The Sarajevo Film Festival Special Award for Promoting Gender Equality was established by Sarajevo Film Festival last year as a continuation of the activities in which the Sarajevo Film Festival contributes to the establishment of women’s equality in the film industry.
Special Award for Promoting Gender Equality, sponsored by MasterCard®, is dedicated to the promotion of gender equality for debut films by female authors. Films and directors eligible for the Special Award for Promoting Gender Equality are not limited to Competition strands and include other programmes and territories as well, provided that the film is the director’s first feature film. Films coming from the following strands are eligible: Competition Programme – Feature Film, Competition Programme – Documentary Film, Kinoscope, Kinoscope Surreal and Dealing with the Past.
In the program of the 28th Sarajevo Film Festival, 11 films are competing for the Special Award for Promoting Gender Equality.
Nominees for this year Special Award for Promoting Gender Equality are: SIX WEEKS / HAT HÉT, Noémi Veronika Szakonyi (Competition Programme – Feature Film), THE ECLIPSE / FORMØRKELSEN, Nataša Urban (Dealing with the Past), BIGGER THAN TRAUMA / VEĆE OD TRAUME, Vedrana Pribačić, THE DIARY OF A BRIDE OF CHRIST / TSCHODENNYK NARECHENOI CHRISTA, Marta Smerechynska (Competition Programme – Documentary Film), HATCHING / PAHANHAUTOJA, Hanna Bergholm, HUESERA, Michelle Garza Cervera (Kinoscope Surreal), AFTERSUN, Charlotte Wells, ROBE OF GEMS, Natalia Lopez, I HAVE ELECTRIC DREAMS / TENGOS SUENOS ELECTRICOS, Valentina Maurel, THE WORST ONES / LES PIRES, Romane Gueret, Lise Akoka, WAR PONY, Gina Gammell, Riley Keough (Kinoscope).
Jury members who will serve on the Sarajevo Film Festival Jury – Special Award for Promoting Gender Equality at the 28th Sarajevo Film Festival: director, video artist and researcher Marta Popivoda, director Selma Spahić and producer and writer Miguel Valverde.
Sarajevo Film Festival and MasterCard® are organizing the panel “Female Solidarity In Film Industry: How To Get There?” as part of the CineLink Talks, conference part of the Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry programme. The panel will take place in Hotel Europe, on August 18, from 16:00 to 17:00 CET. Through the lenses of director, producer, and casting director, we gathered powerful female voices from different backgrounds, generations and experiences to navigate how female solidarity in the film industry can be achieved. The panel will welcome directors Teona Mitevska (MK) and Marta Popivoda (RS), producer Anamaria Antoci (RO) and casting director Timka Graho (BA). The talk will be moderated by Amra Bakšić Čamo, producer and Head of CineLink.