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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

Finding Family at 8th Festival of Tolerance – JFF Zagreb

Our feature, double BHFFNYC and BAFTA award-winning documentary, ”Finding Family” premiered at this year’s Festival of Tolerance – JFF Zagreb which was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Schindler’s List.  Festival symbolically started with a video message and greeting by Stephen Spielberg in which he addressed President of the festival Mr Bruno Lusting and film festival guests. Read more


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

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.

The film festival will be sited at Neuplex Cinemas, the city’s leading multiplex, which houses five theatres with a total of 1,100 seats and is home to the three largest cinema screens in the country.

One of these main screens will be dedicated to the “Raindance Selection”, a specially-programmed strand which has been together by RFF and the IFT, and which will feature some of the best films from the 21st RFF, which took place between 25th September and 6th October 2013.

The selection contains five documentary features and three fiction features.  All of these will be included in the festival competitions for Best Documentary and Best Feature, each of which will contain about 20 selected candidates.

The Raindance Selection (in association with the IFT)


  • BODY OF GOD  Jouni Hokkanen, 79 minutes, Finland/USA.
  • EVERYBODY STREET  Cheryl Dunn, 83 minutes, USA/Serbia and Montenegro
  • FALL AND WINTER  Matt Anderson, 102 minutes, USA.
  • FINDING FAMILY Chris Leslie and Oggi Tomic, 56 minutes, UK/Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • KATIYABAAZ (Powerless). Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa, 84 minutes, India/USA.


  • JAIL CAESAR Paul Schoolman, 84 minutes, UK/South Africa/Canada.
  • SEASON OF MISTS. Anna Tchernakova, 98 minutes, UK/Russia.
  • THE EMPTY HOME. Nurbek Egen, 98 minutes, Russia/Kyrgyrstan/France/UK.

For more details on the festival, visit http://www.sindhfilmfestival.com

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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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


New York City, May 2014 – Opening Night of the Eleventh Annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival was a great success! The festival will continue through Saturday, May 3rd, at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. Having its New York premiere at the festival will be Chris Leslie’s and Oggi Tomić’s “Finding Family”. Read more

The Telegraph on Finding Family Documentary

”We can’t hear the voices of Syrian children, so listen to the story of a child of Sarajevo” written by Mic Wright from The Telegraph is amongst many other stories published by media across Europe and Great Britain on Finding Family, a feature length documentary which also premiered at 19th Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) on 18th August 2013. Read more

Finding Family Documentary

In June 2012 I travelled to Sarajevo to start an upcoming documentary ”Finding Family” (working title) with fellow filmmaker and a good friend,  Chris Leslie who in 1997 set up and ran photography projects for kids in the local orphanage. The project ran for 4 years as he returned every summer for 3 or 4 months to replenish the project and run classes.  Read more