Talents Sarajevo accompanying the 27th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival will welcome 56 up-and-coming directors, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers, editors and film critics from 14 countries of Southeast Europe and the Southern Caucasus.
This year, participants come from 14 of the 19 eligible nations, namely: Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. Numbers of 2021 participants by country are more evenly distributed than in recent years, with between one and eight Talents from each nation, the only exception being Romania with 12 participants total. Talents Sarajevo 2021, titled BRAVE, continues to offer its participants access to a variety of master classes, lectures, seminars, discussions, hands-on workshops, and film screenings throughout the Sarajevo Film Festival. Led by renowned international industry experts, dedicated modules for different crafts, as well as the Pack&Pitch and Script Station project development labs, provide a tailored approach to mentoring regional talents. Launched in 2006 in cooperation with the Berlin International Film Festival and Berlinale Talents initiative, Talents Sarajevo transformed into the main regional hub for aspiring film professionals. It is a member of Talents International network which includes similar initiatives in Tokyo, Beirut, Guadalajara, Durban, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro. In addition to bringing young filmmakers together for training sessions and networking opportunities, the platform also introduces participants to the work of established film professionals, informs them about current trends and issues in the industry, and introduces them to the international filmmaking community.