International Film Festival Bosnia Herzegovina Looks Around (IFFBHLA)


Bosnia and Herzegovina

North Macedonia

Multinationality - Multiethnicity - Multireligiosity
The Riscs - The Possibilities - The Questions - The Engagements
For a Sustainable Future


Multi-nationality - Multi-ethnicity- Multi-religiosity, living together in a shared place… the ongoing migration movements will intensify the issues rising up here. The festival wants to contribute to create a space of dialogue, knowledge, sensitivity and understanding for a peaceful and sustainable future.

Evidently this is one of the most challenging political and social global challenges today. Reciprocal understandings, recognition, acceptance of differences, in short, tolerance are the most demanded qualities to avoid the next programmed wars.

In Europe one of the most affected regions of these conflicts are without doubt the so-called Balkan countries. In their centre we find Bosnia and Herzegovina. So we start from here to "look around", to find films, fictional or documentaries, which let us understand better the rise of conflicts, the problems and barriers of communication, the hopes and fears of people confronted with permanent social and ecological menaces. False solutions are often presented as concepts of national, ethical or religious separatism.

We invite specially films produced or threading problems of the seven most concerned territories: Bosnia-Herzegovina and its surrounding countries Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. The films should be (co)produced in these countries or treating questions, subjects, phenomenon or situations located here, or simply offering connected views and settings.

We need to understand what is the social and political, the ideological and mental ground that leads people to get abused or brainwashed into being motivated to go to wars that are in fact arranged by the interests of power groups, which use religion, ethnic or national differences for their profit. We need to understand, which behaviours, experiences and meetings are essential to keep peace. We often find traces of the vulnerability in people´s lives caused by their specific surroundings, schools, families, manhood ideology, role stereotypes, in short, mostly rules on behaviors based on a patriarchal ideology, which never promises a fruitful life.
In consequence our festival presents a huge panorama of other aspects of contemporary life in the Balkans region. It´s time to look around and to understand that people's real problems are not separated by religions, ethnicities and nationalities, on the contrary, partly they are caused by them.

These works will be selected and screened, watched byan international jury and honored by four awards. THE MAIN AWARD, THE FUTURE AWARD, the SENSITIVITY AWARD and finally the SURPRISE AWARD.

Films can help us by their detailed and specific observations, how these fatal effects are made and settled. Therefore we also want to invite films from all over the world, beside the aformentioned countries, in order to confront these subjects.

Furthermore we also invite films from all over the world, which offer elements for understanding and questioning; films about societies, marked by intern structures characterized by the same on-going national ideologies, often without any promise or strategy for efficient health and social care, and without any political concept to create a human, tolerant and caring future society; films speaking about the unaltered perception of life in degraded conditions, marked often by poverty and helplessness. In these conditions the only self confirmation consist mostly in just being part of a nation, ethnicity or religion, in short people in daily realities, in which going to war for some vain promises don't seems to be the worst option.



These films will be presented in a special festival "World Section". The festival juries will attribute the additional TOLERANCE AWARD in this section.