Film lovers flock to Balkans documentary festival

By Lejla Biogradlija

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (AA) – Film lovers are flocking to the Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival, which kicked off on Friday, the festival director said on Sunday.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Edhem Foco said that there was great interest in the festival from abroad.

"I believe that the festival will take an important position in Europe in the years to come," Foco added.

Many participants from the Balkans and the rest of Europe took part in the opening ceremony of the festival, which is being held for the first time and will run through Sept. 25 in Sarajevo's "Cinema City."

A total of 15 documentaries will compete, and three awards will be presented.

The festival aims to support documentaries and writers focusing on universal humanitarian values and social issues.

Anadolu Agency is the festival's Global Communications Partner.