Scriptwriter of the Month: Melina Alagić

Visitors of Sarajevo Film Festival might have seen Melina running around, organizing all-consuming BH Film Program, which she is coordinating for years, in the previous weeks. She is working at Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, finishing her MA in Dramaturgy and this year SFF also saw premiere of the short film she wrote – THE ROOSTER.


To find out more about what she is working on, check out her MTSW profile.


Also, read her answers to our eight favourite questions.


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

    It is just something between me and the films… It is the feeling they give me and the fact the feeling stayed with me years after I’ve seen them for the first time. It is not something I can easily explain. Just like falling in love, in fact. Even if you are a writer, there is no written word that can explain emotins in the way that others could feel it too.


  • Why did you decide to go into film?

    I think I almost answered this question answering the one before it. I have always loved writing. When I was younger I used to write poetry and short stories… But there is something with writing screenplays that is just magical. When you read a story, it is open for different interpretation, when you see the picture it makes it fact. In my opinion, writing screenplays is the only way to revive the emotion you had while writing it.


  • Commercial films or art house?

    Definitely both.


  • How and when did you begin writing?

    My first screenplay I wrote when I was finishing primary school. I remember it was about a girl who is trying to become an actress and I remember I was convinced that it was an Oscar-winning screenplay. I found it when I was on my first year of the Academy of Performing Arts and it was nothing even close to what screenplay should look like.


  • Where do you like to write the most?

    At home. I would love to be the writer that can only write in quiet places, like nature or the beach… Eventually, my life style trained me to be able to write in the noisiest and the most crowded places. Yes, that is my home.


  • What kind of music do you listen while writing?

    Well, depends on what I am writing and what kind of energy I need while writing. While writing my first and only long feature screenplay I mostly listened to heavy metal and hip-hop… The first one I enjoyed, the second one my main character enjoyed more.


  • Where do ideas come from? 

    Everyday life. All the things I see, I live, even my dreams. Basically, everything that touches me emotionally or frustrates me can give me idea for writing.


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

    I would go to the future where time machines and teleportation have already been invented, so I could choose from a variety of options. Or maybe 50 to 100 years in the past, knowing all about the present time and play it smart there.