Marcos

Berin Tuzlić is a cartoonist, filmmaker, musician and multimedia artist from Sarajevo. He is one of the key players in Bosnian animation, and has worked extensively on animated advertisements and music videos, but has also received international praise for his short animated art films. On the side, Tuzlić has made several comics and cartoons for publications from Bosnia and Croatia.

Tuzlić was born in 1968 in Sarajevo, where he also completed his primary and secondary education. In 1989, he published his first comic called 'Tarzan' in the Sarajevo magazine Male Novine. In 1993, he made the comics 'Cvjetni mačak' ('Flower Cat'), 'Zambak' and 'Bosman' for the Transinternational Production House in Sarajevo. Tuzlić moved to Rijeka, Croatia, after the Bosnian War in 1995. He started out working as a cartoonist for the daily newspaper Novi List, for which he the popular comic strip 'Morčić'.

Yupiter Pippo, by Berin Tuzlic
Yupiter Pippo

He furthermore produced a coloring book and a book called 'Kuna u tisuću boja'. He studied at the Zagreb Academy of Animation, and worked as a phasing expert on the feature-length animated film based on Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić's 1913 children's novel 'Lapitch the Little Shoemaker' ('Čudnovate zgode šegrta Hlapića', 1997). He received his Master's Degree in "A Film" in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Passing over Sarajevo by Berin Tuzlic

Berin Tuzlić returned to Sarajevo in 1998, where he resumed his cartooning career. He won a prize for "most inventive comic strip hero" with his character 'Marcos', at the Festival of Comics and Cartoons in Rome, Italy in 1999. In 2001 he produced the comic 'Marcos, Biće budućnosti' ('Marcos, The Being of the Future') under patronage of the Sarajevo Cantonal Ministry of Culture and Education. In addition, he worked as an illustrator for books and the Sarajevo children's magazines Palčić and 5 Plus.

Nafta, Berin Tuzlic

He has however become mostly known for his work in animation and for his multimedia projects, in which he also regularly incorporates comic art. From 2000 to 2001 he made videos for the Sarajevo band Knock Out. He is also one of the country's main promotors of animation art, an artform only few can make a living out of in Bosnia. In 2004 he was he initiator of Pixel (2004), a non-profit organization and educational centre for art and visual communication. He works extensively for the advertising industry. He is the creator of 'Super Billy' (or 'Super Bili', 2004-2007), the first Bosnian animated television series, about a little boy who gets superstrength after eating a special salami. The series was produced as a commercial for the meat processing company Lijanovići, and aired on BHRT (Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Cartoon Network.


Yunferman

In later years, he has been widely praised in Europe and the USA for his short (animated) art films, such as 'Noć i Dan' (2007), 'Sarajevo, I don't know when and I don't know where' (2007), 'Les Epouvantails' (2010) and 'Requiem for Pinocchio' (2016). Recurring themes in his work are his concerns regarding to environmental and media violence, on which he comments through funny creatures and true-to-life metaphors regarding today's media-dominated world.

He is the founder of the one-man musical multimedia project 'dRUMELODY', which combines electronic music, comics and cartoon animation with video. He is the drummer of the Bosnian punk rock band Bezbeli Apstraklije since 2014. He also received his doctorate with the thesis 'Why animation is drawn' in TelAviv. He has won a number of awards in the field of advertising, produced on behalf of the Advertising Agency Via Media Sarajevo/Dubai, of which he is the co-owner. Berin is a Board Member of The International Animated Film Society ASIFA.

He has continued to make comics in addition to his film projects, like his story about the unusual superhero 'Yunferman' (2017).

Berin Tuzlic

www.berintuzlic.ba

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