EU co-funded #SarajevoFilmFestival puts Western Balkans on the big screen

| August 15, 2019

On 16 August, the 25th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival, co-funded by the EU, will kick off in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, bringing together over 100,000 spectators and filmmakers to celebrate regional, European and international cinema at the biggest film festival of the region.

The European Union supports the thriving film scene of the Western Balkans through its Creative Europe MEDIA programme. So far, the programme mobilized €4.2 million for the production and distribution of films from Europe in the Western Balkans and vice-versa. Of over 30 film projects that have been realised with Creative Europe MEDIA, some have gone to win internationally acclaimed awards and prizes and reach audiences across the world.

EU support to culture aims to promote artistic quality, cultural diversity and exchange, but also recognises the positive impact of culture on economic growth and job creation. As most films today are co-produced between different countries, the film industry also helps deepen regional and European cooperation. This week’s Sarajevo film festival will again be a powerful demonstration of how arts and culture can promote dialogue and tolerance.

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