Sarajevo gets ready for its closeup

New film talent initiative launches in city

LONDON — Sarajevo will become one large citywide movie location in the spring following the launch of a film talent initiative.

The Sarajevo City of Film initiative — backed by the federal Bosnia and Herzegovina government and the Balkan state’s cultural ministry — will enable participants in the debut talent campus at the 14th Sarajevo Film Festival to make low-budget features, documentaries and animation projects related to the city of Sarajevo.

The program, formally launched Dec. 24, is open to the young filmmakers who will take part in the festival’s talent campus, which is being organized with the assistance of the Berlin Film Festival.

Grants will be made to four teams made up of three core members — a producer, director and actor — from at least two countries. The resulting project will be screened during August’s Sarajevo fest.

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The new award “will encourage the collaboration of young artists whose work is the future of this region’s cinema,” the Sarajevo film festival said in a statement. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 1.