by Aida Sunje
At last night’s official award ceremony held in the National Theatre in Sarajevo, Keziah Jean, a student at Haiti’s Cine Institute, collected the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation bursary on behalf of her school and her fellow students.
For the first time in the Foundation’s history the bursary was awarded to an institution rather than an individual. The curator of the 2010 award was Annie Nocenti.
The recipient of this year’s bursary, the Cine Institute, was chosen for its role in educating and empowering Haitian youth with the necessary technical, creative and business skills to help strengthen the local media industry.
The bursary will be used to help with the rebuilding of the Concorde Cinema, the home of the Cine Institute. The building was destroyed in the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January this year. Since then the Institute’s students have been documenting the aftermath of the earthquake and recovery efforts.
Keziah Jean was selected for the honour of accepting the bursary on behalf of the Institute because of her work, which includes the short fiction film “Wedding Drum” and the reportage “Pinchinat” about a refugee camp. Jean is also one of the participants of the Talent Campus 2010.
The Katrin Cartlidge Foundation’s annual bursary has been awarded at the Sarajevo Film Festival since 2004 to new creative voices in cinema that represent independence, singularity and integrity of spirit. Its previous recipients include Greg Hall, Amy Neil, Eyas Salman, Gerd Schneider, Cary Fukunaga, Faruk Šabanović and Juanita Wilson.
The Foundation was established in honor of the late British actress Katrin Cartlidge, who died in 2002.