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SARAJEVO: Director Šahin Šišić is in very early development with Hotel Drina, a cinematic adaptation of the play I Left My Heart in Zvornik, by the writer, scriptwriter and poet Abdulah Sidran (Do You Remember Dolly Bell?, When Father Was Away on Business).

BUCHAREST: The Romanian box office rose by 4.1 percent in the first seven months of 2012, while admissions grew by 6.4 percent.

BUCHAREST: Romanian producer/director Tudor Giurgiu is trying to lure Romanian audiences back to local films with a unique new promotional campaign for his second film, Of Snails and Men. Unprecedented for a Romanian film, Giurgiu has invested 100,000 EUR and is preparing to open on 39 screens in 22 towns on 14 September 2012.

BUCHAREST: Realitatea TV (www.realitatea.net) announced it will cut half of its personnel, following the appointment of a new General Manager, Gabrial Bugnar, who took over the position on 3 September 2012.

BUCHAREST: At least eight high profile Romanian films are scheduled to open domestically in the next three months, with hopes of improving on the lukewarm reception by local audiences. The diverse field includes critically acclaimed award winners.  

FNE together with Europa Distribution have launched its new Distributor of the Month series.  In recognition of the hard work and excellence of European distributors and the common problems they face especially in the transition to digitalization we choose a distributor from each country covered by FNE each month. 

BUCHAREST: The newly installed Council of Administration of Romania’s public broadcaster TVR (www.tvr.ro) will cut nearly 30 percent of its staff, 980 out of its 3,340 employers, in an attempt to recoup its 133m EUR debt.

BUCHAREST: Belgian director Benny Vandendriessche is in preparation with his debut feature, Drift, a low-budget film planned to shoot entirely in Romania 10 - 25 September 2012 and for three weeks in January 2013. Romanian company 4Proof Film (www.4prooffilm.ro) is providing services.

BUCHAREST: Participants at the second edition of the Golden Carpathian (www.goldencarpathian.com) film market have scored a number of sales during the event which was held in Bucharest from 23 to 26 August 2012.

BUCHAREST: Polish director Katarzyna Priwieziencew’s Hel has won the top prize for best pitch at the Golden Carpathian film market held in Bucharest.  Hel is an a feature film produced by Amondo Films (www.amondofilms.com) and is currently in postproduction.