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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.