TBILISI: The number of foreign productions using Georgia’s two-year-old cash rebate are expected to increase dramatically this year. „We anticipate around 10 international projects benefitting from the cash rebate to be shot in Georgia in 2018 compared to five in 2017”, Lika Mezvrishvili, the Head of Film in Georgia, told FNE. Three foreign productions have been shot so far in 2018.
BUCHAREST: The new feature film Donbass by Sergei Loznitsa, which will open Cannes’s Un Certain Regard on 9 May 2018, is currently in postproduction. The film is a German/ French/Ukrainian/Dutch/Romanian coproduction. Most of the postproduction takes place in Bucharest at Digital Cube.
This month we speak with Margarita Arsova, the programmer of the Youth Cultural Center in Skopje, Macedonia. The center runs several venues including three cinemas – Millenium (with 505 seats), Frosina (with 263 seats) and Pocket (with 80 seats). Millenium and Frosina cinemas are part of the Europa Cinemas network.
ZAGREB: The drama series Newspapers / Novine directed by Dalibor Matanić has been sold to Netflix and will become available in 130 countries. Netflix also bought the second season of the series, that is still in production and whose release is expected in September 2018.
BUCHAREST: The Romanian/Mexican/Japanese coproduction Drunken Fish on the Moon (working title) directed by the Japanese Kohki Hasei is expected to have a three weeks shoot in Romania in the autumn of 2018. The project is currently in the financing stage with the Romanian party represented by Metropolis Film and the producer Daniel Mitulescu. Emir Kusturica is the executive producer.
ZAGREB: The Croatian Government put forward to the Parliament a bill on audiovisual activities, introducing a new structure for the Council and the Managing Board of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) and regulating the definitions of audiovisual works so as to include video games.
ZAGREB: The Croatian Audiovisual Centre distributed 2,135,735 EUR / 15,880,000 HRK as production grants for feature films, debut features, long documentaries, short documentaries, short fiction films and experimental films, and also as project and script development grants. The grants were announced on 29 March 2018.
BUCHAREST: Daniel Sandu’s debut feature One Step Behind the Seraphim won eight awards at the12th Gopo awards including best film, best director and best debut feature.
SKOPJE: The Macedonian/Croatian/Finnish/British coproduction The Liberation of Skopje by Rade and Danilo Šerbedžija has been sold to China. Representatives of the Italian sales agent Summerside International told FNE that interest has been also expressed by more South Asian territories including Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.
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