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.
The Lithuanian film industry noted several recent successes with films selected for major festivals that found favour at the local box office and with the announcement that 23-year old Lithuanian actress Aistė Diržiūtė had been selected as one of the EFP Shooting Stars of 2015. The foreign film servicing industry continues to do well.
The launch of Slovakia’s Audiovisual Fund five years ago has reaped benefits for Slovak film production abroad and at home. Slovakia continues to find success internationally, powered by its documentary film production and more recently by genre-bending feature film productions informed by documentary techniques, with a pair of female directors receiving the lion’s share of laurels over the past year.
Estonia’s film year 2014 was highlighted by the opening of a significant number of new multi-screen and digital cinemas, growing admission figures, and the establishment of the second regional film fund for incoming productions. The year ended on the high note when the Estonian-Georgian film Tangerines (Allfilm) was nominated for the Golden Globes best foreign language film, a first ever for the country.
The State Cinematography Fund, Czech Republic has been the main tool for public support of cinematography in the Czech Republic since 1992. In 2013 it adopted a new Cinematography Act and became an independent institution with its own director, new financial structure and a Council assessing and deciding individual requests for state support.
RIGA: Poland was celebrating the resounding win of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida in Riga Saturday night as the hit film made a clean sweep of the awards for best European film, best director, best script, best cinematography and the People’s Choice audience award.
After a gap in funding, production resumed in 2014, but the crisis was visible in the slow pace of foreign film productions shooting in Romania. New multiplexes opened and new distributors appeared, but the box office and the number of releases slightly fell after the soaring increases of the last few years.