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Screen's Goodridge and Festival Scope's Henrot, Raja team to programme new Sarajevo section

The Sarejevo Film Festival has created a new section in its programme called Kinoscope and drafted in three new programmers onto its international team: Mike Goodridge from the UK, Mathilde Henrot from France and Alessandro Raja from Italy.

The programme will be composed of 18 narrative and documentary features from around the world. This programme will not include films from the southeastern European territories, as those comprise the festival’s competition strand.

The fesetival said the section’s focus will be “on distinctive titles marked out for their mise-en-scene and will take in great auteurs as well as first and second film-makers.”

London-based Mike Goodridge, the editor of Screen International, will continue to work full time for Screen (where he has been on staff since 1995). He is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the London Film Critics Circle and Fipresci as well as BAFTA and the European Film Academy.

Paris-based Alessandro Raja and Mathilde Henrot founded and run Festival Scope, the industry website showing online films from 70+ partner festivals. Both were previously in sales & acquisitions respectively at Celluloid Dreams and MK2 up until the development of Festival Scope.

“It’s great to welcome back Mike, Alessandro and Mathilde to Sarajevo, this time as programers of the Sarajevo Film Festival,” said SFF director Mirsad Purivatra. “Their competence and experience will bring new creative energy to our prolific team of programmers, who are all very excited to have them on board. We are very much looking forward to introducing Kinoscope to our audience at the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival.”

“I am excited to be joining Alessandro and Mathilde in this new programming adventure at the distinguished Sarajevo Film Festival,” said Goodridge. “I can’t wait to start putting the first Kinoscope programme together and bringing exciting cinema to the film-loving audiences of Sarajevo.”

“We are thrilled by this new challenge that will be another opportunity to highlight the creative talent we discover all year round,” added Raja and Henrot. “We’ve been collaborating with the Sarajevo Film Festival for a while now as it was one of the first festivals to jump in the Festival Scope adventure.”

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