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.

Constellations is an original Master Class in two 4-day Modules for those professionals who are concerned with the major artistic decisions - producers, screenwriters, authors-directors, new media designers, script consultants - of any production and has been elaborated by the widely recognized specialist Matthias Varga von Kibéd.

Friday, 19 December 2014   |   Region

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: 22 projects selected

When East Meets West (WEMW) 22 projects selected for the Trieste co-production forum from a record number of 285 submissions.

Friday, 19 December 2014   |   Romania

FESTIVALS: The Buried Alive Videos Wins Bieff

BUCHAREST: More than 7,000 viewers participated in the 5th edition of the Experimental International Film Festival in Bucharest, BIEFF (10-14 December) whose honorary president is Peter Greenaway.

Friday, 19 December 2014   |   Croatia

PRODUCTION: All the Best in Preparation

ZAGREB: Snjezana Tribuson's romantic musical comedy All the Best is set for shooting in February 2015 and is expected to hit Croatian cinemas next Christmas.

Friday, 19 December 2014   |   Poland

FNE Country Report: Poland

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.

Friday, 19 December 2014   |   Bulgaria

FNE Country Report 2014: Bulgaria

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.

IDF is using its platform to garner financial support for ailing Georgian filmmaker Temo Tsava.

Thursday, 18 December 2014   |   Poland

Ida Wins LUX Prize

Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski has won the European Parliament's LUX Prize 2014.

Thursday, 18 December 2014   |   Estonia

PRODUCTION: Estonia Preps Polar Boy

TALLINN: Estonian writer/director Anu Aun is working on The Polar Boy, the tale of a talented and promising young photographer who fakes bipolar disorder in order to avoid a prison sentence and discovers he must leave his destructive girlfriend.

Thursday, 18 December 2014   |   Georgia

FNE Country Report 2014: Georgia

Georgian cinema is on the rise with films selected in Berlin, Cannes and Venice in 2014, and an Estonian/Georgian coproduction, Tangerines (produced by Estonia’s Allfilm and Georgia’s Cinema24) nominated for the Golden Globes.

Thursday, 18 December 2014   |   Slovenia

FNE Country Profile 2014: Slovenia

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.

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.

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