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Connection FNE - Germany - Russia

FNE is committed to broadening its role as a Bridge between CEE countries and the wider Europe. This includes providing information that helps to open new markets for CEE films in the neighbouring countries of Russia and Germany.

FNE will be carrying out joint projects with Connecting Cottbus and the new Red Square Screenings to promote European films there.

With the French romantic drama, Just A Sigh, by Jérôme Bonnell and the Spanish thriller, Son of Cain by Jesús Monllaó Plana, EFP opened WESTWIND - A European Film Showcase at Moscow's 35mm Cinema on Wednesday evening.

FNE TV asked Gindilis how central and eastern European producers can coproduce with Russia and how Red Square Screenings (www.rac-cb.com) is opening doors for European producers in Russia. See the full interview.

COTTBUS: Six films are competing for a 1,500 EUR prize in the third U-18 German-Polish Youth Film Competition of new films from German and Poland as part of the Cottbus Film Festival (www.filmfestivalcottbus.de) running through 11 November 2012.

COTTBUS: The East European pitching forum connecting cottbus (www.connecting-cottbus.de) takes on the topic of Eurimages’s revised distribution support programme during its two-day presentation, 8-9 November 2012.

COTTBUS: A strong Polish presence at the 22nd Film Festival Cottbus (www.filmfestivalcottbus.de) was validated with three of the festival’s top awards, including the main best film award with a prize of 20,000 EUR for Women’s Day, going to Polish films at the closing night ceremony on 10 November 2012.

COTTBUS: Projects from Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Kyrgyzstan generated strong interest at the 14th edition of Connecting Cottbus, also known informally as CoCo (www.connecting-cottbus.de).

COTTBUS: New film funding opportunities for filmmakers in Central and Eastern Europe are emerging across the region, including backing for minority coproductions which is crucial especially in smaller countries.

COTTBUS: Three Windows and a Hanging, the first project from Kosovo to be presented at Connecting Cottbus (www.connecting-cottbus.de), won the coco Best Pitch Award voted on by the attendees of the forum.

COTTBUS: Romanian director Radu Muntean is in development with his fifth film, One Floor Below, which he and producer Dragos Vilcu pitched at Connecting Cottbus (www.connecting-cottbus.de) running through 9 November 2012.

COTTBUS: Hungarian producer Judit Stalter of Lakoon Film (www.lakoonfilm.com) and writer/director Attila Till are in development with Kills on Wheels, the first coproduction between Hungary and Denmark

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