visions sud est Award 2018
Best Serbian project presented during the Focus Talk (CHF 10 000)

Merry Christmas, Yiwu
Mladen Kovačević

The Jury of the visions sud est award wishes to underline that they have been confronted with a difficult choice due to the high level of the selection and the diversity of the gazes and topics. The project that made them believe to the power of an artistic point of view and to the capacity to reflect an image of ourselves, with lightness, is the one that will for sure become a subtle film on a Chinese reality.

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). >

Do not miss the Focus Talk (16 April 2018), a session with 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.

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 Pitch (17 April 2018). At the end of this special day, the most promising project will be awarded the Prix visions sud est, with a prize of CHF 10,000.

Focus Talk

Via discussions and the case study of the Film Depth Two our Serbian guests – directors, producers, lm institutions – explore the Serbian contemporary documentary landscape as well as the current coproduction and funding situation.

Jasmin Basic, Focus Manager, Visions du Réel (CH)


Sophie Erbs
Producer (FR)

Ognjen Glavonić
Filmmaker (RS)

Boban Jetvić
Film Center Serbia

Jovana Nikolić
DOK Serbia (RS)

Mila Turajlić
DOK Serbia (RS)

Vladan Petković
Film critic & historian (RS)

Focus Pitch

Five projects from Serbia will be presented, and producers, distributors, programmers, sales representatives and the jury will have the opportunity to meet the project teams individually.

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 >

Where and When?

Focus Reception
Mo 16 April - 19:30-21:00
Château de Nyon

By invitation

Focus Talk
Mo 16 April - 16:30-18:30
Salle Colombière

In English | Open to the public

Focus Pitch - project presentations
Tu 17 April - 9:30-10:45
Salle Colombière

In English | Open to the public

One-to-one Meetings
Tu 17 April - 11:00-13:00
Colombière Industry Lab 2

All accredited welcome


Jasmin Basic

Focus Manager

Gudula Meinzolt

Head of Industry
+41 22 365 44 53

Antigoni Papantoni

Industry Coordinator
+41 22 365 44 53