Sarajevo Film Academy (SFA) made the Forum program and the Generation selection of prestigious 68th Berlinale Film Festival. At this year's Berlinale, two talented former students of our Academy, André Gil Mata and Marta Hernaiz Pidal are premiering feature films in Forum program, along with director Guy Maddin, guest lecturer SFA had the privilege to welcome in Sarajevo in 2013.
This year, the Forum program will present 44 films, 35 of which are world premieres. Film The Tree by André Gil Mata is a story about an old man who just wants to forget the past and a boy who does not know how to handle his present. In 2016, André completed his DLA studies at SFA. Film Chaotic life of Nada Kadić directed by Marta Hernaiz Pidal is a story about a single mother who, upon realizing her daughter has autism spectrum symptoms, undertakes a trip around the Balkans to reconcile with her past and accept her new destiny. The film was produced by Cine Vendaval and supported by Sarajevo Film Academy. Young and talented filmmaker Marta is also a former student of Sarajevo Film Academy, where she completed her MFA studies. Let us recall that in 2016, Marta’s short film Dobro, produced by SFA and Cine Vendaval (Mexico), was selected to Cinéfondation program of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Aside of producing student film projects, Sarajevo Film Academy takes on special projects and unique stories with film professionals and friends from around the world. Thus, at 68th Berlinale SFA will be presenting its special project Snow for Water, a short film written and directed by acclaimed actor Christopher Villiers, produced by Sarajevo Film Academy and 2020 Productions Ltd, in cooperation with Prime Time. The film will have its international premiere at Generation KPlus program. Christopher’s work found itself among the 65 titles chosen by Generation program, out of the 2,000 films submitted this year. Snow for Water is his first film in a foreign language. It was shot entirely in Sarajevo, in Bosnian language, with an all local professional and non-professional cast.
We are proud and overjoyed to share the success of our former students and our friends.