Submissions Now Open

The festival is currently accepting submissions for the 2017 Chicago Festival of Bosnian & Herzegovinian Film. We are looking for short and feature work made by Bosnians or the Bosnian diaspora. We also take into consideration films made by foreigners that deal with Bosnian subject matter.

You can submit your work on our website or through Film Freeway. But first, read our Terms & Conditions.

Deadline is January 13, 2017.

Good luck!


Are you ready?

We hope you cleared your schedule for this weekend because it’s finally time for the 11th annual Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film! And oh boy, do we have treats for you this year.

If you haven’t done so already, check out our program. On Friday during reception, you will be able to enjoy delicious food by Zebda and view art by Des Moines artist Monika Agic. Our friends at the Turkish American Society are also bringing by Bosnian memorabilia to show. Make sure to take pics on the red carpet and stick around to watch two films that have been submitted as Bosnia’s submission for the Oscars.

Saturday is filled with amazing films. Local artist Muamer Celik, who premiered his short film Toy Car, will be premiering another short with a lot of mystery. Cristobal Krusen is also presenting his emotionally gripping drama Sabina K. Stick around for a Q&A with the director and trust us, you will have a lot of questions. Don’t forget the after party at the wonderful venue HQ! Two local bands will perform and one of them will take you back in time (in a good way).

Sunday it’s all about self-discovery with films dealing with fitting in and going back home. Ivana shares her move as an adult to Sarajevo with us while Marko deals with two opposing perspectives on what it means to go back. Speaking of Marko, he’ll be there! In fact, him and our long-time festival friend Jeff Harder are discussing how in the world they manage to make movies on such a tight budget. Pick up some pointers before you go home and finally finish that script of yours.

We can’t wait to see you!

Check Out Our 2016 Program

We’re excited to announce our 2016 program for the 11th annual Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film. You can view it here:

We’re also excited to have four filmmakers as part of the festival that will be available to answer your questions about their films and help you engage with their work on an intimate level.

Make sure to mark your calendars for April 8-10. And don’t forget about our reception Friday night and after party on Saturday night. We will have exhibits, food, local musicians and more!



2016 Festival Dates Announced: April 8-10

Mark your calendars for this year’s Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film, which will take place Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10! We are finalizing our program and schedule and will post it in the next week or two. Our film festival will yet again take place at the lovely Loyola University Sullivan Center.

A few things to look forward to:

  • Award-winning films
  • A fancy red carpet
  • One, two, maybe three guests!
  • A world premiere of a short made by a local filmmaker
  • Awesome after party with local musicians performing
  • And moooore!

We look forward to seeing you in April.