Focus Serbia

Serbian cinema is at the heart of the Focus section of the 49th edition of Visions du Réel. In partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Focus Serbia will shed light on the high quality of this country’s production. A collaboration with the Film Center Serbia.

Serbian cinema offers a high quality cinema that cannot be separated from its recent history, bearing the scars of war and the multifaceted tensions in Yugoslavia. This cinema, far from locking itself in a painful past, reappropriates its own history and observes, often with great finesse and boldness, everyday life.

New collaboration with La Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut français: the Serbian documentary projects, which are being submitted to either the Focus Serbia Visions du Réel 2018 or La Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut français 2018 will be evaluated by both programmes and may be selected by both of them as well, without obligation on any side, in order to circulate the projects between Visions du Réel 2018 and La Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut français in Cannes in 2018. Thus, a Serbian documentary project submitted to La Fabrique may be selected by Visions du Réel for its Focus Serbia 2018, and a project that will be pitched at Visions du Réel may be invited to the Festival de Cannes 2018 to participate in La Fabrique (provided it is a first or second feature).

Discover the 18 contemporary documentaries that will be screened during the Festival (13–21 April 2018). >

Discover the 5 film projects in development, production or post-production stage > that will be presented by the Serbian directors and producers with an opportunity for one-to-one meetings with international TV commissioning editors, producers, distributors and funds during the Focus Talk (17 April 2018). At the end of this special day offering discussions, case studies and gatherings with the Serbian guests – directors, producers, film institutions – to explore the Serbian cinematographic landscape of the past ten years, as well as the current (co-)production and funding situation, the most promising project will be awarded the Prix visions sud est, with a prize of CHF 10,000.

visions sud est Award

The Swiss fund production helper visions sud est in collaboration with Visions du Réel and with the support of the Swiss agency for Development and Cooperation (SDN), supports cinematographic productions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. It aims to make the promotion of these films internationally and guarantees their distribution in Switzerland.

visions sud est will award a 10.000 CHF prize to the most promising film projet presented during the Focus every year. 


To see the detail of Focus projects selected during previous editions, take a look at our archives >

Film project submission

Project submissions for Focus Serbia 2018 are now closed!

Thank you!

More information >


Jasmin Basic

Focus Manager

Gudula Meinzolt

Head of Industry
+41 22 365 44 53

Antigoni Papantoni

Industry Coordinator
+41 22 365 44 53