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PRODUCTION: Otar Iosseliani Shoots Winter Song France Fetes Czech Success Story GRANTS: Slovakia Awards 1.7m EUR in Grants FNE at Baltic Event: How Far Is Europe FNE IDF Doc Bloc: East Doc Deadline FNE at Black Nights FF 2014: Competition: Landscape with Many Moons PRODUCTION: Cristina Iacob Preps Sequel to #Selfie Szumowska and Hocevar to Choose Shooting Stars Romania Appoints Csilla Hegedus as Minister of Culture Malta Boasts Fivefold Increase in Film Production PRODUCTION: Do You Love Me in Postproduction FNE at Black Nights FF 2014: Competition: I Won’t Come Back by Ilmar Raag FNE at Black Nights FF 2014: Competition: In the Crosswinds PRODUCTION: Marius Theodor Barna Preps Two Documentaries PRODUCTION: Censors Documentary by Peter Kerekes in Development FESTIVALS: Estonia Wins Scanorama New Baltic Cinema Short Film Competition FNE at IFF Bratislava 2014: Party Girl Celebrates Double Win PRODUCTION Polish-Danish Coproduction Shooting in Warsaw FNE at Black Nights FF 2014: Competition: Cherry Tobacco French Arizona Productions Pipes Funding into CEE Slovakia Shifts Film Priorities as the Industry Moves into a New Phase PRODUCTION: Slovenian Czech Fantisek Cap Doc in Postproduction FESTIVALS: Black Nights Film Festival opens tonight with Polish focus FNE IDF Doc Bloc: DOK.Incubator PRODUCTION: Slovak Czech Wilson City Goes into Postproduction GRANTS: Latvia Announces Centennial Grants FNE Europa Cinemas: Cinema of the Month: Kino Metropolis MIDPOINT Project Wins Greek Pitching Prize PRODUCTION: Cypriot Sunrise in Kimmeria in Preproduction FNE at Connecting Cottbus 2014: Estonia Partners with Russia on The Dream Fish

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TBILISI: Winter Song/Chant d'hiver, the new feature of the acclaimed Otar Iosseliani, is moving to France for filming in December following shooting in Georgia 16 - 24 October 2014.

Friday, 21 November 2014   |   Czech Republic

France Fetes Czech Success Story

PRAGUE: Slovak/Czech/Hungarian distributor Ivan Hronec of Film Europe and Unifrance’s CEE guru Joel Chapron kicked off the 17th edition of the expanded Festival of French Films in Prague with a pre-premiere screening of Benoit Jacquot’s Three Hearts. Jacquot is also attending the festival which is honouring him with screening of eight of his films in total.

Friday, 21 November 2014   |   Slovakia

GRANTS: Slovakia Awards 1.7m EUR in Grants

BRATISLAVA: The Slovak Audiovisual Fund awarded 1.704m EUR to 39 films out of 82 applications requesting over 3.8m EUR in funding.

Friday, 21 November 2014   |   Estonia

FNE at Baltic Event: How Far Is Europe

TALLINN: The portmanteau film How Far Is Europe/Moldova-Aproape-Departe, consisting of six short films directed by Pavel Cuzuioc, Dorian Boguţă, Valeriu Andriuţă, Ion Săpdaru, Igor Cobileanski and Dumitru Grosei, will be pitched at the Baltic Event during Black Nights FF (14-30 November) in Tallinn.

Friday, 21 November 2014   |   Czech Republic

FNE IDF Doc Bloc: East Doc Deadline

Applications for East Doc Platform close on 1 December 2014.

TALLINN: Landscape with Many Moons (Maastik mitme kuuga), the controversial feature film debut of Estonia’s internationally best known contemporary artist Jaan Toomik, struggled to find a festival slot but is now screening in the Tridens Estonian Film Prize section of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

BUCHAREST: With her second film, A Gift for You/Un dar pentru tine, expected to be broadcast on TV in December, Cristina Iacob is in preproduction with a sequel to her successful debut feature, #Selfie, entitled How to Get Married in 3 Days/Cum să te măriţi în trei zile.

Thursday, 20 November 2014   |   Region

Szumowska and Hocevar to Choose Shooting Stars

Slovenian producer Danijel Hocevar and Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska will serve on the five-member jury selection the 2015 European Shooting Stars for European Film Promotion.

BUCHAREST: Csilla Hegedus has been named as the new minister of Culture and vice-prime-minister with Romanian president Traian Băsescu signing the appointment decree on 18 November 2014.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014   |   Malta

Malta Boasts Fivefold Increase in Film Production

VALLETTA: In his annual budget speech to the Malta Parliament, Malta’s Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said that the film industry in Malta is on course to record a 500% increase.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014   |   Lithuania

PRODUCTION: Do You Love Me in Postproduction

VILNIUS: Lina Lužytė, one of Lithuania‘s  young generation of film directors, is working on her debut feature film Do You Love Me? (Ar tu mane myli?).

TALLINN: I Won’t Come Back (Ya ne vernus, Ma ei tule tagasi) directed by Estonian helmer Ilmar Raag competes for the Tridens Estonian Film Prize at the Black Nights film festival running through 30 November 2014.

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