Sarajevo Film Festival adds Ukraine to its regional programs

SARAJEVO 2022

– Ukrainian films, projects and filmmakers will now be eligible for official sections of the festival, CineLink industry days, talents and a new residency program

Still by Sergei Loznitsa reflections

The Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) has announced that it will add Ukraine to its official sections: competition programs for feature films, documentaries, short films and student films, the In Focus program, the CineLink Film Industry Days, as well as the Talents Sarajevo program.

The festival will also launch a residency program for Ukrainian filmmakers, who will work on their projects in the development and post-production phase in Sarajevo in collaboration with leading Bosnian and international experts from the world of cinema, after which they will be presented at CineLink Days. the cinema.

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The Ukrainian delegation will be invited to the CineLink Film Industry Days with the aim of strengthening collaboration with film professionals from South East Europe.

In order to symbolically mark the beginning of this collaboration, the festival has posted the short film on its YouTube channel reflections by the Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsapart of the 2014 omnibus Sarajevo Bridges [+see also:
film review
trailer
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, which brought together 13 key European directors on the occasion of the centenary of the First World War to explore the theme of Sarajevo through their films. Loznitsa’s shorts can be seen here.

The SFF press release reads: “In this way, the Sarajevo Film Festival shows its solidarity with the Ukrainian people and filmmakers and condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Launched in 1995 as an expression of cultural resistance to the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Sarajevo Film Festival The Film Festival knows from its own experience how precious solidarity and support like this is.”

The festival began as a regional event for Balkan films, and expanded to all of South East Europe and later to the Caucasus region (notably, previous years’ winners included Georgian films Brides [+see also:
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interview: Tinatin Kajrishvili
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and scary mother [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Ana Urushadze
film profile
]
), also adding Arab countries to its industrial program.

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