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Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival

The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) is an annual event founded in 2003 and held in New York. This Festival showcases the best of the Bosnian cinematography and also provides a platform for the international exposure for emerging Bosnian filmmakers. It showcases the best of the resurgent film production in Bosnia since the recent war, bringing the simplicity, soulfulness and the perennial dark humor of the Bosnian film to the American audiences. In addition to showcasing the Bosnian production films the festival also includes in their program films by other producers and directors that deal with historical, socio-political and cultural issues of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival
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LocationNew York City, United States
Directed byAcademy of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival is organized by not-for-profit organization the Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina Inc.



The idea for organizing the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival was first conceived in 2002 among film enthusiasts from the Bosnian-Herzegovinian diaspora in San Francisco and New York City. The late Benjamin Filipović, an award winning film director, professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, and president of the Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, provided the inspiration for the first film festival.

In 2003, BHFF was held at the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre. The following year, BHFF moved to larger premises at the Anthology Film Archives, known as an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video. In 2007, BHFF relocated to Tribeca Cinemas. In 2018, the festival takes place in two theaters SVA Theatre as the main and Anthology Film Archives as the adjunct venue.


BHFF is a competition based film festival and it awards The Golden Apple award in several categories to eligible films screened at each BHFF. Since 2006, BHFF has awarded 39 Golden Apples to some of the most outstanding films of the Bosnian film industry or dealing with Bosnia and Herzegovina in their themes. The winning films have been selected from more than 180 films screened at BHFF over the course of 14 years. They have also passed a difficult and rigorous selection process which to date includes a pool of some 400 film titles entered for BHFF screening consideration.

The Golden Apple is given to the most outstanding films screened at the BHFF in two categories of awards, the BHFF Audience Award and BHFF Jury Awards

Jury AwardsEdit

Since 2012, BHFF awards BHFF Jury Awards to the most outstanding films screened at the BHFF and selected by jury members as most outstanding in its categories. Members of the BHFF Jury are accomplished and recognized members from Bosnian and American cultural, film and art community who have significantly contributed to the Bosnian-Herzegovinian film industry and culture in general.

BHFF jury awards following honors to the most outstanding films:

BHFF Jury Award for Best Documentary Film BHFF Jury Award for Best Short or Animated Narrative Film BHFF Jury Award for Best Feature Narrative Film BHFF Jury Award for Best Acting Performance BHFF Jury Special Mention

BHFF awards following Jury awards:

Audience AwardsEdit

BHFF Audience Awards were first introduced at BHFF in 2006. For 6 years, BHFF nominated films for the BHFF Audience Awards in Documentary, Short or Feature Film categories. In 2012, BHFF unified these awards into a single award given to a film voted by audience members as the most outstanding in all categories as BHFF Audience Award for Best Picture

Since 2012 and after introduction of jury awards BHFF consolidated the audience award into a single award

Noteworthy Guests and ParticipantsEdit

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