Baščaršija declared a Treasure of European film culture

During 2024, Sarajevo’s Baščaršija will, on the proposal of the Association of Film Workers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, be declared the new Treasure of European film culture, which will finally put Bosnia and Herzegovina on the map of the most important film locations in Europe.

This is a significant recognition for Bosnian cinematography, for Sarajevo, but also for the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina, because only a few countries in the region have this rare recognition.

With this award, the European Film Academy celebrates important places for European cinema, places of historical importance that should be maintained and protected, not only now, but also for generations to come.

“We are delighted to announce eight more unforgettable places as treasures of European film culture for people to visit. It is especially nice that we can add several countries that were previously missing from the treasure map: Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland”,  says Pascal Edelmann, Head of the European Film Heritage Department at the European Film Academy.

The Association of Film Workers says that the reason why they proposed Baščaršija for this prestigious award from the European Film Academy is the importance of this place, where more than 20 films, both from Bosnia and Herzegovina and foreign productions, were shot.

“Some of the first, but also some of the most important domestic films contain scenes filmed in Baščaršija, so we are happy that the importance of Sarajevo’s Baščaršija for European cinematography was also recognized by the European Film Academy”,  the Association announced.

Among the eight new treasures, which will join the 41 European locations that already have this special distinction, are larger areas such as Sarajevo’s Baščaršija, Scheibler Lofts in Księży Młyn in Łódź (Poland) and the picturesque port of Corricella on the Italian island of Procida.

The Academy will also declare special buildings such as the beautiful Palatsi cinema hall in Tampere (Finland), the Koningshaven bridge in Rotterdam and the Swiss steamship “Schiller”, one of the ships that cross Lake Lucerne, as European Film Treasures. Finally, there are two historic film studios joining the list: Gamla Filmstaden in Sweden and Filmparken in Jaar, Norway.

The treasure of European film culture is part of the expanded activities of the European Film Academy in the field of film heritage, which began in 2022. The new Department for European Film Heritage has since launched a network of national film academies, cinematheques and film archives dedicated to the support and promotion of the classics of our continent.

The activities of this Department also include the “In Memoriam” section at the European Film Awards, which was held for the first time at the 2022 award ceremony and commemorates and honors deceased colleagues from European cinematography, reports