SARAJEVO: Nine titles will compete for the Heart of Sarajevo award in the Competition Programme - Feature Film 2021 of the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival. The festival has also announced the selection for the other three competition programmes: documentary, short and student film. In all, 47 films will compete for awards at the festival running from 13 to 20 August 2021.

SARAJEVO: Cineplexx International opens its doors in Sarajevo on 17 June 2021 and will be one of the venues of the Sarajevo Film Festival starting this year.

SARAJEVO: All cinemas in Bosnia and Herzegovina are now open, since cinemas in Republika Srpska, which had closed on 21 March 2021, have now reopened. All the distributors should be back in business as well by the first week of June 2021.

SARAJEVO: Danis Tanović has started shooting his ninth film on 3 May 2021. A Ten in a Half is a Bosnian coproduction supported through the feature film production scheme Sarajevo City of Film for Global Screen, launched by the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Turkish Radio Television in 2016.

SARAJEVO: Aida Begić is currently in postproduction with her fourth feature film A Ballade, a Bosnian/French coproduction between Film House and Les Films de l'Après Midi, which was shot with interruptions, as the director, the DoP and the main actress got infected with COVID-19.

SARAJEVO: Vesna Ljubić, the first female director who made a feature film in Bosnia and Herzegovina, died of COVID-19 at the age of 82. Vesna Ljubić paved the way for Jasmila Žbanić, Aida Begić and all the other important females of Bosnian and Herzegovinian film industry.

SARAJEVO: The esteemed Bosnian editor Miralem Zubčević, best known for his work on Snow (Mamafilm, 2008) and Children of Sarajevo (Film House, 2012), both directed by Aida Begić and awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, died at his home in Sarajevo on 4 April 2021.

BANJA LUKA: The Government of Republika Srpska, the smaller part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, voted on 21 March 2021 to close all cinemas until further notice.

SARAJEVO: The 11th edition of Docu Rough Cut Boutique, the development platform of the Sarajevo Film Festival's Industry Section and Balkan Documentary Center, announced the selection of five projects that will go through intensive group and individual meetings with mentors before being presented during the CineLink Industry Days in August 2021.

SARAJEVO: The Bosnian and Herzegovinian film The White Fortress by Igor Drljača, which premiered at the 2021 Berlinale in the Generation 14plus programme, has been sold for worldwide distribution to the Rome-based sales agency TVCO.

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