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PRAGUE: My Granny from Mars by Aleksandar Mihalkovich, which was banned in Belarus, gets a special solidarity screening in Prague.

Following a week full of presentations, networking, screenings, meetings and panel discussions attracting more than 400 guests from all over the world, the 2018 awards of Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event were presented at a ceremony in Tallinn tonight.

TALLINN: Lithuania will increase its film tax incentives to 30% in 2019, up from the current 20%, for a five-year period.

VILNIUS: The Lithuanian/Italian documentary about the epidemic of suicides in rural areas, I’ll Stand by You written and directed by Virginija Vareikyte and Maxi Dejoie, has been picked up for distribution by French sales company CAT&Docs.

Tallinn Black Nights awards the Latvian documentary film maker and founder of the legendary  Riga School of Poetic Documentary Cinema Ivars Seleckis with the second Lifetime Achievement Award of the festival.

Yesterday in Tallinn, during a special presentation at Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event, Rolandas Kvietkauskas, the director of the Lithuanian Film Centre, presented to the international film community the results and future outlook of the government’s tax incentive for film production in Lithuania – the national tax incentive will rise to 30% in 2019. Kvietkauskas and producer Gabija Siurbytė (Dansu Films) discussed cases of successful tax incentive use, the scheme’s future prospects and important details filmmakers should know about the measure.

The Lithuanian Film Centre has recently published a piece of research that shows successful results of the period 2014–2017. The study was done by the Belgian creative industry consultancy KEA European Affairs. It shows that the period was exceptionally prolific in both national film productions and international co-productions, and brought significant benefits for the national film industry and the economy. Learn more about it here.

The Lithuanian film tax incentive introduced in 2014, has proven to be an effective film industry development tool for production services, a financial resource for international co-productions and national genre films as well as TV drama. Lithuania and its industry has drawn attention of such companies as the BBC and HBO. The impact was analysed by international researchers who demonstrated positive effects for both the film industry and the economy in general. Due to the encouraging results, the tax incentive will be raised from 20% to 30% for the next five-year period.

LJUBLJANA: The Serbian historical thriller TV series set after WWI, Black Sun also known as Shadow over the Balkans, took advantage of the Slovenian cash rebate to shoot part of its second season in Slovenia.

PRAGUE: The upcoming US series Whiskey Cavalier, which shot its pilot episode in Prague in March 2018, has been approved for a second boost of Czech film incentives.

BRATISLAVA: Three Czech and Slovak films opened in the top ten on the weekend of 22 November 2018, while a fourth film stayed in the top ten for the third week of its release.

VILNIUS: Domestic films continue to do well in Lithuania, with Worm / Sirdys directed by Justinas Kristiunas opening in the top spot on the 23-25 November 2018 weekend.