Young Bulgarian directors prep films

Out of 12 feature film projects supported by the National Film Center last year, nine belong to first time directors, with only three films headed by veteran directors.

Two Czech animated films head to cinemas

After the success of two Fimfarum movies, classic Czech puppet and marionette animation is undergoing a renaissance with two full-length classic animated movies in production for release in 2009.

Šterk’s Offside in postproduction

Igor Šterk (Ljubljana, Tuning, and Ekspres, Ekspres) has moved into post-production with Offside, with plans for a national premiere at the 12th Festival of Slovenian film in autumn 2009.

Wedding in Basarabia moves into postproduction.

The romantic comedy Wedding in Basarabia, a Romanian/Moldovan/Luxembourg co-production by Napoleon Helmis, is now in postproduction.

Cuts in film funding for 2009 in Latvia

Cuts in the state budget have reduced the support administered by the National Film Centre of Latvia for film production and development in 2009 to €3,110,000.

Hungarian-Irish co-operation agreement signed

A bilateral agreement was signed during the Berlinale between the Irish Film Board ( and the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary (

Bulgarian films find international buyers

Three Bulgarian productions and co-productions are on their way to international distribution, following the EFM in Berlin.

New cinema chain planned for Baltics

New Europe Cinemas plans to open its first in a chain of cinemas in Latvia in August 2009.

TVN posts profits, but sees 4th quarter decline

Poland's leading commercial broadcaster TVN posted a 22% increase in revenues in 2008, but saw fourth quarter losses of over 30%.

Intersonic nominated for Cartoon Movie award

Slovak distribution company Intersonic has been nominated for Best European Distributor by the European Association of Animation Films for its Cartoon Movie Tributes.

New channels for digital TV in Malta

Malta's digital TV provider Melita is adding two new sports and nature themed channels to its package.

EU countries moving forward on digital TV switch

The EU Commission announced that all member states but one are on target for a total switchover from analogue to digital TV by 2012.

Turkish film fund deadline looms

The first application round for the film fund provided by Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism will be completed by February 23.

Shooting of “Guilt” wraps

Director Vassilis Mazomenos has completed filming on Guilt, which was entirely shot in Cyprus, and has now returned to Athens for editing.

SPI "dis"claims 2009 record opening weekend

SPI International Poland's Lords of the Flies' racked up impressive opening week-end numbers, with 157,344 admissions, comparing favorably to 2008's top ten Polish films.

Recep Ivedik 2 breaks all time box office record in Turkey

Sahan Gokbakar starrer Recep Ivedik 2 with 1,209.433 admissions in three days over the weekend broke the all time opening weekend record of Valley of the Wolf with 1,100,000 admissions…

Lithuanian documentary gets cinema distribution

Agne Marcinkeviciute's documentary Dance in thte Desert premieres on February 18 in Vilnius with nation-wide distribution beginning on February 19

30 films competes for Polish Film Awards ‘Eagles’ 2009

The 11th edition of Polish Film Awards ‘Eagles' 2009 has begun with the votes by members of Polish Film Academy.

Solid opening week for Karamazovs in Poland

Petr Zelenka's The Karamazovs racked up nearly 9,000 admissions in its first week in distribution in Polish cinemas.

New cuts in film funding

Estonia's government on Thursday, February 12, moved to cut over €500 million from the 2009 state budget which is expected to decrease annual subsidies for the Estonian Film Foundation, the…