Poland is this year's CineLink Partner Country
by Vladan Petkovic
- Sarajevo Film Festival's co-production market CineLink has announced that this year's partner country is Poland
CineLink, the co-production market of the Sarajevo Film Festival, which takes place in the final days of the festival that takes place between August 14-22, has announced its partner country for this year: Poland.
The initiative has been running for more than a decade now, aimed at systematically strengthening the working relationship between the Southeastern European film industry and its international counterparts. This year’s partnership coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Polish Film Institute.
A delegation of approximately 15 Polish producers and distributors will be present at CineLink, where they will meet with colleagues from Southeastern Europe.
A special presentation of the Polish film industry will also take place, and Robert Balinski, co-production expert at the Polish Film Institute, will speak about co-producing in the digital world at the Regional Forum.
Izabela Kiszka-Hoflik, head of international relations at the Polish Film Institute, says: "The Polish film landscape has significantly changed through the last ten years: we produce more, we participate as a co-producer more often and the number of the cinema admissions is higher then ever. And we believe we have much to offer not only to Western Europe but also to the Balkan countries whose artistic strength we admire. I’m proud to present our delegation to the international industry in Sarajevo and very much looking forward to our future collaboration."
"It's a pleasure to be able to invite the Polish delegation to discover what our region has to offer in terms of talent, creativity and co-production experience," says head of CineLink Amra Bakšić Čamo. "We might be based in different parts of Europe, but we operate in the same industry and a more and more borderless digital film world. We look forward to discussing our shared challenges, as well as to exploring the shared opportunities that we know are out there. Our hope is to help lay the foundation for long-term collaborations, and we really look forward to seeing what the next few years will bring."
Previous partner countries are the UK (2014), Germany (2013 and 2005), France (2012), Switzerland (2011), Israel (2010), Sweden (2009), Ireland (2008), Cine Regio (2007), The Netherlands (2006), and Austria (2004).