Sarajevo Film Festival (August 16-24, 2013), now in its 19th year, is an international film festival with special focus on the region of Southeast Europe, it provides high quality programming, a strong industry segment, an educational platform for young filmmakers, the presence of numerous representatives of film industry, film authors and media representatives from all over the world, as well as over 100,000 visitors, thus confirming the festival’s status, renowned and recognized by film professionals as well as by its audience.
It serves as a catalyst for cooperation within the region, and establishes connections with partners from all over the world. It also represents a platform for development of film business in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the region, as well as setting new standards of festival organization and film presentation. While Karlovy Vary Film Festival has the Best of the East which gives a good view of finished films from Eastern Europe and is especially kind to journalists around the world, Sarajevo simultaneously hosts Cinelink, a very pro-active co-production market and workshop and Talent Campus which is a part of the Berlinale. This general networking of the world film industry is even more interesting because of its location in the city of Sarajevo itself. After the 4 year long siege of Sarajevo, it was founded as a means to recreate civil society of the City in 1995.
For the final line-up of the Competition Program, programmers and the Sarajevo Film Festival team saw 750 films from the region, including 200 feature films, 150 documentaries and 400 short and animated films. This year’s selection, but also the general interest in our Competition selections, encourages the Sarajevo Film Festival in its determination to continue working on strengthening regional film production, promotion and film distribution. This is even more strongly emphasized by the fact that this year, in its three Competition selections, the Festival brings 14 world premieres, 7 international and 19 regional ones.
Competition Program – Feature Films
Carmen, Romania, 88 min. Director: Doru Nițescu, Screenplay: Tudor Voican, Doru Nițescu
Runaway Day, Greece, Black & White, 80 min. Director and screenplay: Dimitris Bavellas
Talea, Austria, 75 min. Director: Katharina Mückstein, Screenplay: Selina Gnos, Katharina Mückstein
With Mom / Sa Mamom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Slovenia, 80 min.
Director and screenplay: Faruk Lončarević
Wolf / Lupu, Romania, 77 min. Director and screenplay: Bogdan Mustață
In Bloom / Grzeli Nateli Dgeebi, Georgia, 102 min. Director: Nana Ekvtimishvili ♀, Simon Groß, Screenplay: Nana Ekvtimishvili ♀ . ISA: Memento
Soldate Jeannette, Austria, 79 min. Director and screenplay: Daniel Hoesl
A Stranger / Obrana I Zaštita, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 87 min. Director and screenplay: Bobo Jelčić. Berlinale Forum.
When Evening Falls On Bucharest Or Metabolism / Când Se Lasă Seara Peste Bucureşti Sau Metabolism, Romania, 93 min. Director and screenplay: Corneliu Porumboiu