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SARAJEVO 2019 CineLink Industry Days

CineLink reveals first batch of Co-Production Market and Drama projects

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- Eight features in early development and five drama-series projects will take part in a preparatory workshop this month before their final presentation at Sarajevo in August

CineLink reveals first batch of Co-Production Market and Drama projects
Director Yorgos Zois, who has been selected for the CineLink Co-Production Market with Third Kind

The Sarajevo Film Festival's industry section has announced the first batch of projects selected for its Co-Production Market and CineLink Drama segments.

Of the eight feature-film projects in the Co-Production Market line-up, three hail from Turkey and two from Romania, while the Drama section features two Croatian projects and the first one ever to come from Kosovo. 

“If we look at the current market for drama series in our region, we see that the money is there and the distribution platforms are there, but the quality is not yet there,” says Jovan Marjanović, Sarajevo's head of Industry. “We see the drama business increasingly becoming like the independent film business, which, among other things, means that the development phase is key for reducing quality risk. This is where we see CineLink's role at the moment – we can help make the shows better through the dedicated work of our consultants and mentors. What we have in front of us in the five projects selected for CineLink Drama 2019 is pretty good already, and we are certain that once ready, these shows will define what quality drama series in Southeast Europe mean.” 

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Head of CineLink Amra Bakšić Čamo says: “The selection represents the voices of a new generation that demands to be heard through strong, gripping cinematic storytelling. Though diverse in terms of points of view and authenticity, there is a common trait of questioning one’s identity, which is a concern for many generations across Europe. The projects are witty, passionate and thought-provoking, and they come from some of the most exciting emerging talent from our region.”

The projects will take part in a preparatory workshop to fine-tune their development in April, ahead of their presentation at CineLink Industry Days at the Sarajevo Film Festival, from 19-22 August. 

The list of projects is below – for more details, click here

CineLink Co-Production Market selection:

The Anatolian Panther (Turkey)
Director, writer: Orçun Köksal
Producer: Enes Erbay
Production company: Teferruat Film

The Great Adventure (Romania)
Director, writer: Cecilia Șefănescu
Producer: Bogdan Crăciun
Production company: Libra Film Productions

Like a Limbless Tree (Turkey)
Director: Tunç Davut
Writers: Sinem Altındağ, Tunç Davut
Producer: Sinem Altındağ
Production company: Tekhne Films

Pula (Croatia)
Director: Andrej Korovljev
Writer: Ivan Turkovic Krnjak
Producer: Dijana Mladenović
Production company: Kinematograf

Sirin (Montenegro/France)
Director: Senad Šahmanović
Writers: Claudia Bottino, Senad Šahmanović
Producers: Veliša PopovićJean-Christophe Barret
Production companies: Cut-Up, Alliance De Production Cinématographique

Third Kind (Greece)
Director: Yorgos Zois
Writers: Yorgos Zois, Yorgos Kozanitas
Producers: Antigoni RotaStelios Cotionis 
Production companies: Squared Square, Foss Productions

Those Who Whistle After Dark (Turkey/USA)
Director: Pinar Yorgancioglu
Writers: Pinar Yorgancioglu, Emre Gulcan
Producer: Sarah Seulki Oh
Production company: Oh Picture Co.

Victus (Romania)
Director, writer: Andrei Tanase
Producer: Irena IsbasescuAnamaria Antoci
Production company: Domestic Film

CineLink Drama selection:

548 (Kosovo)
Creators: Triera Kasumi BerishaBlerta Zeqiri
Directors: Blerta Zeqiri, Lendita ZeqirajIzer Aliu
Writers: Keka Kreshnik Berisha, Blerta Zeqiri, Lendita Zeqiraj, Izer Aliu
Producers: Triera Kasumi Berisha, Keka Kreshnik Berisha
Production company: Dynamic LLC

The Counsellor (Croatia)
Creator: Višnja Skorin
Director: Sara Hribar
Writers: Višnja Skorin, Sandra Antolić
Producer: Lado Skorin
Production company: 3d2d Animatori

Home (Croatia)
Creator, writer: Daria Keršić
Director: TBC
Writer: Daria Keršić
Producers: Nebojša TarabaMiodrag Sila
Production company: Drugi Plan

Sabre (Serbia)
Creators, directors, writers: Goran StankovićVladimir Tagić
Additional writer: Maja Pelević
Producer: Snežana van Houwelingen
Production company: This And That Productions

Snow (Austria)
Creator, writer: Michaela Taschek
Directors: Barbara AlbertSandra Wollner
Producer: Ursula Wolschlager
Production company: Witcraft Filmproduktion

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