WARSAW: Polish films took possession of the top three slots at the local box office with the latest in a string of local hits, Gods directed by Łukasz Palkowski topping the Polish box office on its opening weekend. Gods scored over 210,000 and pushed Jan Komasa's Warsaw 44 into the number two slot. With Patryk Vega’s Służby Specjalne in the number three slot Polish films overwhelmingly dominated the local box office.
LIMASSOL: Lullaby of the Butterfly, a film about a mysterious crime directed by Tonia Mishiali, won the 1st Prize in the National Competition of the 8th Cyprus International Short Film Festival which took place 11-17 October 2014.
WARSAW: Jakub Duszyński, artistic director at Gutek Film has once again been chosen to co-head Europa Distribution, this time alongside Laurent Dutoit.
WARSAW: Another Love Building is a sequel to Romania's 2013 box office hit Love Building written by Iulia Rugină, Oana Răsuceanu and Ana Agopian. "Our first feature project was very low-budget but extremely successful. Since it generated over 27,000 viewers we decided to go ahead and create the sequel," Oana Răsuceanu told FNE.
BRATISLAVA: A new Slovak fairytale Láska na Vlásku directed by Mariana Čengel Solčanská has had the best opening weekend for a domestic feature film in the last three years. The film which opened 9 October gathered 14, 427 admissions during its first weekend in cinemas and a total of 17,772 viewers have seen it so far.
VARNA: Stefan Komandarev’s The Judgment was awarded the most prestigious Bulgarian award for a feature film at the 32 edition of the Golden Rose Film Festival. Assen Blatechki also received the award for Best Actor for his role in the film.
WARSAW: The Grand Prix of the 30th Warsaw Film Festival went to The Coffin In The Mountain, a Chinese drama directed by Xin Yukun.
ZAGREB: The 12th edition of Zagreb Film Festival (19-26 October 2014) presents more than one hundred films in a dozen different programmes.
This year the FNE partners with the Jihlava International Documentary Festival who will be presenting its Emerging Producers project 22-26 October 2014 as a part of the event. The Jihlava Emerging Produers brings together talented documentary film producers from EU countries. FNE has spoken to all the young emerging producers from the CEE region and will be bringing you exclusive profiles of these new talents.
TARTU: Tartu, the second largest city in Estonia is setting up a regional film fund for incoming productions. The fund is initially budgeted at approximately 100,000 EUR annually and is part of an ambitious initiative aimed at turning Tartu into the country’s main film hub.
VARNA: Scriptwriter/director Maya Vitkova’s film portrays the first decade after the communist era through a story of a girl born with no umbilical cord. Viktoria screens at the Varna Golden Rose Film Festival 11-17 October 2014.