At this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival, which was held online from 14th to 21st August, on the platforms ondemand.sff.ba, cinelinkindustrydays.com and talentssarajevo.com, there were 250 employees, 320 media representatives, 1536 guests from 47 countries and over 130,000 viewers from 59 world countries.
A total of 187 films from 56 countries were screened, of which 64 had their world premieres and 8 had international premieres. 49 films were in the competition programmes, of which 29 were world premieres.
There were 5 Masterclass talks: with director Michel Hazanavicius, actress Bérénice Bejo, director Michel Franco – winner of the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo and guest of the Tribute to programme, actor Mads Mikkelsen – winner of the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo and director Rithy Panh. 13 panel discussions were organized with leading professionals within the CineLink Talks, 15 webinars were held for young film professionals, and more than 800 meetings related to cooperation on the realisation of 49 new film projects were presented at the CineLink.
The festival opened with the world premiere of Pjer Žalica’s film “Focus, Grandma”, which was watched by almost 14,000 viewers from 42 world countries in the two hours since the screening began.