PRAGUE: The second edition of the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival’s Emerging Producers project has named 19 European participants. Central European participants come from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic (with two producers attending), Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

BRATISLAVA: The Slovak Audiovisual Fund (www.avf.sk) has taken the lead in digitalizing the country’s small cinemas.

PRAGUE: A sign of the renewed vigour of Croatia’s national cinema, the 60th Pula IFF (www.pulafilmfest.hr) will screen 14 feature films in the national programme, which runs 20-27 July 2013.

KARLOVY VARY: The 48th Karlovy Vary IFF (www.kviff.com) gave a nod to the growing importance of TV in the film industry with screenings and panels that marked a first for the festival.

KARLOVY VARY: Feel-good generation-crossing comedy Revival directed by Alice Nellis made a last-minute surge to win the Audience Award at the 48th Karlovy Vary IFF (www.kviff.com). The film opens domestically across the Czech Republic on 11 July 2013. 

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.

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