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Sarajevo Film Festival Documentary Competition Aug 16-24

Sarajevo Film Festival Documentary Competition Aug 16-24

Last year and again this year we are invited to attend the Sarajevo Film Festival by Asja Makarević, Project Manager for Sarajevo Talent Campus.  If you are going, look for Peter Belsito there!

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. 

American actor/activist Danny Glover will curate and present the award for this year’s Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award to a new cinematic voice whose work embodies Katrin Cartlidge’s “integrity of spirit and commitment to independent film”.  Cartlidge, who died in 2002, was a British actress best known for her work with Mike Leigh and whose last role in the Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanović’s No Man’s Land.  Over the past nine years the Foundation has appointed a curator, selected from Cartlidge’s friends and colleagues, who in turn chooses a recipient for the annual award, a cash bursary, which is announced at a special red carpet gala at the Festival.
This year, all the selections of the SFF Competition Programme will present a total of 50 films. This brings the best of regional cinema and follows the Sarajevo Film Festival strategy of discovering new talents, approaches and tendencies rooted in the world cinema today.

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 MamomBosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Slovenia, 80 min.
Director and screenplay: Faruk Lončarević 
Wolf / LupuRomania, 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 JeannetteAustria, 79 min. Director and screenplay: Daniel Hoesl
A Stranger / Obrana I ZaštitaCroatia, 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

Documentary Competition: 
A Slave  (Bosnia and Herzegovina) by Bosnian director Pjer Žalica, known internationally for fiction films Days and Hours and Fuse [trailer]
Autofocus, director: Boris Poljak (Croatia)
Crazy About You, Danilo Marunović (Montenegro)
Escape, Srdjan Keča (Serbia-Bosnia and Herzegovina) who was the winner of Best Central and East European Documentary Award at Jihlava for Mirage and Best Balkan Documentary at Prizren Dokufest for A Letter to Dad
Finding Family, Chris Leslie, Oggi Tomic (Bosnia and Herzegovina-UK)
Patient, Zdenko Jurilj (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Screens, Hanna Slak ♀(Slovenia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Germany)
Here… I Mean There, Laura Capatana – Juller♀ (Romania), winner of Romanian Days Award For Feature Film at the Transylvania International Film Festival
Married to the Swiss Franc, Arsen Oremović (Croatia)
Mother Europe, Petra Seliškar♀ (Slovenia-Macedonia-Croatia) whose Grandmothers of Revolution played in Sarajevo’s documentary competition in 2006
Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, Marta Popivoda ♀(Serbia-France-Germany) which played in 2013 Berlinale Forum Expanded 
The Cleaners, Konstantinos Georgousis (Greece), IDFA competition entry
Gangster of Love, Nebojša Slijepčević (Croatia-Germany-Romania), winner of audience award at Zagrebdox and competition entry at Karlovy Vary
The Grocer, Dimitris Koutsiabasakos (Greece), audience award winner at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Fest
My Fathers, My Mother & Me, Paul-Julien Robert (Austria), world premiere Visions du Réel
My Kith and Kin, Rodion Ismailov (Azerbaijan), world premiere Visions du Réel
Regina, Diana Groó ♀ (Hungary-UK-Germany)
Sickfuckpeople, Juri Rechinsky (Austria)
Unplugged, Mladen Kovačević (Serbia-Finland), world premiere Visions du Réel
The Verdict, Djuro Gavran (Croatia)
When I Was a Boy, I Was a Girl, Ivana Todorović ♀ (Serbia), Berlinale Shorts title 
Occupation, the 27th Picture, Pavo Marinković (Czech Republic-Croatia)
Sarajevo Film Festival Competition Program screens world, international and regional premieres of feature, short, animated and documentary films from: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
Films selected in Competition Programmes for feature, short and documentary film compete for the prestigious Heart of Sarajevo Awards.
Feature Film
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film – 16,000 Euros
Special Jury Prize – 10,000 Euros 
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress – 2,500 Euros
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor – 2,500 Euros
Short and Animated Film
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film – 2,500 Euros
Documentary Film
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film – 3,000 Euros
CineLink, the backbone of the festival’s Industry Section, is a development and financing platform for carefully selected feature projects from Southeast Europe suited for European co-production. With an average conversion rate of its selected projects from development to production at 60% over the past decade, CineLink has grown into one of the most successful development and financing platforms in Europe. With its CineLink, CineLink Plus and Work in Progress sections it caters for projects in all stages of development, as well as projects in production and postproduction. CineLink also offers an awards fund of over 160,000 Euros in cash and services.
CineLink is open for feature-length fiction film projects with potential for theatrical distribution, created by authors from Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
As part of CineLink, a new project called Regional Forum was first launched in 2009, organised in cooperation with Screen International, one of the leading global magazines in film industry. Regional Forum, conceived as a platform offering a discussion framework for relevant national and regional film organisations and professionals from Southeast Europe, also encourages the harmonisation of national film policies and offers a possibility for exchange of good ideas and practices. 
Sarajevo Talent Campus, the educational and networking platform for emerging filmmakers from Southeast Europe, was launched in 2007 in cooperation with Berlin International Film Festival and Berlinale Talent Campus. The programme offers inspiring lectures, panel discussions, and active critical debates, complemented by workshops, practical tutorials, screenings and inter-festival excursions for participants. 
The 7th Sarajevo Talent Campus, taking place from the 18th to the 24th of August, will be inviting scriptwriters, directors, actors, producers and film critics. Participation in Sarajevo Talent Campus is open to candidates from: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
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As the continuation of the activities in accordance with the goals set by the Sarajevo Talent Campus, the Sarajevo City of Film Fund was launched in 2008. 
The project is aimed at testing the knowledge and experience gained by the Sarajevo Talent Campus participants through the practical application in realisation of low-budget short films, as well as development of cooperation between the young creative authors whose work represents the future of the regional cinematography.
Sarajevo City of Film Project has so far led to the filming of 20 short films screened worldwide and won numerous festivals awards.

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