With the backing of audiovisual industry professionals from Europe and the United States, an Audiovisual Production Centre is now operational in Malta to boost the film and advertising industry on the island.

MTV Networks International launched a new 24-hour dedicated Hungarian service on Oct. 1, with its own local programming in addition to its library of international material.

A Turkish film is among four debut productions nominated for the "European Discovery" category of the European Film Awards for 2007. The film, A Man's Fear of God (Takva), is a Turkish-German co-production directed by Özer Kiziltan.

MGM Networks will launch a Bulgarian version of The MGM Channel beginning next month as the result of an agreement with Eurocom, the largest cable operator in the capital Sofia.

Polish commercial broadcaster Polsat SA has filed papers with financial regulators to carry out an initial public offering of its satellite TV unit Polsat Cyfrowy that analysts believe could be worth in excess of 1 billion zloty (€270 million)

Andrzej Wajda's powerful film Katyń will represent Poland at the Academy Awards, according to a special committee of film professionals that chose the film this weekend from 16 candidates.

The managers of one of Prague's oldest cinemas are using a unique strategy to help foot the costs of renovation. Kino Svetozor (www.kinosvetozor), which opened in 1918, has launched an "adopt-a-seat" programe to help prepare it for its 90th anniversary next year.

The Hungarian brothers who invented the DI color manipulation system used in many Hollywood blockbusters have announced the launch of Colorfront (www.colorfront.com), a state-of-the-art DI and visual effects post-production facility in Budapest.

Russian box office is set to more than double in the next five years according to a survey by the U.K.-based cinema industry analysts Dodona Research (www.dodona.co.uk). That compares with research released in August in which Dodona predicted admissions in Central Europe will rise by 25% in the next five years

A special showing of Andrzej Wajda's landmark film Katyń will be screened today as part of the grand opening of the 32nd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. Poland's most prestigious festival runs through Sept. 22.

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