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Monday, 30 March 2015   |   Czech Republic

FESTIVALS: Febiofest Winners 2015

PRAGUE: The winner of the Febiofest is Life in a Fishbowl, directed by Baldvin Zophoníasson. The film is a coproduction between Iceland, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic and produced by Axman Productions in the Czech Republic. Life in a Fishbowl presents a naturalistic view of life in Reykjavik during the economic crisis, where the heroine, a mother and teacher, must moonlight as a prostitute.

LJUBLJANA: In February, award-winning Slovenian filmmaker Damjan Kozole finished shooting his tenth feature film Nightlife, which has now entered postproduction.

PRAGUE: Czech cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček, a close collaborator of Miloš Forman, died on 28 March 2015 at the age of 80.

BRATISLAVA: Pictures of the Old World (1972) directed by Dušan Hanák is to appear on DVD in the United Kingdom. This is the third film to be released by the Second Run DVD company in a series of Slovak films appearing on DVD for English-speaking audiences. Second Run specialises in re-releasing art movies of various languages and cultures from around the world.

VILNIUS: The Lithuanian Film Centre will grant 32,700 EUR for the preproduction of two feature films directed by Ernestas Jankauskas and Linas Ryškus.

VILNIUS: The comedy Saulius and Paulius Robbed Them All by Simonas Aškelavičius and Ričardas Marcinkus has become the most profitable Lithuanian movie in 2015 with 90,876 admissions and 423,199 EUR in box office.

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America's largest documentary event, will screen documentaries supported by the Institute of Documentary Film from 23 April to 3 May 2015 in Toronto.

FNE spoke to Pauline Durand-Vialle CEO FERA the Federation of European Film Directors, about the EU’s plans for Copyright Reform and a Digital Single Market and the impact this will have on the European AV industry if it goes ahead.

BUCHAREST: Six debut features and second films will compete for the trophy of the 11th edition of Bucharest International Film Festival from 20 to 26 April 2015.

Thursday, 26 March 2015   |   Czech Republic

OBITUARY: Producer Peter Kovarčík

PRAGUE: Slovak-born producer and businessman Peter Kovarčík died as a result of an accident on 23 March 2015 at the age of 61.

FNE together with Europa Distribution is launching a new chapter of the Distributor of the Month section. This time we focus on new strategies in film distribution and the importance of domestic film festivals in releasing new titles. We will also be looking at what distributors can do in order to prevent piracy. 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015   |   Poland

Polsat to Launch International Channel

WARSAW: Polsat, a leading Polish private broadcaster, received a license for Polsat World, a channel for Poles living abroad.

WARSAW: Film New Europe has teamed up with the upcoming Cannes Marche Du Film and the Producers Workshop to promote Central and Eastern European producers during Cannes.

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