The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic adds gravitas to Talents Sarajevo’s core mission. As the viral outbreak continues to impact the global film industry in unprecedented ways, filmmakers need regional networking and cooperation platforms more than ever. This is of special importance to the next generation of filmmakers who will play a crucial role in the post-pandemic revival of the region’s cinema.

Film festivals are major hubs of interaction, networking and collaboration between film professionals, and we hold out hope that the participants of Talents Sarajevo 2020 will have a chance to gather in person in Sarajevo. However, the team of the Sarajevo Film Festival, including Talents Sarajevo, will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation closely and will share any related decisions as it evolves.

Who can apply?
Screenwriters, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, editors and film critics from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.

Talents Sarajevo is an initiative of the Sarajevo Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, and is supported by the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo, the United States Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Goethe-Institut, British Council, Studio Chelia, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Centre Serbia, Georgian National Fund and Macedonian Film Agency.