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ZAGREB: A sequel to Lionsgate’s action film The Hitman's Bodyguard starring Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds is expected to start shooting in Croatia on 4 April 2019.

BORDEAUX: Ten projects from CEE countries are among the 66 projects selected for the Cartoon Movie pitching event taking place in Bordeaux, France from 5 to 7 March 2019.

Prague, 6 March 2019 – The 21st annual One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival starts tonight. Under the motto, “Safe Proximity,” the festival explores the subject of identity and the search for what brings us together. “Documentary films often present stories from distant corners of the world, stories of people with whom, at first glance, we have little in common. But we want to show that even distant stories can feel close to us, that they affect us, and that we can learn from them or relate to them,” explains the festival’s director, Ondřej Kamenický. One World is screening 117 films from 51 countries, and will feature 148 international guests.

BUCHAREST: Cristina Jacob’s teen film Oh, Ramona! has become the first Romanian production with more than 1 m USD box office in domestic cinemas, within three weeks of its release.

My Grandpa is an Alien International Premiere

After its international premier and screenings at renown festivals in Belgium, Canada and Sweden, the long awaited Croatian children's SF film My Grandpa is an Alien starts domestic theatrical distribution on March 21.

Croatian children's SF film My Grandpa is an Alien will have its international premier this week at 22nd FIFEM Festival International du film pour enfants in Montreal. FIFEM is renowned for selecting films that stimulate curiosity and encourage critical thinking and informed dialogue, and Grandpa Alien is one of eight films selected in competition.

The same week the film will compete on the other side of the world, at JEF festival, dedicated to broadening views of children and youth in Antwerp and five other Belgian cities from February 23 till March 10.

The first leg of Grandpa Alien's international tour ends at the end of March at a festival which has dedicated this years edition to honoring the efforts of Greta Thunberg and other youth activists and celebrating the future – the key Nordic film festival, BUFF in Malmö.

Domestic audiences will have the chance to see My Grandpa is an Alien on March 5 at 7th International Children's Films Exhibition in Čakovec and since March 16 in previews at multiplexes all over Croatian, where official theatrical distribution starts on March 21.

The SF adventure of a little girl Una and her robot friend Dodo, who have less then 24 hours to save her partly alien family, was inspired by the story My Grandpa is an Alien by Irena Krčelić. The screenwriters are Pavlica Bajsić and Branko Ružić, and film was directed by awarded directorial duo Dražen Žarković and Marina Andree Škop.

The main cast includes 12-year-old Lana Hranjec and one of the most awarded Croatian actors Ozren Grabarić (the voice of Dodo), as well as eminent Norwegian actor Nils Ole Oftebro, Slovak comedy star Petra Polnišova, Croatian actor Frano Mašković, and young rising stars Alex Rakoš, Sven Barac, Tonka Kovačić, Lucija Šango...

DoP was Sven Pepeonik, production designer Petra Kriletić, costume designer Zorana Meić, music was composed by Stein Berge Svendsen and film was edited by Marina Andree Škop.

The film was produced by Darija Kulenović Gudan and Marina Andree Škop from Studio dim in coproduction with partners from six other European countries: Croatian Radiotelevision, Wady Films from Luxembourg, Filmbin from Norway, MasterFilm and MagicLab from Czech Republic, Artileria from Slovak Republic, Senca Studio and Art Rebel 9 from Slovenia and Fabrika from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The film production was supported by Croatian Audiovisual Center, MEDIA programme of the European Union, Film Fund Luxembourg, Norwegian Film Institute, Filminvest, Czech Film Fund, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Slovenian Film Centre and Cinematography Fund Sarajevo. The film is distributed by 2iFilm in Croatia and the region.

Emerging Producers introduced at Berlinale, new call open!


Eighteen up-and-coming documentary film producers from Europe were introduced to film professionals and journalists present at the 69th Berlinale (see photo gallery). The call for applications for the next edition of EMERGING PRODUCERS was also announced in Berlin, with a deadline on March 15, 2019. The programme will include two sessions – one in Jihlava (October 2019) and another in Berlin (February 2020). You can now submit your applications or share the news with talented producers around you. The Emerging Producers from Europe will be accompanied by a participant from Taiwan, which is the guest country of the 2020 edition.  


Submit your documentary to Ji.hlava IDFF


Film submissions to the 23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival are now open.We accept feature-length and short films, animated and interactive documentaries. The films premiered in Jihlava have a chance to be nominated for the European Film Academy Awards and the winners at the Ji.hlava IDFF are also eligible also for Oscar® consideration in the Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature Subject categories. Check the deadlines now.


Echoes of Ji.hlava in Bratislava, Warsaw, New York


After the successful Echoes of Ji.hlava IDFF in Belgium, we move to Bratislava, where we will present the most remarkable film titles from the festival's 22nd edition later this week, on March 7-8. At the end of the month, the Ji.hlava Echoes will take place in New York and on April 1 we will be at the Warsaw’s Wajda School. The Echoes of Ji.hlava traditionally include film screenings, discussions and masterclasses and are organised in collaboration with the Czech Centres network.


Meet Ji.hlava IDFF at other festivals 


You can meet members of the Ji.hlava IDFF team at some of the upcoming film festivals. The head of international communication René Kubášek will be at the 12th edition of One World Romania in Bucharest on March 15-18, the festival director Marek Hovorka will attend Cinéma du Réel on March 19-21, while our programmer Andrea Slováková will be in Kyiv at the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival between March 22-26 and then at the CPH:DOX on March 26-29. We will be happy to meet you on these occassions!


East Doc Platform with docs and interactive projects


East Doc Platform’s programme section East Doc Interactive brings to Prague (March 9–15) interesting projects, experts and tutors. Kalina Bertin will talk about her Manic VR, a beautiful and chaotic journey through the phases of bipolar disorder. Austrian artistic collective gold extrawill discuss their documentary games set in the heart of Nairobi or in the middle of a war in the Ukraine. Storyteller Frédéric Dubois will tell the audience how to set a successful impact agenda. See the complete EDP 2019 programmeWe invite the EDP participants to the Guests Meet Guests hosted by Emerging Producers, which will take place on Tuesday, March 12 from 18.30 at Tibet Open House Prague.  


KineDok Launches a New Season. Online at DAFilms.com!


KineDok presents an annual collection of new documentaries that are just perfect for the big screen. On March 25, the project's 5th edition will start in seven European countries and for the first time also online at DAFilms.com! Before you head for one of the screenings of this year’s KineDok, watch a selection from the past editions: End of the WorldThe Dead NationThe White World According to Daliborek and more!

VALLETTA: The Bollywood film Bharat starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, which wrapped shooting on 2 March 2019, used Malta as location last year. The film is the directorial debut of Ali Abbas Zafar.

BELGRADE: Rift in the Ice by Serbian director Maja Miloš and Victim by Slovak director Michal Blaško were selected for the 15th edition of Cinefondation’s Atelier in Cannes 2019. The event takes place from 16 to 23 May 2019.

The new feature film of Academy Award nominated director Tanel Toom "Truth and Justice" has performed strongly in local theatres setting a new record for the opening week of any film shown in Estonia.

Romantic comedy ’Oh, Ramona!’, directed by Cristina Jacob, held on to the Romanian top spot in the second week since its release, thus becoming the highest grossing film in 2019, surpassing US blockbusters such as 'How to Train Your Dragon’, ’Ralph Breaks the Internet’, ’Glass’ and ’Alita: Battle Angel’.