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The year 2016 started on an optimistic note for the film industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Death in Sarajevo by Danis Tanović, produced by SCCA/pro.ba in cooperation with Margo Films (France) and France 3 Cinéma, premiered in the 66th Berlin Film Festival’s International Competition, winning the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize. This success could not balance the negative trend of cutting down the production support in the country as the Film Fund allocated only 651,385 EUR for the development, production and coproduction support in 2016.

BELGRADE: First Films First program manager Stefan Arsenijević announced the launch of an online networking platform on 15 February 2017. The project, Meet the Scriptwriters, is a collaboration with Goethe Institute in Belgrade.

SARAJEVO: Serbian films once again were a great success in Bosnian cinemas in 2016. Two of them are among the ten most watched films in 2016: Military Academy 3, directed by Dejan Zečević and produced by Nira Pro with 17,947 admissions and 32,780 EUR / 64,112 KM gross and The Flock, directed by Nikola Kojo and produced by K-12 with 17,860 admissions and 36,876 EUR / 72,124 KM gross. They were distributed by Oskar Film and Continental Film, respectively.

ZENICA: Multiplex Ekran Zenica opened its doors and is organising free screenings for the citizens of Zenica as the heating system of the town broke down. With the support of distribution companies Una Film, Tropik, MegaCom Film BiH and Continental Film, viewers are welcomed with European films and warm tea.

SARAJEVO: Film Fund announced production and development grants for 2016. Over 650,000 EUR / 1,274,000 KM has been allotted to feature and short films, minority coproductions and for development. The list of projects includes new films by Jasmila Žbanić, Danis Tanović and Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

PRAGUE: MIDPOINT Feature Launch Workshop opened in Ponesice (Czech Republic) on 21 August 2016, as MIDPOINT opened applications for its TV programme MIDPOINT TV Launch, focusing on the development of miniseries and  TV series.

SARAJEVO:  An agreement signed on the last day of the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (12-20 August 2016) will allow the Turkish Radio Television (TRT) to support at least one project from ex-Yugoslavia with the amount of 200,000 EUR in cash, 35,000 EUR in in-kind postproduction support and 35,000 EUR in producers’ fees.

SARAJEVO: Georgian director Rezo Gigineishvili is in postproduction with his debut feature Hostages, which has been selected for CineLink Work-in-Progress, set to take place 17-18 August 2016, during the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (12-20 August 2016).

SARAJEVO: Macedonian director Gjorce Stavreski is in postproduction with his first feature film The Secret Ingredient, which has been selected for CineLink Work-in-Progress, set to take place 17-18 August 2016, during the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (12-20 August 2016).

SARAJEVO: Romanian director Iulia Rugină is in postproduction with her second feature film Breaking News, which has been selected for CineLink Work-in-Progress, set to take place 17-18 August 2016, during the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (12-20 August 2016).