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BATUMI: Ray and Liz by the British director Richard Billingham was awarded best film at the 13th Batumi International Arthouse Film Festival, which took place in Batumi from 16 to 23 September 2018.

SOFIA: A committee of the Bulgarian Cinema Council voted Ilian Djevlekov's sophomore feature Omnipresent as Bulgaria’s official entry for the US Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category.

FNE asked Montenegrin director Ivan Salatic about his new film You Have the Night / Ti imaš noć, a coproduction between Montenegro, Serbia and Qatar, which was in competition in Venice Critics Week this year.

FNE asked Romanian director Cristian Mungiu about the challenges facing the Romanian film industry and why the fight against piracy needs to be one of the main priorities for European film.

SOFIA: A committee of the Bulgarian Cinema Council voted Ilian Djevlekov's sophomore feature Omnipresent as Bulgaria’s official entry for the US Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category.

BRUSSELS: European organisations from the audiovisual sector call in an open letter for a significant budget increase for the Creative Europe Programme, specifically insisting that the proposed 58% share earmarked for Creative Europe MEDIA in the Creative Europe Programme’s budget must at the very least be guaranteed in relation to the overall financial proposal.

LIMASSOL: The National Competition programme of the 8th International Short Film Festival of Cyprus showcases 19 films, which are automatically included in the international competition. The festival runs from 13 to 19 October 2018.

WARSAW: Warsaw-based New Europe Film Sales is organising New Europe Warsaw Sessions from 24 to 27 September 2018. The event is a workshop set in an original location outside Warsaw, where six talents, hand-picked by New Europe’s team, will mix with top film decision-makers.

Mike Bonanno (half of The Yes Men duo), Vitaly Mansky and Sean McAllister are among the tutors of the 2nd workshop of Ex Oriente Film 2018/2019, entitled Inside the Production, which will take place at IDFF Ji.hlava from 24 to 29 October 2018.

As organisations working across the European audiovisual sector, we represent film and TV producers, publishers and distributors of films both offline and online, sales companies, cinema operators and national promotion agencies.
In the context of discussions surrounding the future of Creative Europe, we would like to reiterate our utmost support for the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme and its proportionate share of the overall Creative Europe budget.