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Vladan Petkovic

Vladan Petkovic covers Serbia and the former Yugoslav states for Screen.

  • Eurimages decision to drop distribution support in MEDIA countries irks buyers


    Funding cut might hurt international prospects for some arthouse movies.
  • Sarajevo: co-pro markets future and audience development in spotlight


    Audience Development & Innovation Lab, Think Tank on the future of co-production markets take place in Sarajevo
  • Sarajevo Q&A: Ivan Marinovic discusses 'The Black Pin'


    Montenegrin director Marinovic’s debut feature is in competition in Sarajevo.
  • Sarajevo Q&A: Ralitza Petrova on 'Godless'


    Bulgarian director talks to Screen about her competition title Godless, which recently won Locarno’s Golden Leopard.
  • Sarajevo Q&A: Mehmet Can Mertoğlu talks 'Album'


    Turkish film-maker talks to Screen about his debut feature, which played in Sarajevo’s competition following its Cannes premiere.
  • Sarajevo: packed True Stories Market spotlights war drama


    Inaugural initiative aims to bring Yugoslav war stories to wider audiences.
  • Sarajevo Q&A: Bogdan Mirică on directorial debut 'Dogs'


    Romanian director talks to Screen about his debut feature, which screened in competition at Sarajevo Film Festival.
  • Growing 'CineLink Industry Days' at Sarajevo fest to merge strands


    PREVIEW: Head of industry Jovan Marjanovic talks about bringing together all its activity under one umbrella.
  • Sarajevo: 18 projects head to Co-Production Market


    Projects previously presented at the market include Laszlo Nemes’s Oscar-winning Son Of Saul.
  • Sarajevo: Avant Premieres to showcase local films, Dalibor Matanić TV series


    Sarajevo’s Avant Premieres section broadens scope and includes workshop on audience development and innovation
  • Sarajevo: preview of Works In Progress projects


    Ten projects from South-East Europe, Middle East and North Africa comprise Sarajevo’s Work in Progress section.
  • Sarajevo: True Stories Market hunting storytellers to revisit Yugoslav wars


    New section of Sarajevo’s Industry Days presents the most cinematic true stories from the Balkan wars to film and TV professionals
  • Sarajevo: Dane Komljen talks 'All the Cities Of The North'


    Bosnian film-maker talks to Screen about his debut feature, which plays at Sarajevo Film Festival.
  • Sarajevo: Lukas Valenta Rinner talks 'A Decent Woman'


    Director discusses his competition feature A Decent Woman, which received its world premiere in Sarajevo.
  • Robert De Niro regales Sarajevo audience, slams "crazy" Donald Trump


    De Niro received the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo for lifetime achievement at this year’s festival.
  • Robert De Niro opens Sarajevo Film Festival


    The actor received the festival’s first ever Honorary Heart of Sarajevo for Lifetime Achievement
  • Sarajevo: Works In Progress from Iran, Israel, Romania, Tunisia


    Ten projects from South-East Europe, Middle East and North Africa will compete for industry awards.
  • Sarajevo CineLink 2016 selection revealed


    Nine projects unveiled on top of six previously announced projects.
  • Serbia launches MEDIA Desk, reveals national awards


    Berlinale title Humidity scores hat-trick at national awards during Belgrade FEST; Diary Of A Teenage Girl wins in international strand.
  • Sundance directors: Mirjana Karanovic, 'A Good Wife'


    Acclaimed Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic discusses the inspiration for her directorial debut about a woman who discovers her husband’s war crimes.
  • 'Son of Saul' wins at Zagreb Film Festival


    Croatian event moved to November for the first time, excluded documentary programme to strengthen the industry section.
  • Oleg Sentsov appeal renewed at Sarajevo awards


    Mike Downey warns the film-making community of imminent sentence for Oleg Sentsov at Sarajevo Film Festival awards ceremony
  • Sarajevo: Serbia's Taramount acquires 'To The Hilt'; Avant Premieres wrap


    Macedonian period epic to be released in first quarter of 2016
  • 'Mustang' wins best film at Sarajevo Film Festival


    Acting awards split between casts of Mustang and Chevalier, Son Of Saul wins Special Jury Prize.
  • Sarajevo: 'The High Sun' wins CICAE award


    Docu Rough Cut Boutique prizes also revealed.
  • Sarajevo: Ran Huang receives Katrin Cartlidge bursary


    Chinese film-maker’s short The Administration Of Glory was in competition at Cannes in 2014
  • Stevan Filipović, 'Next to Me'


    After the Serbian writer-director Stevan Filipovic’s third film Next to Me received its world premiere in the international competition of Pula Film Festival and won the main prize, it screened in the Sarajevo Film Festival’s Avant Premieres section.
  • 'Our Everyday Life' enters Oscar race for Bosnia


    Ines Tanovic’s film, which screened in competition of Sarajevo Film Festival, has been chosen as Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Oscar submission
  • Ines Tanović, 'Our Everyday Life'


    Bosnian writer-director Ines Tanovic talks about her first feature Our Everyday Life, which screens in Sarajevo Film Festival’s competition.
  • Atom Egoyan accepts Honorary Heart of Sarajevo


    Canadian film-maker received the honour before a screening of Exotica as part of the Tribute To… programme
  • 'Taxi', 'Tikkun', 'The Lobster' make Sarajevo Kinoscope cut


    Non-competitive sidebar features 19 films; Brillante Mendoza tribute on festival slate.
  • Õunpuu's 'Roukli' to world-premiere in Palić


    Estonian director’s new film will be part of Serbian festival’s 14-strong competition including My Mother, 45 Years and Heil; festival to fete five Spanish directors.
  • Sarajevo CineLink selection revealed


    Tinatin Kajrishvili, Aida Begic, Hüseyin Karabey films among lineup.
  • 'The Fire' triumphs at Transilvania fest


    Rams wins Special Jury Prize and Audience Award, The Treasure picks up Best Romanian Film at 14th Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj
  • 'Approaching the Elephant' wins at Docaviv


    Twilight Of A Life and 7 Days In St. Petersburg sweep the Israeli competition at 17th Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival
  • Sarajevo's CineLink announces eight projects


    Sarajevo’s co-production market’s first batch of projects includes new films by Erol Mintas, Ivana Mladenovic
  • Blind Dates wins at Zagreb Film Festival


    Slovenian film Karpotrotter wins best documentary; No One’s Child gets audience award
  • Kosovo submits first ever Oscar hopeful


    Slovenia goes with Seduce Me, Bosnia selects With Mom, Macedonia opts for To The Hilt
  • Song of My Mother triumphs at Sarajevo


    Debut film of Turkey’s Erol Mintas wins best film, best actor. Special Jury Award and best actress go to Brides
  • Macondo wins Sarajevo partner prize


    Docu Rough Cut Boutique awards for documentary project also revealed
  • Sarajevo: co-producing with the UK


    UK industry representatives arrive in Sarajevo as part of CineLink Partner Country initiative
  • Sarajevo: co-production challenges debated


    The first of Sarajevo’s Industry Days featured a discussion on the challenges of international co-production.
  • Sarajevo readies Industry Days


    Screen previews the Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry events, which includes a UK focus, the annual Regional Forum and highlights of the Work in Progress and CineLink projects.
  • Sarajevo reveals Work in Progress


    Seven projects will take part in WiP, and three more titles have been added to CineLink line-up
  • Sarajevo unveils official selection


    The Sarajevo Film Festival has unveiled the line-up for its 20th edition which runs August 15-23.
  • Second edition of SOFA announced


    The School of Film Agents 2014 will take place Aug 15-24 in Wroclaw and feature eight projects.
  • Sarajevo unveils CineLink 2014 line-up


    New projects from Kutlug Ataman, Bogdan Mustata, Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross among the 14 titles.
  • Bridging Sarajevo’s past


    The omnibus feature film The Bridges Of Sarajevo, consisting of 13 short films by 13 European directors, will have its world premiere as a Cannes Special Screening on Thursday.
  • Indie Sales takes Bridges of Sarajevo


    EXCLUSIVE: World sales company also offers new titles by Jean-Pierre Améris, Xavier Picard, Quentin Dupieux.
  • Last Station wins at ZagrebDox


    Other winners include Sacro GRA, The Special Need and Pipeline.
  • The Lunchbox wins at Zagreb


    Ritesh Batra’s romantic drama picks up Golden Pram.
  • Prishtina International Film Festival


    Winners include An Episode In The Life of An Iron Picker and Halima’s Path.
  • Les Arcs Yugoslav focus to extend to industry section


    Upcoming Les Arcs European Film Festival (Dec 14-21) will feature Focus on Yugoslavian Countries which will extend to the festival’s industry section
  • Sarajevo Regional Forum addresses piracy


    Sarajevo’s Regional Forum session tackled internet piracy and legislation of new technologies. Bosnia’s Association for Protection of AV Works presented its own model.
  • In Bloom, A Stranger split Sarajevo awards


    In Bloom wins Heart of Sarajevo for best film and its two leads share the best actress award, A Stranger gets special jury prize and best actor
  • Al Jazeera Balkans, Croatia’s HRT acquire Sarajevo titles


    Al Jazeera Balkans and Croatian national broadcaster HRT are negotiating TV rights for Sarajevo Film Festival’s competition films.
  • Dimitris Bavellas, Runaway Day


    Greek director Dimitris Bavellas’ feature debut Runaway Day screened in the competition of the Sarajevo Film Festival.
  • Faruk Loncarevic, With Mom


    Bosnian director Faruk Loncarevic won the Special Jury Prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival with Mum n’ Dad in 2006, and now he returns to the festival’s competition with his new film, With Mom.
  • Bogdan Mustata, Wolf


    Bogdan Mustata talks to Vladan Petkovic about his debut feature Wolf, which played in Competition at Sarajevo.
  • Corneliu Porumboiu, When Evening Falls...


    Corneliu Poromboiu’s third film to play at Sarajevo Film Festival, When Evening Falls On Bucharest Or Metabolism is also his first to be included in the festival’s competition.
  • Balkans need regional fund, legislation


    On the first day of Sarajevo Film Festival’s Regional Forum, organized in collaboration with Screen International for the fourth consecutive year, the subject was streamlining public funding for co-productions in the countries of former Yugoslavia.
  • Sarajevo industry days preview


    Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry days include CineLink Co-production Market, Work In Progress, Regional Forum and Industry Terrace
  • Film bill presented to Bosnian Parliament


    New law will decrease dependence of film production on state budget.
  • Bosnia, Serbia eye more digital cinemas


    The ”Kinofication Project” initiative intended for turning existing publically owned cultural centres into a modern cinema infrastructure in municipalities across Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia has been presented at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Aug 17.
  • Iron Picker gets innovative local distribution


    Plans for Bosnian release of Danis Tanovic’s award-winning film include year-long tour to smaller towns and VoD release.
  • Mirsad Purivatra, Sarajevo Film Festival


    The festival director talks about industry expansion amidst budget cuts.
  • Sarajevo: German experts talk SE Europe co-pros


    Sarajevo’s August 21 panel will look at co-productions with lower budgets.
  • Stranger wins Bauer Award at Motovun


    Neus Ballus’ The Plague also won the international Propeller prize at the festival in Croatia.
  • Sarajevo unveils Competition line-up


    Feature film competition five world premieres and four regional premieres, including multi award-winner In Bloom.
  • Sarajevo names doc, Kinoscope titles


    Sarajevo Film Festival’s documentary competition will include seven world premieres. Non-competitive sidebar Kinoscope will feature 17 films.
  • Danny Glover to curate Katrin Cartlidge Bursary


    The Sarajevo Film Festival has announced that US actor Danny Glover is to curate this year’s Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award.
  • SOFA to make Wroclaw debut


    The first School of Film Agents (SOFA) will run in Wroclaw from August 19 -30.
  • Kosovo makes strides to develop film industry


    The fourth edition of the international film festival PriFest in Kosovo’s capital city of Prishtina, from Sept 24-Oct 1, was the right platform to survey the state of film scene in Europe’s youngest country.
  • Here And There director Lungulov starts work on Monument


    Originally titled Monument To Michael Jackson, the black comedy will shoot for six weeks on location in Serbia and Macedonia.
  • In Darkness wins Manaki Brothers’ Golden Camera 300


    Vasily Sigarev’s Living wins Silver Camera 300 and Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be The Place receives Bronze Camera 300 at the world’s oldest festival dedicated to cinematographers in Bitola, Macedonia.
  • Countries of former Yugoslavia select Oscar submissions


    Bosnia sends Un Certain Regard title Children of Sarajevo [pictured], Slovenia opts for festival hit A Trip, Croatia selects visceral corruption story Vegetarian Cannibal, Macedonia chooses WW2 football-themed The Third Half, and Serbia goes for Nazi concentration camp drama When Day Breaks.
  • A Trip director Gazvoda starts shooting Dual


    After his award-winning debut A Trip, 27 year-old Slovenian director Nejc Gazvoda has started filming his second feature Dual.
  • Clip wins Bauer Award, The Delay gets Motovun Propeller


    Serbian festival hit receives best regional film award, while the Uruguayan drama wins main international competition at 14th Motovun Film Festival.
  • Diana El Jeiroudi and Orwa Nyrabia honoured with Katrin Cartlidge Award


    They were presented with the award by Jeremy Irons.
  • Radu Jude's Everybody In Our Family wins Heart of Sarajevo


    Emin Alper’s Beyond The Hill received the Special Jury Prize
  • South Eastern European funding scheme unveiled in Sarajevo


    An initiative for a new regional funding scheme was announced at the fourth Regional Forum on the state of the industry in South Eastern Europe, which takes place July 12-13 at the Sarajevo Film Festival,
  • Florian Flicker


    Screen talks to Austrian director Florian Flicker, whose fifth feature Crossing Boundaries world premieres at the Sarajevo Film festival this week.
  • On the road to success


    South East Europe has seen a boom in production in recent years, with regional hits such as The Parade, but the exhibition and distribution sectors still have to catch up.
  • Sarajevo announces documentary competition, Work in Progress selection


    The Sarajevo Film Festival has announced the titles of the Documentary Competition and the projects selected for the CineLink Work in Progress section.
  • Sarajevo competition to include world premiere of Flicker's Crossing Boundaries


    The Sarajevo Film Festival has announced the features and shorts competition, as well as the In Focus sidebar, of its 18th edition, which runs July 6 to 14.
  • Sarajevo to host open air screenings of The Angels' Share, Intouchables


    The Angels’ Share, Intouchables and I, Anna will screen out of competition at Sarajevo’s Open Air venue.
  • Sarajevo to open with Begic’s Children of Sarajevo


    The Sarajevo Film Festival has announced that its 18th edition (July 6-14) will open with Aida Begic’s Children Of Sarajevo, which will have its world premiere in the Cannes Un Certain Regard section.
  • Sarajevo’s CineLink to include Mirjana Karanovic’s directing debut


