Bosnia-Herzegovina

My Grandpa is an Alien by Drazen Zarkovic and Marina Andree SkopMARKET ANALYSIS 2019

SARAJEVO: Bosnian and Herzegovinian film industry didn’t see any significant changes in 2019. There is still no Film Centre, and no indications that one might be established soon, and the Draft of the Cinema Law is still waiting for a better political climate.

Still, the Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in cooperation with the Sarajevo Film Festival, managed to cover the basic needs of the development and promotion of Bosnian and Herzegovinian film both in the country and abroad.

The BH Film Programme, which shows the complete yearly production of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was organised for the 14th time in 2019, again under the umbrella of the Sarajevo Film Festival. Also, European Film Challenge, supported by the MEDIA programme and organised in several European countries with the aim of promoting European film and developing new audiences, was organised by the Association for the first time in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2019.

Film Centre Sarajevo opened the first cinema museum in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2019. The Museum “Walter Defends Sarajevo” focuses on the legacy of the famous film Walter Defends Sarajevo (1972) directed by Hajrudin Šiba Krvavac and produced by Bosna film.

Total admissions increased by 10.26 percent, while admissions to domestic films decreased by 57 percent.

It was announced in 2019 that the new incentive scheme will be launched in 2020, as well as increased funding for film production.

Tabija by Igor DrljačaPRODUCTION

Four feature films were shot in 2019 and are expected to premiere in 2020 or 2021.

After 15 years break from directing feature films, Pjer Žalica went into production with his third feature film Focus, Grandma / Koncentriši se baba, produced by the Obala Art Centar under the umbrella of Sarajevo Film Festival’s Sarajevo City of Film project. The film should premiere in 2020, and with his fourth feature film going into production in 2020, the Bosnian director is expected to have a big year in front of him.

Jasmila Žbanić started production on her fifth feature film Quo Vadis Aida? The film is produced by the Sarajevo-based Deblokada in coproduction with Dutch N279 Entertainment, Norwegian Torden Film, German Razor Film, Austrian Coop99, French Indie Production and Romanian Digital Cube.

Igor Drljača wrapped shooting on his third feature film Tabija in October 2019. The film is coproduced by Canadian Timelapse Pictures and SCCA/pro.ba from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is expected to premiere during 2020.

Depo produced Jasmin Duraković’s fifth feature film All about Love, Books and Dogs / Sve o ljubavi, knjigama i psima during the summer of 2019.

All of the films received support from the Film Fund.

DISTRIBUTION

Son by Ines TanovićFive domestic films were distributed in cinemas in 2019, unfortunately with a very limited success.

The highest grossing domestic film of the year, with 2,530 EUR / 4,950 KM gross and 1,073 admissions, was the minority coproduction My Grandpa Is an Alien / Moj dida je pao s Marsa directed by Marina Andree Škop and Dražen Žarković, and produced by Croatia’s Studio Dim in coproduction with Bosnian and Herzegovinian Fabrika, Slovenia’s Senca Studio, Czech MasterFilm, Luxemburg’s Wady Films, Slovak Artileria, Norway’s Filmbin and the Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT).

It was followed by Ines Tanović‘s second feature Son / Sin, produced by Dokument in coproduction with Croatia’s Spiritus Movens, Romania’s Luna Film, Slovenia’s Moono Film and Montenegro’s Cut Up, with 917 EUR / 1,794 KM gross and 434 admissions, and Full Moon / Pun mjesec, a debut feature by Nermin Hamzagić produced by SCCA/pro.ba, with 838.5 EUR / 1,640 KM gross and 425 admissions.

The minority coproduction Stiches / Šavovi directed by Miroslav Terzić and produced by Serbia’s West End Productions in coproduction with Bosnia’s SCCA/pro.ba, Croatia’s Spiritus Movens and Slovenia’s Nora Production Group, also went into distribution, as well as the 100% national Duran directed by Faruk Sokolović and produced by Mebius Film, for which no data is available as it had a very limited, independent distribution.

