ZAGREB: The number of foreign productions using the tax incentives scheme in Croatia increased from 11 in 2017 to 14 in 2018, but the local expenditure decreased from of 24.7 m EUR in 2017 to over 15.5 m EUR in 2018.
The most important development in the Romanian film industry in 2018 is the cash rebate scheme launched by the National Commission for Prognosis on 8 October 2018. A total of 41 international and national projects applied for rebates by the end of 2018.
This month we speak with Iris Sretenovic, the programme manager of Cadmus Cineplex, a modern cinema named after the ancient hero Cadmus, the mythical founder of the city of Budva, the only mortal who married a goddess.
ZAGREB: Admissions to domestic films in Croatia decreased from 121,205 in 2017 to 55,709 in 2018, as the number of theatrically released domestic films dropped drastically from 16 in 2017 to seven in 2018.
BUCHAREST: A total of 41 projects applied for rebates in Romania in October-December 2018, of which seven have already been approved, two have been rejected and the rest of them are in the process of evaluation. Initially the 50 m EUR annual budget was much smaller as the rebate scheme was launched in October 2018, but the National Commission for Prognosis eventually announced that the whole funding of 50 m EUR has been made available.
BUCHAREST: Admissions to domestic films increased from 280,910 in 2017 to approximately 380,000 in 2018 in Romania due to Stere Gulea’s Moromete Family: On the Edge of Time / Moromeții 2. The awaited sequel of one of the most popular Romanian films of all times scored 181,232 admissions in only seven weeks.
BUCHAREST: The documentary Untamed Romania / România neîmblânzită, directed by Tom Barton-Humphreys and funded by Auchan Retail Romania and the environmental NGO The European Nature Trust, was sold to France Télévisions Group for broadcasting starting March 2019.
This month we speak with Marijana Bosnjak, CEO and Head of Board of Kino Urania located in the town of Osijek, in the Eastern part of Croatia. As a part of Kinematografi Osijek (an organisation which started in 1901), Urania is not only a cinema, but it also has a special place in the history of its city. Urania was built in 1912 with the assistance of Viktor Axmann, a local architect and free-mason. The building was used as a meeting point for the secret organisation. Today Kinematografi Osijek is running two cinemas: Kino Urania and Kino Europa (built in 1939).
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