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ZAGREB: The year 2019 is proving to be exceptional for service productions in Croatia. The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finances reserved some 4 m EUR for cash rebates, but in the first nine months of 2019 alone, rebates for foreign productions have exceeded 10 m EUR, hitting an all-time record since the system was introduced in 2012.

DUBROVNIK: Murina, a debut feature by Croatian director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, has started filming on the Croatian coast. The film is produced by Croatia’s Antitalent and Brazil’s RT Features of Rodrigo Teixeira in coproduction with Sikelia Prods of Martin Scorsese and the local production company Spiritus Movens.

ZAGREB: War biopic The General directed by Antun Vrdoljak and produced by Kiklop film in coproduction with the Croatian Television had 28,383 admissions and 137,971 EUR gross in the first week of distribution in Croatia, Blitz film and video distribution has announced. It is one of the top five film openings since Croatian independence.

SARAJEVO: Director Andrej Korovljev will be presenting his new project, the feature film Pula, a month after the world premiere of his long documentary Tusta at the Motovun Film Festival. The project will be presented at the CineLink Co-production Market, set to take place from 20 to 22 August 2019 in the framework of Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink Industry Days.

ZAGREB: The epic war biopic The General / General, directed by Antun Vrdoljak and produced by Kiklop film in coproduction with the Croatian Television, attracted 8,000 cinemagoers on 5 August 2019, ahead of the official distribution which starts on 8 August 2019. The film starring Goran Visnjic is the first big Croatian war spectacle after the Yugoslav era and one of the most expensive domestic projects since the 1990’s.

ZAGREB: The second season of BBC's television series McMafia will be filmed in Croatia starting in early autumn of 2019. MP Film Production will continue to act as a local service provider for McMafia in Croatia. After successfully using incentives for the first season, producers have applied for a new round of cash rebates.

ZAGREB: Croatia has announced that it will build a new film studio near Zagreb to accommodate its rapidly growing business as a services provider for both domestic and international productions.The new initiative has been introduced by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, together with local producers and the Ministry of Culture.

MOTOVUN: As of this year, short films that win the Propeller of Motovun Award will gain a nomination candidacy for the European Film Academy short film award. The 22nd Motovun Film Festival started with My Last Day as a Loser, a debut feature film of Urša Menart, on 22 July 2019.

ZAGREB: After months of controversy, Kino Europa (Cinema Europe) has closed. On 28 June 2019, leaders of the Zagreb Film Festival (ZFF), who managed the cinema, confirmed that they will return the keys of Kino Europa to the City of Zagreb.

RIJEKA: Newspapers, the first Croatian TV series sold to Netfilx, is currently filming its third and final season at 50 locations along the Adriatic coast. The series is directed by Dalibor Matanić, who won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize in Cannes in 2015 for his Croatian/Serbian/Slovenian war drama The High Sun (Kinorama, SEE Film Pro and Gustav Film).

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