FNE asked Latvian producer Vilnis Kalnellis about the advantages of working as a producer in a small country like Latvia and the particular problems producers in small countries face.
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Polish film production has moved to the top ranks of the CEE film industry, thanks to the commitment to film funding through the Polish Film Institute and a strong system of regional film funds. Polish broadcasters also continue to play an important role in film production, coproducing many Polish films. However, Poland continues to lag behind its CEE neighbors in introducing film incentives for foreign productions.
Political turmoil resulted in the resignation of the country’s cabinet in July, the appointment of a caretaker government in August and early Parliamentary elections in October. Within the year, the Ministry of Culture changed its leadership three times, while the National Film Center got a new acting director in March. Against the background of a slight increase of audience interest in national film production, especially films funded by private sources, the production of TV series dropped.
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Slovenia’s film production remains fairly stable despite less impressive overall results. Due to the economic situation and some changes in the exhibition and distribution sector a decline of some 30% in attendance is expected.
FNE spoke to the young Latvian producer and director Andris Gauja of The Lesson about how the new generation of Latvian filmmakers are using crowd funding, pitching sessions and other innovative tools to put films from small countries on the international map.