Cinema has often tackled the profound ambiguity of innocence. Talents Sarajevo’s 2019 theme borrowed its title from Dušan Makavejev’s Innocence Unprotected, a documentary about the first Serbian talking picture of the same title, which was made in 1942 while the nation was under occupation. In his film, Makavejev (1932-2019) challenged notions of innocence during the catastrophe of war, as well as of the (oft-presumed) innocence of the arts in general, and cinema in particular.

As stories of innocence and its failure abound both on and behind the screen, Talents Sarajevo 2019 explored the relationship between innocence and cinema today.

Who can apply?
Screenwriters, directors, producers, cinematographers, actors, editors and film critics from Southeastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) and the Southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia).

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, United States Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Goethe-Institut, British Council, Studio Chelia, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Centre Serbia, Georgian National Fund and Macedonian Film Agency.