KARLOVY VARY: Representatives from Globo Films and TV Globo, divisions of Brazil’s (and South America’s) largest media group, Globo, arrived in Karlovy Vary to meet with the Czech film and TV industry in an exploratory visit to discuss shooting in the Czech Republic.
KARLOVY VARY: Jihlava IDFF (www.dokument-festival.com) fest director Marek Hovorka moderated the presentation of 13 documentary films in various stages of production at the growing annual pitching event, Docu Talents from the East taking place during the Karlovy Vary IFF (www.kviff.com).
TALLINN: Kadri Kõusaar’s second film The Arbiter, making its international premiere in the East of the West competition at the Karlovy Vary IFF (www.kviff.com), is a morally challenging and difficult film that launched a funding debate in Estonia.
KARLOVY VARY: The Croatian box office smash hit The Priest’s Children ( www.interfilm.hr ) brought Karlovy Vary IFF ( www.kviff.com ) audiences to their feet with a standing ovation and a full five minutes of applause -- a once-in-a-decade reception – at its international premiere on 3 July 2013.
KARLOVY VARY: The Slovak distribution company Itafilm ( www.itafilm.sk ) is expanding into the Czech Republic with its first Czech and Slovak acquisition, Out.
KARLOVY VARY: Two years since it was launched, and 18 months since it gave its first grants, the Hungarian National Film Fund ( www.filmalap.hu ) is taking a look at the programme to see what adjustments are needed.
KARLOVY VARY: All eyes will be on the world premiere of Janos Szasz’s The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) screening in the main competition of the 48th Karlovy Vary IFF (www.kviff.com ) on 3 July 2013, the first film to emerge thanks to a grant from the new Hungarian National Film Fund ( www.filmalap.hu )
KARLOVY VARY: Barrandov film studio plans to coproduce three international productions, CEO Petr Tichy told FNE.
KARLOVY VARY: Two days of presentations and pitches for upcoming CEE films concluded on 2 July 2013 with a 10,000 EUR in-kind services award from Barrandov film studio going to the Georgian project Blind Dates directed by Levan Koguashvili and presented by producer Olena Yershova of Kinoiberika.
KARLOVY VARY: Berlinale film programmer Nikolaj Nikitin announced a new training programme for young industry professionals from CEE along with Germany, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, SOFA (School of Film Agents) which will hold its first workshop 19-30 August 2013 in Wroclaw.
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