A total of 219 films premiered in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2019 and another 20 continued distribution from 2018. There is a small increase in the number of titles from 217 in 2018, but it still shows a decrease when compared with 237 films that premiered in 2017. Luckily, this didn’t reflect negatively on the total box office and admissions in 2019. Numbers show a 10.26% increase in admissions and 12.7% in box office gross when compared to 2018.

Blitz Film & Video Distribution continued to dominate the market with 40.7% market share. 2i Film’s market share increased from 9.86% in 2018 to 23.59% in 2019, as well as Oskar Film’s, as their share increased from 9.10% to 11.24%. Una Film, which had the second largest market share in 2018, witnessed a drop from 16.97% to 14.47% and Continental film also saw a decrease in numbers from 10.26% in 2018 to 9.09% in 2019.

In 2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina hosted the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival, as well as a number of smaller film festivals.

Full Moon by Nermin HamzagićEXHIBITION AND BOX OFFICE

The most important art house cinema in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a predominantly European programme, is still Cinema Meeting Point, a member of the Europa Cinemas network. The cinema is run by the Obala Art Centar, the organisation behind the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Three more cinemas were part of Europa Cinemas: Multiplex Ekran in Zenica, Cineplexx Palas in Banja Luka and Multiplex Cinema City in Sarajevo, but Bosnia and Herzegovina entered 2020 with one less member of the network as Multiplex Ekran in Zenica was taken over by CineStar Cinemas.

CineStar Cinemas has three more multiplexes, located in Mostar, Bihać and Tuzla, and together with the aforementioned cinemas, these are the ones in which most of the films in the country are screened.

Operation Kino, a travelling cinema organised by the Sarajevo Film Festival, is also part of Europa Cinemas.

Also, the opening of two new multiplexes (CineStar and Cineplexx) in Sarajevo was announced, which should seriously strengthen the cinema network in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

American films dominated the Bosnian and Herzegovinian box office in 2019 with a 83.59% share, a serious increase compared with a 79.76% share in 2018. However, a Serbian film and a Serbian minority coproduction entered the box office top ten.

The highest grossing films in 2019 were: Joker (with 219,976 EUR / 430,236 KM gross), The Lion King (with 205,070 EUR / 401,083 KM gross), Avengers: Endgame (with 156,720 EUR / 306,519 KM gross), Frozen 2 (with 122,981 EUR / 240,531 KM gross), Serbian Taxi Blues / Taksi bluz directed by Miroslav Stamatov and produced by Viktorija Film in coproduction with Klan produkcija, d.o.o. (with 89,022 EUR / 174,111 KM gross), Once Upon A Time in… Hollywood (with 88,120 EUR / 172,348 KM gross), Spider-Stitches by Miroslav Terzićman: Far From Home (with 83,410 EUR / 163,136 KM gross), the Russian/Serbian film The Balkan Line / Balkanska međa directed by Andrey Volgin and produced by Russian Bless Film and Upgrade Vision in coproduction with Serbian Archangel (with 80,531 EUR / 157,505 KM gross), Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (with 80,186 EUR / 156,831 KM gross) and Jumanji: Next Level (with 73,284 EUR / 143,332 KM gross).

Total admissions increased by 10.26 percent from 1,167,786 admissions in 2018 to 1,293,760 admissions in 2019. Total box office increased by 12.7 percent from 3,102,097 EUR / 6,067,174 KM in 2018 to 3,496,957 EUR / 6,839,454 KM in 2019.

Admissions to domestic films decreased by 57 percent from 5,402 admissions in 2018 to 2,322 in 2019. Domestic box office shows a 57.5 percent drop from 10,411.18 EUR / 20,362.5 KM in 2018 to 4,425 EUR / 8,654 KM in 2019.

GRANTS AND NEW LEGISLATION

The Film Fund announced the recipients of grants for development, coproduction and production of feature films, and production of short fiction, animated and documentary films in November 2019.

The Film Fund allocated 629,912 EUR / 1,232,000 KM in 2019. The production of three feature films and three documentaries was supported. The production of 11 short films and four minority coproductions (with Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia) received support.

