BUCHAREST: The Romanian National Center for Cinema (www.cncinema.abt.ro) will give 2,206,000 EUR (10m RON) in production and development grants in 2012. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2013.

BUCHAREST: Romanian born Paris-based director Anca Hirte is in postproduction with a bittersweet observational documentary In the Name of the Mayor.

Dr. Rudolf Scholten is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Film Institute Austria (www.filminstitut.at) and member of the Board of Executive Directors of Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG.

BUCHAREST: Şerban Marinescu is in preproduction with To Paris, with the ID, a contemporary satire about the hopes of people who thought the fall of communism would be followed by fluid integration into Europe.

PRAGUE: Czech filmmakers Tomas Weinreb and Petr Kazda are preparing with their first feature I, Olga Hepnarova which they will co-direct and coproduce through Black Balance (www.blackbalance.eu), the company they founded in 2011.

Director/cinematographer Jolanta Dylewska is directing a documentary essay based on a book written by the Polish resistance commander Marek Edelman and Paula Sawicka, with Anna Wydra and the Polish company Otter Films (www.otterfilms.pl) producing. Andrzej Wajda is set to direct the fiction part of the film.

PRAGUE: Jiři Konečný and Endorfilm (www.endorfilm.cz) are preparing a new project with Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu. The project follows their successful cooperation on A Night Too Young/ Prílis mladá noc.

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.

BUCHAREST: Following the international success of the animated documentary Crulic: The Path to Beyond, director Anca Damian is developing Eden Hotel, a psychological drama she is also producing through Aparte Film (www.apartefilm.net).

JIHLAVA: Jan Gogola, Jr.'s new documentary is an intimate portrait of the contemporary Czech artist Kateřina Šeda who is binding ordinary people through projects combining art and social initiative. Jiři Konečný is producing through endorfilm (www.endorfilm.cz).

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