    Co-production market will also feature new projects by Kutlug Ataman, Ognjen Svilicic, and Hanna A.W. Slak.
  • Croatian Audiovisual Centre supports Grlic, Juric, Ogresta


    The Croatian Audiovisual Centre has announced it latest fundings, with a total of 62 projects receiving $6.8m, out of which eight feature films will share $5.2m.
  • Belgrade FEST celebrates 40th edition with 102,000 admissions


    Dr Ray and The Devils closes the festival.
  • Serbian Parliament adopts Cinema Law including tax incentives


    In the last days of 2011, the Serbian Parliament passed the new Cinema Law which includes tax incentives for foreign productions shooting in the territory.
  • Dragojevic’s The Parade becomes a hit in Serbia, ready for regional rollout


    The Parade by Serbian director Srdjan Dragojevic, best known internationally for 1995’s Pretty Village Pretty Flame, has sold 248,934 admissions in Serbia and rolls out in Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia this week and the next.
  • Markus Schleinzer’s Michael wins Zagreb


    Special mention for Eran Kolirin’s Exchange; Marczak’s At The Edge of Russia wins best documentary and Tyrannosaur wins audience award.
  • Countries of former Yugoslavia choose Oscar candidates


    Serbia goes for crowdpleaser period piece Montevideo, Slovenia opts for high-brow art with Silent Sonata, Macedonia selects Karlovy Vary prizewinner Punk’s Not Dead, Bosnia delves back into war with Belvedere, and Croatia chooses rural comedy 72 Days.
  • Cineplexx expands in former Yugoslavia


    Two multiplex cinemas taken over in Belgrade and Podgorica, Montenegro; site to open early 2012 in Kragujevac [pictured].
  • Markovics' Breathing wins top award in Sarajevo


    Other winners include A Cellphone Movie, Loverboy, Ave; Angelina Jolie attends to receive honours.
  • Motovun Propeller goes to Bullhead, Bauer Award to Tilva Rosh


    The 14th Motovun Film Festival (July 25-29) wrapped last night with Michael R. Roskam’s Bullhead winning the main prize, the Motovun Propeller.
  • Tomislav Radic's Kotlovina sweeps Pula


    Dalibor Matanic won best director for thriller Daddy.
  • Ari Folman to head Sarajevo jury


    Macedonian director Milcho Manchevski will head the short film competition jury
  • Sarajevo means business


    The rising stars of south-eastern European cinema will be showcased at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival (July 22-30) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Motovun film festival announces lineup and Bauer Award nominees


    Dad, Tilva Ros, Mother Of Asphalt up for regional Bauer Award
  • Sarajevo selects eight features for competition, including world premiere of Slovenia's A Trip


    Debut films and young themes lead selections; Documentary Competition to have seven world premieres
  • The Balkan answer


    With established film infrastructures and fascinating landscapes, Serbia and Croatia have been quietly luring productions away from the nearby centres of Prague and Budapest. Now both are introducing valuable tax incentives to give international producers two competitive new location hubs.
  • Cannes buys for former Yugoslavia include Megacom taking six award winners


    Distributors from the territories of the former Yugoslavia have acquired rights to a number of films from Cannes official programme and Marche.
  • New films by da Silva, Coskun, Skafar in Sarajevo's CineLink selection


    Sarajevo Film Festival’s co-production market CineLink has announced its selection for the 2011 edition
  • Serbia passes 15% cash rebate for international productions


    The Serbian government has passed a decree establishing a new Film Incentive programme.
  • Zbanic receives $593,580 from Croatia for Love Island


    Jasmila Zbanic’s new project Love Island has received $593,580 at the Croatian Audiovisual Centre’s competition for funding of film productions.
  • Incident By A Bank triumphs at Tampere


    Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s Incident By A Bank won the Grand Prix at the 41st Tampere Film Festival.
  • First Grader producers Sixth Sense develop $25m Libya-set film


    Story based on true story of Bulgarian medics tortured to confess about crimes against children.
  • Serbian, Slovenian box office hits coming to EFM


    Miha Hocevar’s Going Our Way, the highest local grosser ever in Slovenia, and Dragan Bjelogrlic’s Montevideo, Taste Of A Dream, the highest local grosser in Serbia since 2005, will be sold at the European Film Market in Berlin.
  • Fox switches distributors in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia


    20th Century Fox has switched local theatrical distributors in three territories of former Yugoslavia: Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
  • XDC International to digitise Balkan screens under Eurimages scheme


    Theatres are in Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Albania.
  • Heisenberg’s The Robber wins in Zagreb


    Benjamin Heisenberg’s The Robber won the Golden Pram award for the best feature film at the eighth Zagreb Film Festival.
  • Slovenia picks 9:06 for Oscar race


    The Slovenian Film Fund announced today that the country’s submission for the best Foreign Language film Academy Award is Igor Sterk’s 9:06.
  • Besa joins Oscar race for Serbia


    The Serbian Academy Of Film Arts And Sciences has chosen veteran director Srdjan Karanovic’s Besa (Solemn Promise) as Serbia’s candidate for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards.
  • Bosnia selects Cirkus Columbia; Bulgaria submits Eastern Plays for Oscars


    Bosnia and Herzegovina’s candidate for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards will be Danis Tanovic’s Cirkus Columbia. Kamen Kalev’s Eastern Plays will represent Bulgaria
  • Croatia selects The Blacks as Oscar submission


    The Film Artists’ Association of Croatia has announced that The Blacks, directed by Zvonimir Juric and Goran Devic, has been selected as Croatia’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at next year’s Academy Awards.
  • Lezaic's Tilva Rosh wins Hearts of Sarajevo for best film, actor


    Tilva Rosh, the feature debut of Serbian director Nikola Lezaic won the Heart of Sarajevo for the best film at the 16th Sarajevo Film Festival.
  • October and The Blacks take Motovun prizes


    The 12th Motovun Film Festival (July 26-30) closed last night with Diego and Daniel Vega’s October (Octubre) winning the main Propeller Award in the international competition.
  • Grlic's Just Between Us triumphs at Pula


    Rajko Grlic’s Just Between Us won seven Golden Arenas at the Croatian national Pula Film Festival, including best film and best director.
  • Blacks, Donkey, Technotise up for new Motovun award


    The Motovun Film Festival has established the new regional Bauer award for the best film in theatrical distribution in the countries of former Yugoslavia.
  • Sarajevo preview: Filmmakers join forces


    As south-eastern Europe’s film-makers join forces with each other and with producers and financiers from outside the region, Vladan Petkovic explores their rising ambitions and the key role of the Sarajevo Film Festival (July 23-31)
  • Sarajevo jurors to include Cristi Puiu, Christine Vachon


    Sarajevo Film Festival has announced its feature, documentary and short film competition juries.
  • Four world premieres in Sarajevo feature competition


    The 16th Sarajevo Film Festival has revealed a nine-strong line-up for its feature film competition.
  • Sarajevo documentary premieres include Cycles, The Flood


    The Sarajevo Film Festival’s documentary competition will include six world premieres, seven international premieres, and four Bosnian premieres.
  • Croatia includes minority co-productions in Pula national competition


    Croatia’s national event Pula Film Festival will for the first time accept minority co-productions for awards consideration, in a separate competition category.
  • Mission: London breaks Bulgarian records


    Dimitar Mitovski’s film has become the highest local grosser ever.
  • Sarajevo Film Festival to combine fiction and documentary Panorama sidebars


    Sarajevo first introduced fiction Panorama in 1999, and Panorama Documentaries in 2001, and now, following the suggestion by festival director Miro Purivatra, they have been combined into one umbrella Panorama.
  • The Woman With A Broken Nose sweeps unofficial Serbian awards


