CineLink Talks-Sarajevo Film Festival-featured

In collaboration with Documentary Campus and Screen International, Sarajevo Film Festival has announced its full CineLink Talks programme.

As part of its CineLink Industry Days programme, CineLink Talks will run via zoom from 15 to 21 August. The twelve 60-minute online events can be accessed via registering – HERE. All times are represented in CET.

August 15

  • Supply Chain Interrupted: A Regional Perspective – 16:00-17:00 – REGISTER
    • Speakers: Igor Stanković, MCF; Sanja Božić-Ljubičić, Pickbox; Christof Papousek, Cineplexx.
    • Moderator: Jovan Marjanović, Head of Industry, Sarajevo Film Festival.
    • The session will examine how Covid-19 has impacted the business models of content providers in the former Yugoslavia region, and whether more collaboration between the region’s key players is required.
  • Radical New Distribution Strategies – 19:00-20:00 – REGISTER
    • Speakers: Elhum Shakerifhar, producer and self-distributor; Hebe Tabachnik, producer, curator and distribution specialist; Karin Chien, leading distributor of independent, contemporary Chinese cinema, Jamie Dobie, Executive Director Peace is Loud.
    • Moderator: Paula Vaccaro, Producer and Scriptwriter, Pinball London
    • Radical changes are needed to dismantle unequal structures that inhibit access to audiences. How can the film sector empower transparency, a fuller spectrum of voices and new distribution pathways?

August 16

  • Netflix’s Unorthodox: A Case Study – 16:00-17:00 – REGISTER
    • Moderator: Wendy Mitchell, contributing editor, Screen International.
    • A masterclass presented by renowned German producer Henning Kamm on making Netflix’s Unorthodox. Kamm will discuss the inner workings of the show, and what it was like working with Netflix.
  • Can Platforms and TV Work Together? – 19:00-20:00 – REGISTER
    • Speakers: Ivar Køhn, Head of Drama at NRK; Carolina Bilbao, VP Programming and Development of Hemisphere TV, responsible for the Latinx OTT Pantaya; Alex Garcia, producer, creator and investor in Mubi, Morbido TV, Mowies, Slated, Umbra and Rappi, Diego Piasek, SVP International Development MGM International TV, Joyce Pierpoline, Producer, Pierpoline Films.
    • Moderator: Paula Vaccaro, Producer and Scriptwriter, Pinball London.
    • What’s at stake for OTT and TV, and what can each do to ensure a sustainable future for creators?

August 17

  • The Response of Southeast European Public Film Bodies to Covid-19 (presented by the Croatian Audio-Visual Centre) – 19:00-20:00 – REGISTER
    • Speakers: Sehad Čekić, Director, Film Centre Montenegro; Chris Marcich, Director, Croatian Audio-Visual Centre; Gordan Matić, Director, Film Centre Serbia
    • Moderator: Jovan Marjanović, Head of Industry, Sarajevo Film Festival.
    • With the region’s film industry slowly beginning to reopen, the session will examine how all segments of the business chain can be supported. Key questions are: will funding bodies push more money towards development? What kind of support do the exhibition and festival sectors need most? What practices have the regional film bodies in the former Yugoslavia adopted, and does the Covid-19 crisis require more collaboration from funding institutions?
  • Veena Sud: In Conversation – 19:00-20:00 – REGISTER
    • Moderator: Paula Vaccaro, Producer and Scriptwriter, Pinball London.
    • A masterclass with Veena Sud, iconic creator, showrunner and director (The Killing, Seven Seconds, The Stranger). She will discuss how the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, and gender have shaped her work, and the dance BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) artists do in an industry that is still dominated by white male filmmakers and their gaze.

August 18

  • Political Correctness, Freedom of Artistic Expression and Self-Censorship – 16:00-17:00 – REGISTER
    • Speakers: Dana Budisavljević, director; Srdan Golubović, director; Šejla Kamerić, artist; Damjan Kozole, director.
    • Moderator: Amra Bakšić Čamo, Head of CineLink.
    • The session will look at the complicated relationship between freedom of artistic expression and political correctness, especially in regions that have suffered recent trauma such as the former Yugoslavia. Are filmmakers having to self-censor?
  • Anti-Racism and White Supremacy: Will the Market Catch Up? – 19:00-20:00 – REGISTER
    • Speakers: Sarah-Tai Black, film programmer, arts curator, writer, and director of the Royal Cinema; Matthijs Wouter Knol, newly elected President of the European Film Academy and current director of the Berlinale’s European Film Market (EFM); Uzma Hasan, UK-based producer who champions diversity from the inception of her projects.
    • Moderator: Paula Vaccaro, Producer, Pinball London.
    • How can film and content creators push to dismantle Europe’s mainly white (and mainly male) stance? A panel with an anti-racist POV tackles the inherent racism in our markets, and an attempt to deliver a forward-thinking, honest vision of our values for the future.

August 19

Gender in Post-Yugoslav Cinema – 16:00-17:00 – REGISTER

  • Speakers: Lana Barić; Mirjana Karanović; Labina Mitevska;
  • Moderator: Vedrana Božinović.
  • A conversation among five female actors from the former Yugoslavia region that will focus on key questions in the film industry today. What kind of films do we make? Are there enough women’s stories? How does exploitation, both in front of and behind the camera, manifest itself in the regional film industry?

Imagining a Radically New Way to Curate and Review – 19:00-20:00 – REGISTER

  • Speakers: Kaleem Aftab, reviewer, curator, producer, and author of the official Spike Lee biography, That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It; Faridah Gbadamosi, writer, producer and filmmaker; Elma Tataragić, scriptwriter and curator; Bedatri Choudhury, writer and curator.
  • Moderator: Paula Vaccaro, Producer and Scriptwriter, Pinball London.
  • If gatekeeping starts with festivals and reviewers, how can we demand that selections understand intersectionality and a plurality of voices? The session will discuss how BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) film programmers and film reviewers are joining forces to support a shift of power.

August 20

  • ACE Interview with Bobby Allen – 16:00 – 17:00 – ON DEMAND
    • Moderator: Simon Perry, ACE
    • A career interview with Bobby Allen, senior vice president of content at MUBI, one of the fastest growing independent VOD platforms in the world, where he is responsible for all programming, content and editorial. He is also leading MUBI’s move into theatrical distribution and co-production. Before joining MUBI he was an independent film producer and the VP of sales and acquisition at Celluloid Dreams.
  • Honeyland: A Case Study (presented by Docu Rough Cut Boutique) – 19:00-20:00 – REGISTER
    • Speaker: Atanas Georgiev
    • Moderator: Martichka Bozhilova, producer, Agitprop
    • A CineLink Work in Progress project, Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s Honeyland is one of the greatest documentary successes from the Balkan region, having won two awards from the Sundance Film Festival and two Academy Award nominations – for Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature. Atanas Georgiev, who produced and edited the film, discusses the road to the Oscars from a distribution and marketing perspective, and reflects on creative decision-making during post-production and storytelling.