Ten projects from South-East Europe, Middle East and North Africa will compete for industry awards.

Sarajevo Film Festival Open Air Cinema

Sarajevo Film Festival’s (Aug 12-20) Works in Progress strand has revealed the line-up of projects which will compete for three awards during the festival’s Industry Days on Aug 17 and 18.

Prizes will include the traditional post-production in-kind awards from Slovenia’s Restart (€20,000) and Berlin-based The Post Republic (€50,000), as well as a newly established €30,000 cash prize from Turkish broadcaster TRT.

The jury is comprised of Jan Naszewski of New Europe Film Sales, Giona A. Nazzaro from the Venice Film Festival Critics’ Week, Michael Reuter of The Post Republic and a representative from the TRT.

The projects will be presented to funders, sales agents, distributors, broadcasters and festival programmers, including representatives of Bankside Films, the Berlin International Film Festival, Bir Film, Celluloid Dreams, Coproduction Office, the Directors’ Fortnight, Elle Driver, the Festival de Cannes, Indie Sales, Lumiere, The Match Factory, Memento, Protagonist Pictures, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival and its Critics’ Week, Wide Management and Wild Bunch.

In addition, the festival’s CineLink Co-production Market has announced three guest projects, one from Qatar and two from Mexico. 


Breaking News (Romania)

Director: Iulia Rugină

Producers: Bogdan Crăciun, Oana Giurgiu

Mean Anomaly (Iran)

Director/Producer: Ali Ahmadzadeh

Daha (Turkey)         

Director: Onur Saylak

Producer: Ziya Cemre Kutluay

Holy Air (Israel)

Director/Producer: Shady Sarour

Hostages (Georgia)

Director: Rezo Gigineishili

Producer: Tamara Tatishvili

Nils (Israel)

Director: Ram Nehari

Producer: Yifat Presteknik

One of These Days (Lebanon)

Director: Nadim Tabet

Producer: Georges Schoucair

Thala My Love (Tunisia)

Director: Mehdi Hmili

Producer: Mohamed Ali Ben Hamra

The Secret Ingredient (Macedonia)

Director/Producer: Gjorce Stavreski

Touch Me Not (Romania)

Director: Adina Pintilie

Producers: Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan, Adina Pintilie


Bull Shark (Qatar)

Director: Mohamed Al Ibrahim

Producers: Bassam Al Ibrahim, Khalid Al Jaber

Skin Deep (Mexico)

Director: Paulina del Paso

Producers: Elisa Miller, Samra Ibrahim, Leandro Córdova

Tito’s Lost Mariachi (Mexico)

Director: Francisco Ohem

Producers: Marta Núñez Puerto, Mike Downey