Filmmaker’s tale of surviving Sarajevo during Bosnian war – The Times

Written by Helen Rumbelow and published in The Times nationwide. 

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. Continue reading “Filmmaker’s tale of surviving Sarajevo during Bosnian war – The Times” »

Remarkable journey of Cambridge filmmaker, Oggi Tomic

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In and out of orphanages for much of his childhood; the 29-year-old would face near-starvation, shelling and unimaginable suffering almost daily.

“The windows of my orphanage were covered with United Nations plastic covers because all the glass had been smashed. We didn’t have any door frames because everything was burnt to keep us warm,” Oggi remembers. Continue reading “Remarkable journey of Cambridge filmmaker, Oggi Tomic” »

Finding Family wins two Golden Apple Awards in NYC

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. All winning films were announced at the festival’s Closing Party on Saturday, May 3rd, held in The Varick Room at Tribeca Cinemas.

In addition to the Jury Award for the Best Documentary Film, “Finding Family” also won the BHFF 2014 Audience Award for Best Picture. The film’s director, Chris Leslie, accepted both Golden Apples at the Closing Party. Leslie said he is “absolutely delighted to win the awards,” and added that “just having the film screen at BHFF in New York City is a great accolade in itself.”

Oggi Tomić, whose life story is the subject of the documentary, was thrilled with the big win: “Wow – what can I say, to have its New York City premiere and be up in competition with great filmmakers and films is an honor in itself, but to win not just one, but two awards is beyond my expectations and I am extremely ecstatic with the result.”

FINDING FAMILY SCOOPS TWO SCOTTISH BAFTAS

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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. Continue reading “FINDING FAMILY SCOOPS TWO SCOTTISH BAFTAS” »

BAFTA Nomination

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Finding Family has been shortlised for a Scottish BAFTA. The British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards recognise and reward outstanding new practitioners in Scotland’s moving image industries. The 2014 ceremony will take place on Tuesday 25 March in Glasgow. More information here >

Pakistan Premiere

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Oggi Tomic meets Bilwal Bhutto at the film screening in Karachi

Raindance Selects ‘Finding Family’ for Sindh Film Festival in Karachi, Pakistan.

It made me really proud and happy to see my film premiere, as well as well as attend Q&A in Karachi, Pakistan to which I was invited by the organiser of Sindh Festival, Mr Bilwal Bhutto who I also had a pleasure to talk to about the film.  Bilwal told me it was – “very emotional for me to watch it and I am grateful I could come and present it at his festival”

The Raindance Film Festival (RFF) has collaborated with a initial Sindh International Film Festival (SIFF) in Karachi, in an bid to shade some of the best films from a 21st RFF (September 25 t0 Oct 6, 2013) to a new assembly in Pakistan.

Balkan Florence Express Film Festival

It was real pleasure to participate at this festival at which our documentary was shown amongst other feature films from Balkan area – lovely evening with great guests, speakings and filmmakers from the region.

London Screening for Film Funders

On Tuesday night, 5th November 2013, a 400-strong audience joined patrons and celebrity supporters of Hope and Homes for Children on the red carpet at Vue cinema in Leicester Square for an exclusive premiere of Finding Family in aid of the charity.

Hosted by award winning actress Kristin Scott Thomas and HHC Chair of Trustees, Tim Richards, CEO and founder of Vue Entertainment, the event featured the UK premiere of Finding Family – a moving documentary by Chris Leslie and Oggi Tomic, who is also a former Hope and Homes for Children beneficiary as he traces the family who abandoned him at birth – 28 years ago.

This was a very important and emotional evening and what a better place to show our documentary than in the heart of London.

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