajevo Film Festival has screened 75 films finalized between August 2016 and July 2017. Program also presented co-production films including DEAD FISH by Kristijan Milić as well as 4 documentary films by foreign authors about Bosnia and Herzegovina. To be precise, this year’s BH Film Program has screened: 9 feature films, 14 documentary long feature films, 9 short documentary film, 11 short and animated films, 13 student films and 9 films made by high school students.
Unfortunately, in this year not one film was shot in major BiH production and also by Bosnian and Herzegovinian author. However, recently, the photography of a fiction feature film by Ena Sendijarević SOMEWHERE NICE was completed. The film’s director is Bosnian by her origins, but the film is produced by Dutch company with service production in BiH (SCCA/pro.ba). Also, the principal photography of Martin Turk’s film A GOOD DAY FOR WORK has also been completed. This film was produced by Obala Art Center from Sarajevo and many Bosnian and Herzegovinian authors were included in this films shooting, as well as the film crew and entire cast.
Our authors were active also outside the borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This year scriptwriter Elma Tataragić had the world premiere of her feature film WHEN THE DAY HAD NO NAME by Teona Mitevski at Berlinale and her script STITCHES by Miroslav Terzić was shot in Serbia (co-production between Serbia, BiH, Slovenia and Croatia). Tataragić might have two film premieres next year since her other script GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIA by Teona Mitevska (Co-production between Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia and Croatia) will commence principal photography in January 2018.
This year 3 short films have been shot. Danis Tanović finished shooting of his short film that he wrote and directed, produced by SCCA/pro.ba. The same production company finished shooting of Nermin Hamzagić’s short film with the working title INTERVIEW. Also, short film ROOSTER was shot by Hava Sarajevo Production Company and directed by Sabrina Begović, written by Melina Alagić. These films are expected to be finalized in 2018, as well as numerous documentary and student films. It is important to note that Sarajevo born Eva Cvijanović has very successful year with her Canada/Croatia co-production animated film HEDGEHOG’S HOME.
Besides this, many film festivals were held in Bosnia and Herzegovina, among which is most notable Sarajevo Film Festival, which screened 250 films from around the world and hosted more than 1000 film professionals including domestic authors.