Sarajevo winner of the inaugural Global Production award for the best “Film City”

The city of Sarajevo is the first winner of the Global Production award in the “Film City” category, which was awarded for the first time this year in Cannes! 

The winners of the awards established by the prestigious world film magazine Screen International to recognize outstanding work in support of film and TV production worldwide, were announced at a ceremony held on Monday evening during the Cannes Film Festival.

The Global Production Awards were awarded this year for the first time, and the jury of Screen International, one of the three professional publications with the largest distribution in the world, recognized Sarajevo as the best “Film City”.

With numerous applications, Sarajevo was shortlisted in this category with only three cities from around the world: Wellington (New Zealand), Calgary (Canada) and Trollhättan – Trollywood (Sweden).

“The awarding of the Global Production award is a great recognition for the efforts made and the achieved results in film production, first of all for Obala Art Center, as the holder of the application in front of the City of Sarajevo. This prestigious award is proof that Sarajevo is recognized as a center of film culture and that we, as a city, have decided that the creative industry and film will be the drivers of the city’s cultural, economic and social development”, said the mayor of Sarajevo, Benjamina Karić.

The Global Production Awards recognize organizations that have set high standards in the film and TV industry, including studios, production companies, film locations and other activities in the film industry.

“The Global Production award for Sarajevo is extremely significant: it means that the strategy for the development of the film and TV industry in the city is recognized as extremely high-quality. We are proud of this world recognition, I think it will be an incentive for institutions and the sector for even greater progress in the coming period”, said the director of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Jovan Marjanović.

The Global Production Awards highlight the best productions, exceptional and promising film locations, as well as works in the field of sustainable production and diversity.

The holder of the application for the Global Production awards in front of the City of Sarajevo is Obala Art Center, the management unit of the UNESCO City of Film Sarajevo.