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Global co-production fund launches at Sarajevo

SarajevoA new co-production fund has been launched at the Sarajevo Film Festival, marking the event’s 20th anniversary.

The aim is that the fund will provide financial support for up to eight films, with a guaranteed allocation of €400,000 over the next two years. Within the fund are a co-production and a P&A (Prints and Advertising) scheme, each providing soft loans of up to €60,000 per project.

Those feature film projects from the former Yugoslav countries and the wider region are eligible to apply if they are seeking to co-produce or want to raise the funding in new markets outside the Eurimages/Creative Europe territories.

Also eligible are projects from these territories which are looking for a production partner in south east Europe; particularly welcomed are submissions from filmmakers from north Africa, the Americas, India, East Asia and the Middle East.

The Sarajevo Film Festival will be in charge of administering the fund, with the first round of submissions due to be confirmed by the end of this year. The festival’s director, Mirsad Purivatra, said: "Since we started out during the siege of Sarajevo, we have spent the past 20 years developing a major international film festival, but also helping rebuild the film industry in our region.

“Through our co-production market CineLink we have assisted in taking the regional industry into the new European co-production landscape and building partnerships with the rest of Europe.

“Now with this in place, it's time to take the next step. With our region full of talent that's constantly being recognised internationally, and with Doha Film Institute, Mexican IMCINE, the Indian NFDC and other global partners already coming to Sarajevo, this is the next logical step. We're excited to see what the next 20 years will bring."



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