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JIHLAVA: Czech TV general director Petr Dvorak and ARTE Commissioning Editor Madeleine Avramoussis were at the Jihlava documentary festival to announce the launch of an association agreement between the two TV stations.

JIHLAVA: Moving into the second year of its new industry profile, the 17th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival consolidated its standing as the magnet for regional documentary filmmakers under the visionary leadership of director/founder Marek Hovorka.

JIHLAVA: The Uprising, a Belgian/UK production consisting of amateur footage shot during the Arab Spring, won the Opus Bonum Best Film prize of the 17th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival which concluded 29 October 2013.

The international sales company WIDE (formerly known as WIDE Management) announced sales of the Croatian box office and critical success Priest’s Children as well as a new VOD partnership in Croatia.

JIHLAVA: The Slovak parliament has adopted an amendment that will create a new support scheme for the film industry including the introduction of a 20 percent cash rebate for film production.

JIHLAVA: Taskovski Films has picked up the Bulgarian/Finnish documentary Soul Food Stories and the Romanian/Hungarian documentary Stream of Love, managing director Irena Taskovski told FNE.

The 11 films selected for the main competition of the 23rd edition of FilmFestival Cottbus running 5-10 November 2013 are an effective demonstration of how easily Central and East Europeans now cross borders.

PRAGUE: Two more top executives are departing regional TV group Central European Media Enterprises (CME), the company announced on 17 October 2013.

PRAGUE: Michal Bregant, General Director of the newly revitalized Czech National Film Archives (NFA) presided over a 70th anniversary celebration that attracted some of the top film industry heads.

BUDAPEST: Houdini, a four-hour miniseries starring Adrien Brody, began filming in Budapest on 14 October 2013.