The Best Project of AJB DOC Training 2021. awarded to Elma Iković
Elma Iković, the author of the best concept, is the winner of a cash prize of 1500 euros, a Samsung Note 20 Ultra smartphone and mentoring assistance during the filmmaking process. AJB DOC Film Festival marketing director Vedad Sejfić presented her with the award.
The 4th AJB DOC Film Festival Smart Doc selection, sponsored by Samsung, presented documentaries shot with smartphone cameras. The audience welcomed this new selection with enthusiasm. It included the work of four young filmmakers: Zejneb Musić, Hana Sokolović, Paraskevi Karageorgu, and Jasenko Pašić, last year's Best Project Award winner.
The training aims to assist young authors, journalists, and film academy students in developing and implementing their ideas by utilizing cutting-edge technology and smartphones. The workshop was organized in cooperation with Al Jazeera Media Institute.
The chief lecturer for the fourth edition of "Smartphone Documentary Film Production" was Damir Šagolj, a well-known Bosnian photojournalist and professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo.
All participants received Al Jazeera Media Institute Certificates of Participation after the session. Organizers gave them a one-month deadline to develop a unique idea, construct a project based on what they learnt throughout the training and submit it for approval.
The award winner was a remarkable project from the young author Elma Iković. It stood out among many fascinating concepts and excellent stories we received.
"Elma Iković successfully articulated her viewpoint, highlighted the global importance of the topic she offered and demonstrated dedication. As a result, she deserved the first award for her project named We are Guilty too" , the organizers explained, adding:
"We hope that the author will be able to put the expertise and knowledge gained at the AJB DOC training session to good use. Elma Iković's film is expected to enhance environmental consciousness and inspire critical thinking in viewers. Furthermore, we believe the author can effectively use her excellent visual art skills to portray the subject she chose, so her film could engage the audience in the most effective way possible.”
Elma Iković, the author of the best concept, is the winner of a cash prize of 1500 euros, a Samsung Note 20 Ultra mobile phone provided by the sponsors "Samsung" and "Domod", and mentoring assistance during the filmmaking process. AJB DOC Film Festival marketing director Vedad Sejfić presented her with the award.
Her documentary will also be screened in the Smart Doc selection next year. AJB DOC Film Festival also agreed to assist other training participants in creating films, which they will present at the 5th AJB DOC.