Drawing from this year’s comprehensive theme “Imag(in)e Looking Long and Hard”, the eighth edition of Talents Sarajevo invited seventy emerging film
professionals to reflect on the challenges of cinematography and to experiment with imagery. They were encouraged to maintain their gaze and to look long
and hard around themselves in order to be able to distinguish the extraordinary from the ordinary. They were invited to play with visually appealing and
striking solutions before reaching for narratively coherent and familiar ones.
This year, Talents Sarajevo celebrated insightful, daring and groundbreaking filmmaking and for the very first time, opened its doors to up-and-coming
cinematographers. Recognized as film director’s main visual collaborator, the DP occupies a central role in giving a film its unique visual context, As in
previous editions, the workshop also included actors, directors, film critics, producers and screenwriters from the wider region of Southeast Europe and
Apart from trainings made for specific groups of professionals, more sessions combined groups of two, three or more film professionals in order to
encourage networking solutions and boost forthcoming collaborations up within the regional film industry. Networking opportunities were complemented with
hands-on trainings, master classes and talks with established regional and international filmmakers, festival excursions and film screenings.
This year’s experts and lecturers included, among many others, Jean-Luc Godard’s cinematographer Fabrice Aragno; the French actress Bérénice Bejo; the
Mexican actor, director and producer Gael García Bernal; film critics Dan Fainaru and Jean-Michel Frodon; the French director Michel Hazanavicius; the
British director Mike Leigh; the American actress Melissa Leo; the director of the Rome Film Festival Marco Mueller; the Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó; the British director Michael Winterbottom and the Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic