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TALLINN: A trio of films put Estonia on the international map in 2014, Estonian Film Institute head Edith Sepp told FNE.

TALLINN: When it comes to Tallinn’s film industry meeting point, the Baltic Event running 24-28 November 2014, Estonia is punching way above its weight. FNE spoke with Marge Liiske, managing director of the Baltic Event, just as the 13th edition was going into full swing.

TALLINN: The new Lithuanian tax incentives scheme for films, introduced just 11 months ago, “is working quite well,” Lithuanian Film Centre project manager Kristina Vildziunaite said at a presentation taking place at the Baltic Event, which runs through 28 November 2014.

TALLINN: Latvian auteur and producer Laila Pakalnina is in postproduction with Dawn, a Latvian/Estonian/Polish coproduction which participated in the Baltic Event Works in Progress presentation on 26 November 2014.

TALLINN: “From the country that gave the world Skype.” Those words from Black Night Film Festival’s Industry@Tallinn director Stan-Kristian Saluveer kicked off the launch of the festival’s new Digital Corner, which puts a spotlight on Estonia’s high tech film services industry.

TALLINN: A diplomatic breakthrough trip by a delegation from the Estonian Film Institute has turned up what may be the first fiction film shot in Estonia, a 1913 comedy titled Borrowed Wife, at the Gosfilmofond archives in Russia.

TALLINN: Estonian writer/director Kadri Kõusaar will begin shooting her third feature, the Estonian/Swedish/Norwegian coproduction Nordic Instinct in early 2015 in Estonia and Norway.

PRAGUE: Slovak/Czech/Hungarian distributor Ivan Hronec of Film Europe and Unifrance’s CEE guru Joel Chapron kicked off the 17th edition of the expanded Festival of French Films in Prague with a pre-premiere screening of Benoit Jacquot’s Three Hearts. Jacquot is also attending the festival which is honouring him with screening of eight of his films in total.

TALLINN: Marti Helde’s feature debut In the Crosswinds represents Estonia in the international competition of the Black Nights Film Festival running through 30 November in Tallinn. The film is also one of five Estonian films in the Estonian Tridens Film Award competition.

BRATISLAVA: Party Girl by the French writing/directing team of Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, won the Grand Prix and the Student Award of the 16th IFF Bratislava which wrapped on 14 November 2014.