Sarajevo’s Cinelink sets slate

Program nurtures filmmakers

The Sarajevo Film Festival announced Thursday the 19 projects that will participate in its CineLink Co-Production market in August.

More than 70 projects in development from emerging and newly established filmmakers from 14 countries in southeastern Europe applied for CineLink, which has established itself as a key regional project incubator.

Recent success stories from CineLink include films such as “Armin” by Croatian director Ognjen Svilicic, which screened in the Berlin Film Festival’s Forum section two years ago.

“Matching the trend of growth in film production in southeastern Europe, the CineLink 2009 lineup experienced a significant increase in the number of selected projects,” organizers said in Cannes Thursday.

A dozen of the projects will be in the main CineLink market and seven, including an Israeli film, will be included in a new initiative CineLink Guest, which allows the inclusion of “an exquisite project from a country outside” the region.

Films in CineLink compete for sponsored cash awards worth between E2,500 and E 10,000 each although many projects also use the project — which includes pre-event script doctoring and financial, legal and marketing advice — to forge links with the scores of European producers who attend.

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