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PRAGUE: Jan Prušinovský’s The Snake Brothers/Kobry a Užovky took the top prize for Best Film as well as five other awards at the 23rd edition of Czech Film and Television Academy’s Czech Lions Awards held on Saturday 5 March at the Rudolfinum concert hall in Prague.

BERLIN: The 66th Berlin International Film Festival held from 11-21 February 2016 awarded its top prize the Golden Bear for Best film to Italian director Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea.

BERLIN: FilmFestival Cottbus and Connecting Cottbus handed out two prizes during its annual Berlinale Brunch held at the Representation Building of the Federal State of Brandenburg in Berlin. Young film and theatre producer Marija Dimitrova from Macedonia was awarded a Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrechten (GWFF) grant endowed with 4,500 EUR euro to study abroad.

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

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In 2015 the Film New Europe Association welcomed new board members, Magdalena Sroka the director of the Polish Film Institute and Elma Tataragić, the General Secretary of the Bosnian Filmmakers Association.

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TALLINN: The 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival awarded its top prize to the South Korean film Sado by director Lee Joon-ik with the director and producer picking up an award of 10 000 EUR.

TALLINN: The Estonian regional Tartu Film Fund in the city of Tartu has announced that it will increase the amount of funding available in the next five years to 450,000 EUR from its present level of 150, 000 EUR.

STRASBOURG: The The French/Turkish/German coproduction Mustang directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven has been awarded the European Parliament's LUX Prize 2015 .

VIENNA:  Participants at the Film New Europe Association’s Focus on Austrian CEE Coproduction will launch a new network of Austrian and Central and Eastern European film funds and producers to build on the success of the event hosted at the Austrian Film Institute on 9 October in Vienna.

VENICE: New York-based musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog screens in competition in Venice as her first feature-length film since the documentary Home of the Brave 30 years ago.