Interview with Kineret Hay-Gillor, winner for best director for film “How much love” on Bosifest 2015

13. April 2016.

It's been almost a year since your visit to Belgrade. What impression you brought with you from here?

I found Belgrade amazing. I'm not sure if this impression was because of the city itself or because of the remarkable experience that I've had there during the festival... I found it to be a modern city but also soaked with history and legacy. The people were so nice to me and the food was so great!

What do you think about the Festival? 

First of all I can't speak about this festival without mentioning Darko, the manager of "Bosifest", the heart and Pulse of this festival. 

He sits on his wheelchair and it seems, that it doesn't prevent him to get to every corner he wishes to. On the contrary it even helps him to get there even faster!
I think this is the essence of this film festival. This film festival is not here to show that people with disabilities are victims. They are people with some disability, it's true, but that doesn't make them disabled in any aspect of life, just the opposite, that makes them to be fighters for life.

Your film" How much love" attracted attention of viewers and jury. Did you expect that?

My film was produced in 2010  and it is still alive and kicking! also inside of me.
I don't know to say if I expected it to attract this attention, it a small story about daily life experience but, it definitely made me understand that there are themes and emotions that common and are shared, no matter where are you from, in the world.

The film is very personal. How hard is to be the author and, at the same time, part of the story the film is about?

It was very hard for me to make this film.... And yet I'm so glad that I did it.  It was a long process, it took me 5 years of shooting and another year of editing. During that period, I finished film school, got married, been pregnant and eventually delivered 2  babies- Amit, my firstborn child, and "How much love", My firstborn film.
Being the author of the film and at the same time the daughter of the main character was very complex situation for me. On one hand I wanted to ask and reveal and on the other hand I was afraid to hear, but I found that the camera gave me the courage and strength to ask questions that I would never dare to ask and see it from another point of view... it was definitely an exciting journey for all of us.

You got the award for best directing here. How important are awards to you as the author?

I make films for the audience to watch, not in order to win awards, but I have to admit this moment of getting the award was an exciting moment for me. I remember me standing on the stage in front of the audience realizing, that the real prize for me will be to continue telling the story of the disabled people. As a child to a disabled father, I routinely find myself offended. In our society, my father is first disabled and only after a man. I understand that I want to make movies  which will change this perception. I believe that what comes from one's heart can enter the heart of another! I keep my award from Bosifest on my working table. It's transparent, so I don't always see it, but the moment it catches my eyes, it give me strength to continue to do what I'm doing, my next film.

You have participated in many festivals. What is their significance and how are they essential for the promotion and development of the documentary?

I found film festivals very important for a few reasons. First of all they help to bring the films accessible for the audience. The viewers have the opportunity to watch films from all over the world near their homes. They can also meet the filmmakers and hear the process of making the film, which can be very interesting and special sometimes. It can definitely add an extra flavor to the experience of watching.  Second, filmmakers have the exceptional chance to meet the audience after watching their film. Those meetings are fascinating. The filmmakers have a real opportunity to explore their movie from the audience point of view.  What did they understand and take from the story, what touched them the most and so on.... It's a real gift.
Third, it's a great chance for filmmakers from all over the world to meet, discus, have some inspiration and even develop their next films.

You are directing a new film, Still a fighter. Can you tell us a little more about the film?

As I've mentioned before, just after I came back from the festival, I knew what I wanted to do next.  I was so eager to do it, that not long after I have returned I started to shot."Still a Fighter" is a film which documents the stories of disabled IDF veterans who once fought to defend their country and today continues to fight in their daily life. The film tells their rehabilitation stories but not less important, their children's. How do they  deal with the dramatic change in their lives?  Is the influence always visible or can it sometimes be expressed in unexpected places?
The film is told from a child's perspective, which meets for the first time the disabled people. At first she is afraid of them, but as time passes she finds herself intrigued by them and they become part of her world. Through their disabilities she sees their souls and meets warm, loving and hopeful human beings. This little child is actually me. I am a daughter to a disabled father who was once injured in the "Six Days War".

Can we expect you with your new film in Belgrade on BOSIFEST next year?

I'm certainly planning to come to Bosifest in 2017 with 'Still a fighter' , if you will still be willing to host me. 

