Documentary development organization East Doc Platform is betting on seven surprisingly diverse "socio-eco-politically oriented" projects, presenting them today at Prague's Cervantes Institute in the context of the One World festival.
PRAGUE: The 21st edition of the city's biggest film gala, Febiofest, running 20-28 March in the Cinestar Andel multiplex, has announced its program, encompassing 141 films from 60 countries. In addition to the usual screenings, art complex MeetFactory will be hosting a film by French animator and director Sylvain Chomet, who will introduce The Illusionist (2010) 26 March.
BUCHAREST: A new culture minister, Kelemen Hunor, has pledged his support for increasing the number of cinemas in Romania, a perennial issue for the film industry after many were taken off line following the fall of the Iron Curtain.
This month we are presenting the only film club in Paris showing Central and Eastern European films and we speak with Marketa Hodouskova, one of its founders.
BUCHAREST: Closer to the Moon, Nae Caranfil's first English-language film starring Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong, will hold its national premiere 7 March, following a successful opening at the Making Waves Romanian Film Festival in New York in December.
PRAGUE: Regional TV web Central European Media Enterprises has announced a $545 million credit agreement with its largest shareholder, Time Warner. The pact, reported by co-CEO Michael Del Nin in a conference call 28 February, means the loss-making company will get relief for its extensive debt obligations.
BUCHAREST: The Romanian government has approved the starting price of 300,000 EUR for each of the five digital television licenses to be given via competitive selection by the National Authority for Management and Regulation of Communications for 10 years.