CANNES: The 71st Cannes Film Festival held from 9 to 20 May awarded its top prize the Palme d’Or to the Japanese film Shoplifters directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Poland scored twice in the main competition prize lineup with Cold War, a Polish/UK/French coproduction that won the Best Director prize for Pawel Pawlikowski, and as a coproducer of Ayka directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy, which won a prize for Samal Yeslyamova as Best Actress.
CANNES: FNE asked Jana Karaivanova about her first Cannes as the director of the Bulgarian National Film Centre and why it is important for Bulgaria to be a coproducer of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree, one of the films in the main competition in Cannes this year.
CANNES: The 71st Cannes Film Festival was a bumper year for Polish films in Cannes with seven Polish productions or coproductions being included in official selection in different sections of the programme- all of them supported by the Polish Film Institute.
CANNES: The Macedonian Film Agency has signed coproduction agreements with both Bulgaria and Kosovo in Cannes this year. The agreement with the Bulgarian National Film Centre was signed just before the Summit of Western Balkan countries, which kicks off in Sofia today.
CANNES: The 12th Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award for the Best Script from Eastern Europe went to the script Afrika by Maya Vitkova-Kosev from Bulgaria. The script was developed within the screenwriting programme organised by the Independent Film Foundation. The award was presented at the 71st Cannes Film Festival on 14 May 2018.
CANNES: The Cannes Classics Selection this year includes two films that showcase the rich film heritage of Lativa and the former Czechoslovakia.
CANNES: It looks like 2018 is going to be a bumper year for films from the central and eastern European region in Cannes. The Main Competition, Certain Regard, Quinzaine and Critics Week all have included either majority or minority coproductions from central and eastern Europe in their official selection. Films from Poland, Georgia, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia are all represented.
CANNES: Cannes Film Festival kicks off next week and one of the highlights will be the NEXT programme, which focuses on innovation in the cinema industry. FNE invited Julie Bergeron the head of Cannes NEXT project to join us and tell us about how innovation in the AV sector is shaping the future of cinema.
MOSCOW: Russian director Eduard Novikov received the Golden George for Best Film for his The Lord Eagle at the 40th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival, which took place 19-26 April 2018.
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