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IDF's Ex Oriente programme features two master classes on its closing day in Jihlava.

MALTA: The Malta Film Commission (MFC, www.mfc.com.mt) has reached an agreement with the British Film Institute to return to Malta the first four films shot in Malta, filmed between 1925 and 1931, the MFC has announced.

LIMASSOL: The 2012 International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (www.isffc.com.cy), which concluded on 20 October, bestowed its 1st Prize for Best National Film and an award of 5,000 EUR to Anna directed by Spiros Charalambous.

JIHLAVA: Ex Oriente continues it partnership with the Jihlava IDFF, but with a lower profile, offering a week-long workshop that begins on 22 October 2012.

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MALTA: Malta will receive 500,000 EUR for help in creating a skilled film industry, with EU funds awarded to the Malta Film Commission (www.mfc.com.mt), which announced the news.

SOFIA: The Bulgarian Parliament will vote on an amendment limiting the volume for broadcasting commercial advertisements on TV and radio.

PRAGUE: Cannes winning Czech animator Bretislav Pojar has died, just days after celebrating his 89th birthday.

WARSAW: The Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) and the Centre for Open Multimedia Education are sponsoring a conference on the situation of audiovisual education in Poland on 23 November 2012.

WARSAW: Twelve feature film projects from eight countries are participating in the 7th edition of ScripTeast, a year-long programme for experienced writers from Central and Eastern Europe.

Six films from Central Europe have been nominated for the European Films Academy’s (www.europeanfilmacademy.org) Short Film 2012 award.