As part of the 28th Sarajevo Film Festival, in Cineplexx Sarajevo, a discussion was held on the topic “Promotion of film incentives in Sarajevo Canton – example of ILLYRICVM”. The film ILLYRICVM by Simon Bogojević Narath is the first film created from the incentives of the Cantonal Government.
Edin Forto, Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton and Samir Avdić, Minister of Culture and Sports of Sarajevo Canton, spoke about the importance of introducing incentives for the City of Sarajevo and Sarajevo Canton. Producer Ankica Jurić-Tilić and producer Adis Đapo reflected on the importance of incentives for production companies in the region and the fact that it affects the benefit for the film itself. They pointed out that the introduction of these incentives has opened up additional opportunities for Sarajevo, and thus at the same time the awareness of the beauty and possibilities of Canton as a filming location is being strengthened.
Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton, Edin Forto: “Investing in the creative industry means investing in the field that will not exhaust our limited resources, talent is not water or wood. The talent of local artists came to the fore despite the negligence of the previous government. Although the data of all years were obvious – the Sarajevo Film Festival carries a good image for the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the pictures from Sarajevo that we send to the world every August are beautiful, they radiate optimism, the SFF fills the regional and state budget… We decided to stop another wrong practice – this year the Government of The Canton of Sarajevo allocated historical financial amounts as an incentive to the film industry and it will be like this in the future if we have the opportunity”.
Sarajevo Canton Minister of Culture and Sports, Samir Avdić: “This type of incentives is a modality that is used across the world. In recent years it is increasingly present in the countries of Southeast Europe, where the trend leaders are Croatia, Serbia and Hungary. Only three countries in the region did not have this type of incentive: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Moldova. With the new decisions of the current Sarajevo Canton Government and Sarajevo Canton Ministry of Culture and Sports, the plan for this year is not only to increase the existing amounts for the creative industry, but also to introduce completely new support mechanisms for this sector based on the best practices in Europe and the world. For financing and co-financing domestic production, this year we plan to allocate 1 million BAM, which is a larger amount than before, while 2 million BAM will be allocated in the Sarajevo Canton budget for incentive funds as a completely new way of supporting film and TV production. This allocation of 2 million BAM in the Sarajevo Canton budget is for the refund of 30% for the funds invested in the production of audiovisual content on the territory of the Sarajevo Canton from the private sector and foreign sources. Thanks to these incentives, the invested 2 million BAM will generate around 7 million BAM in the Sarajevo Canton from the private sector and foreign sources. With the teamwork of professional associations, professionals in the field, the rulebook was made, stating and explaining transparently and in great detail the criteria for the return of 30% of the funds invested in the production of film and TV content on the territory of the Sarajevo Canton.”
Sarajevo Film Festival Director, Jovan Marjanović: “The Sarajevo Film Festival, in addition to being a film festival, is a driver of the film industry development. Our goal is for Sarajevo to be a generator of production, to have a strong production sector, to be a place that will attract foreign investments and a place where the best practices will be promoted. The key element for attracting productions is the quality and offer of professional film and TV crews. In this regard the situation in Sarajevo is uneven. Talents in some segments of the creative industry are extremely good – especially when it comes to screenwriters, which is certainly positive for telling local stories in the future, but in some other segments the supply is insufficient due to the lack of experience. The incentives open up space for education, gaining professional experience, opening new jobs and opportunities for young professionals to stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”