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Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival 2015 Awards
26 May 2015
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The twelfth annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF), held at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City announced its winners:

Award for Best Short Film: The Chicken by Una Gunjak (Germany/Croatia, 2014, 15΄)

Award for Best Feature Film: Bridges of Sarajevo (France/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Switzerland/Italy/Portugal/Bulgaria/Germany, 2014), showcasing the talents of 13 European directors, including Leonardo di Constanzo, Jean-Luc Godard, Kamen Kalev, Isild Le Besco, Sergei Loynitsa, Vicenyo Marra, Ursula Meier, Vladimir Perišić, Cristi Puiu, Marc Recha, Angela Schanelec, Aida Begić and Teresa Villaverde.

Award for Best Documentary Film: Pretty Village (Wales/Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2014) directed by Dave Evans and produced by Kemal Pervanić.

Audience Award for Best Picture: Racket by Admir Buljugić (Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2014)

Racket by Admir Buljugić

When asked to comment about their selection for the BHFF Jury Award for Best Feature Film, jurors Dijana Jelača and Pamela Hogan stated: “While not a traditional feature, we salute this fascinating experiment comprising 13 short films, and 13 distinct artistic visions of Sarajevo from 1914-2014. It brings together an impressive list of international filmmakers, who tackle a variety of important themes from Sarajevo΄s, as well as the region΄s, past and present.”

Una Gunjak, London-based director of The Chicken, was unable to accept her Jury Award for Best Short Film in person, but was delighted to receive the news from NYC: “It warms my heart and I am sending [big thanks] across the pond to you. It is particularly tense for me to show the film to an audience that is not just familiar with the Balkan region - but also comes from Bosnia - to an audience that has the right to judge and question your choices. It΄s a big test of the heart for me - for the film. I want to say a huge thank you to the jury, to everyone who made it to the screening, to the dedicated and supporting team of BHFF and say how sorry I am for not being able to celebrate with you tonight.”

Kemal Pervanić, producer and protagonist of Pretty Village, also sent a statement from London. He emphasized the importance of his documentary film: “Pretty Village had to be done for so many different reasons. It had to be not only a survivor testimony. It also had to be a piece of art which creates a depository of memory upon which we try to build a civilised society. It΄s been a privilege to have Pretty Village selected for this year΄s Festival. To win an award is a massive honour, it΄s a humbling experience for all of us.” Pervanić added: “I΄d like to congratulate all the other filmmakers whose works were included in the festival. Thank you BHFF organisers, thank you members of the jury, thank you members of the audience. By watching the film you have lent us your support.”

Admir Buljugić, who won the BHFF Audience Award for Best Picture for his directorial efforts on the feature film Racket, expressed his gratitude from Sarajevo: “I am thrilled that the film Racket won the Audience Award. We make films for the audience so we are very happy that it was received so well.” 

This year’s audience was the biggest in the festival΄s history. Attendance in 2015 surpassed the all-time record set in 2007.

Source: BHFF official website
  Bridges of Sarajevo
  Pretty Village
  The Chicken
  Vladimir Perisic
  Cristi Puiu
  Kamen Kalev
  Aida Begic
  Admir Buljugic
  Dave Evans
  Una Gunjak
  The 11th Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival
  The 11th Bosnian-Herzegovinian FiIm Festival Awards
  The 12th Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival, May 21-23
  Zlatko Filipovic of BHFF about 2015 winners
  BHFF official website
  BHFF on Facebook
  BHFF on Twitter
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