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The Sarajevo Film Festival announces the titles in its new TV series competition


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The Sarajevo Film Festival announces the titles in its new TV series competition
The shows vying for the Hearts of Sarajevo for TV Series this year

The upcoming 27th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival will add the Hearts of Sarajevo for TV Series to its awards list, thus shining the spotlight on top-quality regional television series together with their creators and performers. Sixteen TV series from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Slovenia that were premiered between 1 September 2019 and 31 May 2021 have been nominated by the festival's selection committee. Awards will be handed out in the following six categories: Best Drama Series, Best Comedy, Best Series Creator(s), Best Actress, Best Actor and Rising Star.

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For several years, the Sarajevo Film Festival has already been focusing on audiovisual content through its CineLink Drama section, while the Avant Premiere programme exclusively presents premieres of episodes of various series from the region. “We follow regional TV series from their inception, like an idea on paper, to their premiere. Our goal is to help ‘export’ regional series to the international market, connect producers with international players, and bring regional content to global platforms or the programmes of television networks around the world,” Jovan Marjanović, head of Industry, explains.

Serbia’s The Group and The Family from the Best Drama Series category have five nominations apiece, followed by Slovenia’s The Lake, Croatia’s The Paper – Season 3, and The Clan (Serbia), with four nominations each. The most-nominated TV comedy is Croatia’s Black & White World – Season 4, vying for three awards.

A jury of several hundred film and television professionals from the territory of the former Yugoslavia will be deciding on the winners through an online voting system. The Hearts of Sarajevo for TV Series will be announced during the awards ceremony of the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival, which will take place from 13-20 August 2021.

The nominees are as follows:

Best Drama
The Group (Serbia)
Creators: Uroš Tomić, Dragan Đurković

The Lake (Slovenia)
Creator: Matevž Luzar

The Clan (Serbia)
Creator: Slobodan Skerlić

Bones (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Serbia)
Creator: Nikola Pejaković

The Paper – Season 3 (Croatia)
Creators: Ivica Đikić, Nebojša Taraba, Miodrag Sila, Dalibor Matanić

The Family (Serbia)
Creator: Bojan Vuletić

Tycoon (Serbia)
Creator: Đorđe Milosavljević

Best Comedy
Black & White World – Season 4 (Croatia)
Creators: Goran Kulenović, Igor Mirković

Big Perica's Diary (Croatia)
Creator: Albino Uršić

Mom and Dad Are Playing War (Serbia)
Creator: Gordan Kičić

Golden Days (Serbia)
Creator: Gordan Mihić

Best Series Creator(s)
Uroš Tomić and Dragan Đurković – The Group
Bojan Vuletić – The Family
Matevž Luzar – The Lake
Ivica Đikić, Nebojša Taraba, Miodrag Sila and Dalibor Matanić – The Paper - Season 3
Slobodan Skerlić – The Clan
Dragan Bjelogrlić – Black Sun - Season 2 (Serbia)
Albino Uršić – Big Perica's Diary

Best Actress
Jasna Đuričić – The Group
Jovana Stojiljković – South Wind (Serbia)
Mirjana Karanović – The Family
Nada Šargin – The Mould (Serbia)
Nika Rozman – The Lake
Olga Pakalović – The Paper - Season 3
Tihana Lazović – Tycoon
Jelena Miholjević – Black & White World - Season 4

Best Actor
Boris Isaković – The Family
Dragan Bjelogrlić – Tycoon
Feđa Štukan – The Clan
Filip Đurić – The Group
Goran Bogdan – Underneath (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia)
Jovo Maksić – Bones
Sebastian Cavazza – The Lake
Zdenko Jelčić – The Paper - Season 3

Rising Star
Aleksandar Dimitrijević – The Clan
Ivana Zečević – The Group
Jana Bjelica – The Family
Kaja Šišmanović – Black & White World - Season 4
Petar Petkovski – The Family Markovski - Season 2 (North Macedonia)

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