Follow your heart, and be passionate about films and what you do. A filmmaking career is not glamorous but it can definitely be rewarding if you approach it with the correct balance or enthusiasm, fun and professionalism
Born in Bosnia in 1985 and left abandoned by his mother in the delivery room, Oggi didn’t exactly get the best start in life. In and out of orphanages until the age 15, Oggi moved with a family to Cambridge (UK) with support from the charity Hope and Homes. As a young man he was always interested in documenting stories of the world.
Everything changed for Oggi when he sent an email to Chris Morris, Head of International Film School Wales asking how he could get on the course. After meeting Oggi, Chris could see the potential and said ‘If you really want to do this you can start in September.’ ‘Chris believed in me and he had a genuine enthusiasm to gather filmmakers with a passion to better themselves. At that point I knew that was the course for me.’ Oggi commented.
Oggi has many memories of University one of his favourites is making ‘off the cuff’ films making loads of mistakes and learning from them instead of writing about the films.
Oggi feels the course helped him become a recognised filmmaker not just someone else with a camera.
Since then Oggi has won several prestigious film and photography awards. Including a double BAFTA and double Golden Apple awards from New York for his Documentary film ‘Finding Family’, which tells the story of his own struggles returning to Sarajevo when his long lost family track him down.
In November 2010 Oggi travelled with the charity, Help the Village, to India, he documented the trip and the fundraising leg, driving 13 Minis from India to Paris, in film and photographs. Oggi’s involvement in the project started when the charity approached the University Alumni and Development Office looking for a suitable filmmaker.
We asked Oggi for his advice for anyone wanting to follow his career path, "Follow your heart, and be passionate about films and what you do. A filmmaking career is not glamorous but it can definitely be rewarding if you approach it with the correct balance or enthusiasm, fun and professionalism."