CineLink Co-Production Market Unveils Second Round of Selection

Sarajevo Film Festival announced the completion of the second round of selection of film projects in development that will participate this year in its well-established annual CineLink Co-Production Market. Seven titles finalise the roster with projects from established directors from Southeast Europe whose projects are in the advanced stages of development and financing.

The new batch of titles complements the first selection, announced in April, of seven film projects in the early development phase by first- and second-time filmmakers from the region. All selected projects will participate in CineLink Industry Days throughout the Sarajevo Film Festival from 12 to 17 August.

Amra Baksic Camo, Head of CineLink, said: “It is a great pleasure to see this year’s CineLink programme taking shape. Over the two phases of selection, we have encountered numerous projects that feature relevant narratives, and are expressions of brave voices and the variety of work going in in the regional film industry.”

CineLink Co-Production Market 2017 

Writer and Director: Kristijan Risteski 
Producer: Kristijan Risteski, Jovica Panovski 
Production company: Vertigo Visual 
Kristijan Risteski’s directing and producing credits include five feature-length, two medium-length and six short filmss, as well as two television series.

Writer and Director: Ivan Ikic 
Producer: Milan Stojanovic 
Production company: SENSE Production 
Ivan Ikić’s debut film Barbarians won a Special Jury Prize in the East of the West programme at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the Seyfi Teoman Award at the European Film Festival Palic and the Best Film Award at Crossing Europe Linz, and was screened at more than 30 international film festivals.

Writer and Director: Gabriel Achim 
Producer: Anca Puiu 
Production company: Mandragora Film 
Gabriel Achim wrote, produced and directed several short films that have been screened and won awards at national and international film festivals. His most recent feature film, The Last Day, had its premiere at the 2016 Transylvania International Film Festival in Cluj.

Director: Damjan Kozole 
Writers: Damjan Kozole, Urša Menart
Producer: Danijel Hocevar 
Production company: Vertigo
Damjan Kozole is a distinguished Slovenian filmmaker whose directing credits include the critically acclaimed "Spare Parts" (2003) and "Slovenian Girl" (2009), which was released worldwide, among others. "Spare Parts" was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Nightlife , Kozole’s ninth feature, had its premiere in the Official Competition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2016, where it won the Best Director Award. He is also the respected author of numerous documentary films. 

Directors: Siddiq Barmak, George Ovashvili
Writers: Siddiq Barmak, Guram Odisharia
Producer: George Ovashvili
Production company: Wagonnet, Arizona Productions
Georgia, France
Siddiq Barmak is a film director from Afghanistan. His debut feature film, OSAMA, won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004 after screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Barmak made his second feature-length film, OPIUM WAR, in 2008. 
George Ovashvili is a Georgian director, writer and producer. His first feature-length film, THE OTHER BANK, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in the Generations section in 2009, and won more than 50 international prizes. His second feature, CORN ISLAND, won the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2014, and was shortlisted for the Academy Aware for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015. 

Director: Slobodan Sijan 
Writers: Slobodan Sijan, Biljana Maksic, Vladimir Mančić
Producer: Marko Paljic 
Production company: Gargantua Films 
Slobodan Šijan is a film director, writer and a visual artist. He is the author of numerous experimental films and video works, and of several very popular Serbian feature-length films, as well as of a number of publications and books about film and visual culture. In 1996, the Academy of Film Art and Science pronounced his 1980 film "Who`s Singing Over There" (1980) the best Yugoslav film made in the last 50 years. 

Director: Konstantin Bojanov 
Writers: Konstantin Bojanov, Buku Sarkar 
Producers: Frederic Corvez, Konstantin Bojanov, Palmyre A. Badinier
Production companies: Urban Factory, Argentum Lux Films
Bulgaria, France, India 
Konstantin Bojanov is a filmmaker and a visual artist. His first feature film Ave, had its premiere in 2011 as a Critics’ Week selection at the Cannes Film Festival, and went on to win numerous awards. It was distributed theatrically and broadcast throughout Europe and South America. His latest film, Light Thereafter (2017) was premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival this year. 


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