Bulgarian Oscar pick is second accolade for young filmmakers

Warden of the Dead, Bulgaria's candidate for an Oscar nomination by Iliyan Simeonov, is the second serious recognition of a young Bulgarian filmmaker in the last year.
25-10-2007

Student movie festival launches in Warsaw

Only a couple of days after the closing of the Warsaw International Film Fest, the capital is hosting another movie event. The Worldwide Festival of Student Movies, called Young Frames,…
25-10-2007

MTV sues MTV over use of brand (update)

Hungary's public broadcaster, Magyar Televizio (mtv, www.mtv.hu), has filed suit with the country's Supreme Court against Music Television, seeking exclusive use of the MTV brand after the latter debuted its…
24-10-2007

Big Latvian co-prod opens Nov. 9

The biggest Latvian co-production project in recent years. the eccentric comedy Midsummer Madness, is coming to domestic screens on Nov. 9. The film's budget is €2.5 million and it was…
24-10-2007

East European Forum connects filmmakers with producers

The East European Forum, being held this week in conjunction with the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, is the prime meeting point of doc-makers from Eastern Europe with prominent European…
24-10-2007

Rights to 40 years of Hungarian films stuck in limbo

Foreign sales from Hungary's bountiful postwar film catalogue have been stuck in a bureaucratic limbo since 2004, and a Sept. 30 deadline that was expected to clarify the situation has…
23-10-2007

Lithuanian director Giedre Beinoriute completes The Balcony

One of Lithuania's most promising young filmmakers, Giedre Beinoriute, has completed her new short feature, The Balcony, which is set for screening early next year.
23-10-2007

Jihlava doc festival offering films online

Films to be screened at the 11th International Festival of Documentary Films which opens today (Oct. 23) in Jihlava will be presented online for the first time via the Internet…
22-10-2007

Bulgaria gains recognition for proEuropean work with two Erasmus awards

The woman responsible for gaining two Erasmus EuroMedia Awards in 2007 from the Vienna-based European Society for Education and Communication says the last two years have been of great benefit…
22-10-2007

Brussels objects to Hungarian film subsidy system

Hungary's system of tax rebates for filmmaking, which has been a stunning success in drawing international productions to Hungary, has run afoul of the European Union.
21-10-2007

Jihlava festival to work on regional doc promotion scheme

The 11th International Festival of Documentary Films in Jihlava, south Moravia, opens Tuesday with an enlarged competition section and the goal of adopting a joint strategy by East European countries…
21-10-2007

Warsaw market is a shop window of CentEast cinema

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- As the Third CentEast Market at the Warsaw International Film Festival closed Saturday (Oct. 20) with a showing of Polish director Dorota Kedzierzawska's Time to…
20-10-2007

New Agnieszka Holland project lures producers at CentEast

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Polish director Agnieszka Holland's new film project, Christine - War My Love, presented as a new project at the CentEast Market in Warsaw, is getting…
20-10-2007

How an American Elephant turned into an Estonian Class

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Estonian director Ilmar Raag's The Class (Klass) - the local submission for the Oscar nominations as Best Foreign-Language Feature - may seem similar to the…
20-10-2007

Leningrad: a story of survival, humanity, friendship and trust

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- "A film could be manipulation: you decide. In one episode you want the audiences to face a mystery and get involved in solving it; in…
20-10-2007

Growing US interest for European cinema, but distribution needs fixing

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- It's not enough to make a brilliant movie. It has to be discovered, then picked up for distribution from thousands of other new pictures.
20-10-2007

Focus on Bulgaria: Local filmmakers break with allegory tradition

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) - After more than 10 years of crisis, Bulgaria is returning to the world cinema map. Bulgarian filmmakers have only recently started finding their place in…
20-10-2007

Estonian Magnus, on show in Warsaw, is stopped elsewhere by court injunction

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Estonian director Kadri Kousaar's feature debut, Magnus, which was launched in Un Certain Regard, is part of the Estonian Explosion at the Warsaw International Film…
20-10-2007

After two visits to CentEast, The Karamazov Brothers will come back for real

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Czech director Petr Zelenka's The Karamazov Brothers (Brati Karamazovi) is making its second visit to the CentEast Market in Warsaw. Last year it was pitched…
19-10-2007

In Queen Viktoria, a sperm cell previews life in Communist Bulgaria

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Communist Bulgaria as seen by ... the victorious sperm cell which later gives life to Viktoria, the main character, is the subject of 29-year-old Bulgarian…
19-10-2007