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The Film in Post-war Bosnia and in the Era of Transition

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Plenary / Panel
German and English language


Screenwriter, Writer-Director, Sarajevo Abstract
Bosnia and Herzegovina had several acclaimed cinema achievements since the war formally ended in 1995& though there is a very little of production infrastructure in current Bosnia& we know that  poetry grows on social rubles and Bosnia has proved the same& in this regard, important question is how in future Balkan cinema can avoid a potential danger of being portrayed as politically victimized in film stories?... often minimalism in Bosnian cinema comes across as invention of necessity& it is substantially important to have the state subvention in cinema for the country of the Bosnian size because if we only rely on potential commercial success, meaning if the financing comes exclusively from the profitable sources, than, I am afraid, we will relatively soon slip into some kind of version of Balkan cinema entertainment& BUT, on the other hand, in the era of transition, shaky state cinema funds also should never have non-commercialism as criteria for greenlighting the project. Non-commercialism can only be a consequence of a movie and not the objective because it will inevitably lead us to boring quasi-artistic or over intellectualized cinema& is digital cinema something that countries with limited financing should embrace?... technical versus esthetic aspects in digital cinema?
Correspondent for Southern and Eastern Europe, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Belgrade Chair


Screenwriter, Writer-Director, Sarajevo

1995 Santa Monica College
1998 Los Angeles City College
 Professional working experience inter alia:
1998-2000 UCLA Extensions, Grace Players Theatre Group
2000 Writer-Director, "The Pitch", Theatre Play; "The Grace Players", USA
2002 Assistant Director, Short movie "09.11.01" - part of the omnibus "09.11.01", Vivendi Universal, director Danis Tanovic, 35 MM
  Writer, Human interest stories; Children with Special Needs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNICEF, Office for Bosnia and Herzegovina
2003 Writer-Director, Short movie "Sex Planet"; "Autonomous Limited", London & Studio Maj, Ljubljana, Super 16 MM
  Writer-Director; "Black Chronicle", TV serial, Mebius Production, Sarajevo
  Writer-Director; Documentary film "Poets", Center for Contemporary Arts, Sarajevo - "Proba", Beta SP
  Screenwriter; Feature movie "Days and Hours", Refresh Production, Director Pjer Zalica, 35 MM
2004 Writer, Human interest stories; Mine awareness programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNICEF, Office for Bosnia and Herzegovina
2005 Writer-Director; Short movie "To the Ashes", Refresh Production, 35 MM, Preproduction

Mag. Christian WEHRSCHÜTZ

Correspondent for Southern and Eastern Europe, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Belgrade

1981-1985 Studium an der juridischen Fakultät und am Institut für Slawistik, Karl-Franzens-Universitaet Graz
1997 Teilnahme an der Ukrainian Summer School, Harvard University, USA
 Als Korrespondent zählt zum Tätigkeitsbereich die Berichterstattung über Serbien und Montenegro, die ehemaligen jugoslawischen Teilrepubliken Mazedonien, Bosnien und Herzegowina, Kroatien, Slowenien, den Kosovo und Albanien sowie die Führung des ORF-Büros in Belgrad. Verbunden war und ist diese journalistische Tätigkeit mit ausgedehnten Reisen durch die Zielländer in der Region.
 Fremdsprachenkenntnisse: Englisch, Russisch, Ukrainisch, Serbisch (sehr gut), Französisch (gut), Slowenisch (gut), Mazedonisch (passiv gut), Albanisch (Grundkenntnisse)
1998 Einmonatiges Stipendium, Duke-Universität in North Carolina auf Einladung der Austrian-American-Foundation (abschließend wurden auch Medien in New York und Washington besucht)
2014 Journalist des Jahres
seit 2014 Korrespondent des ORF für die Ukraine