JIHLAVA: The Belgian documentary Vacancy won the main award of the international competition Opus Bonum at the 22nd Jihlava IDFF, at the awards ceremony on 29 October 2018.
JIHLAVA: Czech documentary filmmakers are participating in international coproductions and taking on international topics and settings in increasing numbers. A clear example of this can be seen in the Czech Joy competition section of the 22nd Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, running through 30 October 2019.
JIHLAVA: The new Vysocina Film Office, the latest addition to a growing list of film commissions and film funds in the Czech Republic, used the platform of the Jihlava IDFF to introduce itself to filmmakers attending the festival, which runs through 30 October 2018.
JIHLAVA: CineDOC Tbilisi co-founders Artchil Khetagouri and Ileana Stanculescu are on a mission to create a new generation of Georgian documentary filmmakers through the platform of the seven-year-old festival.
JIHLAVA: Increasingly detailed credits for archival materials in documentary films are getting a push from institutions such as the Czech National Film Archives, as detailed in a presentation on the topic at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, running through 30 October 2018.
JIHLAVA: Seven documentaries with Balkan stories were presented at the Balkan Documentary Center’s pitching platform at the 22nd Jihlava IDFF, running through 30 October 2018 as part of the BDC Discoveries programme.
LJUBLJANA: Ten films will compete at the 29th Ljubljana IFF, running 7 – 18 November 2018. Slovenia will be represented by Urša Menart’s debut feature My Last Year as a Loser, which won the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film in Potoroz in September.
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.
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