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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.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014   |   Romania

Romania Appoints New Minister of Culture

BUCHAREST: President Traian Basescu signed the appointment decree for Ionut Vulpescu as minister of Culture on 16 December 2014 as the Social Democratic Party (PSD) took over this portfolio.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014   |   Latvia

PRODUCTION: Janis Nords Develops Survivalist

TALLLINN: Latvian director Janis Nords is writing Survivalist, a drama of a schoolmaster who fakes his own death to escape mounting personal and financial pressures.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014   |   Lithuania

FNE Country Profile: Lithuania

The Lithuanian film industry noted several recent successes with films selected for major festivals that found favour at the local box office and with the announcement that 23-year old Lithuanian actress Aistė Diržiūtė had been selected as one of the EFP Shooting Stars of 2015. The foreign film servicing industry continues to do well.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014   |   Slovakia

FNE Country Profile: Slovakia

The launch of Slovakia’s Audiovisual Fund five years ago has reaped benefits for Slovak film production abroad and at home. Slovakia continues to find success internationally, powered by its documentary film production and more recently by genre-bending feature film productions informed by documentary techniques, with a pair of female directors receiving the lion’s share of laurels over the past year.

BRATISLAVA: Slovak writer/director Martin Repka is completing the third draft of the Slovak/Czech film The Tatooist with cowriter Agda Bavi Pain as the film prepares to move into the financing phase in 2015.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014   |   Estonia

PRODUCTION: Olympic Flame Race in Development

TALLINN: Estonian director Ain Maeots is developing The Flame Race: 1980, a comedy on the saga of the transport of the Olympic flame from Moscow to Tallinn.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014   |   Estonia

FNE Country profile: Estonia

Estonia’s film year 2014 was highlighted by the opening of a significant number of new multi-screen and digital cinemas, growing admission figures, and the establishment of the second regional film fund for incoming productions. The year ended on the high note when the Estonian-Georgian film Tangerines (Allfilm) was nominated for the Golden Globes best foreign language film, a first ever for the country.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014   |   Czech Republic

FNE Country Profile: Czech Republic

The State Cinematography Fund, Czech Republic has been the main tool for public support of cinematography in the Czech Republic since 1992. In 2013 it adopted a new Cinematography Act and became an independent institution with its own director, new financial structure and a Council assessing and deciding individual requests for state support.

RIGA: Poland was celebrating the resounding win of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida in Riga Saturday night as the hit film made a clean sweep of the awards for best European film, best director, best script, best cinematography and the People’s Choice audience award.

Monday, 15 December 2014   |   Romania

Romania with No Minister of Culture Again

BUCHAREST: Romania is again without a minister of Culture since the party of Csilla Hegedus, the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (DAHR/UDMR), decided to step down from the government.

Monday, 15 December 2014   |   Poland

Gods Tops 2 Million Mark on Its Way to the Top

WARSAW: The drama Gods by Łukasz Palkowski has become the most popular Polish film of the year, with 2.03m tickets sold to date.

Monday, 15 December 2014   |   Romania

FNE Country Profile: Romania

After a gap in funding, production resumed in 2014, but the crisis was visible in the slow pace of foreign film productions shooting in Romania. New multiplexes opened and new distributors appeared, but the box office and the number of releases slightly fell after the soaring increases of the last few years.

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