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BBC: My Family, the Enemy

It was a pleasure to be invited by the BBC World Service and talk about ”Finding Family” documentary.  From the BBC:  Oggi Tomic, Cambridge filmmaker and cameraman, was abandoned by his mother at birth and grew up in orphanages in Bosnia. He ended up in Sarajevo at the height of the siege of the early 1990s. Read more

Filmmaker’s tale of surviving Sarajevo during Bosnian war – The Times

Photo by Jack Hill, The Times

Written by Helen Rumbelow and published in The Times nationwide. 

Meeting Oggi Tomic, Cambridge and London based filmmaker, makes you wonder about what is ordinary and what is extraordinary. “I ­always wanted to be extraordinary, to be different,” he says of his boyhood. And here he is, in his nice flat in Cambridge with a ­lovely wife and a good job; shaking his head and saying, “Oh, my God” in mock despair when my request for decaf coffee has him rummaging in a cupboard. It is an ordinary scene in middle England. He is, however, exactly what he wanted to be: totally, staggeringly extraordinary. Read more

The remarkable journey of Cambridge filmmaker Oggi Tomic

01/04/14 Oggi Tomic centres - Cambridge, Cambridge
01/04/14 Cambridge filmmaker Oggi Tomic has just been nominated for a BAFTA for his documentary Finding Family. Picture: David Johnson

Twenty-nine years ago, amid the ruins of a country torn apart by a brutal and bloody war, Oggi Tomic took his first breath. Born with water on the brain and left abandoned by his mother in the delivery room, Oggi didn’t exactly get the best start in life.

In and out of orphanages for much of his childhood; the 29-year-old would face near-starvation, shelling and unimaginable suffering almost daily. Read more

Finding Family at Raindance and Sindh Film Festival

A feature documentary I made with Chris Leslie, ”Finding Family” has been officially accepted at ”The Sindh International Film Festival” which is being held on 10-11th February 2014 in Pakistan, Karachi as part of the wider Sindh Festival which has been set up to celebrate Pakistan’s heritage and culture. Read more

Golden Island International Film Festival Announces Film Programme Featuring ‘Finding Family’ & ‘Dead Cat’

The Golden Island International Film Festival, in partnership with Creditwest Bank, has revealed the exciting programme for the inaugural festival to be held in Cyprus.

Over the course of 7 days and nights, the festival will screen over 50 features, documentaries and shorts across 5 venues including extended Q & A’s with many guests from the films. The festival will also highlight the cinema of Cyprus with a dedicated strand as well as handing out awards for Best Short Fiction, Best Documentary and Best Newcomer within the Cyprus cinema strand. Read more

10 tips for being a Cinematographer

Anthony Dod Mantle is an award-winning British cinematographer. In 2009 he won an Oscar for best achievement in cinematography for Slumdog Millionaire.  He won a Bafta for the same film and his other credits include Rush, 28 Days Later, 127 Hours and The Last King of Scotland. Read more

FINDING FAMILY SCOOPS TWO SCOTTISH BAFTAS

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Scotland has announced the winners of the British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards at a glittering ceremony in Glasgow’s The Arches. Hosted by Muriel Gray for the third year running, the event honoured new work made by students and emerging practitioners, highlighting the bright future of Scottish film, television and games. Read more

Al Jazeera Balkans and HRT will transmit the Competition Films of SFF

Al Jazeera Balkans will transmit the film by Danis Tanović “Episode in the life of an iron picker ” in the area of the former Yugoslavia, while HRT will show the film onthe Croatian territory.  HRT is negotiating for TV rights for films from competition program of the 19th Sarajevo Film Festival, and basically for the films from documentary selection.

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GOLDEN APPLE AWARDS FOR “FINDING FAMILY ”AT THE 11th BHFF™ FILM FESTIVAL

New York City, May 2014 – “Finding Family” a documentary film by Chris Leslie and Oggi Tomić;  “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” a feature film directed by Danis Tanović; and “Mum,” a short fiction film directed by Ado Hasanović, won Golden Apple awards at the eleventh annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival, held May 1-3 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. Read more