FNE asked Bogdan Wenta why the LUX Prix was important for the support of cultural diversity in Europe and how it contributes to our understanding of social problems and cultural differences in Europe.
SOFIA: The staff of the Bulgarian National Film Archive has joined the protests against the on-going underfunding of the cultural sector, which started on 24 November 2015 in Bulgaria.
PRAGUE: Czech powerhouse distribution company Cinemart scored its own diplomatic coup, bringing the son of Francis Gary Powers to a special pre-premiere screening of Bridge of Spies directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the junior Powers’ lone appearance at a film screening in the former Soviet Bloc.
TBILISI: Mariam Khatchvani is in production with her debut feature, Dede. The first part of shooting took place in autumn 2015 and winter shooting is set for January 2016. The film is a Georgian/British/Croatian coproduction.
The deadline to apply for East Doc Platform is 1 December 2015.
FNE asked Tiina Lokk about how being an A category festival is changing the Black Nights Film Festival and why the European Commission chose Tallinn as the place to wind up its series of 2015 European Film Forums on the Digital Single Market.
FNE asked Marge Liiske about how the Baltic Event is helping Estonian filmmakers to collaborate with European partners and to make to voice of Estonian culture heard beyond its borders.
BUCHAREST: Ioana Mischie’s debut feature 237 Years, a bittersweet comedy in the vein of Kusturica's Underground, Wolfgang's Becker's Goodbye, Lenin and Cristian Mungiu’s Tales of the Golden Age (Mobra Films) is set for shooting in 2016.
LÓDŹ: Israeli director Avi Nesher is working on Past Life, the first part of his trilogy devoted to the issues of past and identity. Opus Film is the executive producer in Poland.
ZAGREB: Acclaimed writer/director Branko Schmidt is currently in preproduction with Ivan’s Confirmation / Ivanova krizma, which will conclude his trilogy that opened with Metastases and Vegetarian Cannibal. Shooting is planned for September 2016.