In 2019, the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Sarajevo Canton continued supporting films through its own scheme for the production of cultural projects.

Two big announcements regarding funding were made in 2019.

During the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival, the government of Sarajevo Canton announced that a new incentives scheme will commence in 2020.

Also, the Film Fund announced the raise of funds that will be available for film production from 2020. A total of 2,045,167 EUR / 4 m KM should be allocated in the year to come.

After years of systematic neglect of film industry in Republika Srpska, where in good years the Ministry of Education and Culture of Republika Srpska allocated shockingly small amounts of 30,677 EUR / 60,000 KM per year, 2019 brought a new shock to filmmakers of the smaller entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On 31 December 2019, the Ministry announced that none of the 51,130 EUR / 100,000 KM planned by the call for applications announced in October 2019 will be allocated to film projects, as the Expert Committee decided that there was not even one project worthy of the production support. The planned funds were returned into the budget of the Government of Republika Srpska and filmmakers are once again put in a situation where they are judged for not working on bigger projects and cut off from any support at the same time. 

Tabija by Igor DrljačaTV

Television channels in Bosnia and Herzegovina are still not investing in feature films. All of them, though, especially the three main public channels, the Radio Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Radio Television of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Radio Television of Republika Srpska, produce short and long documentaries.

Al Jazeera Balkans is still involved in documentary film production, further supporting the development of documentary filmmaking in the country on a big scale. In 2019 Al Jazeera Balkans organised the second edition of the international AJB DOC Film Festival..

There is still no support for the development of TV series, so they are mostly produced independently and then sold to the television, but BH Telecom announced in December 2019 further development of Moja TV and investments in new, original content, so 2020 might see development of this sector too.

CONTACTS:

ASSOCIATION OF FILMMAKERS OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Branilaca Sarajeva 20/2, 71000 Sarajevo
Phone / Fax: +387 33 667 452
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www.bhfilm.ba

FILM FUND
Obala Maka Dizdara 2 (building of Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports), 71000 Sarajevo
Phone: +387 33 206 704
Fax: +387 33 226 675
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www.fondacijakinematografija.ba

MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS OF FBIH
Obala Maka Dizdara 2, 71000 Sarajevo
Nothing But a Wind by Timur MakarevićPhone: +387 33 254 100
Fax: +387 33 226 675
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www.fmks.gov.ba

My Grandpa is an Alien by Drazen Zarkovic and Marina Andree SkopMINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE OF REPUBLIKA SRPSKA
Trg Republike Srpske 1, 78000 Banja Luka
Phone: +387 51 338 721 (Monika Ponjavić, representative of RS in Eurimages)
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www.vladars.net

FILM CENTER SARAJEVO
Fadila Jahića Španca 1, 71000 Sarajevo
Phone / Fax: +387 33 873 027
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www.fcs.ba

THE NATIONAL FILM ARCHIVES OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Alipašina 19, 71000 Sarajevo
Phone / Fax: +387 33 668 678
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Report by: Tina Šmalcelj (2020)
Sources: Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo Film Festival’s Statistics and Analysis Department, Zoran Galić (VizArt production)


MARKET ANALYSIS 2018

Scream for Me Sarajevo by Tarik HodžićSystematic neglect of film industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina, combined with strong political influences, is starting to show its ugly head, despite the tireless efforts of film professionals. Cinema Law hasn’t been adopted yet, which means that there is still no public body responsible for forming policies and the promotion of Bosnian and Herzegovinian film, and the Film Fund has cut the funds allocated for projects of the Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the third year in a row.

As the Association is filling the gap left by the non-existent film centre and has been taking over more and more responsibilities for the development and promotion of film industry in the whole country, this move will put the industry in even greater jeopardy in the future.

Despite the difficulties, the Association managed to put up the BH Film Programme, which is organised under the umbrella of the Sarajevo Film Festival and shows the complete yearly production of Bosnia and Herzegovina, maintains the Database of BH Films and keeps working on the international promotion of BH films.

