This year from 6th till 14th July, 2012, like every summer, Sarajevo, my home town, became the central meeting point of the region and Europe, bringing the best films, film talents, and future film projects from the South-Eastern Europe in the focus of international media attention.
It all started back in 1995, after the 4-year-long siege of Sarajevo, with an intention to recreate civil society of the City, when few enthusiastic people organized first Sarajevo Film Festival. Today, this Festival represents the main meeting place for all regional producers and authors and is recognized by film professionals from all over the world who wish to network and learn more about the possibilities this region has to offer.
Focus on the regional film through the Competition selections for feature, short, and documentary films, film industry segment (CineLink), an educational platform for young filmmakers (Sarajevo Talent Campus) and presence of the international film industry, film authors and media representatives alongside a paying audience of over 100,000, confirm it’s status as the leading film festival in the region, recognized by both film professionals and the wider audiences.
“In a region of more than 140 million inhabitants, the Sarajevo Film Festival serves as a common platform for film businesses from all over the region, setting the future standards in film festival organization, film promotion and presentation of films in Southeast Europe.
The 18th Sarajevo Film Festival was opened with film CHILDREN OF SARAJEVO by the BH directress Aida Begić, and it was closed with THE ANGELS’ SHARE by Ken Loach.”