Polish Film Institute to Spend 26.5 m EUR on COVID-19 Aid for Cinema Industry

WARSAW: The Polish Film Institute will start accepting applications for their next batch of aid for producers, distributors, and studio/small cinemas on 1 February 2021. The funds will be transferred…
01-02-2021

PRODUCTION: Hungarian Christmas Film in Production

BUDAPEST: Hungarian director Dániel Tiszeker is filming Christmas Flame / Nagykarácsony, a classical love story between a cynical firefighter Arnold and a disorganised director of a school performance. The shooting…
01-02-2021

Balkan Documentary Center 2021 Calls for Applications

SOFIA: The Balkan Documentary Center has issued calls for applications for BDC Discoveries and to Docu Rough Cut Boutique. BDC Discoveries applications are due on 12 March 2021. Docu Rough…
01-02-2021

BOX OFFICE: Bulgarian Box Office Collapses By Over 70% in 2020

SOFIA: Bulgarian admissions decreased by 72%, while the box office fell by 73% in 2020, due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Total admissions were 1,337,951 and total box office was 6,485,835…
29-01-2021

GRANTS: Estonian Film Institute Gives Production Grants for Three Features

TALLINN: The Estonian Film Institute has distributed a total of 1.412 m EUR to three feature films: Dark Paradise, 8 Views of Lake Biwa and Stairway to Heaven.
29-01-2021

Kazakh Project A Winner Is Seen at the Start Wins WEMW

TRIESTE: The Kazakh project A Winner Is Seen at the Start by Zhannat Alshanova won the 5,000 EUR Film Center Serbia Award at the 11th edition of When East Meets…
29-01-2021

RE-ACT Funds Eight Projects in 2020

ZAGREB: The regional co-development fund RE-ACT selected eight projects for funding in 2020. The eight projects were chosen out of 55 applications in total and awarded with 10,000 EUR each…
29-01-2021

FNE IDF Podcast: True Story: Salt from Bonneville

This week True Story, a collaborative project between the Institute of Documentary Film and Film New Europe, speaks to Ukrainian filmmaker Simon Mozgovyi about his documentary Salt from Bonneville.
29-01-2021

PRODUCTION: Polish/German Lipstick On The Glass Moves Into Postproduction

WARSAW: Kuba Czekaj has completed the shooting on his first English language film Lipstick on the Glass, a Polish/German coproduction starring Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Bobbi Salvör Menuez and Laura Benson.
28-01-2021

PRODUCTION: Marko Šantić Starts Shooting Slovenian/Croatian/Serbian/French Wake Me

LJUBLJANA: The shooting of the Slovenian feature Wake Me / Zbudi Me, directed by Marko Šantić and produced by Vertigo, began in Jesenice on 26 January 2021. Jure Henigman, one…
28-01-2021

FNE Market Analysis 2020: GEORGIA

TBILISI: Georgia was strongly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, which shut down cinemas and film production for most of 2020, but Georgian films received new awards at international festivals. Georgian…
28-01-2021

PRODUCTION: Soso Chkaidze’s TV Series/Feature Film Completed After 40 Years

TBILISI: Georgian film director Soso Chkhaidze's TV series/feature film Shvidkaca is being completed posthumously almost 30 years after the director’s death, and more than 40 years after he began filming.…
27-01-2021

Georgian/French Coproduction Beginning Acquired by MUBI

TBILISI: Dea Kulumbegashvili’s film Beginning has been acquired by the streaming platform Mubi for the USA and UK (Svod Release). This Georgian/French coproduction was selected for Cannes 2020 Official Selection.…
27-01-2021

FNE Market Analysis 2020: ROMANIA

BUCHAREST: Romania has been seriously affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, which shut down film production and cinemas for several months. The closing of cinemas and the decrease of TV advertisement…
27-01-2021

Lithuanian Film Tax Incentives Programme Flourished in 2020

VILNIUS: Producers taking advantage of Lithuania’s eight-year-old Film Tax Incentive received 11.3 m EUR for film production in 2020, according to the Lithuanian Film Centre. International film productions spent almost…
26-01-2021

BOX OFFICE: Serbian Box Office Plummets in 2020

BELGRADE: The total cinema admissions in Serbia plummeted from 4,784,598 in 2019 to 1,562,590 in 2020, while total gross fell from 16.6 m EUR in 2019 down to 5.2 m…
26-01-2021

FNE Market Analysis 2020: BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

SARAJEVO: The already fragile film industry of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been severely shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic. The cinema attendance dropped by 70% compared to 2019 results, almost all…
26-01-2021

Projects From FNE Partner Countries Receive SEE Cinema Network Funding

SKOPJE: Films from Cyprus, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro have received South Eastern Europe Cinema Network (SEE Cinema Network) grants for development of feature-length projects. Each project will receive…
25-01-2021

FNE TV: Milica Božanič: Executive Director of the Serbian Film Commission

FNE asked Milica Božanič how the pandemic has affected foreign and domestic shoots in Serbia and what safety measures have been taken to get production back on course. She also…
25-01-2021

PRODUCTION: Polish Director Aleksandra Trepińska in Postproduction With Other People

WARSAW: Other People, a Warner Bros.- Madants coproduction based on the 2018 bestselling novel by Dorota Masłowska, has entered the post-production stage. The film directed by Aleksandra Trepińska received support…
25-01-2021