The Sarajevo Film Festival is the premier and largest film festival in Southeast Europe and is one of the largest film festivals in Europe. It was founded in Sarajevo in 1995 and brings international and local celebrities to Sarajevo every year. It is held in August and showcases an extensive variety of feature and short films from around the world.
Young European Ambassadors are taking part for the first time, in the Human Rights Day Workshop program which is designed to provide a creative and constructive approach to the topic of human rights within film selection. The methods used to create this program are a combination of the human rights approach, youth work methods, an academic approach, and no harm principles. Activities are designed to follow the films from the Festival’s selection, both by theme and adequate work with youth. Another segment that is important to emphasise is networking, i.e. creating connections with activists and lecturers, but also with the group of their peers.
Detailed agenda of YEAs participance will be published soon! If you are in Sarajevo, make sure you find us!
Towards the end of the four-year siege of Sarajevo, in 1995, Obala Art Centar initiated the Sarajevo Film Festival with the aim of helping to reconstruct civil society and retain the cosmopolitan spirit of the city.
Today, two decades later, the Sarajevo Film Festival is the leading film festival in the region, recognized by both film professionals and the wider audience. The Sarajevo Film Festival is an international film festival with a special focus on the region of South-East Europe (Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine), shining an international spotlight on films, talent and future projects from the region.
High quality programming, a strong industry segment, an educational and networking platform for young filmmakers and thus generated presence of the international film industry, film authors and media representatives alongside a paying audience of over 100,000, confirm its status as the leading film festival in the region, recognised by both professionals and the wider audiences.
In an emerging territory of more than 140 million inhabitants, Sarajevo Film Festival serves as a common platform for film businesses from all over the region, setting the future standards in festival organisation, film promotion and presentation in South-East Europe.
Feel the creative energy of our Festival and share our passion for films in the remarkable atmosphere of the city of Sarajevo.
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