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Bosnian film-maker Tanovic awarded EU prize at Cannes

Bosnian film-maker Tanovic awarded EU prize at Cannes
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Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic will be adding another prize to his trophy cabinet after this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Tanovic was presented with the EU’s Prix Media (Media Prize) for his film project entitled, “What are you looking at?” He shares the award with co-scriptwriter Predrag Kojovic and producer Amra Baksic Camo.

“For us it’s really important to be a member of the Media program because our budgets are so small and we’re forced to do co-productions with European countries. Without the Media Program, we wouldn’t be able to make the kind of films we do,” Tanovic told euronews.

The story of Tanovic’s film, which is in the early stages of development, is a drama spanning 20 years, set in Sarajevo.

The EU’s Commissioner for Culture Androulia Vassiliou told euronews: “I hear from the jury that it [the film] has a very good artistic content but also very good development and a distribution strategy.”

The EU Media Prize given to the best new film project eligible for support from the Creative Europe Media programme. The award provides funding for script development, casting, initial marketing and pilot production.