Talents Sarajevo Call for Entries 2019

New call for entries for aspiring film professionals from Southeast Europe and Southern Caucasus to participate in Talents Sarajevo, held within the framework of the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival, is now open.

Talents Sarajevo 2019, taking place from the 17th to the 22nd of August, welcomes up-and-coming actors, directors, scriptwriters, producers, editors, film critics and cinematographers from Southeast Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Malta, Moldavia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) and Southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia).

Founded in collaboration with Berlin International Film Festival and Berlinale Talents, over the past twelve years, Talents Sarajevo has become the regional hub for meeting and training of aspiring film professionals. The 13th edition offers a rich summit programme of master classes, moderated talks and interactive panel discussions, complemented by project labs PACK&PITCH, SCRIPT STATION, in which one can further develop a project, and studio programmes and workshops for specific professions, e.g. ACTING STUDIO, CAMERA STUDIO, EDITING STUDIO, FILM STAGE STUDIO and TALENT PRESS.

Application deadline is May 20th 2019.

This year’s Talents Sarajevo theme is INNOCENCE UN/PROTECTED.


The notion of innocence is complex, as it thoroughly permeates the sphere of arts and culture. It is found in the oldest myths and in contemporary media spectacles, intertwined with a variety of images, meanings and values. Usually, it is conceived of as a state that should be cherished, and rescued from its horrifying antithesis: some form of corruption. And yet, this simplistic conception conceals a paradox: there is nothing innocent about innocence. Rather than being merely a state that precedes corruption, the idea of innocence is often a socially imposed notion that masks the fact that the blissful harmony it signifies never actually existed.

Cinema has often tackled the profound ambiguity of innocence. This year’s Talents Sarajevo theme borrows its title from Dušan Makavejev’s Innocence Unprotected, a documentary about the first Serbian talking picture of the same title, which was made in 1942 while the nation was under occupation. In his film, Makavejev (1932-2019) challenges notions of innocence during the catastrophe of war, as well as of the (oft-presumed) innocence of the arts in general, and cinema in particular.

As stories of innocence and its failure abound both on and behind the screen, this year Talents Sarajevo will explore the relationship between innocence and cinema today. The sheer complexity of the idea will allow us to address it from the different angles.
In another contradiction, innocence is often associated with ignorance: the less we know, the more innocent we are. Being an educational enterprise, Talents Sarajevo is at the centre of this conundrum: we offer a sheltered space, a sort of protection for young talents, and at the same time offer knowledge that can be seen as an end to innocence. We hope you – as future Talents – will join us in this paradoxical, intriguing and promising adventure.

Please find more information and apply here.



Talents Administration,

* This label does not prejudge the status of Kosovo and is in accordance with Resolution 1244 and the opinion of the ICJ on Kosovo's declaration of independence

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