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CLUJ-NAPOCA: Twelve first and second feature films have been selected for the main competition of the 18th Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), which will be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, from 31 May to 9 June 2019. Among them is the Romanian coproduction Monsters. by Marius Olteanu, awarded with the Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury Award at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival, where it screened in the Forum section.

ZAGREB: FNE spoke with 2019 Producer on the Move Anita Juka representing Croatia. In 2015, she produced her sister Ivona Juka's debut feature You Carry Me, which was the first film from the Balkan region to be acquired by Netflix.

BUCHAREST: Romanian writer/director Anca Damian will show her French language animated film Marona’s Fantastic Tale at the Cannes Film Festival Market, followed by its screening in the competition of Annecy International Animation Film Festival (10-15 June 2019). Damian is also developing the English language animated film The Island, which will be a Romanian/Belgian coproduction.

This month we speak with Michael Bukovanský, the Minikino programmer and the Head of the Film Club.

This month we speak with Michael Bukovanský, the Minikino programmer and the Head of the Film Club.

NICOSIA: The Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus made great efforts in 2018 to expand the country’s activities in various aspects concerning the cinema, including film production, film education and providing incentives for foreign productions.

ZAGREB: Croatians and a large international cultural contingent are protesting the closing of Kino Europa by the City of Zagreb.

ZAGREB: Christopher Peter Marcich has been unanimously elected to a four year term as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), starting 1 May 2019. He is replacing Daniel Rafaelić, who stepped down in February 2019.

BUCHAREST: The 3rd American Independent Film Festival initiated by Cristian Mungiu through Asociația Cinemascop will take place in Bucharest from 12 to 18 April 2019 and in Iași (Mungiu’s home town) on 11 and 12 April 2019.

TBILISI: The acclaimed Georgian director George Ovashvili is working on two new feature films – Beautiful Elene, with preproduction set for the summer of 2019 and production for September 2019, and The Moon Is a Father of Mine, with preproduction set for the autumn of 2019 and shooting for the winter of 2020.