ZAGREB: Serbian veteran filmmaker Slobodan Šijan is in production with his first film since 2007, The Great Tram Robbery / Bidi Bog s nama. The film is a coproduction between Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania.

BELGRADE: Besa directed by Dušan Lazarević and produced by Adrenalin in 2018, is the first Serbian television series to get an adaptation tailored for foreign markets. Dubai-based production house MBC Studios and Lebanon’s Eagle Films will air a thriller crime TV show entitled Blood Oath in the first quarter of 2020.

BELGRADE: Film Center Serbia maintained its standard pattern of financial support contests for the fourth year in a row, adding three new feature film categories – children’s films, debut films and animated films.

BELGRADE: Ivan Ikić is entering the final stages of postproduction with his sophomore feature The Users / Korisnici, a coproduction between Serbia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and France.

BELGRADE: Maša Nešković’s debut feature Asymmetry / Asimetrija, a Serbian/Slovenian/Italian coproduction, enters regular distribution in Serbia on 30 January 2020. The film had its world premiere at the Sao Paulo IFF, the national premiere at the Film Auteur Festival in Belgrade and the European premiere at the Trieste Film Festival.

BELGRADE: Admissions to domestic films in Serbia increased from 864,177 in 2018 to 958,980 in 2019. Total admissions in Serbia also went up from 4,476,043 in 2018 to 4,784,598 in 2019, while total gross increased from 14.6 m EUR in 2018 to 16.6 m EUR in 2019.

MEĆAVNIK: The Romanian/Spanish coproduction The Christmas Gift by Bogdan Mureşanu won the Golden Egg in the competition programme of the Kustendorf Film and Music Festival, which wrapped in Mećavnik, Serbia, on 18 January 2020.

MEĆAVNIK: Twenty one short films mostly by young filmmakers are competing for prizes at the 13th Kustendorf Film and Music Film Festival (13-18 January 2020) in Mećavnik. The festival was established by Emir Kusturica.

BELGRADE: Serbian director Ana Maria Rossi’s debut feature Ajvar has scored a hit in Serbian cinemas with 40,524 admissions and 131,446 EUR / 15,465,542 RSD gross since its release on 12 December 2019. Ajvar is a coproduction between Serbia and Montenegro.

BELGRADE: Marko Đorđević’s debut feature My Morning Laughter will have its international premiere in the Bright Future main programme of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (22 January-2 February 2020). The film won the Grand Prix at the Auteur Film Festival in Belgrade in December 2019.

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