Film Centre Sarajevo has announced several projects that could be of interest both to the local audience and to tourists. But the opening of the “Drive-in Cinema Dolly Bell”, named after Kusturica’s Do You Remember Dolly Bell?, 1981, produced by Sutjeska Film and Kinema Sarajevo, was postponed last summer and is expected to take place in 2019, while the Museum “Walter Defends Sarajevo”, which will focus on the legacy of the famous film Walter Defends Sarajevo (1972), directed by Hajrudin Šiba Krvavac and produced by Bosna film, is planned for February 2019.Son by Ines Tanović

PRODUCTION

Five feature films were shot in 2018 and are expected to premiere in 2019.

Son / Sin by Ines Tanović, is the only film of eight feature films supported by the Film Fund since 2015 that has gone into production. Son is produced by Dokument from Bosnia and Herzegovina in coproduction with Croatia’s Spiritus Movens, Slovenia’s Monoo, Macedonia’s Cut-up and Romania’s Luna Film. The project is supported by Eurimages.

Also in 2018 Faruk Lončarević shot his third feature film The Woods / Šuma. It is a micro-budget film that was shot in five days with a minimal financial support from the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Sarajevo Canton, and from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo

Full Moon / Pun mjesec, a debut feature by Nermin Hamzagić, is the third film of 2018. It was supported by the Film Fund with postproduction funding and produced by SCCA/pro.ba.

Second debut of the year was Emina Kujundžić’s micro-budget A Perfect Love Story produced by SCCA/pro.ba, that was shot without any public support.

Timur Makarević decided to go into shooting with his second feature The Lake / Jezero, also produced by SCCA/pro.ba in coproduction with Barka Media (AT) and Bussines Club Royal (SE), with only minimal support of Jajce Municipality.

Two more films were shot in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018: Sympathy for the Devil by Guillaume de Fontenay (coproduced by SCCA/pro.ba) and The Heroes Die Last / Les héros ne meurent jamais by Aude Léa Rapin (serviced by SCCA/pro.ba).

DFrog by Elmir JukićISTRIBUTION

Six domestic films were distributed in cinemas in 2018.

The highest grossing domestic film of the year was the documentary Scream for Me Sarajevo directed by Tarik Hodžić and produced by Prime Time, with 3,620 EUR / 7,080 KM gross and 1,367 admissions.

It was followed by Elmir Jukić‘s debut feature The Frog / Žaba (produced by Refresh Production in coproduction with Macedonia’s Skopje Film Studio, Serbia’s Living Pictures, Croatia’s Propeler Film and Iridium Film) with 3,041 EUR / 5,948 KM gross and 999 admissions.

Never Leave Me / Ne ostavljaj me, directed by Aida Begić and produced by Film House Sarajevo and Turkey’s Beşir Derneği, had the second largest attendance with 1,387 admissions, but it ranked 3rd in the box office with 2,338 EUR / 4,572.5 KM gross.

Good Days Work / Dobar dan za posao, directed by Martin Turk and produced by Obala Art Center, topped the admission charts with 1,389 admissions and 839 EUR / 1,641.5 KM gross. It might seem odd that the film with the highest admissions ended so low in the charts, but this is mostly due to the fact that Good Days Work was shown throughout the country as part of the travelling cinema Operacija Kino, which as one of many Sarajevo Film Festival’s projects aimed at audience development, doesn’t charge for tickets.Never Leave Me by Aida Begić

Two more domestic films were theatrically released in 2018. Nothing but a Wind / Ništa, samo vjetar, a debut feature directed by Timur Makarević and produced by SCCA/pro.ba in coproduction with Slovenia’s Chinema Film, Romania’s Digital Cube and Poland’s Madants, had 110 admissions and 301 EUR / 588,5 KM gross, while the documentary Tifa, directed by Bakir Hadžiomerović and produced by Fist, had 150 admissions and 272 EUR / 532 KM gross.

