The 16th edition of Talents Sarajevo welcomes 61 up-and-coming actors, cinematographers, directors, editors, producers, screenwriters, and film critics from Southeast Europe and the Southern Caucasus during the 28th Sarajevo Film Festival.
This year, participants of Talents Sarajevo hail from 16 of the 20 eligible nations, including Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, and Ukraine. A total of 346 applications were submitted, with the largest number coming from Greece, Romania, and Turkey. Numbers of 2022 participants by country are more evenly distributed than in recent years, with between one and seven Talents from each nation.
Talents Sarajevo 2022, titled Dis/Content, continues to offer its participants access to a variety of master classes, lectures, seminars, discussions, hands-on workshops, and film screenings throughout the Sarajevo Film Festival. It comprises eight modules, mentored by renowned international industry experts: Directors Summit, Producers Summit, Acting Studio, Camera Studio, Editing Studio, Pack&Pitch, Script Station, and Talent Press. In addition to bringing young filmmakers together for training sessions and networking opportunities, the platform also introduces participants to the work of established film professionals, informs them about current trends and issues in the industry, and introduces them to the international filmmaking community.
Launched in 2006 in cooperation with the Berlin International Film Festival and Berlinale Talents initiative, Talents Sarajevo transformed into the main regional hub for aspiring film professionals. It is a member of Talents International network which includes similar initiatives in Tokyo, Beirut, Guadalajara, Durban, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro.