Festivals industry and training programmes include CineLink Industry Days and Talents Sarajevo. CineLink Industry Days
Shaping the future of the film business in Southeast Europe Since its launch over 17 years ago, the Sarajevo Film Festival industry section has become a major hub for Southeast European film professionals, and has played a crucial role in the expansion of cinematic co-production in the region. It has also become a key destination for professionals from across Europe who are in search of talent and co-production possibilities, or who simply wish to obtain in-depth knowledge about this dynamic region’s business development. The Festival’s industry offering attracts more than 1,200 professionals to its annual event in August, and includes activities for people from all spheres of the business through its interwoven CineLink Industry Days sections: • CineLink Co-Production Market • CineLink Work-in-Progress • CineLink Drama • Docu Rough Cut Boutique
Open Air Cinema, 2nd Sarajevo Film Festival
• True Stories Market • Talents Sarajevo Pack&Pitch • Avant Premieres • CineLink Talks Additional activities are organized in cooperation with partner organizations: • Midpoint TV Launch workshop • Docu Talents from the East (Ji.hlava IDFF) • International Casting Directors Network (ICDN) workshop Our vision is both to serve the current needs of the business and to shape its future. We see more films than ever being made outside the existing value chain, as well as the former borders between cinema and television blurring in terms of the quality of content – and there are so many more screens on which all of this can be seen. Everything is converging, and we continue assembling our programme to reflect this. In addition to our flagship selection of quality projects in development at the CineLink CoProduction Market, screenings of fiction and documentary films in post at CineLink Work-inProgress, and extracts from finished films going into distribution at Avant Premiere Trailers, the CineLink Drama section features new, exciting high-quality drama projects by established filmmakers from the region. The True Stories Market presents film and TV professionals with cases
from the archives of key organisations documenting the Yugoslav wars of the 90’s, while young talents pitch their short film projects at Talents Sarajevo Pack&Pitch. At the same time, this year’s programme reflects a growing demand for support of creative documentaries in the region. Everything in one place; everything connected. CineLink Industry Days provides awards totalling more than €130,000 in cash and services, from Eurimages, Arte, Film Center Montenegro, Film Center Serbia, Post Republic and Turkish National Radio Television, among others.
Launched and developed in collaboration with Berlinale Talents and the Berlin International Film Festival, Talents Sarajevo is the Sarajevo Film Festival six-day networking and training platform for up-and-coming film professionals from Southeast Europe and the the South Caucasus. Each year, the programme brings together 60 emerging actors, cinematographers, directors, editors, film critics, producers, and screenwriters for an intensive week of seminars, master classes, debates, networking and training opportunities with some of the world’s leading film professionals.