A total of 217 films premiered in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018 and another 15 from 2017 continued distribution. There is a decrease in titles from 237 films that premiered in 2017 plus another 17 that continued distribution from 2016, but this didn’t reflect negatively on the total box office and admissions in 2018.

Blitz Film & Video Distribution dominated the market with 53% market share. The situation changed from 2017 when Una Film and 2iFilm, together with Blitz, dominated the market with 83.8% market share.

Nothing But a Wind by Timur MakarevićIn 2018, Una Film had 16.97% of market share and Continental Film, 2i Film and Oskar Film all came close with 10.26%, 9.86% and 9.10% market share respectively.

In 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina hosted the 24th Sarajevo Film Festival, as well as a number of smaller film festivals.

EXHIBITION AND BOX OFFICE

In 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina lost one more art house cinema, when Kriterion closed in Sarajevo. There is still a possibility that the cinema will continue its work in 2019, but no information has been released yet.

The most important art house cinema with a predominantly European programme is still Cinema Meeting Point, a member of the Europa Cinemas Network. The cinema is run by the Obala Art Center, the organisation behind the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Three more cinemas are part of Europa Cinemas Network: Multiplex Ekran in Zenica, Cineplexx Palas in Banja Luka and Multiplex Cinema City in Sarajevo.Good Days Work by Martin Turk

Most films in Bosnia and Herzegovina are screened in those three multiplexes and also in CineStar Cinemas, located in Mostar, Bihać and Tuzla. Operation Kino is also part of the Europa Cinemas Network.

The big cinema hit from neighbouring Serbia, South Wind directed by Miloš Avramović and produced by Režim and Eye to Eye, shook the general box office in 2018, ending at the top of the charts. However, American films still dominate with 79.76% share.

The highest grossing films in 2018 were: South Wind / Južni Vetar (with 228,155 EUR / 446,232 KM gross), Fifty Shades Freed (with 98,235 EUR / 192,131 KM gross), Avengers: Infinity War (with 95,111 EUR / 186,021 KM gross), Venom (with 79,896 EUR / 156,262 KM gross), Deadpool 2 (with 75,273 EUR / 147,911 KM gross), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (with 72,584 EUR / 141,961 KM gross), Bohemian Rhapsody (with 71,694 EUR / 140,221 KM gross), Aquaman (with 65,673 EUR / 128,446 KM gross), Hotel Transylvania 3 (with 63,569 EUR / 124,331 KM gross), The Meg (with 62,863 EUR / 122,949 KM gross).

South Wind by Miloš AvramovićTotal admissions increased by 7.85 percent from 1,082,708 admissions in 2017 to 1,167,786 admissions in 2018. Total box office increased by 7.07 percent from 2,897,107 EUR / 5,666,249 KM in 2017 to 3,102,097 EUR / 6,067,174 KM in 2018.

All in all, admissions to domestic films increased by 124 percent from 2,410 admissions in 2017 to 5,402 admissions in 2018. General box office shows a 46.9 percent rise from 6,708 EUR / 13,121.5 KM in 2017 to 10,411.18 EUR / 20,362.5 KM in 2018.

Because of the rise, the data might look very optimistic, but it is obvious that the lack of an adequate film policy is harming this part of the industry greatly, too.

GRANTS AND NEW LEGISLATION

The Film Fund announced the recipients of grants for development, coproduction and production of feature films and production of short fiction, animated and documentary films in October 2018.Frog by Elmir Jukić

The Film Fund allocated 654,453 EUR / 1,280,000 KM in 2018. The production of two feature films and one documentary was supported, as well as the postproduction of one feature film. The production of seven short films and four minority coproductions (with Canada, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia) received support.

In 2018, the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Sarajevo Canton decided to support films through its own scheme for the production of cultural projects.

Once again the Ministry of Education and Culture of Republika Srpska allocated a shockingly small amount of 30,677 EUR / 60,000 KM for film projects by filmmakers from Republika Srpska. To make the situation even worse, the Government of Republika Srpska decided to allocate 99,702 EUR / 195,000 KM for the Serbian film Kralj Petar I / King Peter the First, directed by Petar Ristovski and produced by Zillion Film, outside of any call for film production financing.

