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Festival In Focus: How Sarajevo Film Festival’s Industry Strand Is Shaping Balkan Talent To Meet The Global Demands Of Film & TV

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It may be Maša Marković’s first year as head of industry at the Sarajevo Film Festival, but for the long-time festival staffer, it’s business as usual.CineLink Industry Days has long been considered the leading industry hub for Southeast European film professionals and has played a critical role in shaping talent and expanding content and co-productions in the region.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of its co-production market, which presents ten of the most promising feature film projects in development from the region and, says Marković, this year’s strand is better than ever.“We really focus heavily on the quality of projects and what we can co-create,” she says. “That’s been our focus for a really long time, and this is why our place in the European market is very important because it’s really focused on a high level of curation.”The industry strand prides itself in facilitating burgeoning voices and building them from the ground up.

Throughout the years, it has carefully created an ecosystem where the potential journey for talent can start by networking and building contacts at the event, then pitch in its co-production market and, at the next stage, travel to its works-in-progress section before a hopeful festival premiere.“It’s so important to us that we follow these talents in the early stages of their career and support them during the five or six most important years of their careers,” says Marković, of the market, which is launched in cooperation with the Doha Film Institute and takes a guest project from the MENA region as a result.Six years ago, the festival launched its CineLink Drama section, a co-financing forum which presents six high-end drama series in development from the region to key European

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