About

We are a group of professionals who have gathered on a volunteer basis to organize the Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film each year. We draw on our expertise from a variety of fields, including film, art, design, cultural anthropology, journalism, and literature.

It is no wonder that our festival takes place here and now—Chicago is a city with an enormous appetite for world cinema. Each year Chicago hosts festivals dedicated to distinctive international traditions such as films of Poland, Palestine, or Hong Kong—not to mention the great Chicago International Film Festival that brings global cinema together.

In fact, each April over the past few years, the Chicago International Film Festival has featured one or two new films emerging from Bosnia and Herzegovina. We aim to build and expand upon this popularity by showing short, documentary and feature films, mostly from new and emerging directors, with the occasional pre-war classics.

The festival sponsors a roundtable featuring filmmakers and prominent writers. In addition to this, we hope to spark up a broader discussion regarding the images of Bosnia and Herzegovina in film and the contribution of Bosnian-Herzegovinian cinema to international film.

We believe our event will speak to and reflect Chicago’s culturally diverse community of Bosnians and Herzegovinians, the largest in the United States.

Our 2017 festival committee includes:

Zerina Spahic
Muamer Celik
Jeff Harder
Lana Turkic
Dijana Hodzic

Special thanks to:

Adela Sajdel
Memo Nuhbegovic
Loyola University Chicago