SEE Factory: Six directors from the South East Europe will co-write and co-direct six short films for the pre-opening of Directors' Fortnight in Cannes
DW, in collaboration with Directors' Fortnight, teamed up with Sarajevo Film Festival – Sarajevo City of Film to produce six short films which will premiere in the upcoming edition of the festival in Cannes with a support of Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Centre of Montenegro, Film Center Serbia, Macedonian Film Agency, Slovenian Film Centre and Cultural Ministry of Kanton Sarajevo.
Initiated by DW and Directors' Fortnight in 2013, The Factory is an annual project that aims to produce short films co-written and co-directed by pairs of emerging directors from different parts of the world. This coming year, six of them will be fresh voices from South East Europe.
The 2019 edition of The Factory will give the opportunity to 6 young and talented directors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia to co-write and co-direct a 10-minute film with a young director outside of the region. Their films will premiere on the opening day of Directors' Fortnight in Cannes.
"I was on the jury in different commissions supporting mainly first feature films from all over the world. I noticed that there was a relative lack of visibility for most of the young directors before they shoot their first feature films," explains Dominique Welinski, founder of DW production company and The Factory initiator and curator. "Teaming up of local and international talent offers a possibility to get to know a new country and become familiar with the local industry. Showcase of these films on the opening day of Directors' Fortnight enables additional exposure and access to international market, which many of the young directors haven't yet experienced."
The 12 directors will also have the opportunity to pitch their feature projects to buyers, sales agents, broadcasters and distributors during Cannes Film festival and Market.
"From its inception, Sarajevo City of Film was a project designed to offer opportunity to young directors from the region to work together on a short film by ebabling its financing, production and exposure. I am very happy that we can expand this idea one of the most prestigious film festivals, and in partnership with a compatible programme that shares our ideas and goals", said Amra Bakšić Čamo, Head of CineLink at Sarajevo Film Festival.
The names of the local directors will be revealed late September together with the international ones.
Previous editions of The Factory were Taipei in 2013, Nordic in 2014, Chile in 2015, South Africa in 2016, Lebanon in 2017 and Tunisia in 2018.