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Source: Sarajevo Film Festival

Veena Sud, Matthijs Wouter Knol, Karin Chien

Screen International and Documentary Campus teamed up with the Sarajevo Film Festival to host CineLink Talks, an online programme of panels for the festival’s 2020 industry strand.

The eleven 60-minute CineLink Talks ran from August 15-20. Topics included new radical distribution strategies; the region’s response to Covid-19; a case study of Netflix’s Unorthodox; the sector’s response to anti-racism protests; and a masterclass with The Killing showrunner Veena Sud. Other speakers included Matthijs Wouter Knol, Karin Chien and Henning Kamm.

Documentary Campus is one of Europe’s most renowned training initiatives, providing documentary filmmakers with tailored training and advice on how to develop their film ideas, unlock funding and reach a large international audience. 

All eleven talks are available to watch in full below.

Supply Chain Interrupted: A Regional Perspective

Speakers: Igor Stanković, MCF; Sanja Božić-Ljubičić, Pickbox; Christof Papousek, Cineplexx. Moderator: Jovan Marjanović, Head of Industry, Sarajevo Film Festival.

Radical New Distribution Strategies

Speakers: Elhum Shakerifar, producer and self-distributor; Hebe Tabachnik, producer, curator and distribution specialist; Karin Chien, leading distributor of independent, contemporary Chinese cinema; Jamie Dobie, Peace is Loud. Moderator: Paula Vaccaro, Producer, Pinball London.

Can Platforms and TV Work Together? 

Speakers: Ivar Køhn, Head of Drama at NRK; Carolina Bilbao, VP Programming and Development of Hemisphere TV, executive producer for Latinx OTT Pantaya movies and series; Alex Garcia, producer, creator and investor in Mubi, Morbido TV, Mowies, Slated, Umbra and Rappi; Diego Piasek, SVP International Development MGM International TV; Joyce Pierpoline, Producer, Pierpoline Films. Moderator: Paula Vaccaro, Producer, Pinball London.

Netflix’s Unorthodox: A Case Study 

A masterclass presented by renowned German producer Henning Kamm.  Moderator: Wendy Mitchell, contributing editor, Screen International.

The Response of Southeast European Public Film Bodies to Covid-19 (presented by the Croatian Audio-Visual Centre) 

Speakers: Sehad Čekić, Director, Film Centre Montenegro; Chris Marcich, Director, Croatian Audio-Visual Centre; Gordan Matić, Director, Film Centre Serbia. Moderator: Jovan Marjanović, Head of Industry, Sarajevo Film Festival.

Veena Sud: In Conversation

A masterclass with Veena Sud, iconic creator, showrunner and director (The Killing, Seven Seconds, The Stranger). Moderator: Paula Vaccaro, Producer, Pinball London.

Political Correctness, Freedom of Artistic Expression and Self-Censorship

Speakers: Dana Budisavljević, director; Srdan Golubović, director; Šejla Kamerić, artist; Damjan Kozole, director. Moderator: Amra Bakšić Čamo, Head of CineLink.

Anti-Racism and White Supremacy: Will the Market Catch Up? 

Speakers: Sarah-Tai Black, film programmer, arts curator, writer, and director of the Royal Cinema; Matthijs Wouter Knol, director of the European Film Market (EFM); Nada Riyadh,  film director/producer based in Cairo, Egypt; Maria Magdalena Tunkara, activist and feminist. Moderator: Paula Vaccaro, Producer, Pinball London.

Gender in Post-Yugoslav Cinema 

Speakers: Lana BarićMirjana Karanović; Labina Mitevska.  Moderator: Vedrana Božinović.

Imagining a Radically New Way to Curate and Review 

Speakers: Kaleem Aftab, reviewer, curator, producer, and author of the official Spike Lee biography, That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to ItFaridah Gbadamosi, writer, producer and filmmaker; Elma Tataragić, scriptwriter and curator; Bedatri Choudhury, writer and curator. Moderator: Paula Vaccaro, Producer, Pinball London.

Honeyland:  A Case Study (presented by Docu Rough Cut Boutique)

Atanas Georgiev, who produced and edited Honeyland, discusses the road to the Oscars from a distribution and marketing perspective, and reflects on creative decision-making during post-production and storytelling. Moderator: Martichka Bozhilova, producer, Agitprop.

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