Now reaching its 28th edition, the Sarajevo Film Festival (running 12-19 August) has announced its competition sections, where 51 films will vie for the Heart of Sarajevo awards. The individual competition sections — for feature, documentary, fiction short, and student work — will be composed of 21 world, seven international, one European, 21 regional, and one national premieres.
The feature competition will number eight titles, down from 10 the previous year, and be split evenly between world and regional premieres as well as having a majority of female filmmakers. A Ballad by Aida Begić, the festival’s most notable Bosnian world premiere, is featured in this section, after being developed through the festival’s CineLink Industry Days. The film features a nice meta-element, where an unambitious housewife and mother returns to the town she grew up in, and upon learning a film is being shot in her neighbourhood, decides to audition. The Best Feature Film Prize will be an award in the amount of €16,000, co-sponsored by the Tourism Association of Canton Sarajevo.