Dealing with the Past: 28th edition of Sarajevo Film Festival

In 2022, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Dialogue Southeast Europe is cooperating again with the Sarajevo Film Festival, following a successful partnership last year. For the 28th Festival edition, the FES SOE supports the Dealing with the Past Program, as a reaffirmation of commitment to an encompassing and respectful culture of remembrance.

Dealing with the Past program features two primary components, as a recuring part of the Festival. It will present authors who became famous with films about real events, as well as new authors who question the position of individuals whose lives have been marked by trauma from the recent past. The movie screenings within the Program are open to all interested audience, under the same terms as the rest of the Sarajevo Film Festival program, and all information on how to participate is available on the SFF website.

In addition to the movie screenings, Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Dialogue Southeast Europe in cooperation with Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), Forum Civil Peace Service – forum ZFD and USAID project PRO-Future are organizing once again programme In Youth Eyes: WESTERN BALKANS YOUTH TEAM which will gather youth from the Western Balkans to attend Sarajevo Film Festival and its “Dealing with the Past” program (DwP) and through their eyes tell the story of intercultural dialogue, youth cooperation, diversity and peace building.The program will welcome 25 youth participants to form the Western Balkans. The participants of the program will join workshops, classes and lectures, that will be related to reconciliation and peacebuilding.

Lastly, within the Dealing with the Past program, 28th edition of Sarajevo Film Festival features the True Stories Market, a  unique segment of the Festival, that connects filmmakers with organizations and individuals who document and research the 1990s armed conflicts in the region, and bring true stories to broader audiences. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Dialogue Southeast Europe helped to identify testimonials/materials/stories written by individuals or organizations, that could be used for developing a (documentary) film script, later to be realized. During the Festival program, the submissions that were chosen by the True Stories Market panel of judges were presented to the participants and other interested Festival attendees. One submission will be presented with an award aimed to facilitate the realization of the script into a movie. FES SOE is delighted to announce that this year we will also be sponsoring the award for True Stories Market.

We encourage all interested attendees of the festival to join us during the 28th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival, and invite you to attend the Dealing with the Past screenings.

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