Thirteen Films from CEE in the EFA Selection 2016 Romanian Minority Coproduction Toni Erdmann Wins the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2016 Producers from Slovakia, Estonia and Croatia Selected for Producers Lab Toronto 2016 PRODUCTION: The Little Comrade Starts Shooting in Estonia New Czech Regional Film Office PRODUCTION: Paweł Pawlikowski Develops New Drama PRODUCTION: Ivana Mladenovic Shoots Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari PRODUCTION: Egle Vertelyte in Postproduction with Miracle Estonian 1944 Released in the UK on DVD MIDPOINT Starts Feature Launch Workshop and Opens Applications for TV Launch OBITUARY: Romanian Actor Marin Moraru Malta Film Commission Launches a Special Edition of Malta Film Fund FNE at Venice 2016: Attention film critics coming to Venice Film Festival PRODUCTION: Wiesław Saniewski Shoots Squadron 303 PRODUCTION: Bojan Vuletic in Postproduction with Requiem for Mrs J Georgia and Romania Select Oscar Bids FESTIVALS: The 7th Divan Film Festival Ready to Kick Off FNE IDF DocBloc: You Are Just Six Degrees Apart From Obama or a Mexican Farmer PRODUCTION: Czech Puppet Animation in Pre-development Skolimowski’s 11 Minutes to Be Distributed in Japan PRODUCTION: Matjaž Ivanišin Develops Wake PRODUCTION: Emilis Vėlyvis in Postproduction with The Night Guards Documentaries from Poland and Czech Republic Selected for European Film Awards Poland's The Last Family Sold to Sweden PRODUCTION: Second Hand in Production EFADs and CACI to Launch Europe-Latin America Co-production Grant SOFA– School of Film Agents Ready to Kick Off FESTIVALS: Bulgarian Godless Wins Locarno Film Festival PRODUCTION: Rouzie Hassanova in Postproduction with Radiogram PRODUCTION: Andrey Chertov in Postproduction with Silent Movie



BERLIN: Thirteen majority and minority coproductions from CEE countries are among the 50 titles from EFA Feature Film Selection, the list of feature fiction films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2016.

BUCHAREST: German/Austrian/Romanian coproduction Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade will receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2016, awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics to the best film of 2016. The prize will be awarded on 16 September 2016, at the opening ceremony of the San Sebastian Film Festival.

TORONTO:  Producers from Slovakia, Estonia and Croatia were selected for  the 7th edition of Producers Lab Toronto set to launch alongside the Toronto International Film Festival® on 6 September 2016.

TALLINN: Monika Siimets’s debut feature The Little Comrade tells the story of six-year-old Leelo (Helena-Maria Reisner), whose mother Helmes (Eva Koldits) is sent to a Siberian prison camp during the Stalinist repressions of 1950. Shooting began this week and the premiere is set for 2018, on the occasion of the 100 years celebration of the Republic of Estonia.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016   |   Czech Republic

New Czech Regional Film Office

PRAGUE: The Bohemian region of Usti nad Labem is setting up a film office that will attract filmmakers to the area. Regional authorities also want to encourage the development of film tourism.

WARSAW: Polish Oscar winner Paweł Pawlikowski is in development with Cold War (working title), a drama set in Poland of the 50s and 60s. Pawlikowski told FNE that the film will tell the story of two young people and their difficult love in those times.

BUCHAREST: Ivana Mladenovic’s debut feature Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari, a contemporary gay love story set in the poorest neighborhood of Bucharest, is currently shooting. The film is a Romanian/Serbian/Belgian coproduction, produced by Ada Solomon through HiFilm Productions.

VILNIUS: Lithuanian writer/director Egle Vertelyte is in postproduction with her first feature film Miracle, a Lithuanian/Bulgarian coproduction.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016   |   Estonia

Estonian 1944 Released in the UK on DVD

TALLINN: Estonian/Finnish war drama 1944 by Elmo Nüganen has been released in the UK on DVD and is also available on Amazon. For the European market its title is 1944: Forced to Fight.

SARAJEVO: The Turkish/French/Romanian coproduction Album by Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, a debut feature, won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature Film at the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (12-20 August 2016).

SARAJEVO:  An agreement signed on the last day of the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (12-20 August 2016) will allow the Turkish Radio Television (TRT) to support at least one project from ex-Yugoslavia with the amount of 200,000 EUR in cash, 35,000 EUR in in-kind postproduction support and 35,000 EUR in producers’ fees.

PRAGUE: MIDPOINT Feature Launch Workshop opened in Ponesice (Czech Republic) on 21 August 2016, as MIDPOINT opened applications for its TV programme MIDPOINT TV Launch, focusing on the development of miniseries and  TV series.

Monday, 22 August 2016   |   Romania

OBITUARY: Romanian Actor Marin Moraru

BUCHAREST: Marin Moraru, one of the most important Romanian theatre and film actors, passed away on 21 August 2016 at the age of 79.

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