The Sarajevo Film Festival is calling on aspiring filmmakers and film critics from southeast Europe and southern Caucasus to submit entries for the 2020 Talents Sarajevo, for a chance to establish contacts with their peers from across the region and exchange experiences with some of the greatest living industry professionals and experts.

The theme of the 2020 Talents Sarajevo, scheduled to take place on August 15-20 as an integral part of the 26th SFF, is ‘New Beginnings’.

The program will welcome up-and-coming directors, producers, actors, scriptwriters, cinematographers, editors and film critics from the region, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey.

Statement published on the official website of the Sarajevo Film Festival reads that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic makes Talents Sarajevo’s core mission even more important. “While the global viral outbreak impacts the film industry in unprecedented ways, filmmakers must not be deprived of regional networking and cooperation platforms. This is of special importance for the emergent generation of filmmakers who will have a crucial role in the post-pandemic revival of regional cinema. Therefore, the effects of the crisis on the film industry will be in the focus of this year’s Talents Sarajevo”, the statement reads.  

Film festivals are major hubs for interaction, networking and cooperation between film professionals and we hope that the 2020 Talents Sarajevo participants will get a chance to gather in Sarajevo. However, the team of the 2020 Sarajevo Film Festival, including Talents Sarajevo, will continue to monitor the evolving coronavirus situation and will communicate its decisions in the coming period”, the organizers stated.

The deadline for applications is May 17, 2020.