Sarajevo Film Festival Builds Bridges Through Art

Variety | 8/16/2019 | Ed Meza
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Rising from the rubble of the Bosnian War to become one of Southeastern Europe’s leading film and TV industry events, the Sarajevo Film Festival has plenty to celebrate as it marks its 25th edition this year.

The festival was established in 1995 during the four-year siege of Sarajevo as part of an effort to help the reconstruction of society and save the cosmopolitan spirit of the city. Today Sarajevo not only plays a vital role for the region’s growing film and TV industries, it is also becoming an increasingly significant conduit to global partners in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

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“From the very start, we have been inspired by art and it helped us create new values and break the existing social and cultural barriers,” Sarajevo Film Festival director Mirsad Purivatra says.

Indeed, UNESCO is honoring the fest this year for its promotion of “dialogue and tolerance through the arts.”

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Screening in this year’s feature film competition, which opens with Bosnian director Ines Tanovic’s “The Son,” are works from across Southeastern Europe, including Turkish helmer Emin Alper’s “A Tale of Three Sisters,” Radu Dragomir’s Romanian drama “Mo,” and Albanian filmmaker Florenc Papas’ “Open the Door.”

The festival has become a major hub for film professionals from the region thanks in large part to its CineLink Industry Days section, which is playing a crucial role in the expansion of feature film and ever more TV productions in Southeastern Europe.

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CineLink comprises events such as the Co-Production Market, Works-in-Progress, the TV-oriented Drama section, Docu Rough Cut Boutique and True Stories Market, which focuses on projects revolving around the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.

CineLink has become “absolutely central” for Southeastern Europe’s film and TV industry, Jovan Marjanovic, the Sarajevo Film Festival’s head of industry says, adding that the projects that have gotten their start at Works-in-Progress...
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