Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) started in 1995 during the siege of Sarajevo and military aggression of Yugoslavia on Bosnia and Herzegovina. From that period, the SFF welcomes domestic and international actors and filmmakers to Sarajevo.
Modern Sarajevo Film Festival attracts more than 100.000 people each year on its projections from more than 60 countries worldwide.
Most projections are held in the National Theatre, the location of the film festival red carpet, and the main location in the heart of the Sarajevo.
SFF is the international film festival with the main focus on south-eastern European productions (Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey).
The Sarajevo Festival was host to some of the most popular persons today, such as Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Daniel Craig, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Steve Buscemi, Bono Vox, Mickey Rourke, Michael Moore, Gerard Depardieu, Gillian Anderson, Kevin Spacey and many others.
Tim Roth with the hart of Sarajevo on 25th SFF in 2019.
Robert De Niro opened the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival at the National Theatre in 2016.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on 17th SFF red carpet in 2011.
Danis Tanović’s No Man’s Land was the winner of the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2001 and also won an Oscar in the US the same year as the best foreign movie. The Best Movie Award of SFF was named “The Heart of Sarajevo”.
You may see official awards by year on IMDB website.
The SFF has several programs during the festival, such as:
- Competition – Official competition for most movie projections,
- Talents Sarajevo – Program designed to promote young talents from the region,
- Open Air – Watch movies on several open-air locations in city,
- European Shorts – Featuring short movies from Europe,
- BH Film – Promoting domestic cinematography.
There are other programs such as CineLink Industry Days, In Focus, Tribute to, Summer Screen projections, Children and teen programs, Dealing with the past and human rights day as well.
Heart of Sarajevo
The hart of Sarajevo was the official award since 2004, the 10th anniversary of the Sarajevo Film Festival. Its shape has been in informal circulation since the very beginning of the festival.
The Heart of Sarajevo was designed by French fashion designer Agnès Andrée Marguerite Troublé, a friend and patron of the Sarajevo Film Festival.
The Heart of Sarajevo is awarded for the best feature film, best actress and actor and best short and documentary film during the festival.