Jasmila Žbanić at Grantmakers East Forum

We would like to invite you to this very special evening: Jasmila Žbanić, award-winning filmmaker, producer and artist from Sarajevo, will come to Vienna and will try to answer the question: “What role does contemporary art play in today’s society?”

She will hold her keynote speech in framework of the public programme of the 22nd Grantmakers East Forum (GEF) taking place in Vienna from 27 to 29 September :

Public evening session:
“Art and Society: What role does contemporary art play in
today’s society?”
27 September at 6 p .m.
Lehargasse 6-8, 1060 Vienna

This year’s Grantmakers East Forum will explore the role of institutional philanthropy in seeking innovative approaches to reclaiming and reasserting civic spaces. It will do so from a starting point that such approaches require mutual dependence and solidarity among a wide range of different actors seeking positive societal change. Throughout the programme, particular attention will be given to the role of arts and culture in responding to the different threats Europe is facing. Detailed information about the conference programme and registration you will find here.

Grantmakers East Forum is an annual 2-day conference which convenes on average 150 participants, representing grantmaking foundations, bilateral donors, international organisations and corporate funders. This annual meeting takes place during the autumn, in a different country every year. The aim of the Forum is to help sustain steady development of philanthropy and civil society in communities and states in wider Europe, and facilitate collaborative efforts of the philanthropic sector to fully integrate into European and global philanthropic initiatives and institutions. This year’s forum is hosted by ERSTE Foundation.

Jasmila Žbanić, born in 1974, is an award-winning filmmaker, producer and artist. In 1997, she founded the artist’s association “Deblokada” and started making documentaries and short films. Žbanić belongs to an important group of filmmakers and artists who were very young students when experiencing firsthand the war against Bosnia and Herzegovina and against the capital city of Sarajevo in particular. Her feature debut Grbavica won the 2006 Golden Bear and several other prestigious awards. On the Path premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, For Those Who Can Tell No Tales at the Toronto International Film Festival. It won the 2013 Femme de Cinema Award.