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PRAGUE: The Czech film Alois Nebel is one of three contenders for the European Film Academy’s (www.europeanfilmacademy.org) 2012 animated feature film award.

WARSAW: HBO Poland (www.hbo.pl) has appointed Izabela Lopuch as Head of Original Production effective 1 October 2012.

PIESTANY: The Slovak film festival Cinematik (www.cinematik.sk) has given the Film Europe Award for best feature-length Slovak documentary to Bells of Happiness (Zvonky šťastia) by Marek Šulík and Jana Bučka (www.zudro.sk).

IDF spoke with Polish director Jacob Dammas and German producer/director Helge Renner about the six year long process of creating their documentary Polish Illusions.

PRAGUE: Czechoslovak actor Radoslav Brzobohaty died 12 September 2012, just one day short of what would have been his 80th birthday.

WARSAW: The Wajda Studio (www.wajdastudio.com) has completed shooting on its second feature film, The Performer, the directing debut from Maciej Sobieszczanski and Łukasz Ronduda.

BATUMI: The Batumi International Art-house Film Festival (BIAFF, www.biaff.org) will host a documentary workshop in partnership with Postcode Films (www.postcodefilms.com).

MEDIAS: The second MECEFF (Mediaş Central European Film Festival, www.meceff.ro) gave its Best Film award to the Polish film Rosa (www.skorpionarte.pl) by Wojciech Smarzowski

ADANA: Fourteen Turkish films were selected from 42 applicants to screen in the 19th Golden Boll National Feature competition (17-23 September 2012, www.altinkozafestivali.org.tr), vying for 350,000 TL in prizes.