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Krakow, 10th May, 2010 - Krakow Film Festival, which 50th jubilee edition will take place between 31st May - 6th June, has been opening for film professionals for many years now. Behind the name Industry Zone there are Krakow Film Market, Dragon Forum and numerous events meant for film professionals present at the festival. Only until 15th May getting accreditation for 50th KFF is possible.

Prague 10 May 2010 - AniFest 2010 will shortly open its gates in TEPLICE. It will offer a rich program, from which we have culled some information for fans of special visual effects filmsand the Lithuanian Retrospective. What exactly is a special visual effects film, and what was its evolution in the context of Czech cinematography? The 100th anniversary of the birth of Karel Zeman, who through his work significantly pushed the boundaries of visual effects film, presents an opportunity to map this issue. To that end, the 9th Annual Anifest has invited a number of experts to whose seminars and workshops we cordially invite you.

FNE at Cannes: EFP Producer on the Move Tamas Liszka

{mosimage}Hungarian "Producer on the Move" Tamás Liszka is breaking new ground in the field of animation in Hungary, and earning high praise along the way.

Tamás Liszka"He's a many-sided talent," says Eurimages' Tamas Joo. "The feature animation market is new territory in Hungary. He has a background in film culture plus the best network in the animation business."

Liszka is putting all of that to good use with his ambitious upcoming animated feature film, Egill: The Last Pagan. The first Hungarian/Icelandic co-production, along with a Polish co-production partner, employs stereoscopic animation with new software designed especially for the film.

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FNE at Cannes: EFP Producer on the Move Kamila Polit

{mosimage}Polish Producer on the Move Kamila Polit is a creative multitasking force who left the world of theater and opera for film production two years ago and has already proved to be one of the most promising production coordinators in the industry.

Kamila PolitPolit is a Sociology and Master Business Administration graduate, fluently speaking in English and German. After finishing her studies she worked as a culture manager, focusing on music theater production. Between 1999 and 2004, she was responsible for PR at the ROMA Musical Theatre in Warsaw. She was a close co-worker of Mariusz Treliński, a renowned Polish opera director, during the production of his works both in Europe and USA. In 2007 she joined Jan Dworak in reactivating the Polish production company Prasa & Film (http://www.prasaifilm.pl/), of which she is now a shareholder as well as film project coordinator and producer.

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FNE at Cannes: EFP Producer on the Move Pavel Bercik

{mosimage}In less than two years, Pavel Bercik fast-tracked from FAMU film school student to a spot as one of the Czech Republic's busiest producers.

This ambitious young producer has already moved across the spectrum of film categories, with a list of credits and project that moves from shorts to documentaries to animation to feature films. Lately he's been showing up at pitching forums with an equally diverse group of films in various stages of production. At the recent Plzen Finale festival (http://www.filmfestfinale.cz/) presentation of upcoming Czech films, hosted by the Czech Film Institute (http://www.filmcenter.cz/) which also recommended Bercik for the Producer on the Move honor, Bercik introduced a pair of dramatic features. To the Sea, a family drama, won the RWE script award and has the backing of Barrandov studio (http://www.barrandov.com/) and Czech TV (http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/), along with its first foreign co-production partner Croatia's Studio Dim (http://www.dim.hr/). Yuma, an arthouse thriller with a young adult protagonist, is a Polish/German/Czech co-production with partners Yeti Films (http://www.yetifilms.com/) and Heimatfilm. His Evolution Films partner Ondrej Zima introduced a teen "anti-comedy," Part-timer.

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FNE at Cannes: EFP Producer on the Move Anneli Ahven

{mosimage}Estonian Producer on the Move Anneli Ahven (38), a brilliant workaholic from a group of female producers that have prominently featured in Estonia's film industry for the last decade, has a production portfolio that belies her age.

Anneli AhvenProlific in documentaries, features and shorts, Anneli has accumulated enough experience to work across borders and in all formats. Her features include Shop of Dreams (2005), Men at Arms (2005), Curse of a Werewolf (2005, straight to TV), Where Souls Go (2007), Taarka (2008), and The Visitor as a co-producer (2008), all of which have screened at film markets in Cannes and Berlin and made waves at the domestic box office and with critics. This year, Anneli heads to Cannes with her new film A Friend of Mine (director Mart Kivastik, release date Autumn 2010) that has completed most of principal photography.

