Doha Film Institute (DFI) and Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) will partner on a number of new initiatives at their respective festivals to increase and strengthen connections between Arab and European cinema.
DFI has curated a selection of films from the Arab world to be shown at the ongoing Sarajevo Film Festival (August 16-24) as part of the partnership. The films include Mahdi Fleifel’s A World Not Ours (UK/Lebanon/Denmark; 2012) and Ahd’s Sanctity (Saudi Arabia; 2012).
A delegation of DFI representatives headed by DFI CEO Abdulaziz Al Khater, will attend SFF and a recipient of funding from DFI’s grant programme will take part in CineLink Co-Production Market, Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry platform.
SFF will promote Southeast European filmmaking with a presentation of three films from its official 2013 programme at the Qumra Film Festival, Doha in March next year.
Finally, DFI will curate three recent works by Arab filmmakers at next year’s Sarajevo Film Festival and again invite recipients of DFI grants to participate in the CineLink Co-Production Market. Al Khater said, “As we at DFI continue to shape our two new festivals – the Ajyal Film Festival for the Young and the Qumra Film Festival, Doha – we are focusing on forming new partnerships with like-minded organisations.”
DFI will curate three recent works by Arab filmmakers at next year’s SFF and again invite recipients of DFI grants to participate in the CineLink Co-Production Market.
Mirsad Purivatra, Sarajevo Film Festival Director, hoped that the partnership with DFI will open a new horizon, allowing both to bring new inspiration to the audiences and filmmakers.
“The Sarajevo Film Festival is devoted to supporting and developing regional cinema and its audience. We wish to discover young film talents and help them step in the world of film industry. Being a part of very diverse film traditions and culture of the territory that we call our region, our festival is vivid and resonates with many different voices.”