"Normal Autistic Film" and "My hero brother" thrilled the audience on the first day of the 8th Bosifest

11. October 2017.

Czech documentary "Normal Autistic Film" by Miroslav Janek and the Israeli film "My hero brother" by Yonatan Nir and Enosh Cassel, opened on Tuesday the eighth Belgrade International Film festival for and by people with disability - Bosifes. The "Amphitheatre" hall of Sava Center was packed during the showing of both films and there was not a person in sight who was left indifferent.

"Normal Autistic Film" is a story about five remarkable children that society persistantly and unflatteringly labels as "autistic". Teodora Jovanović, a student of the 12th Belgrade Grammar School, says that she liked this film because it presents the life and difficulties of people with autism in a specific way.

- I liked the flim because it helped me see that kind of life from a completely different angle. I found the girl in the film especially interesting because she is our age. It is hard for her, she doesn't like her life, but she is trying to overcome these life issues. Although I have been considerate of people with autism, now I will certainly look at them from another angle - says Teodora.

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Luka Eremija, a student of the 12th Belgrade Grammar School claims that this film helped him understand the different thought process of people with autism.

- Interestingly, I saw that not all autistic persons are the same. Each one is different, they all have their own characteristics. This film helped me understand the world of peple with autism and their way of thinking - emphasized Luka.

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Nataša Petrović, professor of Serbian language and literature at the Dental School Belgrade, emphasizes that only at Bosifest can we see such "educational film achievements".

- "Normal Autistic Film" is excellent. What my students noticed in this film is that children with disabilities have the same needs as all the other young people. They are joyful, sad, have problems in communicating with parents, don't like to study...There is almost no difference. Children with disabilities have the same needs and struggle with the same problems as all the other children - said Petrović.

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Svetlana Đorđević, teacher of vocational subjects at the Dental School Belgrade, said that she has learned many things from the film "Normal Autistic Film".

- The film is fantastic. I have learned many things about people with autism that I didn't know before. My students were a little bit surprised by the film, as they probably didn't realize that they all have the same needs in spite of differences. It is just a matter of a different angle we view our everyday lives from - added Đorđević.

The Israeli film, "My hero brother", that follows a group of young people with a Down syndrome as they climb the Himalayas, was shown at Bosifest as the World Preview.

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Darko Ilić, a professor of physical education at the 12th Belgrade Grammar School claims that what he saw in this Israeli documentary is love as a solution to so many life problems.

- Warm film, filled with love. We have learned something about people with Down syndrome. If they can climb the Himalayas, then none of us have an excuse for some personal failure or problem. I saw that they are solving problems by extending love, giving a lot of hugs, not allowing anything to lead them astray. That is what all of us lack - claims Ilić.

Mirjana Janičić, Latin professor at the 12th Belgrade Grammar School, believes that in the film "My hero brother" her students saw that there are no obstacles if we really want to accomplish certain goals and are fully committed to solving each problem.

- Film is very moving and I enjoyed watching it very much. It is very instructive they way these young people accomplished a feat. Although they have Down syndrome, not once did they give up on the extremely difficult way up to the top of the Himalayas and they kept encouraging one another along the way - concluded Janičić.

At this year's Bosifest from 10-12 October, in the Sava Center's "Amphitheatre", 18 films will be shown, selected by a prominent Serbian documentary maker, Goran Radovanović. Decisions about the awards for the best films will be made by the jury consisting of: Predrag Gaga Antonijević, our renown director, Radoslav Zelenović, director of the European Film Festival Palić and our famous actress Anica Dobra.

The conference entitled "Start a Change" will be organized within the framework of the Festival, where experts and students will present their views on several topics concerning the problems of people with disabilities.

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...

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.

With the award ceremony, the ninth Belgrade International Film Festival for and by people with disabilities – Bosifest came to an end

13. October 2018.

Ninth Bosifest, was held in the Sava Center from 10 to 12 October 2018 under the slogan "RAMPA!", Shows 15 relevant documentaries on various topics related to persons with disabilities, according to the selection of Goran Radovanovic, our famous director .

Selector Goran Radovanović selected films for the 9th Bosifest

20. May 2018.

Prominent director and selector of our Festival, Goran Radovanovic, has just selected 15 film productions that will be presented within the Competitive and Non-competitive program of the upcoming 9th Belgrade International Film Festival for and by people with disabilities - Bosifest. The Festival will take place on 10-12 October at the Sava Center.

9th Bosifest’s Jury: Goran Marković, Dragan Petrović Pele and Jovana Stojiljković

11. May 2018.

With great pride and extreme professional pleasure, we present to you our jury of the 9th Bosifest (10-12 October 2018, Sava Center), consisting of: our well-known director, writer and professor Goran Marković, famous actor and professor Dragan Petrović Pele and a talented young actress Jovana Stojiljković.

The award winning director, Goran Radovanović, selector of the 9th Bosifest

08. May 2018.

After a successful cooperation and an excellent selection of films last year, once again we will have Goran Radovanović as the selector for the upcoming 9th Bosifest, that will take place on 10-12 October at the Sava Center.

Anica Dobra: As long as there is a BOSIFEST, there is hope for this country

24. October 2017.

Famous Serbian actress Anica Dobra in a interview for the website of BOSIFEST explains that she was honored to be part of the eighth Belgrade International Film Festival of Persons with Disabilities.

Volunteers like the silent heroes of the BOSIFEST

23. October 2017.

Belgrade International Film Festival of Persons with Disabilities - BOSIFEST was held for the eighth consecutive year. This film festival probably would not exist without the main engineer Darko Ivic, many institutions that supported him for years, as well as sponsors who helped him. However, a large number of volunteers who performed daily "behind the scenes" performed a number of most diverse tasks, in accordance with the standards of the biggest film festivals.

Matthieu Firmin: I am proud of Gran prix, BOSIFEST is a serious festival

23. October 2017.

Grand prix at the 8th Belgrade International Film Festival of Persons with Disabilities won Matthieu Firmin for the film "Arise and Walk". The French author in the film talks about his struggle against the paraplegia that he suddenly received after a stroke.

Guests of the BOSIFEST are delighted with the festival and Belgrade

23. October 2017.

The authors of the films that were guests of the 8th Belgrade International Film Festival of Persons with Disabilities -BOSIFEST say that they bare beautiful memories from the festival and from Belgrade.