THE AWARDED FILMS OF BOSIFEST 2016

06. June 2016.

The members of the jury of Bosifest 2016: Ivan Karl, Nebojša Bradić and Vladan Vukosavljević made the decision to award the following films:

BOSIFEST 2016 AWARD FOR THE BEST SCREENPLAY- film RESTART (author: Dejan Petrović)

The jury of Bosifest joins a great number of festivals in the country and in the rest of the world. By awarding Dejan Petrović for best screenplay, it confirms his choice and approach to the subject, expresses gratitude for the movie Restart which he filmed and the patience he imprinted in that process.

The award was received by the author Dejan Petrović.

BOSIFEST 2016 AWARD FOR THE BEST DIRECTOR- film RETINA (author: Darko Dragicevic)

The jury of Bosifest is pleased to announce that the award for best director goes to Darko Dragicevic for the original directorial procedure that’s been shown in the film Retina, in which he combines different expressive elements to create visually extraordinary, imaginary world.

The award was received by the producer Austin Stack.

BOSIFEST 2016 GRAND PRIX for the best film- GABOR (author: Sebastian Alfie)

Jury of Bosifest unanimously decided to declare Gabor as the best film with the most comprehensive work, a story about dedication and commitment to filmmaking that goes beyond the greatest barrier in this profession.

The award was received by Ana Nadal, the member of the film crew.

BOSIFEST 2016 SPECIAL MENTION - film KANTHARI: change from within (author: Marijn Poels)

The jury of Bosifest gives a special mention to film KANTHARI: change from within, that reflects courage in order to find answers to some crucial questions that involve not only people with disabilities, but also the restless world we live in.

The special mention was received by the producer Tomasz Kozakiewicz.

DIRECTOR OF FESTIVAL, DARKO IVIĆ, FOR DISABILITY PORTAL:

04. June 2016.

The seventh Belgrade International Film Festival for and by People with Disabilities, BOSIFEST was held from 1st to 3rd June this year. Besides the films shown at the Belgrade Youth Centre, the additional program consisted of workshops, panel discussions and round tables. From 250 submitted films, 34 films were chosen for the three day repertoire. 

A word from Darko Ivic, the Director of Bosifest 2016

19. May 2016.

BOSIFEST is an international film festival for and by people with disabilities, the only one of that kind in Southeast Europe, taking place in Serbia for the seventh time. A great number of films will be screened this year too - in the competitive as well as the non-competitive part.

Until now, within BOSIFEST, 300 films dealing with the theme of the people with disabilities or the authors of the films are people with disabilities have been screened. 

Jury of Bosifest 2016

18. May 2016.

Jury of Bosifest 2016 are:

  • Srdan Dragojevic,
  • Ivan Karl,
  • Nebojsa Bradic and
  • Vladan Vukosavljevic.

A word from Jelena Gavrilovic, the selector of Bosifest 2016

28. April 2016.

This year, 250 films arrived, which necessarily increased selection criteria and unfortunately not all the quality films could be selected. In the end, for the competition part the most powerful documentary movies were selected , and for the non-competition part: feature, animated and educational films. For both programs we searched for the following: that is relevant to the local audience, that is skillfully directed, that it depicts a film and not television work, and that it gives a new viewpoint on a topic.

Interview with Kineret Hay-Gillor, winner for best director for film “How much love” on Bosifest 2015

13. April 2016.

It's been almost a year since your visit to Belgrade. What impression you brought with you from here?

I found Belgrade amazing. I'm not sure if this impression was because of the city itself or because of the remarkable experience that I've had there during the festival... I found it to be a modern city but also soaked with history and legacy. The people were so nice to me and the food was so great!

Interview with Evgeny Golynkin, winner of Bosifest 2015

05. April 2016.

What are your`s impressions from last year`s festival where you get the grand prix? How did you like Belgrade?

The  festival itself is one of the strongest impression. Not only the films that were shown but the fact that the festival like this exists. For me, Darko will always be the person with strong personality, dignified behavior and a very wise attitude towards life.

Volunteers 2016

04. April 2016.

Volunteers are, as in previous years, an indispensable part of BOSIFEST's. This year we have volunteers from different faculties, they are involved in the organization from the very beginning and daily contribute their effort and commitment to the successful implementation of the festival.
The aim of engaging volunteers is to get young people informed about the rights, status and needs of people with disabilities and to work on creating empathy, improving communication, acceptance of diversity and breaking down prejudices about people with disabilities.