Bosnian filmmaker Pjer Zalica's Fuse (Gori Vatra) has continued its winning streak after Locarno's Silver Leopard by picking up six awards at the Sarajevo Film Festival this weekend.
The International Jury led by veteran director-screenwriter Dusan Makaveyev awarded the Euros 15,000 Agnes B. Award for the Best Feature Film in the festival's Regional Programme to Zalica's debut as well as the Public Radio and Television Service of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Award of Euros 15,000 worth of in-kind marketing space within its schedules.
In addition, Fuse received the Hungarian Film Laboratories' Euros 5,000 Special Award and the Euros 2,000 Synchro Film and Video Award, while the film's DoP Mirsad Herovic took home the $2,000 Kodak Award as Best Director of Photography of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The film also received the Audience Award.
Apart from the prizes for Fuse, the International Jury also decided to create two Special Jury Awards: for Slovenian director Damjan Kozole's Spare Parts (Rezervni Deli) which it described as "a well-crafted film focusing on a dark side of contemporary reality. Cinema that matters" and for Milos Radovic's feature debut Small World (Mali Svet) from Serbia and Montenegro which the jury called "a wonderfully and intelligently construed empire of nonsense. Structurally innovative and thoroughly enjoyable."
Finally, Vincent Bierrewaerts' The Wallet was named the winner of the Euros 2,000 UIP Prize for the best European short film screening in the festival's Regional or New Currents programmes. The Wallet will now compete with another 11 shorts for the Best European Short Film at the European Film Awards in Berlin in December.