For the past few years, Sarajevo Film Festival, one of Europe’s most prestigious yearly film events, has played host to the International Casting Directors Network’s annual award ceremony. This year, due to travel restrictions and safety measures under COVID-19, accolades will be handed out in a special online ceremony, featuring special guests and other surprises, on Thursday, August 20th, 2020.
ICDN’s Award for Best Casting was established in 2016 as the first-ever international prize for best casting of a feature film, spotlighting the essential role and extraordinary achievements of casting directors in the filmmaking process.
While some progress has been made in recent years, such as the prestigious Best Casting BAFTA, casting directors are the sole department heads whose names appear in the main titles of a film without any recognition at most of the top award ceremonies (such as the Oscars or David di Donatello Awards). Yet, without them, many films would never get made—much less possess the chemistry and brilliance of an artfully assembled cast.
As ICDN Executive Board Member Lana Veenker noted, “Good casting requires exquisite taste and judgment, intuition, inspiration, curiosity, an encyclopedic knowledge of actors, and an ability to think outside the box. It commands powerful directing skills to draw out nuanced performances, and the diplomacy and tact to play intermediary between creative and financial interests. Casting directors are advocates for actors they believe in, and for artistic choices that bring the whole ensemble together. We are thrilled to announce these nominees, representing the best of our profession, and to celebrate their achievements.”