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FNE at Cannes: EFP Producer on the Move Daniel Burlac

{mosimage}For Romania's Producer on the Move Daniel Burlac, a graduate of FEMIS (Paris) and participant in the EAVE and ACE training programmes in 2006 and 2007, working in Romanian cinema is an enriching experience.

Daniel Burlac"I feel very connected with the European spirit, and as a Romanian producer I want to give something to the European cinema. I would be happy to be part of projects that could prove how strong the Romanian potential really is." However, Daniel Burlac doesn't have a special focus. He told FNE he would be happy to produce a film that could sell one million tickets in Romania, in order to show that the Romanian producers know how to attract the audience. "I am extremely open to any kind of projects. The only thing that interests me is to make films I believe in," he says.

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FNE at Cannes: EFP Producer on the Move Kamen Kalev

{mosimage}Bulgaria's Kamen Kalev won international attention with his first film as both director and producer, Eastern Plays.

After the international success of Eastern Plays, produced by WaterFront (www.waterfrontfilm.net) in association with the Swedish postproduction company Chimney Pot post (www.thechimneypot.com), Kalev will begin promoting of his new project The Island in Cannes. With strict budget restrictions for 2010, the €1.5M film is has support from the National Film Center and from Bulgarian National Television as a national co-producer with a 6.5% share. Stockholm-based Chimney Pot will be involved as international co-producer again


FNE at Cannes: EFP Producer on the Move Silvia Panakova

{mosimage}Slovak producer Silvia Panakova was selected by the Slovak Film Institute for the European Film Promotions' "Producers on the Move" for her first feature film, My Husband's Women, directed by Ivan Vojnar.

Silvia PankovaFollowing closely after its distribution in Slovak cinemas in May 2009, Panakova and her production company Arina, Ltd. (http://www.arinafilm.sk/) saw the December 2009 theatrical release of her second feature, T.M.A, (The Darkness) by esteemed Slovak director Juraj Herz.


Prague, May 7, 2010 - The 63rd Cannes International Film Festival is set to run from May 12 to 23, 2010, and Czech cinema is going to be there. In 2009, a total of 9,907 participants from 101 countries around the world were accredited at the Cannes film market, the Marché du Film. This year, some 70 film professionals (producers, distributors, journalists, representatives of film institutions and festivals) representing Czech cinema are hitting the road to Cannes for the festival and market. The Czech Republic will once again be represented by Czech Film Center, which will be on hand to present contemporary Czech films and industry news in its pavilion.

Europa Distribution

Europa Distribution is the voice of independent distributors.

Since its foundation in 2006, the body has become one of the fastest growing trade organisations in the film industry, now representing 80 distributors in 22 countries.

The last twelve months have seen successive Hollywood 3D blockbusters (Avatar, Up, Alice in Wonderland) taking cinema fairly and squarely into the digital age. While there is no doubt that these films have been largely responsible for an upswing in the number of digital cinemas in Europe, their success has also heightened concern among smaller cinema operators, for whom the costs of digital conversion may be prohibitive. Linked to this issue is the fear that European films will be "squeezed out" of many cinemas by a tide of US 3D blockbusters. Faced with this development, public bodies at the European, national, regional and local levels are trying to come up with solutions to support the transition, with varying degrees of success. But as with state aid of any sort, these champions of cultural diversity must run the gauntlet of competition law. The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, has just published a new IRIS plus report entitled Digital Cinema which focuses on these issues. The author of the leading article of this brand new report, Francisco Cabrera, will be present at the Cannes film market. During the Observatory's "Digital cinema tango" conference on the 16th of May, Cabrera will make a presentation on the subject of this report.

The Institute of Documentary Film is announcing a call for articles to be posted on DOKweb.net. In order to open up our portal to a broad variety of topics and views, we invite filmmakers, producers, industry insiders, students and other documentary professionals to send in their documentary-related texts. We're looking forward to reading your submissions!

Documentary in Europe is an annual event focusing on the current state of European documentary film. The event combines an international pitching forum, match making sessions, screenings, seminars and master classes. It all takes place on July 7-10 in the beautiful mounting village Bardonecchia, close to Turin, Italy. Submission deadline is May 12, 2010.

Dear friends,

We are happy to announce, that it is the 10th anniversary of the Estonian Film Foundation in Cannes!
In celebration, we are bringing to you again a reliable line-up of four new Estonian features to be screened at Marche du Film 2010. You are of course most welcome to take a look.
We could be found in Palais Riviera, stand E12, like always. The stand is called Baltic Films.