    Srdjan Koljevic’s The Woman With A Broken Nose won five awards in the national competition of Cinema City Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia.
  • Serbia's Megacom picks up eight Cannes titles


    Distributor takes on Uncle Boonmee, Of Gods and Men,
  • South Eastern European countries expand joint pavilion in Cannes Marche


    Following the initiative from last year’s Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Serbia the Pavilion will add Marche first-timers Albania, Cyprus and Macedonia.
  • Soul Food launches as new Eastern Europe-focused sales company


    Belgrade-based company will present its initial slate at Cannes.
  • Croatian Audiovisual Centre steps up funding for minority co-productions


    The funding body will now offer 10% of a film’s budget.
  • Jasmila Zbanic's On The Path travels round the world


    Zbanic’s Berlin competition entry has been sold to 19 territories; local tour support strong home market release.
  • Vera Glagoleva's One War wins top prize in Sofia


    Vera Glagoleva’s Russian film One War won the Grand Prix at the 14th Sofia International Film Festival, which ran March 5 to 14.
  • Shoot date, new cast for Fiennes’ Coriolanus


    Shoot date and new cast members announced for Fiennes’ directorial debut
  • Anno Saul's The Door wins top prize at Tromso


    Anno Saul’s paranormal thriller The Door, starring Mads Mikkelsen, won the top Aurora award at the 20th Tromso International Film Festival in Norway, which ran January 18 -24.
  • Tamadon Mehran's Bassidji wins Jihlava documentary fest


    Tamadon Mehran’s Bassidji won the Opus Bonum at the Jilhlava International Documentary Film Festivall in the Czech Republic, which closed on November 1.
  • Dolan’s I Killed My Mother wins Zagreb


    Xavier Dolan’s I Killed My Mother scooped the Golden Pram at the seventh Zagreb Film Festival after also picking up the CICAE and SADC prizes. The festival closed on Sunday (October 25).
  • Igor Sterk’s 9:06 sweeps Slovenian awards


    Igor Sterk’s 9:06 won nine Vesna awards at the 12th Slovenian Film Festival in Portoroz (October 1-3), including best film, director and screenplay.
  • Croatia sends Donkey to the Oscars


    Antonio Nuic’s Donkey, one of the hits of this summer’s Pula International Film Festival, has been chosen as Croatia’s entry to the foreign-language Academy Award.
  • Serbia sends Saint George to do battle at the Oscars


    Srdjan Dragojevic’s Saint George Shoots The Dragon has been put forward as Serbia’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar after concerns that its first choice - Darko Lungulov’s Here And There - contained to much English dialogue.
  • Serbia reconsiders Oscar selection over English dialogue concerns


    Serbia is reconsidering its decision to submit Darko Lungulov’s Here And There as its nominee for foreign-language Oscar over concerns about the level of English dialogue it contains.
  • Ordinary People wins Sarajevo


    Cannes Critics Week entry Vladmir Perisic’s Ordinary People has scooped the Heart of Sarajevo award at the city’s 15th film festival.
  • The long road back


    The six territories formed after the break-up of Yugoslavia still face plenty of challenges in terms of film distribution and exhibition, but Vladan Petkovic sees signs of optimism on the eve of the Sarajevo Film Festival in Bosnia (Aug 12-20).
  • Belgrade's Megacom picks up Cannes winners


    Belgrade-based distributor Megacom Film has acquired rights to a raft of Cannes competition winners including Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner, The White Ribbon, for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
  • Wrong Rosary wins Crossing Europe


    Turkish director Mahmut Fazil Coskun’s Wrong Rosary has won the European Competition at the 6th Crossing Europe Film Festival in Linz.
  • Belgrade documentary fest kicks off with private funding


    The new Beldocs, the Belgrade International Feature Documentary Festival, opened on April 7 with the world premiere of Goodbye, How Are You’, the new film by Serbian film-maker Boris Mitic, best known for his 2003 festival hit Pretty Dyana. James Marsh’s Oscar winner Man on Wire followed. The festival wraps on April 13 with awards in the regional and international competitions. Organised by independent production and distribution ...
  • Muezzin world premiere to open Crossing Europe Film Festival


    The 6th Crossing Europe Film Festival, held in Linz on April 20-26, will open with the world premiere of Sebastian Brameshuber’s documentary, Muezzin.
  • USAID invites international film productions to Serbia


    A new website to promote Serbia as a location for international co-productions has been launched by Film In Serbia, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) project set up to promote Serbia to the international filmmaking community.
  • Belgrade Fest hosts fourth co-production market


    The 37th Belgrade International Film Festival FEST has opened its fourth East-West co-production market, the B2B Industry Meetings.
  • Serbia - Saving grace


    "Serbia is currently the most competitive filming location in Europe," says Spanish-born producer Antoni Sole. "Crews are skilled and experienced, with an excellent knowledge of English and are much cheaper than those in Bulgaria or Romania. The facilities are also of high quality."
  • Croatian Audio-Visual Center awards $5m across 17 projects


    The Croatian Audio-Visual Center has selected 17 feature film projects for financing.
  • Belgian trio's Rumba wins in Zagreb


    Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy' s Rumba won the main prize and $6,250 (Euros 5,000) at the sixth Zagreb Film Festival, which ran from October 18-25.
  • USAID helps put Serbia back on map


    The news that River Road Entertainment had selected Serbia as the location for shooting Coriolanus, a $10m project to star and be directed by Ralph Fiennes, surprised many in Serbia. While this is perhaps the most tangible indication that Serbia is re-emerging as a cost-effective destination for international production, it was also a result of dedicated work by a US programme to reignite the country's film sector.
  • Snow, Rumba and Synecdoche, New York, in Zagreb competition


    The Zagreb Film Festival has announced the films in competition for its sixth edition.
  • Rodrigo Prieto wins Golden Camera 300 in Macedonia for Lust, Caution


    Rodrigo Prieto won the Golden Camera 300, at the 29th International Cinematographers' Film Festival in Macedonia (Sept 27-Oct 4) for his work on Ang Lee's Lust, Caution.
  • Slovenia enters Rooster's Breakfast in Oscar race


    Marko Nabersnik's love story is submitted by The Slovenian Union of Film Workers to represent Slovenia as best foreign film at the next Academy Awards.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina submits Snow to Oscars


    Aida Begic's Snow has been chosen by the Association of Film Workers of Bosnia and Herzegovina as its submission for the best foreign language film at the 81st Academy Awards. The film has already won this year's Critics' Week prizeat the Cannes Film Festival.
  • No One's Son enters the Oscar race for Croatia


    Ostojic's No One's Son has been nominated as Croatia's entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar despite not having an official distributor.
  • Serbia adds Markovic's The Tour to the Oscar poll


    The Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences has chosen Goran Markovic's The Tour as its submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards.
  • Serbia adds Markovic's The Tour to the Oscar poll


    The Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences has chosen Goran Markovic's The Tour as its submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards.
  • Fiennes to direct River Road's Coriolanus in Serbia


    River Road Entertainment will film a modern-day version of Shakespeare's Coriolanus in Serbia. Ralph Fiennes will direct and play the lead in the film and was part of a USAID group that evaluated Serbia as a location for shooting this film in July.The film is a tragedy based on the life of the legendary Roman leader, Gaius Martius Coriolanus in modern times. Filming will start in March 2009. 'What this means for Serbia is ...
  • CineLink announces best-pitch awards


