Malta launches film fund

The Maltese Ministry of Finance is launching a new Malta Film Fund which will disburse €233,000 for shorts, documentaries, and feature films.

PRODUCTION: Judgment finds German co-producer

Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev's production company Argo Film is co-producing his second feature film, The Judgment, with Germany's Leipzig-based LE Vision.

EFA names film "ambassadors"

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu and Polish actor Maciej Stuhr are among the ten prominent European film names selected as the European Film Academy's "Ambassadors of European Film."

Men on the Bridge wins international distribution

The Turkish/German/Dutch co-production Men on the Bridge will see distribution in the UK and Ireland, following its win at the London Turkish film festival.

Akkari named WB sales exec for CEE

Warner Bros International TV Division has promoted Rita Akkari to director of sales for Central and Eastern Europe.

FESTIVALS: Eleven CEE films awarded at19th Cottbus festival

ORDINARY PEOPLE | OBICNI LJUDI from Serbia is the winner of 19th FilmFestival Cottbus.

Connecting Cottbus pitches a winning event

The Cottbus film festival's secret weapon, the Connecting Cottbus pitching forum, has matured into a reliable platform for outstanding talent, both known and new, to provide a hint of films…

Bosch co-production prize deadline announced

Central and East European young filmmakers have until November 30 to apply for the Robert Bosch Stiftung 2010 co-production prize valued at up to 70,000 euros.

CEE opens the door to minority coproductions at Connecting Cottbus

Connecting Cottbus, the co-production pitching forum taking place at the Cottbus Film Festival for the eleventh year, unveiled new hope for producers across Europe: the announcements by CEE film funders…

Geislerová joins EFP Shooting Stars jury

Czech actress and international star Ana Geislerová will serve on the five-member jury to select the European Film Promotion's (EFP) ten Shooting Stars for 2010.

Hungarian films at Cottbus

Four Hungarian films are being presented in the 19th Filmfestival Cottbus (, the festival of films from Eastern-Europe taking place through November 14.

Polish TV visa denied

Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy, director of Polish TV's Belsat channel, has been denied a visa to attend the Minsk Forum conference in Belarus.

LIberty Global reports minimal revenue growth in Central Europe

Liberty Global, the international cable company, reported 1% consolidated rebased growth in its Central Europe operations at the end of the third quarter of 2009, compared with 8% worldwide for…

Happiest Girl sold in four territories

The Happiest Girl in the World, the feature film debut from Romanian director Radu Jude has been sold to the UK, France, Hungary and Croatia.

US film studio moves into Hungary

Raleigh Studios, a California based company with studios in Baton Rouge, is opening a Budapest film studio comprised of nine sound stages in April, 2010.

Eastern Plays screenings for Lux Prize

The European Parliament LUX Prize will begin screening of the Bulgarian/Swedish co-production Eastern Plays from director Kamen Kalev on November 10 in Brussels.

Kerekes win at Viennale

Slovak director Péter Kerekes has been awarded the Viennale's Vienna Film Prize for best documentary for Cooking History.

Bulgarian police nab cable pirates

Bulgarian police have stopped the illegal broadcast of 90 cable TV channels operating out of the town of Karlovo.

Pitching for Euros in Jihlava

The cinemas may have been filled to capacity at the Jihlava documentary festival, but the hottest ticket was for a seat in the standing-room-only pitching session, East European Forum on…

Chameleon received EFP marketing support

Chameleon by Hungarian director Krisztina Goda is one of 26 films selected to receive film sales support by European Film Promotion (EFP) at the upcoming AFM.