Award winning documentary filmmaker Yonatan Nir started his storytelling career as a photojournalist. His photo essays, from countries such as Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Egypt, India, and South Africa, have been featured extensively in Israeli and international newspapers and magazines. They have received numerous international awards and nominations, including the prestigious Asian Geographic ‘Best of the Decade’ Award for photojournalism. His experience in photojournalism has helped influence and enhance his unique style for capturing and portraying poignant stories from across the world.
Yonathan’s film Dolphin Boy, has been broadcasted in more than twenty different countries and received several awards and mentions. Yonatan is a lecturer in several universities and colleges in Israel, and has served as a juror in various international film festivals.
The 11th BOSIFEST’s Grand Prix went to the Czech film "Two roads", directed by Radovan Sibrt.
In this year's selection of films, this achievement stands out not only for its quality but also for its emotions and optimism in the story of the Tap Tap band, whose members overcome their disability with music, pointing out that it is always possible to find true meaning in life.
Last night, at the Yugoslav Film Archive, the 11th BOSIFEST was officially opened.
The audience was addressed by the Festival’s Director - Darko Ivić, Marjan Vujović – manager of the Archive’s Museum and Festival’s Selector – Igor Toholj.
Director: Jean Castejon
Several years have passed since Peter decided to go and live in Plan, an isolated village in the Aragonese Pyrenees. Far away from the advantages a city offers a blind person, he survives through his art, rock music.
Director: Grigory Kurdyaev
A few weeks from the life of a young Paralympic Andrei Filippov (19 years old), a master of sports in swimming of the blind. Having met with Andrei in his small homeland, we will go along with him a short but important way – from home training in Volgograd to playing in Moscow at the Russian Cup.
Director: Uri Levi
Ron is intelligent, charming and full of life, but every day, his movements are increasingly limited by cerebral palsy. This, while he watches his twin run and play soccer with their brother.
Director: Radovan Sibrt
Country: Czech Republic
What would you do with your life in a limited body and with limited time?
Director: Sergio Morkin
Maricarmen Graue (52) is a cello player; she plays with a rock band, as well as in a chamber orchestra. She is also a music teacher, a writer, and a marathon runner. She lives alone and is completely blind.
Director: Grzegorz Paprzycki
A couple goes on a journey across the French Alps. Apart from beautiful landscapes, they share views on topics related to faith and the creation of the world.
Director: Lana Bregar
The short documentary shows three individuals, who have lost their sight. Their intimate narrative takes the viewer on a journey to their world and feelings about the loss of vision.
Director: Gojko Berkuljan
„Out of spite“ is a movie about Anđela Radovanović, Russian language and literature teacher, poetess, showing the world of emotions between Siberia and Latin America through her poems.
Director: Martina Biagi
I am is a journey amid families with children suffering from rare genetic conditions and doctors who take care of them.
Director: Danilo - Lola Ilić
Erik is a 36-year-old young man with cerebral palsy. Although a person with disabilities and various problems he is never at peace, he always wants to do something new. He is a composer, author, singer, keyboard player, songwriter ....
This year's selector, Igor Toholj, has chosen films to be screened at the 11th Belgrade International Film Festival for and by People with Disabilities
The workshop for creative writing of scripts for short films includes participants with disabilities of all categories in age groups as well as interested healthy people who work together to design, prepare and concept scripts for short films on the lives of people with disabilities, their social inclusion and universal problems.
Igor M. Toholj, born in 1968 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, now Serbia.
Studied Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, graduated from FDU.
Documentary and experimental filmmaker, critic and programmer.
For his documentaries and experimental films, he has been awarded at film festivals.
Some were shown on national TV-RTS, as well as in various authorial and national retrospectives in the country and abroad.
Ognjen Glavonić is a film director from Pancevo. His films have been screened at festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Rotterdam, New York, Sarajevo and many others, winning about fifty awards. Glavonić is the director and one of the founders of the Pancevo Film Festival.
Tanja Brzaković was born in Belgrade, she studied film and TV directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. These studies were followed by postgraduate studies at the University of Hamburg.
She worked as an assistant director and director in Belgrade, Hamburg and Berlin, as a screenwriter and assistant professor. Thanks to many years of experience, she had the opportunity to make 15 short feature films and four feature-length documentaries.
He is the editor of the film program of the Nis Cultural Center.
Since 1997, he has been one of the main organizers and selector of the Festival of Acting Achievements in Nis.
He edited the film program on the city's Nis television, published film reviews in the press, and was the initiator and one of the editors of the film magazine "Filaž" from Niš.
The Grand Prix of the 10th Bosifest went to the Spanish documentary film "Moises" by Laura De Migel,
"Moises" is an extremely powerful film, devastatingly emotional, true and painful. What is particularly striking is that it accomplishes all this in a very simple and unpretentious way in just 19 minutes.
The 2019 BOSIFEST will feature documentaries on the life of disabled people or authored by people with disabilities. This year's film program is characterized by a large variety of genres and films of excellent quality.
BOSIFEST 2019. This year's tenth festival will take place at the Yugoslav Film Archive Belgrade from 21st - 23rd of October. We are going to present 9 films in the competitive and 7 in the non-competitive part of the program, chosen by the selector Igor Toholj. As this year marks our jubillee, 10 years of BOSIFEST, we will be reflecting on past years, through the accompanying program during the Festival.
Director: Elad Cohen, Iris Ben Moshe
When El-Ad was a child, his mother told him: “Raising you is like raising three kids.” Ever since that moment, he felt guilty for being deaf, and tried extra hard to be like everyone else.
Director: György Dobray
They live together independently, they fight, they reconcile, they desire, they dream of having a baby, but most importantly they love, above all. Like couples do, properly. The difference is only that society labels them as “mentally disabled”. Cili and Marci have Down’s syndrome. This is what the film would be about, their everyday life, their infinite love for life and for each other. A world that may be completely unfamiliar to us, a world of wholeness and happiness.
Director: Wojciech Klimala
The story of deaf Iwona is a modern Cinderella fairy tale. A life of a seemingly ordinary woman turns upside down when the Miss Deaf International crown lands on her head.
Director: George Gogua
Born in the small town of Chkhorotsku in Western Georgia, Gia (Jeme) Kikvadze has been visually impaired since birth. Nonetheless, despite his condition, he has always been active and in the 1990s even set up his own radio station which still functions today.
Director: Alessandro Stevanon
The world is a continuous formation of desires and possibilities. There are many obstacles between them, but Luca has found a way - in his own way - to overcome them.
Director: Stratis Chatzielenoudas
Leonidas, a 33-year old punk rock paraplegic and his friends plan to climb on the highest peak of Mount Olympus. For whom is it going to be more difficult?
Director: Nicky Maas
Noëll – Little Fire – Schulte, an 11-year-old boy with autism, isn’t the most easy going type and has a hard time connecting with people. When Noëll gets Gerrit, a though buddy with a motorcycle, appointed to him they head of on an adventure. On the motorbike Noëll is freed from the outside world that tells him how to be. A road trip full of dreamy and observing moments follows. Will they learn to trust each other and let their guard down?
Director: Fanny Bräuning
Just a "love story". "Only" film about connectivity, intricacies, reliability, trust.