War Art Reporting and Memory Foundation (WARM)

Date of Implementation: 2012–Present
Partners: War Art Reporting and Memory Foundation (WARM)
Primary Objective:To tell the stories of contemporary and post-conflict with excellence and integrity.
Official Website: www.warmfoundation.org

On the 20th anniversary of the Siege of Sarajevo, hundreds of reporters reunited in Sarajevo for a weeklong event, initiated by French journalist Rémy Ourdan and other foreign correspondents who covered the war in Bosnia from 1992–95. The event served as the launch of the War Art Reporting and Memory Foundation (WARM), which has been established to tell the stories of contemporary conflict “with excellence and integrity.” During the launch, PCRC’s President Velma Šarić was designated as the Project Manager for WARM’s Sarajevo branch and PCRC took a lead role in the organization's establishment.

PCRC is now responsible for managing, coordinating and co-hosting WARM’s Sarajevo-based activities, including the annual WARM Festival, which comprises a week of events, exhibitions, film screenings, and book signings that showcase the best films, art, photography, books, testimonies, and other projects that tell the stories of international conflict, both past and present. The festivals also include a series of webinars, workshops and conferences organized around important contemporary and post-conflict issues. To date, PCRC has successfully organized 3 international WARM Festivals, bringing together more than 400 attendees from the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. This includes coordinating the screening of 31 films, curating 17 art and photography exhibitions, and organizing 15 conferences and workshops. In 2015, PCRC also coordinated the attendance of 120 Libyan freedom fighters for the world premiere of Florent Marcie’s film Tomorrow Tripoli - The Revolution of the Rats