No new legislation was adopted in 2018 and filmmakers are still left on their own to organise the industry, which they mostly do through professional associations, film festivals and the organisation of different conferences and film forums.

TV

Scream for Me Sarajevo by Tarik HodžićTelevision stations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially the three main public channels, the Radio Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Radio Television of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Radio Television of Republika Srpska, produce short and long documentaries, but none of them funds feature films.

Al Jazeera Balkans is still involved in documentary film production, supporting further development of documentary filmmaking in the country on a big scale. In 2018 Al Jazeera Balkans organised the first international AJB DOC Film Festival.

There is still no support for the development of TV series, so they are mostly produced independently and then sold to the television.

CONTACTS:

ASSOCIATION OF FILMMAKERS OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Branilaca Sarajeva 20/2, 71000 Sarajevo
Phone / Fax: +387 33 667 452
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.bhfilm.ba

FILM FUND
Obala Maka Dizdara 2 (building of Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports), 71000 Sarajevo
Phone: +387 33 206 704
Fax: +387 33 226 675
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.fondacijakinematografija.ba

MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS OF FBIH
Obala Maka Dizdara 2, 71000 Sarajevo
Nothing But a Wind by Timur MakarevićPhone: +387 33 254 100
Fax: +387 33 226 675
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
www.fmks.gov.ba 

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE OF REPUBLIKA SRPSKA
Trg Republike Srpske 1, 78000 Banja Luka
Phone: +387 51 338 721 (Monika Ponjavić, representative of RS in Eurimages)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.vladars.net

FILM CENTER SARAJEVO
Fadila Jahića Španca 1, 71000 Sarajevo
Phone / Fax: +387 33 873 027
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www.fcs.ba

THE NATIONAL FILM ARCHIVES OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Alipašina 19, 71000 Sarajevo
Phone / Fax: +387 33 668 678
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Report by: Tina Šmalcelj (2019)
Sources: Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo Film Festival’s Statistics and Analysis Department, Zoran Galić (VizArt production)


MARKET ANALYSIS 2017

Stitches by Miroslav TerzićDespite the fact that Cinema Law still hasn’t been adopted, which means that Bosnia and Herzegovina still doesn’t have an audiovisual centre, there was a slight stabilisation of the film industry in 2017.

Domestic films released in 2017 reached a record number with six feature films, one minority coproduction, one long animated film and 10 long documentaries. This is the first time since 2001 that more than 13 long films had their premieres in cinemas or at festivals.

Film Center Sarajevo, a public institution founded as the successor of Sutjeska film (the famous public film studio from the Communist era), has finally been unblocked after years of stalemate caused by mismanagement, and a new acting director Jasmin Duraković has been appointed.

The Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina still fills the gap left by the lack of film infrastructure and in 2017, beside its annual activities, which include for example organising the BH Film Programme as part of the Sarajevo Film Festival, it came out with two new projects - Filmmakers’ Location Guide and Base of BH Film. These two projects present the country as a possible filming location, offer industry information (including statistics and an industry address book) and provide information on Bosnian and Herzegovinian films since 1996, with plans to expand in 2018.

Men Dont Cry by Alen DrljevićPRODUCTION

Several films were produced in 2017 and can be expected to premiere in 2018.

A Good Day for Work by Martin Turk, a character-driven social drama telling the story of an ordinary man struggling to find his place in life, was produced by Obala Art Centar as part of the Sarajevo City of Film for Global Screens initiative.

In 2017 VizArt Film completed the shooting on Marko Šipka’s long documentary Earth / Zemlja, which was included in Berlinale Doc Station in 2017.

Sarajevo-born Ena Sendijarević finished the photography for her debut feature Somewhere Nice, produced by Dutch company Pupkin with SCCA/pro.ba servicing.

Principal photography on Stitches / Šavovi directed by Miroslav Terzić and coproduced by Kombajn Film and Pakt Media with West End Production, Nora Production and SCCA/pro.ba, was also completed in 2017.

