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The Housemaid, a documentary about a young Slovak woman working for a elderly couple abroad, received the first FNE Visegrad Prix for a documentary film at the IFF Bratislava (www.iffbratislava.sk)…
A new Hungarian media bill now being drafted would limit commercial TV corporations to a 35% share of the viewing market, according to a local news reports. Index.hu says a…
MAB, the first series created directly and only for internet broadcast in Hungary is set for launch (trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogInq8enG8I&feature=related). The project was initiated by Ádám Horgas, a director of alternative…
Director Davis Simanis and producer Liga Gaisa are in development with a Latvian full-length documentary, Escaping Riga, a "docu-fiction" about Riga-born film director Sergei Eisenstein who emigrated to Russia and…
BRATISLAVA: Hungarian filmmaker Kornel Mundruczo, speaking with FNE at the Bratislava IFF (www.iffbratislava.sk) where he received a five-film retrospective, said the uncertain future of the MMK (Motion Picture Public Foundation…
COTTBUS: Film funders from some of CEE's lesser known film production countries met during a panel discussion at Connecting Cottbus (www.connecting-cottbus.de), CEE's leading pitching forum which took place during the…
BUCHAREST: The Italian documentary and short film directors Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio are in Bucharest for the final stage of the casting the lead actress of their first feature,…
Director/screenwriter Radu Jude is currently in post-production with a low-budget 60-minute film A Film for Friends/Film pentru prieteni which he produced and self-financed. Jude, whose first feature The Happiest Girl…
Hungary has become one of Europe's international coproduction hubs over the past six years, following the passage of important legislation that set up a tax rebate system that allows producers…
WARSAW: The Cybulski Prize (www.nagrodacybulskiego.pl), an annual award for best performance from a Polish actor under age 35, was given to Mateusz Kościukiewicz for his role in Mother Teresa of…
The XVth European Cinema Forum CINERGIA 2010 in Łódź hosted a special discussion panel devoted to the development of film co-productions in Europe. The panel "European co-productions - europudding or…
The Slovak/Czech documentary Romanies Go To Elections from one of the new Slovak documentary directing stars, Jaro Vojtek (Slovak Oscar candidate The Border), is currently in production with 50% of…
Director Masha Novikova has completed filming her documentary triptych under the working title Sweet Smoke (OF FATHERLAND/ OF HOMELAND) in Lithuania. The release of the film is planned for 2011.
Hungary began a transition in its film funding and administration system in 2010 which is expected to have a complete overhaul in 2011. FNE looks at the film and TV…
WARSAW: Nominations for the first-ever FNE Visegrad Prix for best documentary coproduction from a Visegard country have been announced. The films are all screening in the International Bratislava Film Festival…
Slovak production company Arina (www.arinafilm.sk) is in development with director Juraj Nvota (Muzika) on We Will Meet in our Dreams. The 1.5 million euro story of thwarted love was presented…
The IFF Bratislava (www.iffbratislava.sk ), running through 11 November 2010, is presenting the world premieres of five Slovak films along with an overview of Slovak film productiton in 2010 in…
The most important development in the Czech Republic was the approval of film tax incentives in 2010. The European Union approved the Czech film tax incentives in June, as announced…
The year 2010 has seen a major slowdown in production in general, compared to 2009. This was partly anticipated because of the gap caused by the closing of the Audiovisual…
Short film "Hanoi-Warsaw" directed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz received the Special Award on Cottbus Film Festival Germany 2010.The Cottbus Film Festival is one of the most important festivals of Eastern European…

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