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TBILISI: Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s new film The President, which was shot in Georgia with Georgian actors, was praised for its gritty and realistic action and location work and has given a big boost to the Georgian film industry. The Georgian coproducer Vladimer Katcharava from 20 Steps Productions Ltd told FNE about why this is the right time to shoot in Georgia.

Friday, 24 October 2014   |   Poland

Polish Gods Hits UK Screens

WARSAW: Polish director Łukasz Palkowski ‘s Gods is set to hit UK screens today, 24 October, distributed by Project London Productions Ltd that also distributed other Polish box office hits in UK cinemas such as Andrzej Wajda’s Walesa. Man Of Hope (Akson Studio), Leszek Dawid’s You Are God (Studio Filmowe KADR) and Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Jack Strong (Scorpio Studio).

WROCŁAW: Shooting on the ZDF docudrama Roads To Auschwitz...Staying Alive Was Not An Option directed by Oliver Halmburger has started in Wrocław.

ZAGREB: The attendance of Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, Margret the 2nd, and his Royal Highnesss the Prince Consort at the European premiere of the Danish/Croatian/Swedish coproduction Itsi Bitsi at Zagreb IFF this week highlights the importance Denmark attaches to the expansion of coproductions with Croatia.

DOK.Incubator 2014’s six month workshop will wrap in DOK Leipzig which takes place 27 October-2 November 2014

Thursday, 23 October 2014   |   Poland

Steven Spielberg to shoot in Poland

WROCŁAW: Steven Spielberg will shoot part of his new drama St. James Place starring Tom Hanks in Wrocław in November.

RIGA: The Latvian National Film Festival Lielais Kristaps, one of the central events of the upcoming Riga International Film Festival, has announced its nominees.

Thursday, 23 October 2014   |   Region

Eurimages Supports 7 CEE Coproductions

STRASBOURG: Eurimages, the Council of Europe's fund for the support of the European film industry has agreed to support 16 feature films in total and one documentary project for a total of 4,538,000 EUR. Among these, seven CEE films were funded, three of which are Romanian coproductions.

AMSTERDAM: Global City Holdings, the largest cinema operator in CCE and the second largest in Europe, announced its shares in Cineworld Plc. have now crossed the threshold of 29%.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014   |   Hungary

Hungarian Film Week Makes Successful Return

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian Film Week (HFW) has made a successful return after a two year absence and the only prize winners were the audience and guests who were able to see the best of the last three years of Hungarian feature films, docs and shorts.

COTTBUS: Twelve feature films from 17 countries will compete for the main prize at the 24th Film Festival Cottbus.

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 Producers 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.

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.

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