Sarajevo Film Festival

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Sarajevo Film Festival
Sarajevo Film Festival logo.png
2008 logo
Location Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Founded 1995
Directed by Mirsad Purivatra
Language International
www.sff.ba
SFF red carpet
Documentary program

The Sarajevo Film Festival is the premier and largest film festival in Southeast Europe,[1][2] and is one of the largest in Europe. It was founded in Sarajevo in 1995 during the siege of Sarajevo in the Bosnian Independence War, and brings international and local celebrities to Sarajevo every year. It is held in August and showcases an extensive variety of feature and short films from around the world. The current director of the festival is Mirsad Purivatra, former CEO of the Bosnian branch of McCann Erickson.

History[edit]

The first Sarajevo Film Festival was held from 25 October to 5 November 1995. At that time, the siege of Sarajevo was still going on, and attendance projections were very low. However, a surprising 15,000 people came to see the films, of which there were 37 from 15 different countries. The festival grew at a remarkable pace now being the most prominent film festival in South-East Europe, attracting tens of thousands of people a year, as well as foreign celebrities such as U2's Bono, Willem Dafoe, and Angelina Jolie.

The Sarajevo Film Festival has been hosted at the National Theater, with screenings at the Open-air theater Metalac and the Bosnian Cultural Center, all located in downtown Sarajevo and has been attended by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Emile Hirsch, Orlando Bloom, Daniel Craig, Danny Glover John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Steve Buscemi, Jeremy Irons, Bono Vox (Bono holds dual Bosnian and Irish citizenship and is an honorary citizen of Sarajevo), Nick Cave, Coolio, Stephen Frears, Mickey Rourke, Michael Moore, Gérard Depardieu, Darren Aronofsky, Sophie Okonedo, Gillian Anderson, Kevin Spacey, Eric Cantona and many others.

By 2001, the European Film Association made the Sarajevo Film Festival one of the eleven festivals that could nominate a film for the award of "Europe's Best Short Film". In 2002, the Festival's choice of local Ahmed Imamovic's 10 Minuta went on to win it all. The 2001 winner of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Danis Tanović's No Man's Land, went on to win an Oscar in the United States. In 2004, the Best Movie Award was named "The Heart of Sarajevo".

Beginning with the 13th Sarajevo Film Festival in 2007 and in cooperation with the Berlin International Film Festival and Berlinale Talent Campus, the Sarajevo Talent Campus has been added to the festival. The Sarajevo Talent Campus is an educational and creative platform for up and coming young film professionals, and has eventually come to be revered as the most prestigious film training event in the region.[3]

The festival also features CineLink, a year-long project development program resulting in an annual co-production market during the festival dates. The CineLink Market each year presents approximately 10 finest regional projects for feature-length fiction films, also offering festival guests a special opportunity to meet with the assembled regional industry, with emphasis on young filmmakers, producers and directors presenting their latest projects, productions and works in progress, with highlights of the regional production presented to international distributors, TV-buyers and festival programmers, making CineLink the most important international market place for new features from Southeast Europe.

Programs[edit]

  • Children's Program
  • Teen Arena
  • New Currents
  • New Currents shorts
  • Open Air
  • Panorama
  • Panorama Documentaries
  • Regional (competition) Program (feature, short, documentary)
  • In Focus

Sarajevo Talent Campus[edit]

Launched in 2007 in co-operation with the Berlin International Film Festival and the Berlinale Talent Campus, Sarajevo Talent Campus is an educational and networking platform for emerging film talents from South-Eastern European region (Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey). Each year, more than two hundred applications are received, and only eighty are carefully chosen to attend a six-day training led by some of the most prominent film professionals in the world.

