The Sarajevo Film Festival is launching a new project, Sarajevo City Of Film, in partnership with the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Government.

The initiative will see the festival create a fund that will give participants of the Sarajevo Talent Campus the chance to create low-budget short films inspired by the city. Shorts will be fiction, documentaries or animation projects.

The Sarajevo Talent Campus recently finished its first successful edition. The programme, in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent Campus, is open to producers, directors and actors from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey and Kosovo.

And now those Talent Campus participants can apply for grants as production teams made up of three core members: a producer, director and actor. Each team must represent at least two countries.

The Fund will offer grants to at least four teams.

The Festival said the funding could grow through support of the Ministries of Culture and Sports from the region as well as regional film and TV companies coming on board.

Applications will be accepted starting this month through Feb 1, 2008. The selection committee will draw on experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad.

After winners are announced in February 2008, films will be made from March to August in Sarajevo. The completed shorts will debut at the second Sarajevo Talent Campus during the 14th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23, 2008).