The face on the screen can be clearly illuminated and outlined. It can also appear as if its features were escaping its outline and blending in with the background. As if the face were to become its surrounding landscape. Close-ups in film have tremendous power to make us forget about time and space. Through their affective powers, we can be confronted with the borders of the known and familiar and at the same time we can be invited to sharpen our senses.

The face and the close-up were the two sources of inspiration for regional film professionals gathered at the 11th edition of Talents Sarajevo. Not only for inciting rethinking of cinematic images, but also for encouraging a closer look at the realities facing film professionals - be it career choices, feasible film financing strategies or zooming in on the details of a story.

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 Federal Ministry of Culture and Sport of Bosnia-Herzegovina, MDG Achievement Fund, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Slovenian Film Fund, Film Center Serbia, Albanian National Center of Cinematography and various embassies.