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SARAJEVO 2017 Industry

CineLink to include projects by Vitkova, Komljen and Passalis


- Seven projects in early development have been selected for Sarajevo's CineLink

CineLink to include projects by Vitkova, Komljen and Passalis
Director Maya Vitkova

The Sarajevo Film Festival's co-production market, CineLink, has announced the first batch of projects that will take part in this year's edition.

Seven feature-film projects by first- and second-time directors from Southeast Europe will take part in a preparatory workshop designed to help with overall project development ahead of their presentation at the CineLink Industry Days from 12-17 August. 

These include Africa by Bulgaria's Maya Vitkova (Viktoria [+see also:
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), Desire Lines by Bosnia and Herzegovina's Dane Komljen (All the Cities of the North [+see also:
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), as well as The Dragon Has Come, the directorial debut by Greek actor Christos Passalis, best known for his role in Dogtooth [+see also:
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“Come August, we will have discovered over 35 projects of different film forms and at different stages of development and production, but it is always this first batch of projects to be selected that falls into the real ‘discovery’ category,” says Sarajevo's head of industry, Jovan Marjanović. “We look forward to spending time with them and helping to nurture and fine-tune their ideas before presenting their work to potential partners at the CineLink Co-production Market.”

Amra Bakšić Čamo, head of CineLink, added: “The selection is quite diverse in terms of topics and points of view, but all are authentic, passionate, witty and thought-provoking works from some of the most exciting emerging talents from our region.” 

Here is the first batch of CineLink projects announced:

AfricaMaya Vitkova (Bulgaria/Romania)
Producer: Maya Vitkova (Viktoria Films)
Co-producer: Anca Puiu (Mandragora)

Cat in the WallMina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova (Bulgaria)
Producers: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova (Activist38)

Desire LinesDane Komljen (Serbia/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Producers: Nataša Damnjanović, Vladimir Vidić (Dart Film)

The Dragon Has ComeChristos Passalis (Greece)
Producer: Maria Drandaki (Homemade Films)

The HiveEylem Kaftan (Turkey/Germany)
Producer: Said Nur Akkus (Pero Film)
Co-producers: Mehmet Aktas, Janna Heine (Mitosfilm)

Holy EmyAraceli Lemos (Greece)
Producers: Elina Psykou, Giulia Caruso, Konstantinos Vassilaros (StudioBauhaus)

Take Me Home Balazs Simonyi (Hungary)
Producers: Balazs Simonyi, Laszlo Jozsa, Monika Mecs (Speak Easy Project, M&M Film)

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