TBILISI: A total of 31 projects for short and long documentaries have been submitted to the grants contest launched by the Georgian National Film Centre. Approximately 82,800 EUR/200,000 GEL are at stake.

TBILISI: Speak Out, a documentary produced by NGO Art Film Studio, received the prize of 39,365 EUR/95,000 GEL from the UN Women organisation and the Georgian National Film Centre.

BUCHAREST: Using the same mix of animation techniques from Crulic - The Path to Beyond, Anca Damian heads with the second part of her trilogy on heroism into the life of Adam Jacek Winkler (1937-2002), a 20th century Polish Don Quixote.

BUCHAREST: The production company founded by Corneliu Porumboiu and Marcela Ursu is developing the first feature written and directed by Bogdan Mirică, a drama/thriller set in rural Romania with shooting planned for late summer 2014.

ZAGREB: The new feature from the hit series opened with Koko and the Ghosts in 2011 written and directed again by Daniel Kušan will begin filming on 15 March 2014 and is set for opening on 27 November 2014.

ZAGREB: Nebojša Slijepčević’s documentary Gangster of Love, a coproduction between Croatia, Germany and Romania, sold 6,664 tickets domestically in the first four weeks including 5,000 tickets in the first two weeks, a success for a domestic documentary.

ZAGREB: A Christmas in the Sun is a Swedish production with Croatian service provider Kinorama, began shooting 24 February and is set to premiere 1 December on Swedish public channel SVT1.

BUCHAREST: After more than two years in development, the premiere feature of Vlad Păunescu, owner and CEO of Castel Film Studios, will start filming 14 April.

BUCHAREST: A new culture minister, Kelemen Hunor, has pledged his support for increasing the number of cinemas in Romania, a perennial issue for the film industry after many were taken off line following the fall of the Iron Curtain.

BUCHAREST: Closer to the Moon, Nae Caranfil's first English-language film starring Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong, will hold its national premiere 7 March, following a successful opening at the Making Waves Romanian Film Festival in New York in December.

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