Sunny Side’s 6th documentary film co-production meeting is a success

After gatherings in New York, Toronto, Washington, Montreal and London, Sunny Side of the Doc held its 6th co-production Rendezvous in Sofia, Bulgaria, March 11 to 14, 2009.

Slovenian Film Fund director withdraws resignation

The Slovenian Film Fund director Jelka Stergel has recalled her resignation, which was announced on March 19.

First online premier in Estonia

Estonian producers Kuukulgur Film launched their short film Suits (Smoke) straight to YouTube on March 9, claiming it to be the first professional Estonian movie released online.

Pro TV wins NAB award

CME's flagship Romanian station Pro TV will receive this year's NAB International Broadcasting Excellence Award, presented on April 20 in Las Vegas by the National Association of Broadcasters.

Malta film funding support announced

Malta's new film fund has chosen four projects to receive 223,000 Euros in support.

A regional cinema chain launching in Poland

Małopolska Province will co-finance a digital cinema chain project with Cracow-based Apollo Film using existing local cinemas in the region.

Poligamy in preproduction

Denes Orosz begins filming his directorial debut Poligamy for production house Skyfilm on June 15.

Nellis to shoot Lidice in autumn

Director Alice Nellis's Lidice, a 1942 big-budget Czech war drama, will begin shooting in autumn.

Debt wraps first Hungarian shoot

Miramax's The Debt, directed by John Madden and starring Helen Mirren, completed the first of two filming sequences in Hungary.

Pre-MIPTV deals lining up

Polish and Czech TV stations are among those signing deals leading up to the MIPTV market in Cannes.

Polish market opens for DVB-H technology

Polish company INFO-TV-FM has won a tender to become the first Polish provider of television in the Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld format.

Hungarian filmmaker Bacsó dies

Hungarian director and screenwriter Péter Bacsó died March 11 at age 81.

Bulgarian Film Industry Faces Threat of Major Funding Cuts

The recent renaissance of Bulgarian film will grind to a halt if the government goes ahead with the planned cuts to subsidies of 59% in 2009.
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New Mafilm studio construction underway

Construction of a new Mafilm studio in Fot, replacing a studio destroyed by fire two years ago, began in February.

FNE in Sofia: Sofia IFF brings industry and art together

The 13th edition of the Sofia International Film Festival, 5-15 March, attracted local crowds as well as European industry professionals of both feature and documentary films from all over Europe…
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New film complex launches in Poland

A new film studio complex under the direction of Stanisław Tyczyński has opened in Alwernia, near Cracow.

Bulgarian telecom sale to Austria on hold

The sale of the broadcasting division of Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC) to Austria's Oesterreichischer Rundfunksender has been postponed.

CEE channels grow ProSeibenSat.1

Despite a drop in consolidated revenues for the ProSiebenSat.1 Media group, stations in Hungary and Romania accounted for a growing percentage of the corporations's revenues.

TV ARTE breaks off with TVP

The German-French cultural channel ARTE broke of co-operation with Polish public broadcaster TVP, citing the political leanings of TVP's new chairman.

TVM increase lead in Malta

The release of the fourth quarter Malta Broadcasting Authority's report shows station TVM increasing its lead to 35% of viewers.