Minor Bosnian co-production ŠAVOVI (STITCHES) directed by Miroslav Terzić and written by Bosnian and Herzegovinian scriptwriter Elma Tataragić has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Panorama section, it was announced today by a jury of three exhibitors from the network, the fifteenth time the Label has been awarded in Berlin. 

ŠAVOVI (STITCHES) will now benefit from promotional support from Europa Cinemas and better exhibition thanks to a financial incentive for network cinemas to include it in their programme schedule. The Label Jury consisted of Juha Elomäki – Arthouse Cinema Niagara, Tampere, Finland; Daniela Zuklic – Thalia Programm Kino, Potsdam, Germany and Marlena Gabryszewska – Kino Elektronik, Warsaw, Poland. 
The jury issued the following statement: “This film is a fine example of the power of the art of film. Great direction, cinematography, script, editing and superior performances. The film is based on true events and it shows that there is a lot of injustice in the world, but by believing in yourself and trusting your emotions you can break down walls. The story is heart-breaking. Once you have seen this film it does not let you go. What would you do if this happened to you? The courage of the mother of this film is truly extraordinary. Many congratulations to the director Miroslav Terzić."

Since 2003, the Europa Cinemas Label has been awarded to a European film by a jury of Europa Cinemas exhibitors at five European festivals: Panorama (Berlinale), Directors’ Fortnight (Cannes Film Festival), East of the West and official competition (Karlovy-Vary International Film Festival), international competition and the Cineasti del Presente section (Locarno International Film Festival), and Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori, at the Venice Film Festival). The Europa Cinemas Label aims to increase the promotion, circulation and exhibition lifespan of winning films. The Label is awarded at a strategic point in a film's career, at the time of its presentation at a festival and launch onto the international market. The Label mobilises the media, exporters, distributors and exhibitors.

Bosnian and Herzegovinian co-producers are Amra Bakšić Čamo and Adis Đapo with SCCA/Pro.ba production company.