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CANNES: Estonians had much to celebrate in Cannes with the visit of the European Commission Vice-President and former prime minister of Estonia Andrus Ansip to the Estonian stand and the announcement of a 12 000 EUR development grant for the winner of the B’EST EAVE Producers Workshop this week.

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CANNES: FNE is proud to present the great line-up of films from our region that will be screening in Cannes over the next few days. Be prepared for some exciting discoveries. See below.

BERLIN: Oscar winning Bosnian director Danis Tanović, whose An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker screened in Competition at the Berlinale in 2013, is back with his timely political parable, Death In Sarajevo, a tale that asks if we can ever really escape from our own history.

BERLIN: Italian documentary maker Gianfranco Rosi looks to have scored another hit with his Berlin competition Fire at Sea focusing on the small Italian island of Lampedusa and its residents as a way to look at the international migration crisis.

BERLIN: Successful London theatre director Michal Grandage makes an accomplished feature film debut with Genius a 1920s period piece set in the New York of the Roaring Twenties and boasting a cast of stars including Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Dominic West and Guy Pearce. 

BERLIN: Polish director Tomasz Wasilewski arrives in Berlin with his Polish Swedish coproduction United States of Love and while early 1990s Poland might have been a rather chaste and Catholic place to the eyes of the outside world there is certainly no shortage of nudity and graphic sexual encounters.

BERLIN: Documentaries seems to be popping up ever more frequently in the main competitions of major A-list festivals and Berlin this year boasts two. Oscar-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney’s Zero Days and Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea are both in the main competition. 

SOFIA: The Bulgarian directed German production Zhaleika by Eliza Petkova won the grand prix of the international competition at the 20th Sofia International Film Festival held 10-20 March in Sofia.  

PRAGUE: The fifth edition of the East Doc Platform held in Prague from 7 to 13 March awarded at its closing ceremony the best of the projects in development participating at East Doc Platform 2016, which will be given further support.