    CineLink, the industry section of the Sarajevo Film Festival, announced its awards for the best projects pitched in the southeastern Europe co-production market. The EAVE scholarship went to Serkan Cakarer, producer of the Turkish project Broken Mussels, from director Seyeftin Tokmak. Broken Mussels received the ARTE Sarajevo Film Festival award. The Magic Box service award to Romanian ...
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina - Out of the rubble


    Now the most important festival in the Balkans, the Sarajevo Film Festival was launched in 1995 during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It began by screening a selection of films from the Edinburgh and Locarno festivals in Sarajevo's Obala Arts Centre which, perhaps surprisingly given the circumstances, proved very popular.
  • Sarajevo lines up shorts jury; Kevin Spacey to attend fest


    The jury of the 14th Sarajevo Film Festival's short films competition will be comprised of Michael J. Werner, co-chairman of Fortissimo Films; Sejla Kamerlic, artist and filmmaker whose short film What Do I Know had premiere at last year's Venice Corto Cortissimo, and won the best short film award at the fifth Zagreb Film Festival; and Jay Jeon, selector of Pusan Film Festival.
  • Silent Light wins at Motovun


    Carlos Reygadas's Silent Light won the Motovun Propeller, the main prize of the 10th Motovun Film Festival, which wrapped Aug 1. The festival favourite and Cannes jury award winner was named Best Film by Slovenian actress Milena Zupancic, British director Pawel Pawlikowski and Pavle Levi, professor of film studies at the Stanford University. The A to A award for the best film from the region from Austria to Albania went to the winner ...
  • No One's Son sweeps Croatian national awards


    Arsen Anton Ostojic's No One's Son picked up six of the 16 Golden Arena awards at the 55th Pula Film Festival, including best film, best director and best actor.
  • Council of Europe sponsors Sarajevo's main award


    The Council of Europe has become the partner of the Sarajevo Film Festival and sponsor of the 'Heart of Sarajevo' award for the best feature film.
  • Sarajevo competition to include Blaz Kutin world premiere


    The 14th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has announced its feature and short films competition. The 10 features competing include one world premiere - Slovenian Blaz Kutin's We've Never Been To Venice -plus seven international premieres.
  • Film Center Serbia shares $2.7m between nine projects


    The Film Center Serbia, whose board is now headed by Emir Kusturica, has chosen nine projects to co-finance. Seven projects selected for financing of production are feature films and one feature documentary, while one is a feature in post-production.
  • Sarajevo Panorama Documentaries include Waltz With Bashir


    The 14th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has announced the documentary Panorama programme. 'Provocation, access, aesthetics, and the success of their synthesis are the chief selection criteria,' says programmer Howard Feinstein. The selection includes a double feature of 'Experimental American Leftie Films' and Cannes Palme D'Or nominee Waltz With Bashir.
  • Motovun festival focuses on Russia


    The 10th Motovun Film Festival (Jul 28-Aug 1) has announced competition programme, juries and this year's partner country- Russia, honouring 100 years of Russian film.
  • The Croatian National Festival announces competition


    The Croatian National Festival in Pula, Istria, will take place from July 19-26. This will be the 55th edition of the event that used to be the national festival of former Yugoslavia.
  • Ballast wins Grand Prix at first Novi Sad festival


    Lance Hammer's Ballast won the Grand Prix of the first International Festival of Film and New Media- Cinema City in Novi Sad, Serbia (Jun 14-21), worth $15,000. In the competition for the Grand Prix were all feature films of the festival, including the Serbian competition, where the best film award worth $8,000 went to Stefan Arsenijevic's Berlin entry and best director winner at Cottbus, Sofia and Wiesbaden Love And Other Crimes.
  • Snow to open Sarajevo with Ceylan president of the jury


    The 14th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has announced that Cannes Critics Week Grand Prix winner Snow by Bosnian Aida Begic will officially open the festival at the Heineken Open Air with capacity of 3,000 seats.
  • Serbia gets two competitive festivals in Novi Sad and Sopot


    After last year's first National Film Festival of Serbia which was held in Novi Sad, organized by Film Center Serbia under the concept of Cinema City, in co-operation with lauded music festival Exit, a complete confusion started when Film Center Serbia left the concept of Cinema City to Exit and decided to organize its own National Film Festival in Sopot, 30 kilometers south of Belgrade.
  • 12-Jun-2008

    The Sarajevo Film Festival has announced that along with the Heart of Sarajevo Awards, itsCompetition Programme will for the first time compete for a FIPRESCI (Federation Internationale de la Presse Cinematographique) award.
  • Talking Wolf starts shoot for Serbia's first zombie film


    The new Serbian independent production company Talking Wolf Productions (TWP), which focuses on action and horror genre films, is planning its first feature, Zone Of The Dead.The project, which is co-produced with Pink Film International Studios (the first private large-scale studio in Serbia), Viktorija Film, Italy's Trees Pictures and Spain's ABS Production, started principal photography on May 16.The film is directed by Milan Todorovic and co-written by Vukota ...
  • Charly wins top award at Crossing Europe


    French director Isild de Besco won the main European Competition award for Charly at the fifth Crossing Europe Film Festival. The win is her second in Linz, following Half Price in 2005. The prize, worth $15,660 (Euros 10,000), was presented by a jury comprised of Swiss film critic Catherine Ann Berger; Rastislav Steranka, co-founder of International Film Festival Cinematik in Piestany, Slovakia; ...
  • Sarajevo's CineLink adds Austria to regional co-production market


    The 14th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has announced the selections for CineLink, its regional co-production market created in co-operation with Rotterdam's CineMart. The market will take place from Aug 20-23 and the 15 projects will be divided in two groups: CineLink and CineLink+.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina gets second international festival


    The first Banja Luka International Film Festival (BLIFF), only the second international film festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina after Sarajevo and the first in Republika Srpska (the Serbian entity within the country), will take place from May 2-9.The inaugural event will present over a hundred films in seven programmes, including three competitions- feature, documentary and student films. Other sections are Peace and Tolerance, Film and Laughter, Women Directors, Festival Favourites ...
  • Sarajevo selects five low-budget short projects for City of Film


    Sarajevo Film Festival's Talent Campus project Sarajevo City of Film has selected five low-budget short film projects for the new initiative from the Bosnian Government and its Ministry of Culture and Sports.
  • Belgrade Meetings boost projects from Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Serbia


    The third Belgrade Industry Meetings, also known as B2B (Business to Belgrade) took place this weekend as a part of the 36th Belgrade International Film Festival FEST(Feb 22- Mar 2).
  • Valchanov's Which Way Today to open Sofia festival


    The 12th Sofia International Film Festival (March 6-16) will present 100 feature films, 20 documentaries and 60 shorts in 11 programmes. Bulgarian Rangel Valchanov's Which Way Today, the legendary director's first film in 14 years will open the festival, and Fatih Akin's The Edge Of Heaven will close it.
  • Emir Kusturica launches new Kustendorf Film Festival in Serbia


    Emir Kusturica has announced a new international film festival to be held in his villageDrvengrad at the mountain Mokra Gora in the Southwest of Serbia. The first Kustendorf Film Festival will be held Jan 14-21, organised by Kusturica's production company Rasta Film International and under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Serbia.
  • Zvyagintsev wins second Zagreb honour


    Andrei Zvyagintsev's Cannes entry The Banishment (Izgnanie) has taken the best feature film award at the fifth Zagreb Film Festival.
  • Milic, Menzel's films share top prize at Bitola festival


