INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR AND BY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES -

The eighth Belgrade International Film Festival for and by people with disabilities - Bosifest is officially opened.

10. October 2017.

The eighth Bosifest was officially opened last night at the Belgrade Sava Center’s "Amphitheatre". Director of the Festival, Darko Ivić, assistant to the Minister of Culture and Information Ivana Dedić, acting assistant to the Minister of Labor, Empoyment, Veteran and Social Policy - Sector for protection of people with disabilities - Biljana Barošević, representative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological development Gordana Cvetković and a member of the City Council of Belgrade Dragomir Petronijević addressed a numerous and mostly young audience.

Darko Ivić said that in keeping with the slogan "Start a change", the Festival has already started to implement it by moving from the Belgrade Youth Center to the Sava Center. He also expressed a desire to move into the large hall in two to three years.

"Each year, we are adding something new to our program. This time, that step further will be a conference "Bosifest 2017 - Start a change", with lectures given by professionals and interaction with university and highschool students. This is also the aim of the Festival - sensitizing young people to get involved in recognizing problems of people with disabilities and possibly giving some input", said Ivić.

"The second main goal, that we have already fulfilled and are continuing to develop is creating a bond between fim authors and organizations for people with disabilities, as well as individuals, in order to help them realize that film is a serious art and only with professionals we will be able to create good documentary films on topics that concern us", emphasized Ivić.

Director expressed great pleasure at the support of competent institutions, he thanked the authors from Poland, Georgia, France and the Netherlands for coming, as well as the selector Goran Radovanović and memebers of the jury, Anica Dobra, Radoslav Zelenović and Predrag Antonijević.

As for the Festival program, he pointed out the World Preview of the Israeli film "My hero brother".

Ivana Dedić estimated that Bosifest is "becoming a traditional manifestation that each time gathers a wider circle of filmmakers and admirers of film art".

"This festival is proof that artistic affirmation is a confirmation of the activity and creativity of people with disabilities.At the same time, it is an indicator of the quality of film production in our country and the world. Bosifest offers an immeasurable contribution to the inclusion of people with disabilities in the creative reality of our culture", she said.

Biljana Barošević said that the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy has different projects for including people with disabilities in the community life.

"Bosifest is one of the positive examples of inclusion. We will do a lot to support these and similar projects in order to affirm people with disabilities in all spheres of our society", she said, adding that the film plays an important role as it can strengthen the awareness of problems of people with disabilities.

Gordana Cvetković reminded that every child's right to education with their peers was legally regulated in 2009.

She said, "Inclusive education has become the right. We have started a change and now it is up to us to maintain it. I am very glad to see so many young people in the audience. We will have much less work if young people joined together in working with their peers, fighting against fears, opposition and prejudice".

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Dragomir Petronijević thanked Darko Ivić for organizing this festival for the eighth year now which, among other things, promotes Belgrade. He said, "Many people around the world heard about our city thanks to Bosifest itself. On the other hand, through this Festival's program, young viewers were able to learn something about life and people from other countries".

Petronijević emphasized that while working at the Youth Office he often encountered attitudes like, 'how will I do that?', 'I cannot do it' and similar. "This is why I am thrilled by Darko Ivić's energy. He has shown that whoever wants to do something - they will find a way. When you believe in your project, when you work on your knowledge and skills - there are no limits", said Petronijević.

The opening ceremony of the 8th Bosifest was lead by the actor Uroš Jovčić, along with translations to sign language and English. Jovčić said that over 100 films applied for the Festival from Serbia, Europe, Amerika, Australia and Afrika, out of which 18 were chosen for the competitive and non-competitive part of the program.

In his previous conversation with the journalists, Darko Ivić explained that they went for a fewer number of films than previous years, in order to be able to show some longer film over the three days of Festival. The main criterion, besides the topic, was certainly a high quality of chosen films, emphasized Ivić.

Immediately after the opening ceremony, the fenomenal feature-length documentary "Normal Autistic Film" was shown, in which the Czech documentarist challenges us once and for all to stop perceiving autism as a medical diagnosis and try to understand it as a fascinating way of thinking that is often too difficult to decipher.

During Bosifest, from October 10-12, the audience will be able to see 18 films chosen by the selector Gorana Radovanović, 10 in the competitive and 8 in the non-competitive part of the program. All films had their premieres in Serbia at this time, and on the first day of the Festival, at 8 p.m., there was a World Preview of the excellent Israeli documentary "My hero brother" (Directors:Yonatan Nir and Enosh Cassel) which follows a group of young people with Down syndrome on a joureny through the Indian Himalayas, accompanied by their brothers and sisters. This film will be shown in the non-competitive part of the program.

