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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.

COTTBUS: Paris-based Arizona Productions is solidifying its reputation as an art house producer of films from the CEE region. Producer Guillaume de Seille, attending the recent Connecting Cottbus pitching forum spoke with FNE about his upcoming slate of CEE films.

BRATISLAVA: “I’m very happy that Slovak film still lives.” Slovak Audiovisual Fund director Martin Smatlak took a moment to reflect on the state of the industry 25 years after the Velvet Revolution whose unintended side effect was the near-destruction of the Slovak film industry.

PRAGUE: Slovenian producer Danijel Hocevar of Vertigo told FNE that he is coproducing a film on the legendary Czech director Frantisek Cap with the Czech company Evolution Films.

BRATISLAVA: In one of the more curious incidents in Slovak history, its capital Bratislava was once known as Wilson City and its multi-ethnic leaders lobbied to have it declared a free town unattached to any country. PubRes and FilmBrigade are now in postproduction with a crime comedy set in 1919 Wilson City.

COTTBUS: Estonian producer Max Tuula of Marx Film presented the Estonian/Russian project The Dream Fish at Connecting Cottbus, a tale about a man who falls in love with a mermaid.

COTTBUS: Romanian writer/director/producer Anca Damian is moving into preproduction with a dramatic feature film inspired by the sudden and unexpected death of her father, In Perfect Health.

COTTBUS: Georgian production company Ablabuda Film, which was launched in 2013, is in preparation with its first film The Button (working title) directed by Alexander Kviria to be shot in 2015.

COTTBUS: Hungarian producer Andras Muhi of Inforg-M&M Film is in development with Spiral, a drama with comedic elements directed by Cecilia Felmeri, a much-awarded short film director making her feature film debut.