During the war (1992 – 1995), Mirsad Purivatra has organized exhibitions at Obala Art Centar with artists from the world and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and initiated what was known as a “war cinema”.
In 1995, Obala, headed by Mirsad Purivatra, established Sarajevo Film Festival that has grown to one of the most influential film festivals in Europe and the leading festival in South-Eastern Europe.
Starting in 2003, Mirsad Purivatra initiated and developed the CineLink Co-Production Market as a part of the Sarajevo Film Festival, with a goal of aiding the development of regional cinematography, discovery of new talents and the launching of new projects on the wider European market. CineLink is today recognized as the most potent catalyst for regional film production.
Mirsad Purivatra also teaches Production at the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts.
Other professional engagements of Mirsad Purivatra included:
Director of B&H Soros Open Society Fund (1994-1996);
Director of Bosnia-Herzegovina Radio and Television (1998-2000)
General Director of the B&H branch of MacCann Erickson marketing agency (2000-2004).
Apart from the mentioned engagements, Mirsad Purivatra is also a producer or coproducer:
“Circus Columbia”, directed by Danis Tanovic
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” (Grand Prize of the Jury, Cannes Film Festival 2011), directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
“Bridges of Sarajevo”, directed by 13 European directors, Cannes Film Festival Official selection 2014
“Sieranevada”, directed by Cristi Puiu, Cannes Film Festival Competition 2016
He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards and recognitions, including Knight of the Order of Arts and Humanities (Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres) by the Republic of France. This médaillé of Knight is one of the highest awards France bestows upon individuals in the field of culture and is one of the four ministerial orders. Mirsad was the reciepent of one of the most prestigious German awards also - The Richard von Weizsäcker Fellowship which was established in honor of the former Federal President, who served for many years on the Board of Trustees of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The Fellowship offers leading decision-makers and intellectuals from over the world a residency in Berlin.