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BELGRADE: Serbia has increased its cash rebate for film production from 20% to 25%, according to an offical announcement. The rebate applies to qualified Serbian spend for feature films, TV series, animation films and visual effects, TV commercials and documentaries.

BELGRADE: Independent sales company Arclight Films has acquired the rights for Ederlezi Rising by Lazar Bodroža, the first Serbian science fiction film. Arclight chairman Gary Hamilton announced that Ederlezi Rising will be presented to buyers for the first time at the Berlin Film Festival market. The film has been supported by Film Center Serbia.

BELGRADE: The Russian/Polish/Serbian coproduction Dovlatov directed by Aleksey German, Jr. has been acquired by the Paris-based sales company Alpha Violet ahead of its world premiere in the Competition of the 68th Berlin IFF (15-25 February 2018). The film stars the Serbian actor Milan Marić.

BELGRADE: The 46th edition of FEST, the largest and most popular film festival in Serbia, will screen 126 films from 23 February to 4 March 2018. Sixteen films are in the International Competition and five feature films will screen in the Serbian Cinema competitive section.

BELGRADE: Emir Kusturica is in preparation with Just One More Time, a feature film loosely based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s works and his first collaboration with the Hong Kong-based Dirty Monkey Films Group. The film will be shot in China and also in Marseilles and Rome starting July or August 2018.

BELGRADE: For the second year in a row Film Center Serbia maintained its regular schedule of financial support contests and at the end of 2017 the Goverment granted a total of 8,482,200 EUR / 1.005 m RSD.

BELGRADE: Raško Miljković’s debut feature The Witch Hunters / Zlogonje has been acquired by the Berlin-based company Pluto Film and a market screening will take place during the 2018 Berlin Film Festival on 17 February 2018. The Witch Hunters is a Serbian/Macedonian coproduction.

BELGRADE: Front Page Midgets / Patuljci sa naslovnih strana by Milorad Milinković topped the Serbian box office during its first weekend. The film released by Taramount Film on 18 January 2018 surpassed Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with 7,146 admissions.

BELGRADE: Mladen Kovačević is currently in production with his third long documentary Merry Christmas, Yiwu / Srećna Nova, Yiwu. This Serbian/French/Swedish coproduction is the first Serbian film ever to be almost entirely shot in the People’s Republic of China.

BELGRADE: Five new Serbian feature film projects were presented to potential French coproducers at the first French-Serbian coproduction workshop held at Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée in Paris from 7 to 8 December 2017.