    At the 28th International Cinematographers Film Festival in Bitola, Macedonia (Sept 25-30), cinematographers Dragan Markovic and Jaromir Sofr shared the Golden Camera 300 award for their work on Croatian Kristijan Milic's The Living And The Dead and Czech Jiri Menzel's I Served The King Of England, respectively.
  • Croatia selects Svilicic's Armin for Oscar consideration


    The Croatian Association of Film Makers has chosen Ognjen Svilicic's Armin as its foreign language submission for the Academy Awards.
  • The Trap and Short Circuits enter foreign Oscar race


    The Serbian Academy of Film Arts and Sciences has selected Srdan Golubovic's The Trap (Klopka) for the Oscar race. The Serbian-German-Hungarian co-production is a thriller about a man who decides to take on a hitman's task in order to be able to pay for a life-saving operation for his son. It has picked up a number of international awards, including the Grand Prix at Sofia.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina adds It's Hard To Be Nice to Oscar list


    The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Association of Film Makers chose Srdjan Vuletic's It's Hard To Be Nice (Tesko Je Biti Fin) as the country's foreign language submission for the Academy Awards.
  • Lustig, Petritsky to receive special awards at Bitola festival


    The 28th International Cinematographers Film Festival 'Manaki Brothers' in Bitola, Macedonia (Sept 25-30) has announced that Croatian producer Branko Lustig will receive the festival's 'Golden Camera 300' award for outstanding contribution to the world cinema. Veteran Lustig produced Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List and Ridley Scott's Gladiator.
  • Sarajevo's CineLink gives out record $68,000 funding


    In addition to expanding its selection to projects with some financing in place, the Sarajevo Film Festival's co-production market CineLink has secured record funding of $68,150 (Euros 50,000) in its fifth edition.
  • A Man's Fear Of God takes best feature prize at Sarajevo


    Ozer Kiziltan's Turkish-German production A Man's Fear Of God (Takva) won the Heart of Sarajevo award for the best feature film at the 13th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 17-25).
  • Motovun gives top prize to Shaul's Sweet Mud


    At the ninth Motovun Film Festival (Jul 23-27) in Istria, Croatia, the jury led by Istvan Szabo gave the main prize to Israeli-German-Japanese feature Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at) by Dror Shaul.Each of the jury members had their own special mentions, so the Serbian director Misa Radivojevic chose Naomi Kawase's Cannes Grand Prize Winner The Mourning Forest (Mogari No Mori), Albanian director Kujtim ...
  • Sarajevo Film Festival announces full competition


    The Sarajevo Film Festival has announced the competition programme of its 13th edition, running from Aug 17 to 25. The feature film competition will include two world premieres, Macedonian-Slovenian-Belgian-French co-production I Am From Titov Veles (Jas Sum Od Titov Veles) by Teona Mitevska and Bosnian-Slovenian-Serbian-German-UK It's Hard To Be Nice (Tesko Je Biti Fin) by Srdjan Vuletic, which will be the opening film of the festival.
  • Croatia's Pula fesival starts Adriatic market programme


    The 54th Pula Film Festival (July 12-21), the national Croatian festival, is this year starting a regional programme to present work from the Adriatic region countries: Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania.The programme, July 16-21, will have a pure market character and will be out of competition.In 2008. at the 55th edition of the festival, the Adriatic Film Market will become a larger special event. Eva Zaoralova, the artistic ...
  • Jeremy Irons to lead 13th Sarajevo festival jury


    Jeremy Irons will be the president of the jury of the 13th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 17-25). The festival has also revealed its Documentary Panorama programme selected by Howard Feinstein, who said: 'The popular Panorama Documentaries, programme launched in 2001, strand covers the whole world except for regional works, with all filmmakers present to discuss their films. Provocation, access, aesthetics, and the success of their synthesis are the chief selection criteria.'
  • Belle Epoque leads prizes at first Film Festival of Serbia


    At the first national Film Festival of Serbia in Novi Sad (July 3-8), Nikola Stojanovic's Belle Epoque picked up the Grand Prix for the best film, as well as awards for best actress, music, make-up and art direction. The film about the period from 1910-1914 in Sarajevo had been shot in the wake of the war in former Yugoslavia in 1990 and was in post-production until this year.
  • Serbia to host first national film festival with two competitions


    Film Center Serbia and State of Exit, the company responsible for creating huge European music festival Exit, are organising the first Film Festival of Serbia, to be held July 3-8 in Novi Sad.
  • Vuletic to open Sarajevo Film Festival


    Bosnian director Srdjan Vuletic's It's Hard To Be Nice will open the 13th Sarajevo Film Festival (August 17-25).It is his second feature, after the Rotterdam, Brussels and Sofia prize-winner Summer In The Golden Valley in 2004. Screenings of Sam Garbarski's Irina Palm and Fatih Akin's The Edge Of Heaven have been confirmed, as well as Akin's ...
  • Ring of truth


    The Austrian auteur tells Vladan Petkovic why blurring the line between fact and fiction is the hallmark of his work.
  • Palme d'Or winner: Emir Kusturica


    Born in Sarajevo in 1954, double Palme d'Or winner Emir Kusturica won the Palme d'Or with When Father Was Away On Business in 1985 and Underground in 1995. He returns to the Competition this year for the fifth time with Promise Me This and was also jury president in 2005.
  • Berlinale expands Talent Campus to Sarajevo in August


    The Sarajevo Film Festival will work with the Berlinale to launch the first Sarajevo Talent Campus, a new educational programme dedicated to young filmmakers from South-Eastern Europe.
  • Sarajevo CineLink includes new projects from Kocsis and Zalica


    The 13th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 17-25) has announced new plans for this year's regional co-production market CineLink, created in co-operation with Rotterdam's CineMart. For 2007, 15 out of 60 submitted new projects will participate and will be divided in two groups, CineLink and CineLink+.
  • Belgrade festival attracts record attendance


    The beleagured Serbian film industry was boosted by a strong 35th Belgrade International Film Festival.Local cinema-going has suffered recently with attendance dropping 42% year-on-year in 2006, with just 40 theatres remaining.The Belgrade event, closed by Nanni Moretti's The Caiman, by contrast attracted a record 100,000 admissions to see about 80 films.In the festival's competitive sections, Djamshed Usmonov's ...
  • Belgrade starts competition for Europe Out Of Europe sidebar


    The 35th Belgrade International Film Festival FEST (Feb 23-Mar 4) will open with Berlinale Forum entry The Trap (Klopka) by Serbian Srdan Golubovic.
  • Belgrade's Beograd re-opens seven cinemas today


    After two and a half months of employee strikes over unpaid salaries, poor conditions of work, terrible state of the cinemas and frozen status at the National Agency for Privatization, leading Serbian exhibitor, state-owned Beograd Film has decided to re-open seven of its 14 theaters in the key city Belgrade today. The decision was made after the Agency for Privatization announced the tender for sale of the company for Feb 16.
  • Croatian box office sees substantial progress for 2006


    Healthy 2006 Croatian box office figures have gone some way to compensate for slumps in other regions of the former Yugoslavia. Serbia and Montenegro, its biggest territory and richest market, saw a disastrous 43% decline in admissions and 36% in box office revenues in 2006 from 2005, while Croation figures are on the rise.
  • Grbavica tops Bosnia and Herzegovina's 2006 box office


    Bosnia and Herzegovina is a particularly difficult market for analysis because until recently there have been no BO reports compiled exclusively for the region. Instead, the box office results were split between Serbia and Croatia.
  • Pirates tops 2006 Slovenian box office


    Healthy box office figures reveal 10 percent growth in Slovenia
  • Serbian 2006 box office takings down by 36%, admissions drop 43%


