This international cultural event, held for the first time in 1995 at the height of the siege of the Bosnian capital, seeks to support and further regional cinema and authors. It will run from 6 to 14 July 2012 .
Short and full-length films by young directors from Eastern and Southern Europe are screened at the Festival, together with independent productions. The festival is a professional platform for the seventh art in a region where the Council of Europe is very active. The issues addressed by the contending works quite often tie in with the values upheld by the Organisation. Many are furthermore co-financed by the Council of Europe’s Eurimages support fund for European cinema.
For the 4th consecutive year, the Council of Europe is lending its support to the Sarajevo Film Festival. A series of “Council of Europe events” will be organised besides screenings.
2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s accession to the Council of Europe. Working through conventions, legal texts and other forms of assistance to its member states, the Organisation takes this opportunity to raise awareness among all generations of the Festival’s audience, that membership has a positive impact on many unexpected aspects of their daily life.