Birds Like Us by Faruk ŠabanovićDISTRIBUTION

The biggest success of 2017 was Men Don’t Cry / Muškarci ne plaču, the debut film by Alen Drljević, produced by Deblokada in coproduction with Iridium Film, Produkcija Živa, Manderley Films, This and That and CinePlanet. This film about a group of war veterans attending group therapy in an isolated mountain hotel premiered at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award and the Europa Cinemas Label Award.

Men Don’t Cry was the only domestic film theatrically released in 2017 alongside the Croatian/Bosnian and Herzegovinian coproduction Dead Fish / Mrtve ribe directed by Kristijan Milić and produced by Eurofilm and Oktavijan.

With 2,366 admissions and 6,584.16 EUR / 12,877.5 KM gross in regular cinema distribution, Men Don’t Cry proved to be more popular in cinemas than both Dead Fish with 44 admissions and 119.64 EUR / 234 KM gross and Danis Tanović’s Death in Sarajevo / Smrt u Sarajevu (SCCA/pro.ba, Margo Films), that was the only domestic film in cinemas in 2016 and had 1,641 admissions and 4,204 EUR / 8,222 KM gross.

In 2017 the premiere of the first BH long animated film Birds like Us / Ptice kao mi, directed by Faruk Šabanović and Amela Ćuhara, and produced by Prime Time Production, was a real success. With three short animated films to accompany this success, it seems that things are looking up for Bosnian animation.

Three more debut films had their premieres at festivals in 2017: Frog / Žaba, directed by Elmir Jukić and produced by Refresh in coproduction with Skopje Film Studio, Living Pictures and Propeler film; Nothing But a Wind / Ništa, samo vjetar, directed by Timur Makarević and produced by SCCA/pro.ba with Chinema Film, Skorpion Arte, Digital Cube, and 3 Women or (Waking up From My Bosnian Dream), directed by Sergio Flores Thorija and produced by Lucia Film and the Sarajevo Film Academy. These films have not been released in domestic cinemas yet.

Frog by Elmir JukićAida Begić’s new film about Syrian refugees in Turkey, Never Leave Me / Birakma Beni, opened at the Antalya Film Festival. It was produced by Film House.

Jasmin Duraković’s The Final Barrier / Posljednja barijera, produced by Artdelux, Depo Production and Media Acquisitions, also premiered at festivals in 2017.

A total of 237 films premiered in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2017 and another 17 from 2016 continued distribution. With a total of 158 films released in 2015 and 194 in 2016, this shows a constant rise in distribution.

Three distribution companies, Blitz Film & Video Distribution, Una Film and 2iFilm, dominated the market in 2017, with 83.8% market share, compared to 71% in 2016.

Bosnia and Herzegovina hosted the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival in 2017, as well as a number of smaller film festivals.

EXHIBITION AND BOX OFFICE

There were no significant changes in 2017. Most films in Bosnia and Herzegovina are still screened in five multiplexes: Cinema City in Sarajevo, Cineplexx Palas in Banja Luka, CineStar Mostar in Mostar, Multiplex Ekran in Zenica and CineStar Bihać in Bihać.

Serena Marija as Nur in The Final Barrier by Jasmin Duraković; cedit: ArtdeluxeCinema City, Cineplexx Palas and Multiplex Ekran are part of the Europa Cinemas Network..

The most important art house cinema, with a predominantly European programme, is Cinema Meeting Point, that is also a member of the Europa Cinemas Network. The cinema is run by the Obala Art Center, the organisation behind the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Operation Kino, a cinema-on-wheels project organised by the Sarajevo Film Festival, is still operational, bringing high quality cinema to all parts of the country, with the accent on communities that have no infrastructure for regular film screenings.

In 2017 the biggest box office hits, as well as the films with the biggest attendance in cinemas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, were produced in the US. Slight differences can only be visible in the box office top ten, as tickets vary from cinema to cinema and depend on the type of screening.

