PRAGUE: Following their successful coproduction projects – the TV series Jan Hus by Jiří Svoboda and Life According to Vaclav Havel by Andrea Sedláčková – Czech TV and the French-German cultural channel ARTE will begin production on My Uncle Archimedes.
ZLIN: Ten juries consisting of 21 adults and 14 children are arriving in Zlin for the opening of the 56th International Film Festival for Youth and Children on 27 May 2016. The festival runs through 3 June.
WARSAW: Polish Filmmakers Association celebrated its 50th anniversary and awarded the most influential Polish filmmakers and film professionals.
Czech director Karel Vachek will present his project Communism at FIDlab in Marseilles in July.
BUCHAREST: Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation/Bacalaureat, awarded Best Director ex-aequo for its Cannes premiere, received a tepid welcome at its Romanian domestic release and premiere on 19 May 2016 with only 9,671 tickets sold in the first weekend.
SARAJEVO: Srđan Šarenac, the award winning documentary filmmaker whose film Village Without Women (2010, Les Films du Balibari) was screened at 70 film festivals worldwide and won 14 prizes, has started pre-production on the documentary Prison Beauty Queen Contest.
CLUJ-NAPOCA: The dark comedy Eastern Business/Afacerea est from Moldavian director Igor Cobileanski will screen in the Romanian Days at the 15th edition of Transilvania IFF (TIFF, 27 May - 5 June 2016). The film is the first Romanian/Lithuanian coproduction.
CLUJ-NAPOCA: Alexandru Belc's long documentary Cinema, Mon Amour, a Romanian/Czech coproduction, will screen in the Romanian Days at the 15th edition of Transilvania IFF (TIFF, 27 May - 5 June 2016).
PULA: Thirteen films will compete in the Croatian Programme of the 63rd Pula Film Festival taking place 9 – 16 July 2016.
ZLIN: The 56th Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth, taking place 27 May – 3 June, will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the film studio in Zlin, which has an important place in Czech and world animation.