Sarajevo presents the TV award
The Sarajevo Film Festival is increasing the visibility of television at its event this year with the introduction of a Heart of Sarajevo award specifically for series. The Heart of Sarajevo is the festival’s most important prize and is usually awarded to the winner of the film competition, with honorary hearts being awarded to the filmmakers. The series awards will cover several categories: Best Drama Series, Best Comedy, Best Series Creator (s), Best Actress, Best Actor and Rising Star. TV series and comedies created between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2021 from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Slovenia will be eligible for the prizes, which will be selected by online vote. Sarajevo has showcased regional TV series through its industry-driven CineLink program for years, while its Avant Premiere program featured early eps from people like Besa, Black Sun, The Group, The Paper, and Lake. “With the new television series awards, the festival honors the work and achievements of authors and producers of television series and confirms our commitment to be a place of discovery, development and promotion of high quality audiovisual content,” said Jovan Marjanović, Industry Manager, Sarajevo Film Festival.
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Sundance sets program in London
The 2021 Sundance Film Festival: London has unveiled its program, with 15 feature films making their way to the UK branch of the Park City fest. Festival opens with UK premiere of Edgar Wright documentary The Sparks Brothers and close with Janicza Bravo Zola. Also on the list: Sundance winner CODA; Mass; The nest; Human factors; Together together; Censor; Misha and the Wolves; Write with fire; The most beautiful boy in the world; In the same breath; First date ; and The flamboyant world. The event takes place at Picturehouse Central from July 29 to August 1.
Lars von Trier’s “The Kingdom” adds a cast
Lars Mikkelsen and Nikolaj Lie Kaas have joined the cast of Lars von Trier The kingdom, the third part of his hospital series which returns after a hiatus of more than 20 years. The duo join the previously announced cast including Bodil Jørgensen, Ghita Nørby, Nicolas Bro, Søren Pilmark and Peter Mygind. You can find more information about the series in our previous article here.
Dekanalog buys “dogs”
EXCLUSIVE: Gotham-based distributor Dekanalog picked up Romanian drama Dogs and added the title to its 2021 slate. The film has never had a deal with the United States before. It was presented for the first time in Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section in 2016. It follows a man who returns to the land he inherited from his grandfather. Determined to sell this vast but desolate property, he is warned by the local cop that his grandfather was a local crime lord and that his men will not let go. It was directed by Bogdan Mirica. Bac Films takes care of sales.