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ZAGREB: Two new Balkan initiatives are in the works, courtesy of the Albanian National Center of Cinematography. The initiatives could result in a Balkan coproduction fund and a Balkan forum in the near future.

ZAGREB: After two lawsuits and two Ministers of Culture, the Croatian Audiovisual Center is back to normal operations, HAVC director Hrvoje Hribar told FNE.

ZAGREB: Zagreb Film Festival's director Boris Matic opened the 14th edition of the festival, running through 20 November 2016 in Kino Europa, the art house cinema he also operates, with the announcement that the cinema had won the Europa Cinemas award for best programming just days earlier.

COTTBUS: German-based Serbian director/writer Tanja Brzakovic is preparing a post-WWI drama White Widows, which was pitched at the 18th edition of connecting cottbus.

COTTBUS: Romania’s 4 Proof Film is coproducing the Turkish film SAF, which was pitched at connecting cottbus, which ended on 11 November.

COTTBUS: Poland has decided to make the expansion of Polish participation in international coproductions a strategic priority. Polish producers are also increasingly getting involved as minority coproducers in international productions. As part of this strategy a delegation of Polish filmmakers from Krakow were in Cottbus this year for the connecting cottbus East-West coproduction market.

COTTBUS: Polish powerhouse production company Opus Film is part of the team behind The Return, a 90-minute drama to be directed by short film and documentary film director Krzysztof Rzaczynski. The film was presented in Cottbus by Maciej Rzaczynski, cofounder of production company East Studio, along with the director.

COTTBUS: Producer/writer Petar Mitric presented the Serbian post-war LGBT project Strawberry Jam at the 18th edition of connecting cottbus, which concluded on 11 November 2016.

COTTBUS: Ivan I. Tverdovsky’s award winning metaphorical Russian drama Zoology picked up the 25,000 EUR main prize of the 26th Cottbus Film Festival at the closing ceremony on 12 November 2016. The film also earned the Best Actress award.

COTTBUS: A larger venue, new programmes and an increase in coproduction funding initiatives opened the path to a 25% increase in attendance at the 18th edition of connecting cottbus (9-11 November, 2016), the East-West pitching forum that led the way in fostering coproduction between CEE territories. Some 200 professionals attended three days of meetings with producers and directors of 11 film projects.