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PRAGUE: Central European Media Enterprises reported a 7 percent decline in net revenues to 146.6 m USD and 10 percent decline in TV advertising revenues during the first quarter of 2019. Operating income increased by 12 percent to 27.7 m USD.

VILNIUS: Three MIDPOINT programmes will take place in Lithuania 3 – 9 May 2019 presented in partnership with the Lithuanian Film Centre.

CANNES: Polish director and screenwriter Paweł Pawlikowski has been selected to serve on the prestigious jury of the Cannes Film Festival.

Second workshop of Feature Launch 2019 is about to take off

The time has come for the second workshop of MIDPOINT Feature Launch, which will be organized in Kaunas, Lithuania – in partnership with the Lithuanian Film Centre – from May 3 till May 9, 2019. 

Nine feature-length projects and three script consultant trainees are meeting again after the first workshop of the program. 
Group leaders and script consultants Anne Gensior, Christian Routh and Ivo Trajkov will continue with their guidance of projects. Gyula Gazdag will again act as script consultant trainees mentor and Feature Launch producer tutor and Head of Studies Danijel Hocevar is also coming back on board. 

MIDPOINT also invited to Kaunas numerous guest tutors from various fields of the film industry. Feature Launch is joining Alessandro Gropplero (Director of When East Meets West Co-production market), together with Greek marketing expert Christina Pelekani, film sales expert Marcin Luczaj from Poland, Greek producer Amanda Livanou and traditionally, German pitching trainer Gabriele Brunnenmeyer

Feature Launch lectures will be open also to the Lithuanian filmmakers, who are warmly invited to join us! 
If you are in Kaunas and want to experience our open lectures, please write to Barbora Podskubkova (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to confirm your participation. 

Open lectures at Europa Royale Kaunas Hotel / 
Kaunas, Lithuania:

May 5, 2019 / 16:30 
How to pitch your film – 6 questions for the pitch by Gabriele Brunnenmeyer 

May 6, 2019 / 9.30 
Marketing Is Your Friend: An Introduction to Film Marketing by Christina Pelekani 

May 6, 2019 / 14.00 
Dos And Don'ts With Sales Agents by Marcin Luczaj 

May 7, 2019 / 9.30 
Case Study: Pity by Amanda Livanou and Marcin Luczaj 

May 8, 2019 / 9.30 
How to Make Friends And - Sometimes - Even Good Films by Alessandro Gropplero 

May 8, 2019 / 11.30 
European Film Financing Sources by Danijel Hocevar 

Find a detailed description of the lectures here
Click here to learn more about the workshop itself. 

MIDPOINT Feature Launch is realized with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Czech Film Fund. It is presented in cooperation with Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, When East Meets West, Trieste Film Festival, the Lithuanian Film Centre, connecting cottbus, CineMart and Audiovisual Producers' Association. MIDPOINT operates under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

MIDPOINT Shorts 2019 final workshop to start in Kaunas

MIDPOINT´s leading short-film oriented program MIDPOINT Shorts is concluding in Kaunas, Lithuania with its second workshop from May 3 till May 9, 2019. 

First one was organized in January 2019 in Trieste, Italy. The workshop will continue with the script analysis (group leader and script consultant Pavel Marek) and offer them consultations from various fields of the film industry. Jukka-Pekka Laakso, director of Finish Tampere Film Festival, will share his knowledge and experiences as a guest tutor, as well as Lithuanian producer Marija Razgute and Marcin Luczaj from Poland, who is working for New Europe Film Sales agency. 

Learn more about the workshop in Kaunas, program tutors, lectures and projects here. 

MIDPOINT Shorts is realized with the support of the Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, the Czech Film Fund, the Lithuanian Film Centre and When East Meets West. MIDPOINT operates under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

MIDPOINT Intensive Lithuania is here! 

MIDPOINT´s first intensive workshop in Lithuania aimed at the Lithuanian film professional is also starting in Kaunas, Lithuania and will be organized from May 5 till May 9, 2019. Thanks to a partnership with Lithuanian Film Centre, this 4-day workshop is available for Lithuanian filmmakers. 

You can find more information about the program 
and it´s participants here.

MIDPOINT Intensive Lithuania is realized with the support of the Lithuanian Film Centre. MIDPOINT operates under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Estonian film Bad Hair crowned best short film at Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival

Bad Hair became the first Estonian film to win the short film competition of the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF) at the festival's closing ceremony this Sunday. The festival’s audience award went to the Japanese zombie comedy One Cut of the Dead.

Bad Hair, directed by Oskar Lehemaa, was awarded the Silver Méliès (Méliès d’Argent) which grants the film the opportunity to compete for the Golden Méliès at the annual gala of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, of which HÕFF has been a member since 2013. The 14-minute short film, Estonia’s first entry in the body horror genre deals with the topic of hair loss, as the protagonist orders a mysterious hair-growth serum that has undesired effects on his body.

The jury, consisting of Daniel Cohen, the artistic director of the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, film critic Marta Balaga and Estonian film director Urmas E. Liiv awarded the filmmakers “for making the only film in the world that makes you truly happy to be bald”.

Bad Hair, Oskar Lehemaa’s first independent film was produced by Evelin Penttilä at Stellar Film, a production that lasted over five years. It was originally pitched as part of the Baltic Pitching Forum in 2014 - an event co-organised by PÖFF Shorts (the sub-festival of Black Nights Film Festival) alongside Lithuanian Shorts, ShortEst, 2Annas and Riga Int'l Film Festival where it won the opportunity to represent the Baltics at Euro Connections - Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival’s co-production market. The film also received crowdfunding in Indiegogo.

Crew members include actor Sten Karpov, DOP Ivar Taim, who won the Best Cinematography award in 2018 at the Black Nights Film Festival for his work on The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow, production designer Triin Valvas, make-up designer Liisi Roht, editor Sander Somma and composer Paul Oja.

The jury also gave nods to another Estonian film, the animation Strawberry Eaters by Mattias Mälk and Oscar’s Bell by Chris Cronin (UK). The eight films in the competition were selected from among 150 submitted works.

The biggest jury of the festival - the audience - favored the Japanese zombie comedy One Cut of the Dead (directed by Shinichiro Ueda) with the US supernatural thriller Freaks (directed by Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein) close on its tail.

The 14th Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, the biggest genre film festival in the Baltics, ran from the 25th until the 28th of April. The festival is organised by the team at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

Film still: Bad Hair
Film still: Strawberry Eaters
Photo by Markus SeinOskar Lehemaa accepting the award
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PRAGUE: Cannes will pay tribute to Milos Forman a year after his death with a double bill of films, Loves of a Blonde and the documentary Forman vs. Forman by Helena Trestikova and Jakub Hejna.

PRAGUE: Petr Koliha, executive director of the Czech children’s TV channel CT :D, will receive the Grand Prix of the 59th Zlin IFF for Children and Youth for his contribution to the development of cinematography for children and youth.

East Silver has announced the addition of three new films.

TALLINN: Ott Tänak: The Movie, a documentary about the World Rally Championship driver, directed by Tarvo Mölder, set a new record in Estonia, passing the 50,000 attendance mark since its premiere on 12 April 2019.

VILNIUS: Lithuania is the second Baltic country (alongside Estonia) to have a documentary leading the box office charts over the Easter season. Valstybes Paslaptis, a documentary about Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite directed by Donatas Ulvydas, held on to the number one spot for its second week-end in release.