Magazine article Screen International

Sarajevo Selects 2017 CineLink Drama Projects

Magazine article Screen International

Sarajevo Selects 2017 CineLink Drama Projects

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Six projects selected for second edition of festival industry event.

Returning in 2017, Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink Drama strand has selected six projects for its second edition.

Showcasing television series in development, the aim of the initiative is to bolster regional TV production.

The projects will be shown to European and regional broadcasters, VoD and SVoD Operators, and will include an open pitch session followed by one-on-one meetings.

This year will also see the introduction of a new development award - a [Euro]10,000 cash prize sponsored by Film Centre Serbia.

The jury awarding the prize will consist of Meinolf Zurhorst, Tatjana Andersson and Giacomo Durzi, who will select the most promising project out of the six chosen.

Jovan Marjanović, Sarajevo’s head of industry, commented: “We were excited to get so many submissions for the new drama series. The projects that have been selected promise to bring a new chapter to regional screens. The potential is obviously there, and so is the interest from the broadcasters. We want CineLink Drama to be a must-attend event for everybody in the business of quality TV drama in this region.”

Boban Jevtić, general manager of Film Centre Serbia, added: “The success of last year’s CineLink Drama platform at the Sarajevo Film Festival has motivated Film Centre Serbia to enthusiastically take part in the early stages of this initiative. With clear expectations for a bright future for the CineLink Drama platform, Film Centre Serbia strives to stimulate, quicken and facilitate the harmonising of any support mechanism that deal with joint production of television series in the Southeast European region. …

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