How Brexit Could Devastate the Film Industry

The UK's secession from the EU will have far-reaching consequences, some of which will inevitably impact the movies. Just a month ago, British filmmaker Ken Loach's Cannes premiere (and Palme d'Or winner) served as a sobering augury. I, Daniel Blakedepicts a United Kingdom beset by poverty, unemployment, and defunct social services.  Its disenfranchised working class—though skilled, capable, and experienced—is unable to maintain the basic rights to life, let alone secure a living wage. The titular character pursues every option available to him, only to find himself caught in the snares of long lines and red tape that appear all but designed to cast him out to the streets. Read more

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

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

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

11th BHFF™ FILM FESTIVAL

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

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