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BELGRADE: The Thorn by Michael Alalu was awarded Golden Egg for best film at the 10th jubilee edition of Emir Kusturica’s Küstendorf Film & Music Festival that ran from 14 to 19 January 2017. The festival organises a competition for short films.

PODGORICA: In the last days of 2016, Montenegro founded its own Film Centre, making it the last country of former Yugoslavia to have an official film institution. The centre’s head will be the producer Sehad Čekić and the budget for 2017 is 560,000 EUR.

BELGRADE: Nikola Kojo’s debut feature The Flock topped the Serbian total chart with 163,395 admissions and 478,019 EUR / 59,099,647 RSD gross in 2016, boosting the box office by eight percent. The film beat the romantic sports comedy The Samurai in Autumn by Danilo Bećković, the Serbian box office darling of November 2016.

BELGRADE: Twenty two titles have been selected for the Official Competition programme of the 10th Küstendorf International Film and Music Festival, running from 14 to 19 January 2017. The festival initiated by Emir Kusturica is dedicated to emerging filmmakers and established names of auteur cinema.

BELGRADE: US helmer Tamar Halpern has wrapped production on Missing in Europe, a thriller about human trafficking entirely shot in Belgrade. The project is currently in postproduction with the premiere due for the second half of 2017.

BELGRADE: Film Center Serbia distributed 1,522,965 EUR / 188 m RSD in its latest round of grants for 2016, announced on 7 December 2016. The grants are co-financing grants and are all aimed for production.

BELGRADE: Serbian helmer Srdan Golubović is in preparation with Father / Otac, a feature film co-written together with the Croatian writer/director Ognjen Sviličić and based on true events. The film is a Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian/German/French coproduction.

BELGRADE: Soy Nero by Rafi Pitts was awarded the Grand Prix “Aleksandar Saša Petrović” for Best Film at the 22nd Belgrade Auteur Film Festival – FAF (25 November – 3 December 2016). Tranzicija by Milica Tomović was awarded best film in the Brave Balkan Competition.

BELGRADE: Film Center Serbia distributed 247,360 EUR / 30,482,647 RSD in the latest round of production and script development grants for 2016.

BELGRADE: The Serbian romantic comedy The Samurai in Autumn by Danilo Bećković is the top grossing Serbian film of 2016 and has set the box office opening weekend record of the year.

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