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Sarajevo, Zagreb, Belgrade and Herceg Novi festivals join forces

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Sarajevo Film Festival, Zagreb Film Festival, Belgrade Auteur Film Festival and Montenegro Film Festival are setting up a “Network of Festivals in the Adriatic Region” and a spring online gathering

Sarajevo, Zagreb, Belgrade and Herceg Novi festivals join forces
New Order by Michel Franco

Organised at the initiative of the Sarajevo Film Festival, a nine-day online gathering will be the first to bring together four leading film festivals from four countries speaking the same language: the Sarajevo Film Festival, Zagreb Film Festival, Belgrade Auteur Film Festival and Herceg Novi Montenegro Film Festival.

Taking place from 9-17 April on the VoD platform ondemand.kinomeetingpoint.ba, it will showcase films selected by festival programmers from all four festivals. The spring edition of the gathering, as part of the “Network of Festivals in the Adriatic Region”, marks the beginning of a collaboration and joint effort, while this year’s edition of each of the events will also showcase new, joint film programmes.

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“Today, when the need to connect is stronger than ever, we are fortunate to have banded together for the first regional film festival, as part of the Network of Festivals in the Adriatic Region. Festivals are meeting points, places for gathering and sharing. During these difficult times, these are vital features for reviving social capital, re-examining the existing models of film production and shaping our joint future. Festivals are places that allow us a chance to decide together the direction we want to take in the future and to demonstrate that we are all part of one whole – a film community. Together, we have created a special, new experience of a regional film festival,” say representatives of the four events in a press statement.

The programme of the online event features eight titles that will be accessible to audiences in the territories of the former Yugoslavia. In addition to the Yugoslav 1970s classics Fragrance of Wild Flowers by Srdjan Karanović and Pavle Pavlović by Puriša Djordjević, it will include Michel Franco’s Venice Grand Jury Prize laureate New Order [+see also:
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, Philip Yuryev’s Giornati degli Autori winner The Whaler Boy [+see also:
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, Ivan Ostrochovský’s 2020 Berlinale Encounters entry Servants [+see also:
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, Croatian director Djuro Gavran’s ZagrebDox competition entry One of Us [+see also:
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, the 2020 Cannes label title The Death of Cinema and My Father Too [+see also:
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by Dani Rosenberg and Jeanette Nordahl’s 2020 Berlinale Panorama entry Wildland [+see also:
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While of different sizes and formats, the four festivals have the same mission: to be a platform for the promotion and presentation of European audiovisual content and talent. They hope that their partnership will support audience retention and development, organisational advancement and the realisation of the festival itself, aided by the latest technologies.

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