Sarajevo fest to trumpet Payne

Thesp Watson to nominate recipient, present Cartlidge grant

Director Alexander Payne will be honored in a special tribute at the 11th Sarajevo Film Festival, slated for Aug. 19-27.

Fest president Mirsad Purivatra made the announcement at a cocktail party hosted by the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s ministry of culture. The event brought together the Cannes roster of producers and buyers from ex-Yugoslavia, including Slovenia, Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia.

It was also announced that British actress Emily Watson has been named this year’s Katrin Cartlidge Curator. She will nominate and present the yearly grant awarded by the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation to a creative young artist during the festival.

Fest will also host the third CineLink co-production market from Aug. 24-27. Among the ten featured projects, Bulgaria and Romania won slots along with the former Yugoslav republics. Two of the projects will receive grants of c25,000 each, awarded by a jury at the end of the year.

Although no Bosnian features were screened in official Cannes sections this year, the country is still considered a favored hot spot for new Balkan cinema. Films from directors Danis Tanovic and Benjamin Filipovic are expected to turn up at the late summer festivals.