SARAJEVO: Danis Tanović has started shooting his ninth film on 3 May 2021. A Ten in a Half is a Bosnian coproduction supported through the feature film production scheme Sarajevo City of Film for Global Screen, launched by the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Turkish Radio Television in 2016.

SARAJEVO: Aida Begić is currently in postproduction with her fourth feature film A Ballade, a Bosnian/French coproduction between Film House and Les Films de l'Après Midi, which was shot with interruptions, as the director, the DoP and the main actress got infected with COVID-19.

SARAJEVO: Vesna Ljubić, the first female director who made a feature film in Bosnia and Herzegovina, died of COVID-19 at the age of 82. Vesna Ljubić paved the way for Jasmila Žbanić, Aida Begić and all the other important females of Bosnian and Herzegovinian film industry.

SARAJEVO: The esteemed Bosnian editor Miralem Zubčević, best known for his work on Snow (Mamafilm, 2008) and Children of Sarajevo (Film House, 2012), both directed by Aida Begić and awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, died at his home in Sarajevo on 4 April 2021.

BANJA LUKA: The Government of Republika Srpska, the smaller part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, voted on 21 March 2021 to close all cinemas until further notice.

SARAJEVO: The 11th edition of Docu Rough Cut Boutique, the development platform of the Sarajevo Film Festival's Industry Section and Balkan Documentary Center, announced the selection of five projects that will go through intensive group and individual meetings with mentors before being presented during the CineLink Industry Days in August 2021.

SARAJEVO: The Bosnian and Herzegovinian film The White Fortress by Igor Drljača, which premiered at the 2021 Berlinale in the Generation 14plus programme, has been sold for worldwide distribution to the Rome-based sales agency TVCO.

SARAJEVO: The already fragile film industry of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been severely shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic. The cinema attendance dropped by 70% compared to 2019 results, almost all production has been moved to 2021 and, as there is still no Cinema Law or Film Centre in the country, filmmakers could only count on themselves to try and weather the storm.

SARAJEVO: The total 2020 box office in Bosnia and Herzegovina dropped by 70%, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the domestic box office showed a 786% growth, from 4,425 EUR / 8,654 KM in 2019 to 39,224 EUR / 76,715.5 KM. Admissions to domestic films increased by 438% from 2,322 in 2019 to 12,499 in 2020.

SARAJEVO: The Cinema Meeting Point on Demand platform, which bowed at the 2020 Sarajevo Film Festival, has been launched as an online distribution platform. The platform is a venture of Obala Art Centar.

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