About this project
Erika is a short fiction film based on the true story of Sidika Delić Hadzihasanovic. It is set in the 1940’s, during the Nazi occupation of the city of Bihać, in Bosnia. The story follows two young girls, Sidika Delić and Erika Richter, as they develop a lasting friendship, despite being on opposite sides of war.
Erika’s father, Konrad Richter, is the highest-ranking German officer in the city. He chooses the Delić House to make his temporary home. Following a forced home invasion, the German family settles in on the second floor, while the Bosnian family adjusts to their new visitors.
After failing to convince her older sister, Senada, to play with her, Sidika becomes intrigued with the officer’s daughter. After some hesitation on Erika’s part, Sidika convinces her new friend to go to her favorite spot: a swing set her father built. The girls visit the swings daily, and play together between the routine bomb warnings. Their bond quickly becomes inseparable. Tensions run high between the two families, but the girls are unaware.
Their friendship is somewhat tolerated, until Erika decides to give a loaf of bread to Sidika. Upon their return home from the swings, Konrad accuses Sidika of stealing the bread, and decides to send his daughter back to Germany.
WHY IS THIS STORY IMPORTANT?
WWII ended in 1945, but humankind’s penchant for war continues. In armed conflicts, children are the ones who undergo the most traumas. Too young to understand, they often have their own methods for coping with the horrors of war. ‘Erika’ seeks to illustrate a part of Bosnia’s history from a child’s perspective, in a way that is relevant to current struggles of war. The exploration of the two families, forced to co-exist under one roof, depicts a human story that touches on themes of family, friendship and war. The story is important because it is a stark reminder that war is not just a part of some distant history, but a very real and ongoing issue in the world, which continues to affect children and their families.
WHY 1940s BOSNIA?
There have been countless films done on WWII, but films about Bosnia's historical struggle during the Second World War are rare. We want to preserve a part of Bosnia's past by depicting the daily undertaking of an occupied region, and exploring what it may have been like to live and deal with your oppressors. In order to preserve the authenticity of the period, 'Erika' will feature Serbo-Croatian and German languages.
You want to support female-driven stories -In 2014, only 12% of all clearly identifiable protagonists were female, and in the Top 250 films, only 9% were directed by women and only 15% were written by women. Gender bias is still a major issue in the film industry, so by supporting 'Erika', you are not only backing female-led stories but also reinforcing the importance of female directors and screenwriters!
You love period films and historical dramas - 'Erika' will feature all the wonderful elements of a great period piece - historical interiors, period costumes and vintage props! With your help, our art department will have no trouble sourcing all of these items.
You're interested in emerging talent and independent films - We've been studying film for four years now, help us utilize all of our skills to reach new heights and audiences!
We've received a grant through our school already, but in order to fully reach our goal, we really need your help!
Crowdfunding is a strategy for raising money through a group of individual backers. As students, we have almost no access to funding and are unable to apply for grants from the government. Moreover, our school does not give us any money to create the film, which is why we require your assistance! Kickstarter is a fantastic platform that allowed countless creatives to take their ideas and materialize them.
By backing our project, you are a driving force behind our vision! Kickstarter is ALL OR NOTHING. That means that your credit card won't be charged unless we achieve our funding goal!
Everyone who contributes to our campaign will receive exclusive updates in a private newsletter, before the general public!
HANNA JOVIN (Director) - Hanna is an award-winning filmmaker from Toronto, Ontario. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film at Ryerson University.
As a student, Hanna has received numerous awards and scholarships, including: The Universal Studios Canada Scholarship, The Elvino Sauro Film Award, and the Vivian James Award.
Her short documentary, Detour, which follows a woman's struggle with her brain injury, has been shown at Toronto Film Week, Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards and The Awareness Film Festival in LA.
White Lines, an animated documentary that explores the ease with which somebody can slip into addiction, was a film which Hanna co-created with Erika's writer, Jessie Posthumus. The film has been screened at Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival, Hollywood North Film Festival and the Oscar-qualifying Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Their film was broadcast on Bell Fibe TV1.
In her third year of study, Hanna directed I Love You More Than Vodka, which follows Marcy and Tess on their last drunken night together in the city, as they try to enjoy their goodbyes while wondering if their friendship will survive long-distance. At the Image Arts 2016 Awards Ceremony, Hanna and writer/producer Jessie Posthumus were awarded the Vivian James Award for best script/production with a female lead.
This past summer, Hanna traveled to Iceland, and produced Window Weather, which was screened at the annual Nordic Nights Exhibition at Ryerson School of Image Arts.
Hanna is committed to collaborative filmmaking that enriches student learning and explores storytelling in an artistic and meaningful way. Her long term goal is to create films that promote diversity and feature independent women and girls.
At this year's Image Arts Awards Ceremony, Hanna and her producers, Marissa and Aldo, were awarded the William F. Whites International Inc. equipment grant for the short film 'Erika'!
We understand if you are unable to make a financial contribution to help us reach our goal. But if you are interested in 'Erika', there are many other ways you can support the film:
1. Spread the word! Let your friends and family know about the film!
2. Like us on Facebook and invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/erikafilm/
3. Follow us on Instagram! @erikashortfilm
4. Use the hashtag #erikashortfilm on social media.
5. Check out our premiere at the Ryerson University Film Festival in May 2017!
Contact Us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Image: Robert McLeod
Title Banners: Hanna Jovin
Graphics: Evie Brooks
Marketing Manager: Steph Sinclair
Kickstarter Video Shot by Ben Wong
Grip/Gaffer: Sarah Simone
Sound: Alana Raymond
Risks and challenges
When it comes to making a film, there are always going to be a myriad of unforeseen challenges and obstacles. We will likely encounter minor issues with our actors, locations, crew, or equipment.
Since we've dealt with similar issues on past film sets, and have some experience from the last four years of study, we are well-equipped to deal with any problems that will come our way! Our deadline is the Ryerson University Film Festival in May 2017, so we are obliged to do whatever we can to finish the film! Our skills and careful planning will allow us to overcome any difficulty we encounter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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