Angelina Jolie has said that she was threatened over her award-winning directorial debut about the war in Bosnia, In the Land of Blood and Honey.

The actress, who was presented with the Cinema For Peace award at this week's Berlin Film Festival for the film which premiered in Sarajevo this week, says both she and cast members have received threats.

In an interview with The Guardian, Jolie said: "There were things sent to me, there were things posted online.

"The cast… have never complained to me about these threats but I've heard through other people it was happening... one of them did have their windows smashed in on their cars and someone else had an issue when their phone was hacked and emails were sent out saying they were from them and saying they had been hurt.

"It was a scary thought that someone was thinking along those lines."

Jolie added: "The physical threats are not what most bothered me because I have been to so many different countries where there are different kinds of threats, being in Afghanistan and other places as an outspoken American woman.

"It was more that...with a film like this, you don't want it to be used as a tool... especially in an election year, where people are deciding to label it without having seen it, and try to incite aggression and violence."