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30th November–6th December Ankara, 7th–10th December Sinop

Organized by the Ankara Cinema Association with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the 18th Festival on Wheels is preparing to hook up with film audiences between 30th November and 10th December. The show will, as always, get on the road in Ankara, where screenings are scheduled for 30th November-6th December. After leaving the capital, the Festival will head straight for the Black Sea to Sinop, one of last year’s hosts, to continue its programme with the support of the Governorship of Sinop, the Municipality of Sinop and the Sinop Culture and Tourism Association from 7th-10th December.

Argo is the hugely entertaining third film by actor-director Ben Affleck. it is that rarest of things: a mainstream thriller that is as intelligent as it is entertaining. As such, it is the perfect end to five days of American films.

FNE asked Romanova how EU producers can coproduce successfully with Russia, during the Red Square Screenings in Moscow. See the full interview on FNE TV.

HELSINKI: Finnish film admissions are on track to equal or surpass the 2010 record, with 2.05 m admissions to date, a 30 percent share of the 2012 market.

MALTA: The Malta Film Fund (www.mfc.com.mt) distributed 239,000 EUR for domestic production and it was announced that three films are scheduled to shoot in Malta in 2013.

The films of Jerry Schatzberg, particularly the key works he directed in the 1970s, have been undervalued in the eyes of many critics who, in their survey of American cinema have elevated other directors to iconic status. (He is not alone – Michael Ritchie is another director richly deserving of re-evaluation.) So this brief retrospective, which includes a masterclass with the filmmaker, is a very welcome addition to the third edition of the American Film Festival.

Scanorama Ontente: UK Baltic States CoProduction Forum.

FNE asks the director of the newly established Lithuanian Film Centre (www.lfc.lt/en) about the challenges ahead for the EU’s newest national film body. Watch the interview on FNE TV.

BUDAPEST: HBO Europe (www.hbo-europe.com) announced the appointment of Will Harrison to the new position of Chief Operating Officer.


FNE spoke to Marek Michalik, the programmer of Dolnośląskie Centrum Filmowe, Lower Silesia Film Centre from Wrocław, Poland which is slated to join the Europa Cinemas network in January 2013. 

TALLINN: The opening ceremony of 16th Black Night FF (www.poff.ee) presented awards in four competition sections of the Sleepwalkers Student and Short Film Festival (www.swff.ee) including the Estonian national competition prize going to Vaba Maa (Free World) directed by Anna Hints.