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Ten projects selected and new award announced for Sarajevo Work in Progress sessions

Today the 2016 selection for the Sarajevo Film Festival's Work in Progress sessions is announced, as well as a new major cash award presented by TRT. In addition, three guest projects have been added to the CineLink Co-Production Market.

The Work in Progress sessions take place on August 17 and 18 and offer specially invited decision-makers – funders, sales agents, distributors, broadcasters and festival programmers – a first look at a selection of promising works in post-production. Companies and institutions represented this year include Bankside Films, the Berlin International Film Festival, Bir Film, Celluloid Dreams, Coproduction Office, the Directors’ Fortnight, Elle Driver, the Festival de Cannes, Indie Sales, Lumiere, The Match Factory, Memento, Protagonist Pictures, the Settimana Internazionale della Critica, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, Wide Management and Wild Bunch.

Selected from Southeast Europe, the Middle East and North Africa region and the Commonwealth of Independent States, this year's line-up includes the following titles:

Breaking News (Romania)
Director: Iulia Rugină
Producers: Bogdan Crăciun, Oana Giurgiu

Mean Anomaly (Iran)
Director/Producer: Ali Ahmadzadeh

Daha (Turkey)
Director: Onur Saylak
Producer: Ziya Cemre Kutluay

Holy Air (Israel)
Director/Producer: Shady Sarour

Hostages (Georgia)
Director: Rezo Gigineishili
Producer: Tamara Tatishvili

Nils (Israel)
Director: Ram Nehari
Producer: Yifat Presteknik

One of These Days (Lebanon)
Director: Nadim Tabet
Producer: Georges Schoucair

Thala My Love (Tunisia)
Director: Mehdi Hmili
Producer: Mohamed Ali Ben Hamra

The Secret Ingredient (Macedonia)
Director/Producer: Gjorce Stavreski

Touch Me Not (Romania)
Director: Adina Pintilie
Producers: Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan, Adina Pintilie

Three awards will be handed out to projects in the Work in Progress section: the new TRT Award – EUR 30,000 in cash; the Restart Award – in-kind post-production services worth EUR 20,000; and The Post Republic Award – in-kind post-production services worth EUR 50,000.

This year's jury: Jan Naszewski of New Europe Film Sales; Giona A. Nazzaro from the Venice Film Festival Critics' Week; Michael Reuter of The Post Republic; and a representative from TRT.

Three guest projects have been added to the CineLink Co-Production Market:

Bull Shark (Qatar)
Director: Mohamed Al Ibrahim
Producers: Bassam Al Ibrahim, Khalid Al Jaber

Skin Deep (Mexico)
Director: Paulina del Paso
Producers: Elisa Miller, Samra Ibrahim, Leandro Córdova

Tito's Lost Mariachi (Mexico)
Director: Francisco Ohem
Producers: Marta Núñez Puerto, Mike Downey

The CineLink Co-Production Market and CineLink Work-in-Progress have an impressive track record of projects going on to major international recognition, among them Son of Saul by Laszlo Nemes (Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; Grand Prix at Cannes 2016), Harmony Lessons by Emir Baigazin (Silver Bear, Berlinale 2013), Mold by Ali Aydın (Lion of the Future, Venice Film Festival 2012), Honey by Semih Kaplanoglu (Golden Bear, Berlinale 2010).

The Sarajevo Film Festival's industry section, CineLink Industry Days is a major hub for the Southeast European film industry and a key destination for film professionals from across Europe. Our vision is to serve the current needs of the film business in Southeast Europe as well as to shape its future. We welcome almost 1,000 participants annually and offer activities for all spheres of the business through our interlinked sections: CineLink Co-Production Market, CineLink Work in Progress, CineLink Drama, Regional Forum, Docu Rough Cut Boutique, True Stories Market, Talents Sarajevo Pack & Pitch and Avant Premiers. Everything in one place; everything connected.

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