Directing Masterclass with Nermin Hamzagić

Among guest lecturers welcomed at Sarajevo Film Academy each semester, last week SFA students had the pleasure of working with young director Nermin Hamzagić, whose debut feature film Full Moon had its world premiere at the recent Cottbus Film Festival and was awarded with Ecumenical Jury Prize. Although busy with promoting his debut film Full Moon, Hamzagic gave a Directing Masterclass to SFA students and shared his experience of making first feature film.

Hamzagić started the Masterclass by sharing his experience on working in different media, as well as working for and with internationally acclaimed film and theatre directors. Using his debut feature film as an example, Nermin shared his working methods as well as the ways he tried to overcome the fears while preparing the first feature. He discussed the production of the film and his path in finding the right production format.

Nermin Hamzagić is a young film and theater director, with an range of directing experience that includes working in independent regional and European, but also international film and theatre productions. Young Hamzagić has been engaged in various projects at the East West Center, and has directed several theatre plays such as Kopenhagen, 99% - The Far and Misery of the Third Reich, Tartuffe and the Rebel M.K.

His references include working with acclaimed Bosnian directors such as one of the leading theatre directors in South East Europe Haris Pašović, multiply awarded and internationally acclaimed writer and film director Aida Begić and Oscar winning director Danis Tanović. Filmography of Nermin Hamzagić includes both short and feature, fiction and documentary films. His short film Kalo / Damaged Goods (2015) won Special Jury Prize at the 21st Sarajevo Film Festival. For his first feature Full Moon (2019), Hamzagić won the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Cottbus Film Festival, while lead actor in the film Alban Ukaj won the Best Actor Award.