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Yesterday in Tallinn, during a special presentation at Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event, Rolandas Kvietkauskas, the director of the Lithuanian Film Centre, presented to the international film community the results and future outlook of the government’s tax incentive for film production in Lithuania – the national tax incentive will rise to 30% in 2019. Kvietkauskas and producer Gabija Siurbytė (Dansu Films) discussed cases of successful tax incentive use, the scheme’s future prospects and important details filmmakers should know about the measure.

The Lithuanian Film Centre has recently published a piece of research that shows successful results of the period 2014–2017. The study was done by the Belgian creative industry consultancy KEA European Affairs. It shows that the period was exceptionally prolific in both national film productions and international co-productions, and brought significant benefits for the national film industry and the economy. Learn more about it here.

The Lithuanian film tax incentive introduced in 2014, has proven to be an effective film industry development tool for production services, a financial resource for international co-productions and national genre films as well as TV drama. Lithuania and its industry has drawn attention of such companies as the BBC and HBO. The impact was analysed by international researchers who demonstrated positive effects for both the film industry and the economy in general. Due to the encouraging results, the tax incentive will be raised from 20% to 30% for the next five-year period.

LJUBLJANA: The Serbian historical thriller TV series set after WWI, Black Sun also known as Shadow over the Balkans, took advantage of the Slovenian cash rebate to shoot part of its second season in Slovenia.

PRAGUE: The upcoming US series Whiskey Cavalier, which shot its pilot episode in Prague in March 2018, has been approved for a second boost of Czech film incentives.

BRATISLAVA: Three Czech and Slovak films opened in the top ten on the weekend of 22 November 2018, while a fourth film stayed in the top ten for the third week of its release.

VILNIUS: Domestic films continue to do well in Lithuania, with Worm / Sirdys directed by Justinas Kristiunas opening in the top spot on the 23-25 November 2018 weekend.

BRATISLAVA: The 20th Bratislava IFF, which runs 29 November – 2 December, has transformed the Made in Slovakia section to a selection of Slovak and Czech films, with several Slovak/Czech coproductions.

BANJA LUKA: Bosnian film professionals will gather in Banja Luka to discuss the state of the film industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 29 and 30 November 2018 at a forum organised by Vizart Film and the Creative Europe Desk.

TREBON: The Central European networking initiative for the animation industry is changing its name as it expands its outreach. Formerly known as VAF, the Visegrad Animation Forum, it has been re-titled CEE Animation Forum, and has opened a call for pitches of animated projects.

Visegrad Animation Forum (VAF) has been the largest platform for the animation industry in Central and Eastern Europe. Over the course of its six-year existence, it has managed to build a strong base of film professionals and welcome over 150 participants from all over Europe in Třeboň every year. The Central and Eastern European region operates on very similar historical, artistic and economic fundaments. That's why it is the organisers' ambition to broaden the platform by including other countries, increase the range of activities, and umbrella all of that under the new CEE Animation brand.

PODGORICA: Montenegrin producer Jelena Mišeljić, director Dušan Kasalica and director Ivan Salatić are new members of the European Film Academy.