The 25th edition of the annual Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) will be organized under the patronage of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization based in Paris.

The UNESCO has recognized the Sarajevo Film Festival “as an event in line with the priorities of the Organization aimed at promoting dialogue and tolerance through the arts”, Director-General of the UNESCO Audrey Azoulay wrote in a letter.

I am confident that the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival and its programs will contribute to giving access to films to a wide audience and to strengthening peace in Southern Europe”, she said.

UNESCO DG Audrey Azoulay 2

Minister of Civil Affairs and Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s National Commission for UNESCO Adil Osmanovic said that the Sarajevo Film Festival was an excellent example that high quality projects from Bosnia and Herzegovina could be competitive internationally.

As the best known and the most prestigious film showcase in this part of Europe, the Sarajevo Film Festival sets a new standard of excellence each year. I am confident that the 25th SFF will not only bring together film enthusiasts, but that it will also contribute to the promotion of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina”, said Osmanovic.

We are pleased that the UNESCO has acknowledged the Sarajevo Film Festival as an event that preserves our cultural heritage and promotes diversity”, said Director of the Sarajevo Film Festival Mirsad Purivatra. “From the very beginning, we have been inspired by art and it helped us create new values and break the existing social and cultural barriers“, he concluded.

The 25th SFF will take place on August 16-23.