The 19th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival will take place from 16th till 24th August, 2013.
After the 4-year-long siege of Sarajevo, and with an intention to recreate civil society of the City, in 1995, we founded the Sarajevo Film Festival.
Today Sarajevo Film Festival is an international film festival with special focus on the region of Southeast Europe. High quality programming, strong industry segment, an educational platform for young filmmakers, presence of numerous representatives of film industry, film authors and media representatives from all over the world, as well as over 100,000 visitors, are the confirmation of the festival's status which is renowned and recognised by film professionals as well as by its audience.
The Festival of such concept serves as a catalyst for cooperation within the region, and establishment of connections with partners from all over the world. It represents a platform for development of film business in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the region, but also sets new standards of festival organisation and film presentation.
The platform which Sarajevo Film Festival offers to the region places the talents and projects from the South Eastern Europe into the centre of attention. It provides support and encouragement for creation of network of contacts between regional film professionals, but also opens a wide international network of contacts. For the representatives of the world film industry it offers new projects, ideas, and talents from the region.
18th SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL IN NUMBERS:
• 21 PROGRAMMES
• 210 FILMS FROM 57 COUNTRIES
• 10 VENUES
• 330 EMPLOYEES and 280 VOLUNTEERS
• MORE THAN 1000 ACCREDITED GUESTS
• MORE THAN 800 ACCREDITED MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES FROM 32 COUNTRIES
• MORE THAN 100,000 VISITORS AT ALL THE PROGRAMMES
Sarajevo Film Festival Competition Programme screens world, international and regional premieres of feature, short, animated and documentary films from: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
Films selected in Competition Programmes for feature, short and documentary film compete for the prestigious Heart of Sarajevo Awards.
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film - 16,000 Euros
Special Jury Prize - 10,000 Euros
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress - 2,500 Euros
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor - 2,500 Euros
Short and Animated Film
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film - 2,500 Euros
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film - 3,000 Euros
CineLink, the backbone of the festival’s Industry Section, is a development and financing platform for carefully selected feature projects from Southeast Europe suited for European co-production. With an average conversion rate of its selected projects from development to production at 60% over the past decade, CineLink has grown into one of the most successful development and financing platforms in Europe. With its CineLink, CineLink Plus and Work in Progress sections it caters for projects in all stages of development, as well as projects in production and postproduction. CineLink also offers an awards fund of over 160,000 Euros in cash and services.
CineLink is open for feature-length fiction film projects with potential for theatrical distribution, created by authors from Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
As part of CineLink, a new project called Regional Forum was first launched in 2009, organised in cooperation with Screen International, one of the leading global magazines in film industry. Regional Forum, conceived as a platform offering a discussion framework for relevant national and regional film organisations and professionals from Southeast Europe, also encourages the harmonisation of national film policies and offers a possibility for exchange of good ideas and practices.
SARAJEVO TALENT CAMPUS
Sarajevo Talent Campus, the educational and networking platform for emerging filmmakers from Southeast Europe, was launched in 2007 in cooperation with Berlin International Film Festival and Berlinale Talent Campus. The programme offers inspiring lectures, panel discussions, and active critical debates, complemented by workshops, practical tutorials, screenings and inter-festival excursions for participants.
The 7th Sarajevo Talent Campus, taking place from the 18th to the 24th of August, will be inviting scriptwriters, directors, actors, producers and film critics. Participation in Sarajevo Talent Campus is open to candidates from: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
SARAJEVO CITY OF FILM
As the continuation of the activities in accordance with the goals set by the Sarajevo Talent Campus, the Sarajevo City of Film Fund was launched in 2008.
The project is aimed at testing the knowledge and experience gained by the Sarajevo Talent Campus participants through the practical application in realisation of low-budget short films, as well as development of cooperation between the young creative authors whose work represents the future of the regional cinematography.
Sarajevo City of Film Project has so far led to the filming of 20 short films screened worldwide and won numerous festivals awards.
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