Appart from the "Normal Autistic Film", in the competitive part of the program we will also be able to see a documentary "50 x Rio" (Author: Francesco Mansuti, 36:14 min) which talks about an adventure of a very special guy, Alex Zanardi, and of his training and preparations for the Paraolymic games in Rio de Janeiro. In his fifties, Alex is physically more capable than much younger athletes. Along the way, the film captures amazing footage from training scenes of the Italian Paraolympic national team, Alex's everyday life, to the special moments when he meets and works with key people who are helping him develop the skill of riding his handcycle. Then there is the film "88MhZ" (Author: Yana Titova, 39 min) about the blind theater and radio journalist, Jordan Georgiev from Bulgaria, who is hosting the cultural program entitled "No Masks", as well as the excellent short documentary called "Altrove" (Authors: Cesare Cicardini, Mauro Melgrati, 18 min) that speaks of a freeing and intimate journey of a twenty-year-old young man with a Down syndrome, whose ambition is to find his place in this world.

You will certainly enjoy the Russian film "They went dancing" (Author: Maryam Makhieva, 20 min) - a documentary about people who are connected by sport dancing in wheelchairs.

The twelve-year-old Laura will be our guide through her life with deaf parents in the film "Two worlds", and nine-year-old Luka will share with us his dream about dancing on stage in the film "Listen to the silence", because he feels that is the only way he can take his place in this world. The only world known to him is the public school for deaf children which he attends and lives in...

Within the competitive program, other documentaries that will be shown are "In another world", about the woman who receives the news that she is pregnant and is carrying a baby with a Down syndrome; "Arise and walk" - a unique documentary in which Matthieu Firmin, popular online magazine Spicee's editor-in-chief, in a funny and interesting way talks about his battle with paraplegia and "Daniel", film about a boy who spends his holiday in a camp organized for persons with Down syndrome.

This year's Bosifest members of the jury are: Predrag Gaga Antonijević, our renown director, Radoslav Zelenović, director of the European Film Festival Palić and a long-standing director of the Yugoslav Film Archive and Anica Dobra, one of our most significant actresses. The jury will give out following awards: Grand Prix for the best film, the award for the best director, the award for the best-case scenario, as well as special recognitions.

In addition to the aforementioned exclusive World Preview of the film "My hero brother", films that will be shown in the non-competitive part of the program are "Andre The Anti-Giant" - a remarkable journey of a three-foot tall actor, comedian and disability advocate Andre H. Arruda; Russian short documentary "Champion and Ballet Dancer", Belgian film "The kangaroo complex", Indian "I'm Jeeja" - a first person narrative of Jeeja Ghosh, an effective and responsible leader and disability rights activist living with cerebral palsy.

This year, Festival's accompanying program is the conference "Start a change", which will take place on the second and third day of the Festival, before the showing of the films (12a.m. - 3.30p.m.). At the Conference, experts will be giving interactive lectures on topics:

You can find a detailed program schedule and more information about the films in the the Festival catalogue, which is available for download on the following link - Bosifest - catalogue

All film screenings will be held at the Sava Center's "Amphitheatre". The accompanying program will be held at the "Amphitheatre" and the VIP room.

Bosifest is a unique film festival in our country, but also in the world context, since the whole program is devoted to the life of people with disabilities, and the films shown are relevant and outstanding achievments of a documentary genre.

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A word from Darko Ivic, the Director of Bosifest 2019

30. July 2019.

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.

THE SIGN FOR LOVE

02. July 2019.

Director: Elad Cohen, Iris Ben Moshe
Country: Israel
Duration: 75min

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.

THE TWO OF US

02. July 2019.

Director: György Dobray
Country: Hungary
Duration: 49min

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.

THE SIGNS

28. June 2019.

Director: Wojciech Klimala
Country: Poland
Duration: 56min

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.

JEME DEDICATED TO LEAVE

28. June 2019.

Director: George Gogua
Country: Georgia
Duration: 39min

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.

DREAMING FOLK

26. June 2019.

Director: Alessandro Stevanon
Country: Italy
Duration: 20min

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.

BACK TO THE TOP

26. June 2019.

Director: Stratis Chatzielenoudas
Country: Greece
Duration: 94min

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?

LITTLE FIRE

24. June 2019.

Director: Nicky Maas
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 15min

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?

THE JOURNEY - A STORY OF LOVE

24. June 2019.

Director: Fanny Bräuning
Country: Germany
Duration: 85min

Just a "love story". "Only" film about connectivity, intricacies, reliability, trust.

MOISES

21. June 2019.

Director: Laura De Miguel
Country: Spain
Duration: 19min

The Lunzo Association is a non-profit organization of sociocultural intervention, whose purpose is to favor the interrelation of people with disabilities and without it.

THE ONE WHO SINGS

21. June 2019.

Director: Pierre Verdez
Country: France
Duration: 58min

Simon, a young tenor promised to an international career ends up paralyzed after an accident. With uncommon strength of character, Simon decides to pursue his singing career, even though he is now rooted to a wheelchair...

