Milan Grahovac: BOSIFEST is the festival where every film is a winner and there aren’t bad movies

28. februar 2013.

Milan Grahovac managed to become World Champion in freestyle swimming in 2009. and won numerous awards in competitions that he took part in. He is the lead actor in “22 centimeters” which was screened on BOSIFEST in 2011. Milan was diagnosed with achondroplasia which is the cause of short stature. Nevertheless that didn’t stop him to live his life to the full. In the interview for the BOSIFEST Milan told us how physical prejudices about appearance and poverty are the ones that we meet on daily basis. How did he managed to organize celebration for Serbian paralympians which won medals and why is, according to his opinion, importance of BOSIFEST.

You are a lead actor in the movie named “22 centimeters” which is about your life and you also appeared in Big Brother. In both cases it’s all about documentary concept but in a two very different ways. Can you compare those two experiences and will you tell us something about your motives for participating in those projects?

I agree that documentary “22 centimeters” and Big Brother are two very different concepts. Motives for my participation in those projects were actually my attempt to let the audience know how people like me live. When I say people like me I mean the ones that are dealing with androplasia. In “22 centimeters” I was aiming to present my way of life and when it comes to Big Brother, viewers had the chance to see in real time how my day looks like. Even though I was the first one to leave the show I think that I did my part very well. I was the human being and not the puppet and of course that is the reason why they were pressuring other contestants to kick me out of the show.

Did anything changed in your life after the audience saw you in a film that we saw on BOSIFEST and after your participation in Big Brother?

After the BOSIFEST and Big Brother my life continued where it left off. There weren’t any big changes, although, people from my hometown Sombor find me more approachable and congratulated me on everything I’ve done. They are still very proud of me because wherever I go I don’t forget to mention my hometown.

What are the most common prejudices that you have to face?

Appearance and poverty are two biggest prejudices that we have to face with. I don’t know why, but people are afraid the people that, as I like to put it, don’t meet the standards. Most of my friend can’t explain the fact that I don’t have a girlfriend even though I’m positive, charismatic and vigorous. They just can’t believe that there are only few women that are willing to love you because of your good nature and charisma.

You have a Twitter account. In your opinion, can social networks help people with disability in socializing and prevent them from being rejected? How suitable Twitter and Facebook are for demolishing prejudices?

I’ve joined Twitter out of curiosity and I wanted to escape my everyday problems. I’ve lost my job, started living of social welfare, government declined my application for national recognition even though I won a medal on Paralympics. They’ve explained that I wasn’t competing in a World Cup and that, by regulations, I’m not a suitable candidate for it. In time I’ve realized that by using Twitter you can start numerous actions. One that I’m most proud of is celebration when people that were competing in Paralympics came back to Serbia. Even though City of Belgrade refused to organize celebration for the athletes, thanks to Twitter, we managed to organize it.

You are in a midst of shooting a movie. The locations are: New York, Berlin, Belgrade and Nis. What is it about, what is your role and do you know premiere date?

About that project that I’ve been working on I can’t say much except that it will be aired as a mini-series on Television Vojvodina, most likely in the spring. And after that you can expect a movie called “My Dream”. Director is Željko Mirković, the same man I’ve worked with on the set of “22 centimeters”.

In your opinion, what is the importance of having film festival such as BOSIFEST?

 Importance of BOSIFEST is immeasurable and I can’t describe it in a few words. BOSIFEST is the festival where every movie is a winner. After every screening I can’t help but ask myself thousands of questions and I just can’t be indifferent. You can’t find single irrelevant story or a bad movie.

 

News

Submissions for BOSIFEST 2014

22. januar 2014.

HENDI CENTRE KOLOSEUM ANNOUNCES Submissions for BELGRADE  INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR AND BY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES - BOSIFEST 2014 are now open. The slogan of this year's festival is " THE POWER OF VISUAL COMUNICATION ", and the topic is work and life of the people with disabilities. Submissions are open from Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 until Saturday, March 22nd, 2014.  The official selection results will be announced on Saturday, May 10th, 2014. BOSIFEST 2014 will be held from 2th to 4th June 2014 The festival is competitive, the entire program consists of both competitive and non-competitive parts. Films that are not chosen for the competition part of the program, and meet the requirements of the competition, will be in the non-competitive part of the program. The festival is organized by Hendi Center Koloseum, Pančićeva Street 14, Belgrade, Serbia. The festival was supported by the Tourist Organization,Delta Fondacija, of daily newspaper “Blic” and “Studio B” TV station.

Films and supporting materials should be marked “BOSIFEST 2014 Submissions" and sent to: HENDI CENTAR KOLOSEUM, Pančićeva 14, 11000 Beograd

Srbija. Questions about the submissions should be sent to: film@bosifest.rs

 

BOSIFEST in the Spanish Cultural Center

06. novembar 2013.

It is interesting to get to know each other through films with diferent fates.

05. novembar 2013.

Slobodan Sijan, the director of Serbian most famous films "Who's Singin' Over There?" and The "Marathon Family", paintor, writer and film critic, was a member of this year's jury of BOSIFEST 2013. In an interview for our website Slobodan Sijan talks about which films in BOSIFEST left the strongest impression on him and why he agreed to be a member of the jury.

Festivals is a great way of reaching a different audience in different countries

01. oktobar 2013.

Interview with Lisa Pram co-author of Chromosome 5

BOSIFEST 2013 GRAND PRIX was awarded to the film Chromosome 5 (filmmaker: Maria Ripoll & Lisa Pram, 2013, Spain). This is story of loss and encounter. Andrea loses a small part of her chromosome 5, but her mother has to find a new way of seeing and accepting.

Where did the idea to make this film come from? Why did you choose Andrea and her mother as the main characters of your film? Maria and Andrea and I met at the entrance of school and Maria noticed Andrea´s different ways/allure. We inmediately started talking and getting to know each other. At one point I gave her my diary to read and the doc-film is based on this diary. Andrea is the main character because she is Irreplaceable, special, beautiful and a great actor that loves to work in film and also photo-shootings.

You have taken part in numerous festivals around the world. What were the reactions of the audience?
Strong emotional feedback. We are very happy and thankful to get the story out there and the reactions are positive and great.

Bosifest as a surprise in Zvezdara park

15. septembar 2013.

Thanks to the cooperation between Hendi Center Coloseum and Filmstreet the documentary film about the greatest songwriter of rock and roll "A.K.A Dok Pomus" was shown on  September 7th in Zvezdara park. The film "A.K.A Dok Pomus," which won the best director award at BOSIFEST in 2013, was shown in Filmstreet as a part of the surprise projection. For the third year in a row Filmstreet is turning street corners and parks of Belgrade into movie theaters in the open, and this summer it’s approaching a number of 50 projections of iconic works on 17 extraordinary locations.

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