    The first estimates of Serbian-Montenegrin box-office in 2006 show the biggest decline since the economic embargo imposed by the UN Security Council from 1992 to 1995. From January to November, Serbian theaters sold 1.52m admissions, falling 43% from 2005's 2.65m 2 and earning a total gross of about $4.5m (SD306m), which is 36% down from $7.7m (SD477m) last year. As the value of 1 US dollar went down from 71.39 Serbian dinars in January to 57.56 in December, and average ticket price jumped ...
  • Belgrade Auteur festival in controversy over Summer Palace


    The New Festivalof Auteur's Films (Nov 28- Dec 3) in Belgrade was supposed to open with Lou Ye's Summer Palace but the screening wascanceled after intervention from the Chinese Embassy.
  • Serbian exhibition in crisis as Beograd shuts 8 cinemas


    The leading Serbianexhibitor, state-owned Beograd Film has decided to close eight cinemas in thedowntown area of the key city which accounts for 50% of Serbia's overall box office. The board of thecompany's union announced a strike because of unpaid salaries, inadequate workconditions and poorly equipped theaters as a consequence of low attendance,which has hit rock bottom this year.
  • Serbians add Tomorrow Morning to Oscar pool


  • Spring Break shoot to continue in Croatia


    Richard Shepard's Spring Break In Bosnia started principal photography on locationsin Sarajevo on Sept 12. Financed by QED International and Intermedia, the film is produced by Mark Johnson and Scott Kroopf and stars Richard Gere, Jesse Eisenberg, Terrence Howard, James Brolin and Diane Kruger.
  • Sarajevo's CineLink winners include Bosnian Nedzad Begovic


  • Das Fraulein wins best film at Sarajevo festival


    Andrea Staka's Das Fraulein has added the Heart ofSarajevo Award for best film at the 12th Sarajevo FilmFestival to its Golden Leopard win at Locarno.
  • Sarajevo unveils documentary competition and Panorama


    The12th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 18-26) has announced further details of thisyear's programme.
  • Sarajevo sets competition films and jury


    The 12th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug18-26) has announced its competition programme andmain jury. Eightcompetition films will compete for the awards of best film, special jury award,best actor and best actress: Das Fraulein, Switzerland/Germany/Bosnia andHerzegovina, dir: Andrea Staka
  • Motovun honours Look Both Ways and We Feed The World


    Festival hit Look BothWays by Australian director SarahWatt took the main Propeller Award at the eighth Motovun Film Festival (July24-28) in Istria, Croatia. Both the Amnesty International Human Rights andFIPRESCI awards went to Erwin Wagenhofer's ambitious documentary We Feed theWorld.
  • Gravehopping takes top prize at Serbian festival


  • Sarajevo festival to open with 12:08 East of Bucharest


  • CineLink selects 11 projects for 2006 market


    CineLink, the Sarajevo Film Festival'sco-production market for South Eastern Europe created in 2002 in co-operation with Rotterdam's CineMart, hasselected 11 projects for this year.
  • Border Post unites former Yugoslav states


    Croatian director Rajko Grlic has scored a highly significant hit throughout the former Yugoslavian states with Border Post (Karaula).
  • Wim Wenders closes Belgrade Film Festival (FEST)


    The BelgradeInternational Film Festival, this year subtitled FEST Forward, was closed on March 5 by special guest Wim Wenders with a screening of his Don't Come Knocking.
  • CineLink announces three award winners


    CineLink, the Sarajevo FilmFestival's co-production market for projects from Albania, Bosnia andHerzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia andMontenegro, had its third edition at this year's, 11th festival (Aug 19-27,2005). CineLink has announced the winners with thetotal prize fund of $58,5000 (50,000 Euros) provided by theSarajevo Film Festival, BHT1, Hubert Bals Fund, Kodakand Austrian film lab Synchro.
  • Lady Zee takes top Sarajevo honours


    The 11th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 19-27) endedon Saturday night with main award going to Bulgarian film Lady Zee (Leidi Zi) by Georgi Bulgjerov, out of 11 films incompetition.
  • Sarajevo festival kicks off in confident mood


    The 11th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 19-27)kicks off today with a film line-up and guest list that suggests it has becomethe most important festival in South East Europe.
  • Death wins again at Motovun Film Festival


  • Sarajevo hosts four world premieres in competition


    The Sarajevo Film Festival,widely recognized as the biggest film festival in South East Europe, hasannounced the competition lineup for its 12th edition which runs Aug19 to 27.
  • Alexander Payne called to festival jury service again


    Film-maker Alexander Paynewill preside over the inaugural short film jury at the 11th Sarajevo Film Festivalin August.
  • Cinelink unveils Balkan project shortlist


    CineLink,Sarajevo Film Festival's annual script development program and co-productionmarket for feature-length fiction films, has announced this year's selection.
  • Wild Bunch pair win Serbian funding


    The SerbianMinistry of Culture has announced the winners of this year's film fundingcompetition, with two films backed by France's Wild Bunch receiving state aid.
  • Belgrade festival weathers rampant piracy


    The 33rdBelgrade International Film Festival FEST wrapped on March 5 with a screeningof Theo Angelopoulos' Trilogy 1: TheWeeping Meadow.
  • Techine, Angelopulous book-end Belgrade festival


  • Techine, Angelopulous book-end Belgrade festival


    The 33rd BelgradeInternational Film Festival kicks off on Jan 25 with Andre Techine's LesTemps Qui Changent and will beopened by the film's star Catherine Deneuve.


  • Serbia and Montenegro has new box-office champ


    SrdjanDragojevic's We Are Not Angels 2 (Mi Nismo Andjeli 2) has scored thebiggest opening of all time in Serbia and Montenegro.
  • BVI returns to Serbia and Montenegro


    BIV is returningto Serbia and Montenegro a year after Pirates Of The Caribbean wasreleased, in October 2003 by the company's then principal partner Bandur Film.












  • Kusturica looking at box office Miracle in Serbia


    Emir Kusturica's Life Is A Miracle is to open on a huge50 prints in his home territory of Serbia and Montenegro on Sept 30.The film willopen in 40 cities and towns and will be distributed by Metro.The number ofprints is by far the biggest ever in the territory. By comparison, films like Spider-Man 2 or The Lord Of The Rings went out on no more than 15 prints.




  • Serbia and Montenegro faces film piracy challenge


    The weekends ofAug 16-18 and 23-25 were the worst in terms of admissions and revenues inSerbia and Montenegro since 1997. The first saw ticket sales of 11,872($31,249) for the whole territory, while the latter had even less: only 11,120spectators who spent $29,145. Spider-Man2 sold only 4,744 tickets in its second weekend,
  • Motovun film fest maintains youth appeal


    The sixth editionof the Motovun Film Festival took place from July 26-30 in the town of Istria,Croatia. Unlike most world festivals that are more market-oriented, what setsthis festival apart is its focus on presenting films to film-lovers as well as toprofessionals, as well as featuring a large number of side events such asexhibitions, film schools, workshops, all kinds of presentations, concerts andparties that attract a lot of young people. Actually, some 70% of the audienceswere ...




  • UIP returns to Serbia and Montenegro


    After a year'sabsence, UIP releases are to be handled by a new distributor in Serbia andMontenegro.


  • Serbia launches film industry rescue scheme


    In abid to stem the decline of the local film industry, the creation of the FilmCenter of Serbia was announced last week. "Serbian cinema is on its death bed,but this is not a funeral. This the celebration for the opening of its new ER",said Djordje Milicevic, founder and president of the Center.






