A total of 49 films will compete for the Heart of Sarajevo awards at the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival. The Festival’s four competition sections – for feature, documentary, short and student film – will feature 29 world, 6 international, 2 european, 11 regional and 1 Bosnian-Herzegovinian premieres.

The festival will open with the world premiere of the film ‘Koncentirisi se baba’ (Focus, Grandma) by director Pjer Zalica. ”This is the third time that my film opens the Sarajevo Film Festival. With the experience I have, it should be routine for me. But it is not. The stage fright is the same as the first time, because the Sarajevo Film Festival is one of the best and most important film events, so it is a great responsibility, but a huge honour at the same time. I hope we made a film that is on par with the size of the event”, says Žalica.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to cinematic art as well as for his support of the Sarajevo Film Festival, the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award will be given to one of highest-profile independent filmmakers, author with impressive and recognizable artistic language. Franco will also be honored with a retrospective of his works in the Festival’s Tribute to Program. be honored with a retrospective of his works in the Festival’s Tribute to Program.