EFP names Shooting Stars jury

The 2009 jury for the prestigious Shooting Stars award has been announced by European Film Promotion (EFP), which produces the event february 7-9, 2009, during the Berlinale.

Obituatry: Stanislaw Rozewicz, TOR film studio founder

Stanislaw Rozewicz, director, founder and artistic director of the TOR Film Studio, and considered a great moral authority among Polish film-makers, died of cancer on November 9, age 84.

Hungarian Serb film finally hits cinemas

Sand Glass directed by Szabolcs Tolnai, which endured a two year delay due to the split of Serbia and Montenegro, was released in Hungary on November 13.

Central European Film Club cooperation

Representatives of Association of Czech Film Clubs, Association of Slovak Film Clubs, Polish Federation of Film Societies and Hungarian Federation of Film Societies met November 14 in Olomouc during the…

TV2 lays off staff, others plan streamlining

With the global economic downturn reaching Hungary's media sector, Hungary's commercial TV channel TV2 (www.tv2.hu) announced the start of wide-scale restructuring and corporate streamlining.

Hungarian adventure show format set to become a worldwide phenomena

Hungary is set to break out of the Central European mold and become a TV format exporter instead of being a mere importer of these licences.

New Slovak film Small Celebrations in Sevilla

The Slovak feature film Small Celebrations (Male oslavy, www.maleoslavy.sk) premiered in Slovakia premiere on November 13, after premiering in the Eurimages competition in Sevilla earlier this week.

Bug Trainer premieres November 15 in Lithuania

Creative documentary The Bug Trainer (www.thebugtrainer.com/pressb.php) about Ladislas Starewitch, the pioneer of puppet animation, premieres on November 15 in Vilnius, at the SCANORAMA International Film Festival.

Scanorama opens in Vilius

The Nordic cinema festival Scanorama (www.scanorama.lt) opened November 13 in Vilnius, and continues November 20 in Klaunas and Klaipeda.

Children's film festival begins in Cyprus

The 5th International Children's Film Festival of Cyprus opens November 15 in Nicosia, running through November 23.

Cottbus celebrates 10 years of Connecting producers and films

CoCo, as it's fondly referred to, celebrates its 10th anniversary, with German heavyweight funding bodies waiting to hear pitches from ten lucky Central and East European producers.

Ridley Scott to film Child 44 in Hungary

Three time Oscar-nominee Sir Ridley Scott will adapt the Child 44, British TV-writer Tom Rob Smith's debut novel for Fox 2000.

Mustafa gives quantum shove to Bond film

Quantum of Solace lost the box office race against local phenomenon Mustafa, a documentary feature on the life of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Najbrt finishes Protector

Protector, one of the most anticipated Czech movies of 2009, finished shooting November 11, production company Negativ (www.negativ.cz) announced.

Bulgarian producers tempted by Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki IFF (www.filmfestival.gr) has selected a number of Bulgarian projects and films for the forthcoming Agora Film Market and the Balkan Survey program.

Polish presence at the American Film Market

The Polish Film Institute (PISF) is presenting Polish films for the first time at the AFM, running through November 12.

Rupert Murdoch drops TV Puls

After the withdraw of the News Corporation from the stations shareholders group, TV Puls is looking for a new investor.

New Drha film opens November 13

English Strawberries, co-produced by First Film (CZ), Czech Television, Continental Film (SK), and Filmport, will open November 13 in the Czech Republic.

Hungarian funding decisions announced

The Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary (www.mmka.hu) announced its latest support for Hungarian film projects for 2009.

Eurimages seminar in Lithuania

The seminar EURIMAGES Fund: Support for European Film Industry will introduce the fund to filmmakers in Vilnius, Lithuania on November 7.