The Council of Europe has announced that, for the first time ever, it was a partner of the Sarajevo Film Festival (August 15 to 23) and sponsor of the “Heart of Sarajevo” award for best feature film. This year’s winner was the Croatian film “Buick Riviera” by director Goran Rušinović.
According to the press release, since 1988 the European Support Fund for the Coproduction and Distribution of Creative Cinematographic and Audiovisual Works, or Eurimages, has worked within the Council of Europe to promote the European film industry by encouraging the production and distribution of films and fostering cooperation between professionals. As of 2005, Bosnia and Herzegovina has also been a member of Eurimages.
“Being very active in southeastern Europe, the Council of Europe believes that, as a meeting point of the regional film industry, the Sarajevo Film Festival is a natural choice for promoting its activities, recognizing mutual goals to educate people through films, supporting artistic creation and the freedom of expression through film making, and promoting its values of cultural diversity and mutual respect.”
For more information, visit the festival website at www.sff.ba