    Despite its continuous decline (56% this weekend), Robbery Of The Third Reich is still taking up most of the Serbian-Montenegrin box office. After this weekend's 9,907 admissions, the local blockbuster has now grossed a total of $754,596 for Mirius.


    In spite of its gradual decline, Robbery Of The Third Reich is still stealing most of the Serbian-Montenegrin box office. In its fourth weekend, the local blockbuster sold another 20,297 admissions and remained unchallenged in the top position with a total gross of $669,716 for Mirius.




  • Belgrade film festival becomes theatrical distributor


    The Belgrade International Film Festival has become a theatrical distributor by acquiring rights for Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia to Berlinale Golden Bear winner Head On.


    As expected, The Return Of The King dominated the Serbian-Montenegrin chart for the fifth weekend in a row - attracting 5,451 tickets (down 50%) to add to its massive cumulative gross of $622,213 for Tuck.


    The trio at the top of the Serbian-Montenegrin chart has not changed since the last weekend in spite of two new openers.


    No big news at the Serbian-Montenegrin market in the second weekend of 2004. Tuck is on top with Return Of The King which sold another 15,328 admissions to total of 138,459 and massive cumulative gross of $533,135 in only three weeks.


    Jackie Chan probably deserved better than the January 1 release date given to his latest film The Medallion. The film didn't stand much chance of competing with some well-known titles that have been around for the entire holiday season.


    There seems to be nothing new at Serbian-Montenegrin film market. After last week's opening of Tuck's Master And Commander: Far Side Of The World in first position, the season's favourite Small World is back on top with 194,170 admissions and total gross of $458,857.
  • The Return, Since Otar Left share top prize at Belgrade


    Russian director Andrej Zvjagintsev's The Return and Julie Bertucelli's Since Otar Left have shared the top prize at the 10th Belgrade International Festival of Auteur Films (Nov 23-30).


    As 2003 comes to an end, the domination of local product is starting to weaken, except for the current absolute favourite Small World, which remained in second position in its eighth weekend. Despite a 45% decline, the road comedy has now grossed a total of $422,083.


    Milos Radovic's Small World has crossed the 100,000 admissions mark after enjoying the fourth weekend in a row on the top of the chart. The local road comedy has now grossed $259,261.


    Milos Petricic's Almost Totally Ordinary Story opened last weekend at the third position in its home territory. The urban comedy, featuring a cast of newcomers sold 3,448 tickets to earn $9,020 for distributor Pro Vision.


    In their second weekend at the chart, the latest local release Small World and Pirates Of The Caribbean held onto the two top positions in spite of SWAT opening.


    Milos Radovic's Small World (Mali Svet) opened this prolonged weekend with 15,757 admissions, grossing $48,547 from Thursday to Sunday for distributor Delta Video, thanks to a high average admission price.


    Three week in a row champion LXG remains at the top of the chart despite competition last weekend from Bad Boys II and Matchstick Men, from the same distributor Tuck.


    Srdjan Karanovic's Loving Glances (Sjaj U Ocima) played in second position last weekend, its second, for distributor Delta Video. Despite screening on two more screens this was not enough for the 1995 Belgrade-set story about refugees featuring actors from all around former Yugoslavia to beat Tuck's The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen which held the lead in its second week and has sold 25,522 admissions on eight prints after 11 days on release.
  • Hit Serbian producer readies Zamfir's Zona follow up


    Serbian outfit Dream Company, which produced local hit Zamfir's Zona, is producing a new film, a World War II comedy The Robbery Of The Third Reich.


    French blockbuster Taxi 3 parked in the number one spot in its second week, selling 7,503 admissions improving 35% on its launch for distributor Pro Vision.




    Already the most successful local film ever, Zamfir's Zona took another huge step forward this week with an incredible 76% rise, putting it in second place by admissions (9,722) after Daddy Day Care's 12,025. Apparently, Serbs and Montenegrins are still only interested in this particular product. However, due to significantly lower ticket price, it came in fourth in terms of revenues.


    This week marks the return of the greatest local hit ever, last year's Zamfir's Zona which has already attracted over 1.5 million admissions.
  • Croatia gets its first multiplex


    Blitz-Cinestar, a new joint venture between Croatian distributor, Blitz Film & Video Distribution and German exhibitor, Cinestar/Kieft & Kieft, is to open Croatia's first multiplex this autumn.
  • France supports Serbian film archive


    While many national film archives are coming under financial pressure, Serbia and Montenegro's Yugoslav Film Archive is to be upgraded to become one of the most sophisticated in the world.
  • Serbian black comedy CiviLife for Belgrade shoot


    Principal photography on Serbian-German-French-Dutch co-production CiviLife is due to start in Belgrade on June 22 for eight weeks.
  • Belgrade launches short film fund


    The Belgrade City government has formed a Commission for awarding funds for documentary and short films, presided over by the renowned Serbian director Goran Markovic.
  • Serbian debut wins Karlovy Vary selection


    The debut feature film by the young Serbian director Milos Petricic Almost Totally Ordinary Story has been selected for 'East of the West' section of the 38th International Film Festival Karlovy Vary. The urban romantic comedy, written by Dusan Ristic and produced by Premax Group, features a young cast of first-timers. The film'srelease in Serbia and Montenegro is scheduled for October 29.
  • Belgrade festival announces line-up


    The 31st Belgrade International Film Festival will be held from Feb 28 until Mar 9 featuring films that have participated at major world festivals in the past year.
  • Sinisa Dragin wins top prize at Belgrade


    Bertrand Tavernier's Safe Conduct (Laissez-Passer) closed the ninth Belgrade International Festival of Auteur Films on Saturday night.
  • Zona leads Serbia/Montenegro box office charge


    Government initiatives introduced early last year, which were expected to result in large increases in admissions in Serbia and Montenegro, appear to have paid off with the week ending November 10 giving the territory its highest grossing week in history.
  • MPAA moves to tackle rampant Serbian film piracy


    The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is planning to fund an anti-piracy programme in Serbia and Montenegro, where it is estimated that 90-95% of films on television and on video are pirated.If funding from the Hollywood studios is forthcoming, the MPAA is also weighing up plans to open an agency in Serbia which, in partnership with local distributors, would help enforce a proposed new local anti-piracy law.The move follows the July launch of an MPAA campaign ...
  • Serbian local productions unable to repeat 2001's success


    While Serbia's local productions regularly outperform Hollywood releases, this year home-grown titles are suffering - despite overall admissions rising 21% year-on-year for the first six months of 2002, from 1,665,245 in 2001 to 2,021,843 tickets sold this year.
  • Serbian Government introduces national film fund


    The Serbian Government has launched a Euros 1.5m prototype film fund, with six local features receiving an award equivalent to 30% of its budget.
  • The Son's Room to open Belgrade festival


    Nanni Moretti's The Son's Room will open the Belgrade International Film Festival, kicking off a 30th anniversary edition that encompasses such high profile international fare as David Lynch's Mullholland Drive, Steven Soderbergh's Traffic and Baz Lurhmann's Moulin Rouge.
  • Yugoslavian New Millennium forced to wait


    A new Yugoslavian Republic distribution company is struggling to find an opening for its first release: Hanniba,l as all the theaters in the key city of Belgrade (which constitutes 60% of the market) have been reserved until Summer 2002.
  • A taste for French films


    In recent months French productions have found a lucrative niche at the box office of The Federal Republic of Yugolslavia (FRY), which consists of the republics of Serbia and Montenegro, successfully competing with both Hollywood blockbusters and local productions.