I am proud of everything we have accomplished over the last 27 years. We started from nothing, when our city was under siege, and today we are a globally renowned institution attended by filmmakers and film industry professionals from the region and the whole world
As part of the Green Festival eco-initiative, Sarajevo Film Festival is introducing green measures to reduce its environmental impact and to raise the awareness about the importance of eco-friendly behaviours.
For all those who are not in Sarajevo for the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival or prefer to watch films from the comfort of their home, Sarajevo Film Festival also provides the most of films from its programme for watching online.
The 27th Sarajevo Film Festival will be opened on Friday, 13 August, with a ceremony at the National Theatre in Sarajevo. The honour of hosting this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival was granted to a young actor from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dino Bajrović.
A total of 48 films will compete for the Heart of Sarajevo awards at the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival. The Festival’s four competition sections – for feature, documentary, short and student film – will feature 18 world, 3 international, 1 european, 25 regional and 1 B&H premieres.
Ahead of the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival, which will take place from 13 to 20 August, a press conference was held at the Meeting Point cinema in Sarajevo, where jury members of the Competition Programme – Feature Film were announced, and the new main sponsor of the Festival: UniCredit Bank was presented.
There are fifteen film professionals – actresses, actors, directors and screenwriters – participating in the Ponta Lopud masterclass. They come from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, North Macedonia and Kosovo.
The Sarajevo Film Festival is introducing a new award category: Hearts of Sarajevo for TV Series, wishing to promote high-quality regional television series and their authors, actors, and actresses, and to heighten their international appeal.
In addition to films and talks with filmmakers, two panel discussions will also be held: on Tuesday, 27 April and on Wednesday, 28 April, live from 18:00 to 19:30hrs on the Sarajevo Film Festival Facebook page.
Festivals are places that help us decide about our future direction together, and show ourselves as members of the same community – a film community. Together we bring special and new experience of a regional film festival
“We are delighted to honour one of the central figures of modern cinema. With his work in the field of visual arts as an exceptional filmmaker and photographer, Wim Wenders continues to give the audience unforgettable stories and emotions”, said Festival Director Mirsad Purivatra
Due to the pandemic, the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival is taking place online on the ondemand.sff.ba platform and the films from the Competition Feature and Documentary Program as well as the Open Air Selections are being accompanied by the Festival TV.
The world premiere of a new film by Pjer Žalica, FOCUS, GRANDMA, opened the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival. It was a festival new record: the world premiere of Focus, Grandma was watched by almost 14.000 people from 42 countries in the first two hours of its showing on Festival online platform ondemand.sff.ba.
The world premiere of a new film by Pjer Žalica, FOCUS, GRANDMA, opened the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival. Before the screening, a part of the film crew had a symbolic photo shoot on the red carpet outside the National Theatre of BiH.
Twelve feature films from the programme of the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival are competing for the Audentia award. The members of the jury are: Aida Begić, film director (BiH), Marco Müller, artistic director of the international film festival ‘Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’ (Italy/China), and Iris Zappe-Heller, deputy director and head of department of Gender Equality and Diversity of the Austrian Film Institute (Austria).
Ondemand.sff.ba will be the central site for all the films, programmes, and contents of the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival, not only for the viewers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also for regional and global film lovers.
Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is the recipient of the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award of the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival. The Award is given for outstanding contribution to the art of film. At this edition of the festival Mikkelsen will hold a Masterclass that the festival public will be able to watch online, via ondemand.sff.ba.
The 26th Sarajevo Film Festival presents this year’s series of Masterclasses. As always, they feature some of the most renowned filmmakers from all over the world. This year, the festival public will be able to watch them online, via ondemand.sff.ba.
Due to greatly increased concern regarding the epidemiological situation in Sarajevo, and record cases of COVID-19 infection in the city in the past several days, we at the Sarajevo Film Festival have made the decision to conduct the 2020 edition of all festival events entirely online from 14 to 21 August.
International relations coordinator at Film Center Serbia Anđelija Andrić, general manager at Cannes Cinéfondation Georges Goldenstern and producer Lana Matić will serve on the jury of Competition Programme – Student Film at 26th Sarajevo Film Festival.
This year, the “Promising Filmmakers” come from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Greece, Georgia, Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, Romania, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey.
This year, Sarajevo Film Festival will host the fifth Audentia award ceremony for the best female director, founded by Council of Europe’s Eurimages fund to promote gender equality in the European film industry.
A total of 49 films will compete for the Heart of Sarajevo awards at the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival. The Festival’s four competition sections – for feature, documentary, short and student film – will feature 29 world, 6 international, 2 european, 11 regional and 1 Bosnian-Herzegovinian premieres.
Director Stefan Đorđević, director Thanasis Neofotistos and director, screenwriter and producer Ines Tanović will serve on the Jury of the Competition Programme - Short Film of the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival.
Producer Lejla Dedić, Director Goran Dević and Documentary Consultant and Critic Tue Steen Müller will serve on the Jury of the Competition Programme - Documentary Film of the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival.
Director and writer Michel Hazanavicius (President of the Jury), Artistic Director of the Berlin International Film Festival Carlo Chatrian, actress Jadranka Đokić, Director Srdan Golubović and Head of Industry and Training projects of the Morelia Film Festival Andrea Stavenhagen will serve on the Jury of the Competition Programme - Feature Film of the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to cinematic art as well as for his support of the Sarajevo Film Festival, the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award will be given to one of highest-profile independent filmmakers, author with impressive and recognizable artistic language. Franco will also be honoured with a retrospective of his works in the Festival’s Tribute to Programme.
This project will gather youth from the Western Balkans to attend Sarajevo Film Festival and through their eyes tell the story of intercultural dialogue, youth cooperation, diversity and peace building
10-Day Digital Festival, Produced and Organized by Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube, will Feature Programming from Festivals including Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival and Venice Film Festival
The 10-day digital festival, produced and organized by Tribeca Enterprises, will feature programming from 20 festivals including Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and many more, enabling audiences to experience films from around the world
After the film SIERANEVADA from 2016, which was in the official selection of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, Sarajevo-based production house “Produkcija Sarajevo 2006” from Bosnia and Herzegovina and its producer Mirsad Purivatra joined forces again with famous Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu in his new film MALMKROG.
The renowned French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, an Academy Award winner for his acclaimed film THE ARTIST, will preside over the Jury of the Competition Programme - Feature Film of the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival.
On the occasion of the World Cities Day, which is marked annually on October 31st in Paris, UNESCO announced that Sarajevo has been granted the status of the UNESCO City of Film. UNESCO grants the City of Film status to cities with a rich cinematographic history, prominent films festivals, and notable film locations and production infrastructure, which are committed to the development and promotion of filmmaking.
On Tuesday, August 20th, government representatives of the Sarajevo Canton and representatives from the Sarajevo Film Festival held a press conference at the Festival Square to announce a new government project to the public.