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1897

The first traveling cinema visits Sarajevo from 27 July to 8 August.

1907

The first stationary cinema Apolo screens foreign documentaries and feature films.

1910

Establishment of the first domestic distribution and screening company Taumatograf.

1913

Antun Valić, pioneer of cinematography in BiH, produces the first domestic documentary films.

1936

The first domestic short feature film Love in Sarajevo by directors Nikola Drakulić and Edo Ljubić.

1946

Establishment of the public film company Kinema for film production, distribution and screening.

1947

Establishment of the public film company Bosna Film for feature film and documentary film production.

1950

Establishment of the Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

1951

The first feature film Major Bauk by director Nikola Popović.

1951

Establishment of the film studio Bosna film – Jagomir. 

1953

Establishment of the film company Studio Film for documentary film distribution.

1960

Establishment of the film company Sutjeska Film for short film production.

1969

The Yugoslav WW2 partisan film The Battle of Neretva by director Veljko Bulajić premieres in Sarajevo. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

1972

The film Valter Defends Sarajevo by director Hajrudin Krvavac is one of the most popular Yugoslav WW2 partisan films.

1981

Silver Lion for Best First Film for Do You Remember Dolly Bell? by director Emir Kusturica at the Venice International Film Festival.

1981

Establishment of the Academy of Performing Arts with the Department of Acting.

1985

Palme d’Or for Best Film for When Father Was Away on Business by director Emir Kusturica at the Cannes Film Festival.

1989

Best Director Award for the film Time of the Gypsies by director Emir Kusturica at the Cannes Film Festival.

1989

Establishment of the Department of Directing at the Academy of Performing Arts.

1992-1995

In besieged Sarajevo documentary films are made about everyday life under siege.

1994

Establishment of the public institution Archive of Bosnia and Herzegovina for archive, research and screening activities.

1994

The Department of Dramaturgy established at the Academy of Performing Arts.

1995

The Sarajevo Film Festival is launched close to the end of the four-year siege of the city.

1996

Opening of the Meeting Point Cinema, the first post-war art house cinema.

2002

Oscar for Best Foreign Languge Film for No Man’s Land by director Danis Tanović.

2002

Establishment of the Film Fund Sarajevo.

2003

Silver Leopard for the film Fuse by director Pjer Žalica at the Locarno International Film Festival.

2003

The Sarajevo Film Festival launches CineLink Industry Days as a regional hub for film professionals in Southeast Europe.

2003

The Association of Filmmakers in BiH launches the BH Film Festival under the umbrella of the Sarajevo Film Festival.

2004

Tiger Award for the film Summer in the Golden Valley by director Srđan Vuletić at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

2006

Golden Bear for the film Grbavica by director Jasmila Žbanić at the Berlin International Film Festival.

2008

Critics’ Week Grad Prix for the film Snow by director Aida Begić at the Cannes Film Festival.

2009

Establishment of the public company Film Centre Sarajevo as a legal successor of the former Yugoslav companies Bosna Film, Studio Film and Sutjeska Film.

2009

The first multiplex cinema Cinema City opens in Sarajevo.

2010

Establishment of the Department of Production and Management at the Academy of Performing Arts.

2010

Establishment of the first private film school Sarajevo Film Academy.

2012

Un Certain Regard Special Distinction of the Jury for the film Children of Sarajevo by director Aida Begić at the Cannes Film Festival.

2013

Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear and Bast Actor Silver Bear for the film An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker by director Danis Tanović at the Berlin International Film Festival.

2019

The Sarajevo Film Festival has grown into one of the best film festivals in Europe. The 25th anniversary edition of the Festival attracts over 100,000 festival goers and over 2,000 film professionals.

2019

Museum Valter Defends Sarajevo opens, dedicated to the 1972 cult film of the same name.

2019

Sarajevo designated as a UNESCO City of Film.