– The festival, which will take place from September 9 to 13, continues the tradition of broadcasting TV documentaries but also innovates by launching its Industry Days platform
A house made of shards by Simon Lereng Wilmont
The AJB DOC film festival, organized by the Al Jazeera Balkans television channel, in cooperation with Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) and the Al Jazeera Media Institute, is ready to start for the fifth time. This year, it will take place from September 9 to 13 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The objective of the AJB DOC Film Festival is to promote authors and documentaries dealing with social phenomena, focusing on universal human values such as courage, truth, justice, tolerance and cosmopolitanism, but l This year’s edition will be overshadowed by the dozens of ongoing armed conflicts. in the world, especially the Russian invasion of Ukraine. For this reason, the white dove was chosen as a symbolic motif, to serve as a public appeal for peace.
The film program for the fifth edition of the festival, selected by Lejla Dedic, Đani Hasečic and Sead Kresevljakovic, which ultimately selected 25 of the more than 300 titles submitted, is divided into four sections (competition program, AJB screening, last minute cinema and SMART Doc), as well as two special screenings. The competition program is dedicated to documentaries that have been adapted for television broadcast, non-competitive last-minute cinema presents films hand-picked from the festival circuit, while AJB Screening presents films that will soon be shown at television via the Al Jazeera network. . The complete program is available on this site.
Three prizes will be awarded – two for the films in competition (AJB DOC Main Award and AJB Program Award), while all titles screened at the festival will be in the running for the audience award. Additionally, any film selected for the AJB DOC Film Festival program may be considered for an acquisition deal with Al Jazeera Balkans and screened on the AJB TV channel.
The prizes for the competition program will be awarded by the jury composed of five filmmakers and documentarians. As announced earlier this week, the members of the jury are Aida Begic (Bosnia), Dana Budisavljevic (Croatia), Fatma Riahi (Tunisia), Ensar Altai (Turkey) and Phil Grabsky (UK).
The competition program will include Simon Lereng WilmontSundance title A house made of shards [+see also:
film profile], Peter Triesteit is A parked life, Elli Rintalait is Fragments of humanity, Susanne Regina Meures‘ girl gang [+see also:
interview: Susanne Regina Meures
film profile] and Marc Wieseit is This stolen country of mine, among others. Meanwhile, Unknown celebrity: Miroslav Ćiro Blažević by Irena Skoric, Haidy Kanclerit is Melt down dreams and Safari in Sarajevo by Miran Zupanic will be displayed in the AJB Screening section. To finish, Srđan Kecait is Revolution Museum [+see also:
interview: Srđan Keča
film profile], Cem Kayait is Love, Deutschmarks and Death [+see also:
interview: Cem Kaya
film profile], Matt Sarneckiit is The murder of a journalist [+see also:
interview: Matt Sarnecki
film profile]and Dida [+see also:
film profile] by Nikola Ilic and Corina Schwingruber Ilic will be screened in the Last Minute Cinema section.
The big news this year is the launch of the Industry Days platform (see article), created in cooperation with the Al Jazeera documentary channel, which aims to support the development of documentary film production around the world, including including internationally and regionally. co-productions. This year, the 27 selected projects in different stages of production from the regions of South East Europe, the Caucasus and the MENA region will be presented in three different pitch categories. The director of the AJB DOC Film Festival, Edhem Foconotes that the Industry Days @ AJB DOC platform represents a significant step forward in the development of the festival, but also underlines that the focus will remain firmly on films and authors.
In addition to AJB DOC film screenings and industry days, two educational programs will also take place at the festival. Journalist Galeb Nikacevic, who is also the creator of the popular podcast Agelast, will give a master class to be held under the auspices of the European Union Information Center in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition, a three-day training session titled Producing Documentary Films with a Smartphone will be held in cooperation with Al Jazeera Media Institute and Samsung.