Regional Forum

Regional Forum 18-20 August

The 9th Regional Forum will be arranged in connection with CineLink Drama, with the aim of providing a platform for sharing best practices and inspiring examples from the world of drama series, and to discuss industry challenges and opportunities related to this field.


10:00 – 11:15 Case Study of The Borgias – Steve Matthews, Executive Producer, Drama Development, HBO Europe Moderated by Andrea Reuter, Nordic Film Market – TV Drama Vision

11:30 - 12:15 Behind the Scenes of the Nordic Drama Success: Nordic co-production and co- financing models for TV drama series - Petri Kemppinen, CEO, Nordisk Film & TV Fond

12:30 – 13:30 The Changing Film Financing Landscape in the Region: What will the surge in tax incentive schemes bring?

The year 2016 saw an increase in tax incentives for both local and foreign productions in the region, with Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia all introducing new schemes, meaning most of the countries in the region now operate this type of public support in addition to existing selective subsidies schemes. How will this affect production costs and co-production trends in the region in the future? Presentation of the K&N publication by Patricia Gannon, Senior Partner, Karanovic / Nikolic, and Jovan Marjanović, Head of Industry, Sarajevo Film Festival. Followed by a panel discussion with Sanja Ravlić, Croatian Audiovisual Centre and Boban Jevtić, Film Center Serbia, moderated by Leonid Ristev, Karanovic/Nikolic.

16:30 – 18:00 HBO Adria presents First Draft Contest


09:30 – 11:15 Fundamentals of Writing for Television – Robin Veith, writer (Mad Men, True Blood) Moderated by Andrea Reuter, Nordic Film Market – TV Drama Vision

11:30 – 12:00 The World of Drama Series Today: An Introduction – Frederic Pittoors d’Haveskercke, Series Mania

12:00 – 13:00 Pitch Session: CineLink Drama Projects Moderated by Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten

15:00 – 16:00 Creative Europe MEDIA – TV Programming Support Presentation Zoran Galic, MEDIA Desk Bosnia and Herzegovina

22:30 Gala Screening with the Avant Premiere programme: The Paper by Dalibor Matanić (first two episodes). Croatia, 2016, 106 min, international premiere

Virtual Reality Days 19-20 August

This event is organized with Talents Sarajevo and Networks, a local hub for start-ups, game developers and IT freelancers to stimulate stronger co-operation between the IT/gaming sector and the film industry and to show the most current trends.

Friday 19 August, 11.00-12.00, Networks
The artist Simon Wilkinson [CiRCA69] will reference 18 months of research and development in utilising VR as a storytelling tool over three productions. He will examine the preconceptions that proved to be incorrect, mistakes made in evolving VR storytelling out of film, the psychology behind why VR works, and what that understanding tells us about how we can best utilise virtual reality as a storytelling medium. He will also reference a new augmented reality show currently in pre-production.

The audience will also have the opportunity to see two VR installations: "The Cube" and "How Can I Ease Your Mind without lying":
Friday 19 August, 13:15-14:00; 15:00-18:00
Saturday 20 August, 11:30-14:00; 15:00-18:00

Saturday 20 August, 11.30-13.00

BINARY NEW WORLD with Yoana Pavlova

In the last year news about VR has been everywhere, yet it is still difficult to determine what to think of this technology that promises a total revolution in audiovisual media and the way we perceive it. Does VR expand our notion of theatre or does it rather succeed video games? Is it a hot marketing trend or a universal tool for empathy? At this event worldwide best practices will be discussed, both from a business and media theory point of view, and we will look for points of intersection with the current landscape of the industry in the Balkans.


Maša Marković
Industry Coordinator
Sarajevo Film Festival
Zelenih beretki 12
71 000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina