Talents Sarajevo accompanying the 27th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival will welcome 56 up-and-coming directors, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers, editors and film critics from 14 countries of Southeast Europe and the Southern Caucasus.

This year, participants hail from 14 of the 19 eligible nations, namely: Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. Numbers of 2021 participants by country are more evenly distributed than in recent years, with between one and eight Talents from each nation, the only exception being Romania with 12 participants total.

As part of this year's Avantpremiere Series programme of the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival, the audience will be presented with the five latest drama series.

The festival audience and film professionals will have the opportunity to watch the first two episodes of the first seasons exclusively on the cinema screen, and meet the cast of the series: AWAKE, TIME OF EVIL, BAD BLOOD, BLACK WEDDING and THE GOLDEN BOY.

The following grants have been announced by the Romanian Film Centre on 27 July 2021.

Actress Jasna Đuričić (President of the Jury), director and screenwriter Mike Cahill, director and screenwriter Lili Horvát, artistic director of Viennale - International Film Festival in Vienna Eva Sangiorgi and executive director of AFC – Austrian Film Commission Martin Schweighofer will serve on the Jury of the Competition Programme - Feature Film of the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival.

Download press release with the biographies and photos of the Jury members HERE.

A total of 47 films will compete for the Heart of Sarajevo awards at the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival. The Festival’s four competition sections – for feature, documentary, short and student film – will feature 18 world, 3 international, 1 european, 24 regional and 1 B&H premieres.

This year, the Sarajevo Film Festival Selection team lead by Creative Director Izeta Građević has seen 683 films submitted for the Festival, including 135 feature fiction films, 153 documentary, 245 short and 150 student titles.

The International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas, the CICAE had its new board elected during the annual general assembly on June 23, shifting towards a younger, increasingly international and more gender balanced representation of its members.
Christian Bräuer re-elected as President, new Board of Directors
Christian Bräuer, managing director of the Berlin Yorck Kinogruppe and chairman of the German Arthouse Association, was re-elected as president.

The 23rd edition of East-West co-production market connecting cottbus will be held this year 3-5 November as a hybrid event. 

Producers can submit their feature fiction film projects in development for cocoPITCH until 16 July 2021, and projects in production or post-production for cocoWIP until 18 August 2021. The projects need to be related to Eastern Europe in subject or production context. More about submissions: https://www.connecting-cottbus.de/submissions

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The 27th Sarajevo Film Festival will take place 13-20 August 2021.

In the Competition Programme - Documentary Film of the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival, there are 16 films according to the choice of the selector Rada Šešić. In Sarajevo, 8 films will have global, 1 European, 6 regional and 1 Bosnian-Herzegovinian premieres.