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KOSICE: The Danish film The Guilty by Gustav Moller won the Blue Angel for Best Film at the closing ceremony of the 26th Art Film Fest on 23 June 2018. The Danish actor Jakob Cedergren won Best Actor award.

KOSICE: Slovak producer Livia Filusova of Furia Film, currently serving on the main jury of Art Film Fest (running through 23 June 2018), is on board the Czech/Slovak/Irish film Charlatan, which will begin filming in winter 2018, directed by Agnieszka Holland from a script by Marek Epstein.

SKOPJE: John Vardar vs. the Galaxy, Macedonia’s first animated feature film, has received funding from the Macedonian Film Agency and is lining up Bulgarian partners for a planned coproduction. The project was pitched at the recent Visegrad Animation Forum, which took place during the Anifilm festival the first week in May, where it received the Special Mention of the jury.

TREBON: The four-country coproduction Of Unwanted Things and People won the first animated feature film pitching award at the Visegrad Animation Forum (VAF), which was held during the Czech festival of animation Anifilm, which concluded on 6 May 2018.

TREBON: The sixth edition of the Visegrad Animation Forum (VAF) introduced its first feature film pitching competition during the Anifilm festival of animated film, which concluded on 6 May 2018 in the South Bohemian spa town of Trebon. The six projects competing for two awards included productions from Poland, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

TREBON: Poland was represented by two projects at the Visegrad Animation Forum’s (VAF) first pitching session for feature-length animated films, which took place during the Anifilm festival, running through 6 May 2018.

PLZEN: The big winner of the 31st Finale Plzen film festival (running through 24 April 2018) was Slovak actor-turned-director/writer/producer Peter Bebjak. His film The Line won the Golden Kingfisher Award for best feature or animated film, and his TV project Justice won both the international jury award and the student jury award for best non-serial TV project.

PLZEN: Czech-French coproductions appear to be entering a mature stage, judging by the comments of participants discussing collaborations between the two countries. And in many cases, Czech producers are taking the lead.

PLZEN: The Estonian government has decided to give more funds for filmmaking, following the success of it’s one-off “Estonia 100” project to celebrate the country’s centennial of independence in 2018. Speaking at an Industry Days forum at the 31st Finale Plzen festival running through 24 April 2018, Estonian Film Institute director Edith Sepp said the decision was made just two weeks ago.

PLZEN: Shrinking budgets and time slots are reducing foreign programming and documentaries on Slovenia’s public broadcaster RTVS.