COTTBUS: Russian films took the Best Film and Best Director awards at the 23rd Cottbus IFF which concluded on 9 November 2013, with The Geographer Drank His Globe Away by Aleksandr Veledinsky winning the main prize and Yury Bykov winning best director for The Major.
COTTBUS: For the second year running, newcomer Kosovo received the pitching prize of Connecting Cottbus , voted on by the attendees of the 15 year old CEE pitching forum.
COTTBUS: Countries across the CEE region are gearing up for major changes in funding in 2014, as outlined by a panel at the 15th edition of Connecting Cottbus (CoCo) held 7-8 November 2013.
COTTBUS: Just a Moment, a young Lithuanian production company with international aspirations, joins forces with writer/director Giedre Beinoriute whose documentary Conversations on Serious Topics was selected as Lithuania’s 2013 Oscar candidate, on Breathing into Marble in development as a feature film based on the Lithuanian novel which won the European Union Literature Prize in 2009.
COTTBUS: Poland’s Munk Studio is in preproductions with The Erlprince, a feature debut from writer/director Kuba Czekaj.
COTTBUS: Ukrainian production company CryCinema brings the drama Kai to the Connecting Cottbus pitching forum, taking place 7-8 November 2013 during the Cottbus Film Festival.
COTTBUS: Azerbaijan and Germany are teaming up Pipeline, a coproduction in the scriptwriting and development stage being pitched at Connecting Cottbus.
PRAGUE: The movers and shakers of the Czech film industry turned out for the Czech Ministry of Culture’s fourth annual award for contribution to cinema.
JIHLAVA: Tremora producer Ieva Norvilene spoke with FNE about her upcoming slate of films, including a documentary participating at the Ex-Oriente workshop held during the Jihlava IDFF.
PRAGUE: Central European Media Enterprises (CME) continued its revenue slide in the third quarter of 2013, but an overhaul of top management in the past two months has seen a new bluntness and determination to address the gap between its leading place on the TV market and its financial freefall.
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