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'Tales from Kars' ('Kars Öyküleri'), the legacy of the Festival on Wheels script competition, has been selected for the Bright Future section of the Rotterdam Film Festival. The film came about thanks to the committed support of the Festival on Wheels for young filmmakers and will have its world premiere in Rotterdam.

Czech Film Center to issue first DVD of selected short films

Prague, 26 January 2010 - The Czech Film Center is to issue the first DVD of selected short films at the end of January.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are delighted to present our EFM 2010 line-up from HungariCom Ltd.
In addition to our new titles below, we also have an extensive catalogue of feature films available for select territories.
More information and additional titles, including new trailers, artwork, and updates visit our website: http://www.hungaricom.com/
Should you be interested in an appointment, please reply to this e-mail to schedule a convenient time for a meeting.
We will be located in Martin-Gropius Bau, Stand Number 139
We look forward to seeing you there!

Warmest Regards,
Zsuzsanna Kalomista & Viktor Dudas

The Future of Film: Intercontinental, Collaborative and Cross-media
"In the Limelight": French Director and Screenwriter Claire Denis

16 new feature films will compete for the Golden Reel Award at the 41st Hungarian Film Week running between February 2 -8 in Budapest. The competition of Magyar cinematography's traditional showcase offers the world premieres of 13 full-length features among them 5 directorial debuts

Kaunas International Film Festival's commercial made it to the December issue of the cult magazine shots published in the UK and read by advertising professionals all over the world. The video produced by a Lithuanian advertising agency Not Perfect Y&R and production house Dansu was published as a model creative work.
Zrinka Cvitesic, Croatian SHOOTING STAR 2010, will be seen in Competition at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival. The young actress stars as Luna in the Bosnian/Herzegovian located drama On the Path (Na Putu), directed by the Berlinale Golden Bear winner Jasmila Zbanić.

From December 12 to January 3, Doc Alliance Films will offer FREE STREAMING of over 60 SHORT FILMS. To commemorate the 15th anniversary of Visions du Réel, the festival has asked select filmmakers for the gift of images, in the form of cinematic HAIKUS. Each short film in the HAIKU series is comprised of "three shots to contemplate reality and to capture, in the manner of Japanese poems, the unforeseeable, fleeting, and eternity of a moment, to be discovered at the beginning of each projection."

NEW FILMS ON THE PORTAL: THE FINAL PICKS OF 2009

Doc Alliance Films is pleased to acquire SIX DOCS this month, the final selection of this year. The films include two from Peter Mettler - Balifilm is a mystical exploration of an extraordinary culture and Picture of Light ventures to Canada's arctic in search of the Northern Lights. Alexandru Solomon's Great Communist Robbery attempts to restore the truth about an infamous bank heist in communist Romania, and Three Men and a Fish Pond by Latvian filmmakers, Maris Maskalans and Laila Pakalniņa, is a meditation on the physical and spiritual understanding of the world. The Korea/Bolivia co-production, Daughter of Chorolque by Park Mi-Sun, follows the lives of three female miners against the mesmerizing backdrop of Bolivia, and Alix Didrich's short film, Portrait of a Wedding Day (detail) examines the transition from a fleeting pose to an immortal image of happiness.

All of the following films will be available to stream or download on http://www.docalliances.com/ by the end of the month. Select titles are available now. Please check out RECENTLY ADDED films to watch the newest additions to Doc Alliance Films.


DOC ALLIANCE

The New Deal for Feature Documentaries

Doc Alliance is a partnership which emerged as a result of the co-operative effort of five key European documentary film festivals - CPH:DOX Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, IDFF Jihlava, Planete Doc Review Warsaw and VISIONS DU REEL Nyon. The aim of the Doc Alliance initiative is to support the diversity of feature documentaries. Doc Alliance was born with the awareness that new initiatives are needed to promote remarkable films to a general market that is less permeable to their circulation and commercialisation and to approach various audiences in every conceivable manner, ranging from cinema, television, DVD to VOD, and other networks. Its objective is to create an inventive and dynamic distribution platform for filmmakers and producers by offering attractive alternatives, debates, choices and perspectives.

While the global financial crisis is affecting film production, 2009 is shaping up to be a record year for Polish distribution, with over 31.5 m admissions to date.
In 2008 total admissions were 34.1 m, with a significant increase in December.The effects of the crisis on film production are expected to be felt in 2010.

"Undoubtedly there has been a decrease of funds for film production from private entities." Anna Godzisz, the official spokesperson for the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) told FNE.

Polish public broadcaster Telewizja Polska S.A. (http://www.tvp.pl/) has reduced its film production budget drastically from a planned 27m PLN to about 5m PLN.

In 2009 as producers faced budget problems, as PISF can only finance up to 50% of the production (maximum of 6 million PLN for coproduction projects). PISF has by increasing the average amount of its grants per production. The average grant for a feature film in 2009 was 2.6 m PLN, while in 2008 it was 2.1 million PLN.