IZAZOV! is the name for a filmmaking project in Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH), which is part of the larger five country project called Changing the Story. It aims to work with young activists and aspiring film makers in BiH to encourage the sharing of stories through film.

“Izazov” is the Bosnian word for ‘provoke’ or ‘challenge’, which is exactly what the films are intended to do.

As part of the project, there are filmmaking workshops and ongoing mentorship with six young people from across BiH with the aim of producing a number of short films that they feel are relevant and important to share.


The films will be distributed to a wider audience of young people across Europe and shared with relevant policy makers and others who need to be more aware of young people’s priorities and concerns, to engage and learn from them.

The films have been previewed in the UK at Bridport’s first ever International Youth Short Film Festival and at King’s College London as part of its ESRC Festival of Social Science.

The project will aim to develop ways of working that combine participatory filmmaking with youth activism.

Research outputs will include the films by young people, a practitioner workshop resource, an academic case study and a peer-reviewed journal paper.

This projects aims to build the skills of young people in BiH and with them, extend their networks and communicate their concerns. In the long-term to partner and build solidarity with other young change-makers across Europe .

This project is a collaboration between Kings College, London, the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and Opera Circus in collaboration with other BiH CSO organisations. The project has developed out of findings from the AHRC / GCRF funded Art and Reconciliation and Opera Circus’ project work in BiH.