Ljubljana IFF to screen over 100 films

The 18th Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe), the biggest event of its kind in Slovenia, will feature over 100 films during its two-week run Nov. 7-21. The festival will open…

Slovene filmmakers continue protest against Film Fund, Culture Ministry (update)

Slovene filmmakers, some of whom boycotted the 10th Festival of Slovenian film in Portoroz earlier this month, are continuing their protests against the Slovene Film Fund and the Ministry of…

Jihlava awards Sergey Lotnitza for his film Artel

Documentary director Sergey Lotnitza won the best Central and East European documentary award for his film Artel at the 11th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival which closed Sunday.

Kusturica and Fatih Akin to produce 1.5 million euro Mamarosh

The €1.5 million German-Serbian-Hungarian production Mamarosh has set a shooting date of March 2008 after Eurimages (www.coe.int/eurimages), a Film Fund of the Council of Europe, agreed to extend the validity…

Bulgarian Oscar pick is second accolade for young filmmakers

Warden of the Dead, Bulgaria's candidate for an Oscar nomination by Iliyan Simeonov, is the second serious recognition of a young Bulgarian filmmaker in the last year.

Student movie festival launches in Warsaw

Only a couple of days after the closing of the Warsaw International Film Fest, the capital is hosting another movie event. The Worldwide Festival of Student Movies, called Young Frames,…

MTV sues MTV over use of brand (update)

Hungary's public broadcaster, Magyar Televizio (mtv, www.mtv.hu), has filed suit with the country's Supreme Court against Music Television, seeking exclusive use of the MTV brand after the latter debuted its…

Big Latvian co-prod opens Nov. 9

The biggest Latvian co-production project in recent years. the eccentric comedy Midsummer Madness, is coming to domestic screens on Nov. 9. The film's budget is €2.5 million and it was…

East European Forum connects filmmakers with producers

The East European Forum, being held this week in conjunction with the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, is the prime meeting point of doc-makers from Eastern Europe with prominent European…

Rights to 40 years of Hungarian films stuck in limbo

Foreign sales from Hungary's bountiful postwar film catalogue have been stuck in a bureaucratic limbo since 2004, and a Sept. 30 deadline that was expected to clarify the situation has…

Lithuanian director Giedre Beinoriute completes The Balcony

One of Lithuania's most promising young filmmakers, Giedre Beinoriute, has completed her new short feature, The Balcony, which is set for screening early next year.

Jihlava doc festival offering films online

Films to be screened at the 11th International Festival of Documentary Films which opens today (Oct. 23) in Jihlava will be presented online for the first time via the Internet…

Bulgaria gains recognition for proEuropean work with two Erasmus awards

The woman responsible for gaining two Erasmus EuroMedia Awards in 2007 from the Vienna-based European Society for Education and Communication says the last two years have been of great benefit…

Brussels objects to Hungarian film subsidy system

Hungary's system of tax rebates for filmmaking, which has been a stunning success in drawing international productions to Hungary, has run afoul of the European Union.

Jihlava festival to work on regional doc promotion scheme

The 11th International Festival of Documentary Films in Jihlava, south Moravia, opens Tuesday with an enlarged competition section and the goal of adopting a joint strategy by East European countries…

Warsaw market is a shop window of CentEast cinema

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- As the Third CentEast Market at the Warsaw International Film Festival closed Saturday (Oct. 20) with a showing of Polish director Dorota Kedzierzawska's Time to…

New Agnieszka Holland project lures producers at CentEast

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Polish director Agnieszka Holland's new film project, Christine - War My Love, presented as a new project at the CentEast Market in Warsaw, is getting…

How an American Elephant turned into an Estonian Class

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Estonian director Ilmar Raag's The Class (Klass) - the local submission for the Oscar nominations as Best Foreign-Language Feature - may seem similar to the…

Leningrad: a story of survival, humanity, friendship and trust

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- "A film could be manipulation: you decide. In one episode you want the audiences to face a mystery and get involved in solving it; in…

Growing US interest for European cinema, but distribution needs fixing

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- It's not enough to make a brilliant movie. It has to be discovered, then picked up for distribution from thousands of other new pictures.