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CLUJ-NAPOCA: Georgian director Rati Tsiteladze and producer Nino Varsimashvili of ArtWay Film won the Transilvania IFF (TIFF) Pitch Stop 30,000 EUR Eurimages Coproduction Development Award for their project for their harrowing drama The Empty House.

CLUJ-NAPOCA: Four Romanian and two Moldovan projects in development were pitched at the Transilvania IFF (TIFF) Pitch Stop Workshop, held during the 16th edition of TIFF (3-11 June 2017). The workshop was the part of an expanded industry section at this year’s festival.

CLUJ-NAPOCA: The 16th Transilvania IFF (TIFF), which held its closing ceremony on 11 June 2017, has transformed itself into a budding industry powerhouse. That was in evidence in the two largest cash awards distributed by the festival, both of which went to Georgia. The Transilvania Trophy for best film in competition, with a 15,000 EUR prize, went to My Happy Family directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, and the newly expanded Transilvania Pitch Stop Eurimages Co-production Development Award, with a prize of 20,000 EUR, went to the project The Empty House by Rati Tsiteladze.

CLUJ-NAPOCA: Less is More (LIM) held the international launch of its European development programme for limited budget feature films on 9-11 June 2017 at the 16th edition of the Transilvania IFF industry section.

CLUJ-NAPOCA: Berlin-based world sales company Picture Tree International is upping its CEE content, with buyer Rickard Olsson making his first trip to the Romanian Industry Days at the Transilvania IFF, which runs through 11 June 2017.

CLUJ-NAPOCA: With fall 2017 season two renewals of its series in Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic, and a new Polish series scheduled to debut in 2018, HBO Europe is underscoring its move away from formats and into original programmes.

KOSICE: Settling into its new home in the eastern Slovak city of Kosice, Art Film Fest marks its 25th anniversary with a selection of 12 films in its Slovak Season section, a Peter Kerekes Special section from the acclaimed Slovak documentary director and a selection of classics hand-picked by festival president (and respected Slovak actor) Milan Lasica.

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.

TREBON: The growing international recognition of the Czech Republic’s beloved animation festival Anifilm was evidenced in the awarding of prizes, with the best animated feature for adults going to France’s Louise by the Shore directed by Jean-Francois Lagouinie and the best animated feature film for children given to the Swiss/French film My Live as a Zucchini by Claude Barras.

TREBON: The artistic and production team behind Slovakia’s success animated TV series Mimi & Lisa were among the five CEE presenters pitching new animated TV projects to the international jury at the 2017 Visegrad Animation Forum held during the Anifilm festival running through 7 May 2017.