Slovak Doc 38 Tops Box Office in Record Opening PRODUCTION: People’s Hero Ljiljan Vidić Shooting FNE at Gdynia FF 2014: Winners of the 39th Gdynia Polish Film Festival Just the Two of Us Wins Aristoteles Worskhop FNE at BIAFF 2014: Winners of the 9th Batumi International ArtHouse FF FESTIVALS: Eastern Realities at the Astra Film Festival in Sibiu OBITUARY: Eminent Slovak journalist and Dissident Agenesa Kalinova Eight New Romanian Films Set for Theatrical Release this Autumn Jamie Campbell-Bower and Gerard Depardieu to star in It's Showtime Siberia! FNE IDF DocBloc: Czech Docs 2014-2015 Event Creative Europe's MEDIA moved to DG Connect PRODUCTION: Romanian-Swiss Director Ruxandra Zenide Preps Romanian Swiss Coproduction The Miracle of Tekir Thirteen CEE Films Score Spot in European Film Awards 2014 Selection More CEE Films Submitted for 2015 Foreign Oscar FNE TV: LUX Film Prize Finalists FESTIVALS: Malta Short Film Festival 2014 Winners East-West Co-productions Connecting again in Cottbus on November 6/7 FNE at Gdynia FF 2014: Polish Film Institute Awards Winners FESTIVALS: Cinematik Film Festival 2014 Winners LET'S CEE Film Festival 2014: the Programme Presentation FNE TV: Director Faith Akin and the Polish Film Institute Kickstarter Campaign for Latvian Roller Skis Doc Launched Siniše Gačića's A Fight For Takes Main Prize at the Portoroz Festival of Slovenian Film FNE TV AVP Live ! RE-ACT: Debora Serracchiani, President of Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Hrvoje Hribar, head of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre FNE at Gdynia 2014: Neighbours FNE at Gdynia 2014: Onirica - Field Of Dogs Obituary: Croatian Actor Zvonimir Torjanac Croatia to Launch New Independent Exhibitors Network Third International Screenwriters Conference to Take Place in Warsaw Batumi Film Festival Kicks Off


Tuesday, 23 September 2014   |   Slovakia

Slovak Doc 38 Tops Box Office in Record Opening

BRATISLAVA: Director Daniel Dangl's new doc 38 about the Slovak ice-hockey legend Pavol Demitra, has topped the Slovak box office reaching record numbers of spectators. With nearly 50,000 admissions in its opening weekend, its total admissions have now reached over 83,000.

ZAGREB: Croatian director Ivan Goran Vitez (Forest Creatures) is shooting People’s Hero Ljiljan Vidić, a Croatian partisan-comedy set in 1944.

GDYNIA: The top prize of the 39. Gdynia Film Festival went to Gods directed by Łukasz Palkowski, a biopic about professor Zbigniew Religa, who performed the first successful heart transplant in Poland in the ‘80s.

Monday, 22 September 2014   |   Romania

Just the Two of Us Wins Aristoteles Worskhop

VAMA: Just the Two of Us, directed by Nina Blazin (Slovenia), shot by Erno-Aron Palfi-Horvath (Hungary, Romania) and edited by Raluca Petre (Romania) is the winner of the 9th edition of the Aristoteles Documentary Workshop. The film is a love story between two old people who have spent a lifetime together.

BATUMI: The 9th Batumi International Art-house Film Festival (BIAFF) held in Batumi 14-21 September 2014 gave its Grand Prix to Lenny Abrahamson for his comedy Frank (UK/Ireland, 2014) that had it's world premiere in Sundance.

SIBIU: The Astra Film Festival, will take place from 6 - 12 October this year in Sibiu, Romania. A highlight of the festival is the Central and Eastern Europe Documentary Competition, featuring ten films from the region.

BRATISLAVA: Journalist and writer Agenesa Kalinova died at the age of 90 on the morning of 18 September 2014 after a long illness.

BUCHAREST: Romanian films are starting to make major inroads into the domestic theatrical market  with eight new features set for release in a crowded autumn schedule. Most of the productions were suppported primarily by the Romanian Film Center. Three are directorial feature debuts.

BUDAPEST: Academy award nominated Robert Dornhelm is to direct historical drama It's Showtime Siberia!, with shooting starting in March 2015. The film is a coproduction betwen Germany, Austria, Hungary, Russia with English as the original language.

The Institute of Documentary film and the Czech Film Center present the joint event Czech Docs 2014-2015 which opens 29 September 2014.

Thursday, 18 September 2014   |   Poland

Creative Europe's MEDIA moved to DG Connect

WARSAW: In a surprise move the European Commission has moved the management for the Creative Europe MEDIA programme to Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect). 

BUCHAREST: Romanian Director/screenwriter Ruxandra Zenide will start shooting her second feature, The Miracle of Tekir/Miracolul din Tekir on 20 October, a Swiss/Romanian coproduction planned for release in spring 2015.

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