‘Still Life’ writer-director Sebastian Meis will preside over the Sarajevo Film Festival

Austrian writer-director Sebastian Meis has been elected chairman of the jury at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival. He will be joined on the jury by screenwriter and producer Lucil Hadzihalilovich, writer-director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovich, actor Milan Marich and international co-production producer and senior consultant Cattrell Skory.

Meise co-founded the Viennese production company Frabutter Film and won several awards before her acclaimed first feature film Still Life premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. His other achievements include Documentary Outing and Great Freedom, the latter of which won the Cannes Jury Award for Uncertain Regard and the Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Feature Film and Best Actor (George Frederick).

Hadžihalilović’s first mini-feature, La Bouche De Jean-Pierre, premiered at the Cannes Ann Sartre Regard in 1996, and other hits on the International Film Festival circuit include Innocence, Evolution, and his latest film, Yarwig.

Alamat Kusijanovic, of Croatian descent, made headlines last year when he premiered his first feature, Mourinho, which premiered on Directors Fortnight. The title, produced by Martin Scorsese, won the Camera D’Or Award for Best Newcomer.

Serbian actor Marich has starred in films such as The Man Who Defended Gavrilo Princip, A Good Wife, Humidity, Dovlatov and Tomar. He won the Best Young Actor award at the 40th Moscow International Film Festival for his role in Dovlatov.

Israeli producer Skori has been making films for over 25 years and has produced more than 150 films and television shows. He is the executive director of the Israel Film Fund and his films have received four Oscar nominations in the foreign film category, as well as the Golden and Silver Lions in Venice and the Bears in Berlinale.

“I have always had a personal connection with the Sarajevo Film Festival and I am deeply honored to be a part of the jury this year,” said Mess. “Sarajevo is a special place and the unique founding spirit of the festival is ubiquitous here. It is a deep humanitarian belief that what the film can do is not politics – it unites people.”

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