Statement of the volunteers of the Dental School in Belgrade

15. June 2019.

As volunteers at BOSIFEST in 2018. they would have told their friends that they must visit BOSIFEST this year. Through movies and workshops, we have gained new insights that have changed our minds towards people with disabilities, as well as more responsibility for our own lives.

BELGRADE INN GARNI HOTEL

15. June 2019.

Ada Protic, GENERAL MANAGER

As a representative of Belgrade Inn Garni Hotel, on behalf of the owner and all the employees, I can say that it is very important for companies of all kinds to consider providing support for cultural events and cultural organizations, especially when it comes to raising awareness and supporting people who need this kind of help the most, like people with disabilities.

Tulip Inn Belgrade

15. June 2019.

Dragana Rajak, Banquet Sales Executive

Hotel Tulip Inn Putnik Belgrade is located in the center of New Belgrade, in a business center, just 100 meters from the bank of the Danube.

This Golden Tulip Hospitality Group hotel is a 10-minute drive from the old city center of Belgrade.

MARK HOTEL BELGRADE

15. June 2019.

Ilija Smiljanić, –Sales Manager

Although young, Mark hotel is trying to support as many socially responsible manifestations, as well as those with a humanitarian character. Our vision is to become known for that, because the values of such programs are something that all of us should strive for in our private life, and aim to grow closer to. It is a fact that our public is dormant when it comes to the non-commercial festivals, but that's why we are here - to jointly do something about this situation, and show our general public the problems that people with disabilities are facing every day.

Festival's accompanying program

14. June 2019.

EXHIBITION
Invisible wave - an experimental tactile comic book

"Invisible Wave" is a doctoral art project authored by Dragana Kuprešanin, awarded in 2018 with the Prize for Accessible Artwork, at the "Inclusive Gallery" competition. This project is the first doctoral art project of the University of Arts which deals with the subject of inclusive comic books through the experiment of bringing together artistic and applied forms of media.
For the first time, the "Invisible Wave" makes the media of comic books available to the audience with disabilities (blind and visually impaired), who has never had access to such a media until now.

Author
Dragana Kuprešanin (1982)

Graduated artist - specialist in painting (Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade, 2011) and graduated graphic designer (Faculty of Applied Arts, 2008), author of alternative comic book.

Word of the selector

04. June 2019.

In their lifetime, people with disabilities often encounter obstacles within their own beings, which can be the most difficult problem for overcoming. Much bigger than all the physical and emotional obstacles created in their everyday environment.

The films I have chosen for the program of this year's jubilee of Bosifest,  contain the strength of heroes, fighting for every day of life and shifting the boundaries of power. In this struggle, they often refine or simply make better people who are referred to daily by the nature of their illness.

This exchange of emotions leads to unexpected accomplishments for which we did not even know that we are capable of at the one hand, and the happiness in small, everyday pleasures that make life better, on the other.

In addition, the selection reflects the current world trends in the documentary film, both thematically, and aesthetically, thoughtfully and affirmatively, with the author's great love for his heroes.

Igor M. Toholj is this year's selector of the Tenth Belgrade International Film Festival for and by people with disabilities - BOSIFEST 2019

09. May 2019.

Igor M. Toholj was born in 1968. in Belgrade. He is editor of the film program DKSG. He is the author of twenty experimental and documentary films, which were screened and rewarded at festivals in the country and abroad.

He began his film career as a member of several of the most important cinema clubs of the former SFRJ-Cinema Club of the Youth Center of the City of Belgrade and the Academy Film Center since 1984.

Vuk Ršumović is this year's jury member of the Tenth Belgrade International Film Festival for and by people with disabilities - BOSIFEST 2019

09. May 2019.

Scenarist and director, born in 1975. in Belgrade.

Graduated in dramaturgy at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. He wrote a screenplay for 16 award winning short feature films and animated films. Written and screenwriter for documentary films Dread and horror, Closing word and Valter; and television documentary series Football, football and some more ...

Nataša Ninkovic is this year's jury member of the Tenth Belgrade International Film Festival for and by people with disabilities - BOSIFEST 2019

09. May 2019.

She was born in 1972. in Trebinje (father Branko and mother Milena) where she completed her primary and secondary medical school. After finishing secondary school she went to Belgrade, where in 1994. she graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in the class of professor Vladimir Jevtović. During her studies, she had small roles movies The Best and Three Tickets to Hollywood. After that she acted in several films, TV shows and theater performances.

Biljana Tutorov is this year's jury member of the Tenth Belgrade International Film Festival for and by people with disabilities - BOSIFEST 2019

09. May 2019.

Biljana Tutorov graduated in Archeology and History of Art at the Catholic University of Luwen (Belgium). In Paris, she studied an anthropological film at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and acted on Ecole Internationale de Théatre Jacque Lecoq.