The Prague-based Institute for Documentary Film has backed scores of projects over the past year through it Ex Oriente, East European Forum and East Silver programs. A dozen, covering a range of subjects from eugenics to broken down highways will screen at the One World fest 3-12 March.

PRAGUE: The third edition of East Doc Platform, a development program run by the Czech Republic's Institute of Documentary Film (IDF), rolls out 3-9 March, coinciding with the One World docu fest and complementing it with intensive sessions for indie filmmakers, producers and professionals.

PRAGUE: The venerated human rights film fest One World, running 3-12 March, has announced a program of provocative films that examine the true costs of work on ordinary people's lives. Its focus sections also examine issues including the right to know, endangered families, journeys to freedom and the power of the media.

 

BRATISLAVA: The Visegrad Film Forum, set for 11-13 March, has announced it will host Austrian cinematographer Christian Berger, who filled Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon (2009) for a day-long lecture.

SOFIA: Action film star Pierce Brosnan, known for his roles as super agent 007, is shooting parts of the $35 million suspense film Survivor in Bulgaria, according to broadcast news source RadioTimes.

TBILISI: The Georgian National Film Center has announced the first joint public-private partnership in film funding, aimed at supporting exceptional local film production. TBC Bank will contribute to the financing of documentary and short film projects on a competitive basis this year.

The festival's pride are films with 13 Oscar nominations and guests such as Sylvain Chomet and Isaach de Bankolé

ISTANBUL - New Zealand-born actor Russell Crowe is moving into the director's seat for the first time for father-son war drama. The Water Diviner will begin shooting 26 February, adding locations here to scenes already filmed in Australia.

PRAGUE: The premiere documentary of a US journalist based in the Czech Republic, Buried, has made global news with its revelations that 103 Torah scrolls stolen during WWII have been found in Russia.

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