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EDN Talent Grant 2017 Presented to Serbian Filmmaker Biljana Tutorov


The EDN Talent Grant is an annual award presented during the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) in order to acknowledge promising talent in documentary filmmaking. This year's award was presented to Serbian filmmaker Biljana Tutorov for her film 'When Pigs Come'.

Still from When Pigs Come by Biljana Tutorov
(WAKE UP Films, Serbia)

The EDN Talent Grant is an award created in co-operation between the Sarajevo Film Festival and EDN with the purpose of supporting promising new documentary filmmakers from the East European region. The winner is selected among the filmmakers with a documentary in competition at the festival. This year's EDN Talent Grant went to Serbian filmmaker Biljana Tutorov (Wake Up Films) for her feature-length doc debut When Pigs Come.

Commenting on their decision, the jury emphasized the immersive potential and socio-political relevance of Tutorov's documentary feature: "Biljana Tutorov has made a wonderful film on Dragoslava. A lady we loved to get to know with her persistent need to know about the world outside her flat, her hope and passion to have a good life and to make a difference as a grandmother, wife, friend – and citizen in a society where she is part of a political minority."

The EDN Talent Grant includes:

- A free observer pass to the next edition of the EDN pitching forum Docs in Thessaloniki, a reference event where new documentary projects are developed - supported by international tutors - and pitched to a panel of international commissioning editors and industry professionals

- A one-hour personal meeting with the EDN team member in charge of the forum's workshop, for a debriefing of the workshop results



When Pigs Come

Director: Biljana Tutorov | Producers: Biljana Tutorov (Wake Up Films), Dijana Mladenović (Kinematograf) | Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Synopsis: Dragoslava has four TV sets, three grandchildren, two best friends, and a husband with whom she fights over a remote control. She has lived in five countries without ever moving from her flat in a small borderline town. The media and politics creep into the family intimacy but she reflects about it with humor and determination. For the kids, she invents real life stories instead of fairy tales and keeps her desire to see a future of hope. Our every single gesture, from getting up in the morning onward, is an act of responsibility which starts to change the world.

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