Award winners[edit]

Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Film[edit]

Year Film Director Jury members
1996
September 10.-18.
Breaking the Waves
Denmark Lars von Trier
Phil Alden Robinson, Ademir Kenović,
Serge Toubiana
1997
September 2.-10.
My Life in Pink
(Ma Vie en Rose)
Belgium Alain Berliner
FIPRESCI Award Jury:
Howard Feinstein, Michèle Levieux, Otto Reiter
1998
August 21.-30.
I Stand Alone
(Seul contre tous)
France Gaspar Noé
FIPRESCI Award Jury:
Laurent Aknin, Mark Duursma, Marina Kostova,
Lidija Maslova, Giovanni Valeri
1999
August 20.-29.
December 1–31.
(Dezember, 1-31)
Germany Jan Peters
FIPRESCI Award Jury:
Dietrich Kuhlbrodt, Laurent Aknin, Kati Sinisalo,
Rada Šešić, Sheila Johnston
2000
August 18.-26.
Bleeder
Denmark Nicolas Winding Refn
FIPRESCI Award Jury:
Edda Bauer, Borislav Kolev, Jean-Max Méjean [4]
2001
August 17.-25.
No Man's Land
(Ničija zemlja)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Danis Tanović
Agnès B., Lena Headey, Miljenko Jergović
2002
August 16.-24.
Saturday
(Sábado)
Argentina Juan Villegas
John Anderson, Behrooz Hashemian,
Jean-Pierre Rehm, Damjan Kozole, Haris Pašović
2003
August 15.-23.
Fuse
(Gori vatra)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Pjer Žalica
Sandra den Hamer, Brock Norman Brock,
Dušan Makavejev, Fatmir Koçi, Nina Violić [5]
2004
August 20.-28.
Mila from Mars
(Mila ot Mars)
Bulgaria Zornitsa Sofia
Mike Leigh, Peter Scarlet,
Diana Dumbrava, Pjer Žalica [6]
2005
August 19.-27.
Lady Zee
Bulgaria Georgi Djulgerov
Miki Manojlović, Geoffrey Gilmore,
Jessica Hausner, Vesela Kazakova, Isaac Julien [7]
2006
August 18.-28.
Fraulein
(Das Fräulein)
Switzerland Andrea Štaka
Jasmila Žbanić, Wouter Barendrecht,
Jan Cvitković, Kim Dong-ho, Jérôme Paillard [8]
2007
August 17.-25.
Takva: A Man's Fear of God
(Takva)
Turkey Özer Kızıltan
Jeremy Irons, Özgü Namal,
Andrea Štaka, Frédéric Maire, Meinolf Zurhorst [9]
2008
August 15.-23.
Buick Riviera
Croatia Goran Rušinović
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Hugh Hudson,
Marija Škaričić, Michael Weber, Deborah Young[10]
2009
August 12.-20.
Ordinary People
Serbia Vladimir Perišić
Mirjana Karanović, Benedek Fliegauf,
Christian Jeune, Anamaria Marinca, Wieland Speck[11]
2010
July 22.-30.
Tilva Roš
Serbia Nikola Ležaić
Cristi Puiu, Saadet Isil Aksoy,
Leon Lučev, Rachel Rosen, Christine Vachon
2011
July 22.-30.
Breathing / Atmen
Austria Karl Markovics
Ari Folman, Alberto Barbera,
Zana Marjanović, Michele Ohayon, Rizvan Radulescu
2012
July 6.-14.
Everybody in Our Family
Romania Radu Jude
Kornél Mundruczó, Frederic Boyer,
Ada Condeescu, Eva Diederix, Igor Martinovic

2013

August
In Bloom
Georgia (country) Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross
Danis Tanović, Uliks Fehmiu, Christine A. Maier, Charles Tesson, Mirela Oprisor

Honorable Mention[edit]

Year Film Director
1996
Trees Lounge
Drifting Clouds
(Kauas pilvet karkaavat)
United States Steve Buscemi
Finland Aki Kaurismäki