The highest grossing films in 2017 were: Fast and Furious 8: The Fate of the Furious (with 108,353 EUR / 211,921 KM gross), Beauty and the Beast (92,783 EUR / 181,468 KM gross), Fifty Shades Darker (86,944 EUR / 170,048 KM gross), Murder on the Orient Express (76,914 EUR / 150,431 KM gross), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (74,576 EUR / 145,858 KM gross), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (69,814 EUR / 136,545 KM gross), Despicable Me 3 (69,665 EUR / 136,233 KM gross), The Boss Baby (68,193 EUR / 133,374 KM gross), Smurfs: The Lost Village (60,170 EUR / 117,684 KM gross) and Thor: Ragnarok  (58,971 EUR / 115,338 KM gross).

Total admissions increased by 17.81 percent from 919,016 admissions in 2016 to 1,082,708 admissions in 2017. Total box office increased by 21 percent from 2,395,166 EUR / 4,684,479 KM in 2016 to 2,897,107 EUR / 5,666,249 KM in 2017.

Admissions to domestic films increased by 46.9 percent from 1,641 admissions in 2016 to 2,410 admissions in 2017. Domestic films’ gross increased by 59.5 percent from 4,204 EUR / 8,222 KM in 2016 to 6,708 EUR / 13,121.5 KM in 2017.

Frog by Elmir JukićGRANTS AND NEW LEGISLATION

Trying to adapt to the needs of the industry, the Film Fund opened the call for applications for development, coproduction and production of feature films and short fiction films, animated and documentary films, earlier in 2017, so the list of supported projects was announced in November 2017.

The production of two feature films and three documentaries was supported, as well as the production of seven short films. Once again, the Film Fund supported the production of four minority coproductions from Croatia (two of them), Serbia and Macedonia.

The negative trend of cutting funds available for film production stopped this year, as the Film Fund allocated the same amount as in 2016 (651,374 EUR) to production companies from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

However, in 2017 the Ministry of Education and Culture of Republika Srpska allocated a shockingly small amount of 30,677 EUR for filmmakers from the smaller entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

No new legislation was adopted in 2017, leaving the film industry in the same complicated situation it has been in for years.

Dead Fish by Kristijan MilićTV

Television stations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially three main public channels, Radio Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Radio Television of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Radio Television of Republika Srpska, produce short and long documentaries, but none of them funds feature films.

Al Jazeera Balkans is still involved in documentary film production, supporting further development of documentary filmmaking in the country on a big scale.

Although there is no support for the development of TV series and they are still mostly produced independently and then sold to television, TV stations decide to get involved in production from time to time. In 2017 the Radio Television of Republika Srpska coproduced nine episodes of The Meat / Meso by Saša Hajduković, that should eventually be turned into a film.

CONTACTS:

ASSOCIATION OF FILMMAKERS OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Branilaca Sarajeva 20/2, 71000 Sarajevo
Phone / Fax: +387 33 667 452
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www.bhfilm.ba

FILM FUND
Obala Maka Dizdara 2 (building of Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports), 71000 Sarajevo
Phone: +387 33 206 704
Fax: +387 33 226 675
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www.fondacijakinematografija.ba

MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS OF FBIH
Obala Maka Dizdara 2, 71000 Sarajevo
Phone: +387 33 254 100
Fax: +387 33 226 675
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www.fmks.gov.ba

Nothing But a Wind by Timur MakarevićMINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE OF REPUBLIKA SRPSKA
Trg Republike Srpske 1, 78000 Banja Luka
Phone: +387 51 338 721 (Monika Ponjavić, representative of RS in Eurimages)
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www.vladars.net

FILM CENTER SARAJEVO
Fadila Jahića Španca 1, 71000 Sarajevo
Phone / Fax: +387 63 045 051
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THE NATIONAL FILM ARCHIVES OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Alipašina 19, 71000 Sarajevo
Phone / Fax: +387 33 668 678
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Report by: Tina Šmalcelj (2018)
Sources: Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo Film Festival Industry Office, Zoran Galić (VizArt production)