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COTTBUS: Pink, a relatively new company with an eye toward international productions, teams up with Polish director Tomasz Winski on his debut feature, Images of Love. Producer Radovan Sibrt and Winski pitched the project at Connecting Cottbus on 9 November 2017.

COTTBUS: Romanian director Valentin Hotea pitched his dark comedy I Hate Berlin at Connecting Cottbus, running 9 – 10 November in partnership with the Cottbus Film Festival.

COTTBUS: The production company Activist38, which produced the Bulgarian documentary Uncle Tony, are pitching their first fiction feature film Cat in the Wall at Connecting Cottbus on 9 November 2017.

COTTBUS: Vanja Vascarac is directing his debut feature Bloc 62 for producers Danijek Pek and Stjepan Hundic of the Croatian company Antitalent. The project is being pitched at Connecting Cottbus, 9-10 November 2017.

JIHLAVA: Director Piotr Stasik picked up the award for the best film from Central and Eastern Europe for Opera about Poland in the Between the Seas competition of the 21st Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, which concluded on 29 October 2017.

JIHLAVA: The rewarding and ever surprising experience that is the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (24-29 October 2017) is the result of a carefully conceived and evolving equation that balances film and industry with provocative discussion.

JIHLAVA: Czech, Polish and Slovak films are seeing a run of successes at their respective box offices as well as increasing recognition at international film festivals according to participants at the Jihlava IDFF.

JIHLAVA: Awards for best short documentary and best reportage were presented at the opening ceremony of the 21st Jihlava IDFF, held on 24 October 2017.

TALLINN: Estonia’s Homeless Bob Production is coproducing the Russian/Estonian/French film The Man Who Surprised Everyone from directors Natalya Merkuloa and Alexey Chupov.

PRAGUE: The competition line-up of the 52nd Karlovy Vary IFF (30 June – 8 July 2017) underscores the festival’s position as the powerhouse gateway to Central Europe and points East. Yes, the traditional slots for long-time partner territories such as France and Germany remain firmly in place, but for festival followers, it’s the array of films from CEE territories in all three of the festival’s competition sections that make it a must-attend event on the 2017 schedule.