1997
-
-
1998
-
-
1999
Adrian
Slovenia Maja Weiss
2000
Set Me Free
(Emporte-moi)
The Terrorist
(Theeviravaathi)
Canada Léa Pool

India Santosh Sivan

2001
Monsieur William,
les traces d'une vie possible
France Denis Gaubert
2002
-
-
2003
Spare Parts
(Rezervni deli)
A Small World
(Mali svet)
Slovenia Damjan Kozole

Serbia and Montenegro Miloš Radović

2004
A Wonderful Night in Split
(Ta divna splitska noć)
Croatia Arsen Anton Ostojić

Audience Award[edit]

Year Film Director
1998
Le Ramoneur des lilas
France Cédric Klapisch
1999
Models
Austria Ulrich Seidl
2000
The Junction
(Torowisko)
Poland Urszula Urbaniak
2001
No Man's Land
(Ničija zemlja)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Danis Tanović
2002
Lilo & Stitch
Canada Dean DeBlois
United States Chris Sanders
2003
Fuse
(Gori vatra)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Pjer Žalica
2004
Fahrenheit 9/11
United States Michael Moore
2005
Hotel Rwanda
United Kingdom Terry George
2006
The Road to Guantanamo
United Kingdom Michael Winterbottom
2007
The Band's Visit
(Bikur Ha-Tizmoret)
Israel Eran Kolirin
2008
The Usual Suspects
United States Bryan Singer
2009
Sevdah
CroatiaBosnia and Herzegovina Marina Andree
2010
Cirkus Columbia
Bosnia and Herzegovina Danis Tanović
2011
The Guard
Republic of Ireland John Michael McDonagh
2012
The Intouchables
France Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano

Best Short Film[edit]

Year Film Director
2001
Copy Shop
Austria Virgil Widrich
2002
10 Minutes
(10 minuta)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ahmed Imamović
2003
Le Portefeuille
Belgium Vincent Bierrewaerts
2004
Me, Myself and the Universe
(Ich und das Universum)
Germany Hajo Schomerus
2005
Before Dawn
(Hajnal)
Hungary Balint Kenyeres
2006
Good Luck Nedim
(Sretan put Nedime)
Slovenia Marko Šantić
2007
Waves
(Valuri)
Romania Adrian Sitaru
2008
Tolerantia
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivan Ramadan
2009
Party
(Tulum)
Croatia Dalibor Matanić
2010
Yellow Moon
Croatia Zvonimir Jurić
2011
Bodily Function
Bosnia and Herzegovina Dane Komljen
2012
The Return
Kosovo Blerta Zeqiri
2013
O umbra de nor
Romania Radu Jude

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Sarajevo Film Festival". Sarajevo Film Festival Official Website. 
  2. ^ "Inside Film's Guide to Film Festivals in Europe". Inside Film. 
  3. ^ http://www.sff.ba/content.php/en/festival?set_culture=en
  4. ^ "FIPRESCI Awards 2000". FIPRESCI. 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Objavljen sastav žirija igranog filma 9. Sarajevo Film Festivala" (in Bosnian). Sarajevo-x.com. 2003-07-12. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  6. ^ "10. Sarajevo Film Festival" (in Croatian). Film.hr. 2004-08-10. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  7. ^ "Završen 11. Sarajevo Film Festival - Laureat bugarski film Lady Zee" (in Croatian). Slobodna Dalmacija. 2005-08-29. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  8. ^ "12. Sarajevo Film Festival 18 - 28 kolovoza 2006" (in Croatian). Filmski.net. 2006-08-14. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  9. ^ "Sarajevo Film Festival 2007 - Najvažniji filmski događaj godine u regiji" (in Croatian). DOP magazine. 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  10. ^ Heart of Sarajevo for film "Buick Riviera", Sff.ba (2008-08-23). Retrieved on 2008-08-24.
  11. ^ Heart of Sarajevo for film "Ordinary People", Sff.ba (2009-08-20). Retrieved on 2009-08-20.

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