CEE films bow at Berlin

Czech director Jan Hřebejk's movie Kawasaki's Rose opens the Panorama section of the Berlinale (Feb. 11-21), with another six Czech films being presented at the European Film Market.
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DG COMM announces video clip contest

The Audiovisual Service of DG COMM is launching a video production competition together with "Content 360" - MIPTV's annual cross-media competition.

High Point send Protector to EFM

UK sales agent has acquired world rights for Czech Oscar foreign language entry Protector and will screen the film at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Central European films screen at NY Jewish Film Festival

Acclaimed fiction and documentary films from Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania will screen at the NY Jewish Film Festival, running through January 28.

Bathory to open in Hungary

Bathory, the ground-breaking box office success from Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko, is poised for a Hungarian gala opening on January 14, attended by the film's international cast of actors.

EU MEDIA Awards FNE Grant of 75 000 Euros for 2010

FNE has been awarded a grant of 75 000 Euros from EU MEDIA to continue and expand its work in 2010.

Poland's Multikino moves into Lithuania

Multikino, the second biggest Polish multiplex operator, will open its first foreign branch in Vilnius in the first half of 2010.

Katalin Varga win European Discovery Award

Katalin Varga, a Hungarian/Romanian/UK co-production, won the European Film Academy's award as European Discovery 2009 on December 12.

Fremantle appoints new CEE executive

FremantleMedia has named Daniela Matei as CEO of it operations in Central Europe.

FNE Copenhagen Initiative: Think Green ! Think FNE !

FNE, the "paperless" newspaper, will launch two initiatives in 2010 to reduce the consumption of paper at international film festivals and events. FNE already contributes to the environment by delivering…
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FESTIVALS: PÖFF concludes with six films awarded

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival that ended on December 6 screened over 260 films from 75 different countries in nine Estonian cities. For the first time films were also shown…

FNE Austrians reach out to CEE neighbors

The Vienna Film Fund's director Peter Zawrel has been actively courting CEE producers, showing up at Slovenia's coproduction meeting in mid-November, and at a December 4 panel on Slovak film…

Estonia, Poland selected for Sundance competition

The Temptation of St. Tony from Estonia and All That I Love from Poland have been announced for the World Cinema Narrative competition at the Sundance Film Festival, January 21-31.

FESTIVALS: French/Belgian film wins Bratislava International Film Festival

The International Bratislava Film Festival (www.iffbratislava.sk) under new programme director Matthieu Darras gave its grand prix to the French/Belgian film The Day God Went Away by director Philippe Van Leeuw.

Strong CEE selection in EFP Shooting Stars

Czech, Polish, Romanian and Croatian actors are among the ten finalists selected for the prestigious Shooting Stars presentation by European Film Promotion (EFP).

TV stations face cuts

Televison stations across CEE are feeling the effects of the economic crisis, cutting salaries and entire channels.

FNE VISEGRAD FORUM: Film Grants in Poland

The primary source of public funding for movie production in Poland is the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl), founded in 2005.

FNE VISEGRAD FORUM: Impact of the financial crisis on Polish film

While the global financial crisis is affecting film production, 2009 is shaping up to be a record year for Polish distribution, with over 31.5 million tickets sold to date.

Poland, Hungary win Hot Bird TV awards

Poland's Wojna i Pokoj channel and Hungary's Duna TV were among the winners at the November 20 Hot Bird TV awards, recognizing the highest quality of content creation and innovation…

Warsaw Welcomes Europa Cinemas 14th Annual Conference

Warsaw welcomed more than 500 cinema professionals from across Europa for the 14th Annual Europa Cinemas (www.europa-cinemas.org) held at the Warsaw Hilton from 19-22 November.