PLZEN: Plzen’s loss will be Karlovy Vary’s gain. Karlovy Vary IFF announced that Polish director Agnieszka Holland will preside over the jury of the main competition. KVIFF will also screen her acclaimed HBO three-part film Burning Bush.
WARSAW: The Plus Camerimage Festival and BVK (German Society of Cinematographers) will hold a panel discussion about authors’ rights during the festival, which runs 16 – 23 November 2013 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
PRAGUE: David Ondříček’s impressive and moving historical drama set in the dark Stalinist days of the early 1950’s In the Shadow took five awards at the third annual Czech Film Critics Awards on 26 January 2013.
COTTBUS: The 14th edition of the East-West coproduction market connecting cottbus (www.connectingcottbus.de) taking place 8-9 November will present 13 films representing 12 countries, with participants pitching to an industry audience of some 150 people.
COTTBUS: Three Windows and a Hanging, the first project from Kosovo to be presented at Connecting Cottbus (www.connecting-cottbus.de), won the coco Best Pitch Award voted on by the attendees of the forum.
COTTBUS: New film funding opportunities for filmmakers in Central and Eastern Europe are emerging across the region, including backing for minority coproductions which is crucial especially in smaller countries.
COTTBUS: Projects from Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Kyrgyzstan generated strong interest at the 14th edition of Connecting Cottbus, also known informally as CoCo (www.connecting-cottbus.de).
COTTBUS: A strong Polish presence at the 22nd Film Festival Cottbus (www.filmfestivalcottbus.de) was validated with three of the festival’s top awards, including the main best film award with a prize of 20,000 EUR for Women’s Day, going to Polish films at the closing night ceremony on 10 November 2012.
COTTBUS: Georgian director Rusudan Glurjidze and her coproducer Zurab Magalashvili of Cinetech Production (www.cinetech.ge) pitched a Cuacasus post-war drama, House of Others, at the 14th edition of Connecting Cottbus (www.connecting-cottbus.de).
COTTBUS: Mellow Mud from debuting Latvian director Remars Vimba and producers Aija Berzina and Alise Gelze of Tasse Film (www.tasse.lv) emerged as one of the strongest contenders at the Connecting Cottbus pitching forum (www.connecting-cottbus.de), generating a full slate of meetings.
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