Scriptwriter of the Month: Ismar Vejzovic


Ismar Vejzović, Bosnian and Herzegovinian filmmaker based in Rotterdam, is working on 2 new film project and a TV project for RTL Netherlands.

To check out the way he’s thinking read a short conversation we did with him and if you want to find out about what he’s working on, click here to check his MTSW profile.


• What makes the 5 films on your Top 5 list so special?

My Top 5 is special to me because all of these movies left a lasting impression on me. Every of them took me on a journey and made me feel and experience something deeply moving and exhilarating. From LA VITA E BELLA that moved me on so many levels with its heart-breaking story to recent CHARLIE AND HANNAH GAAN UIT that has blown me away with its originality and quirkiness.


• Why did you decide to go into film?

Growing up in a communist country with only 2 TV channels available made me fall in love with that little of cinema that was accessible to me. I remember devouring every foreign movie and series that came on, especially American ones. The war temporarily put a stop to that but once I was up and running again, I found the way to return to my childhood love.


• Commercial films or art house?

As I’m working in indie scene myself art house is naturally closer to me. But I must admit that as an avid moviegoer I can thoroughly enjoy a quality commercial production as well. Just recently Todd Phillip’s JOKER left a positive impression on me even though I steer clear from superhero universe.


• How and when did you begin writing?

I began writing during my refugee years. We were moving from one place to another, hoping that we will eventually arrive somewhere where we will settle down again. Writing helped me deal with the harsh everyday reality allowing me to escape to a different narrative with new worlds, lives and destinies.


• Where do you like to write the most?

As long as I have an inspiration and my laptop near, I can write pretty much everywhere. Writing at home provides for solitude that is sometimes needed to go deep just like writing in public spaces opens up fresh new look and perspectives.


• What kind of music do you listen while writing?

I don’t listen to music while writing. It distracts me too much from my flow. I know most of the scriptwriters tend to have something playing in the background but it’s not working for me, I need my silence. Music comes in handy when I run the scenes through my head. For that I use my favourite film scores.


• Where do ideas come from?

The ideas come from life experiences and the world around that had helped shape them.


• If you could go anywhere in space and time, where would that be?

There is so many memorable moments in the past that I would like to have experienced and so many great people I would like to have met and have a chat with but if I have to choose just one I would go back to 1992 and do my utmost best to try and prevent the war in Bosnia. The war has had the greatest impact on my life, and I can’t help but wonder how the life would look like if Yugoslavia broke up peacefully.