Shaping the future of the film business in Southeast Europe
Over the 17 years since its launch, the Sarajevo Film Festival's industry section has become a major hub for Southeast European film professionals, and has played a crucial role in the expansion of cinematic co-production in the region. It has also become a key destination for professionals from across Europe who are in search of talent and co-production possibilities, or who simply wish to obtain in-depth knowledge about this dynamic region’s business development.
The Festival's industry offering attracts almost 1,000 professionals to its annual event in late August and includes activities for people from all spheres of the business through its interlinked CineLink Industry Days sections:
• CineLink Co-Production Market (20 – 22 August 2019)
• CineLink Work-in-Progress (19 – 21 August 2019)
• CineLink Drama (17 – 22 August 2019)
• Docu Rough Cut Boutique (17 – 22 August 2019)
• True Stories Market (17 – 20 August 2019)
• Talents Sarajevo Pack&Pitch (20 – 21 August 2019)
• Avant Premiere (18 – 22 August 2019)
• CineLink Talks (17 – 22 August 2019)
Additional activities are organized in cooperation with partners’ organizations:
• Midpoint TV Launch workshop
• Docu Talents from the East (Ji.hlava IDFF)
• Documentary Campus Masterschool workshop
Our vision is both to serve the current needs of the business and to shape its future. We see more films than ever being made outside the existing value chain, as well as the former borders between cinema and television blurring in terms of quality of content – and there are so many more screens on which all of this can be seen. Everything is converging, and we continue assembling our programme to reflect this.
In addition to our flagship selection of quality projects in development at the CineLink Co-Production Market, screenings of fiction and documentary films in post at CineLink Work-in-Progress, and extracts from finished films going into distribution at Avant Premiere Trailers, the CineLink Drama section features new, exciting high-quality drama projects by established filmmakers from the region. The True Stories Market presents film and TV professionals with cases from the archives of key organisations documenting the Yugoslav wars of the 90's, while young talents pitch their short film projects at Talents Sarajevo Pack&Pitch. At the same time, this year’s programme reflects a growing demand for support of creative documentaries in the region. Everything in one place; everything connected.