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SARAJEVO: Milko Lazarov’s Aga, a last look at the Inuit people living in the beautiful frozen landscape of the Russian republic of Sakha, was awarded Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature Film at the 24th Sarajevo Film Festival (10-17 August 2018).

SARAJEVO: Serbian writer/director Milica Tomović, who won the Heart of Sarajevo for her short film Tranzicija (EED Productions, 2016), is returning to the Sarajevo Film Festival with her debut feature project Celts. The project was selected for the CineLink Co-production Market (14-16 August 2018), running in the framework of Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink Industry Days.

SARAJEVO: Montenegrin writer/director Dušan Kasalica, who won the Heart of Sarajevo for his short film A Matter of Will in 2015, is returning to the Sarajevo Film Festival with his debut feature project Elegy of Laurel. The project will be presented at the CineLink Co-production Market (14-16 August 2018) in the framework of the festival’s CineLink Industry Days.

SARAJEVO: After the success of her debut feature Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari, the Serbian-Romanian writer/director Ivana Mladenović is presenting her second feature film project Summer Night, Half Past Ten at CineLink Co-production Market, set to take place from 14 to 16 August 2018 in the framework of Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink Industry Days.

SARAJEVO: Bosnian and Herzegovinian writer/director Pjer Žalica, winner of more than 50 international awards, including Silver Leopard at Locarno IFF and European Film Awards – Discovery Special Mention for his first film Fuse! (Refresh Production, 2003), will present his third feature film project May Labour Day at the CineLink Co-production Market, taking place 14-16 August 2018 in the framework of Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink Industry Days.

SARAJEVO: Eight projects from Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey will be presented at the 2018 Sarajevo Film Festival as the first part of the coproduction market CineLink. CineLink Drama selection has already been announced.

SARAJEVO: Despite the fact that Cinema Law still hasn’t been adopted, which means that Bosnia and Herzegovina still doesn’t have an audiovisual centre, there was a slight stabilisation of the film industry in 2017. Domestic films released in 2017 reached a record number with six feature films, one minority coproduction, one long animated film and 10 long documentaries. This is the first time since 2001 that more than 13 long films had their premieres in cinemas or at festivals.

SARAJEVO: Admissions to domestic films in Bosnia and Herzegovina show 46.9 percent increase, while total admissions increased by 17.81 percent. Two domestic films were theatrically released in 2017 compared to one domestic film in 2016.

SARAJEVO: The Film Fund of Bosnia and Herzegovina announced production, development and coproduction grants for 2017 on 8 November. Despite talks of an increase in funding, the amount of funds allotted to feature and short films, minority coproductions and for script and project development stayed at just 651,385 EUR / 1,274,000 KM.

SARAJEVO: Croatian project Srbenka by Nebojša Slijepčević won three out of five awards at Docu Rough Cut Boutique, the intensive five-day programme focusing on documentary films from Southeast Europe in production or postproduction, announced its winners on 16 September 2017. The programme took place in the framework of Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink Industry Days.

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