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This month we spoke with Barbora Tóthová, PR Manager of Kino Usmev (Cinema Smile). This one screen art house cinema located in the center of Košice (Slovakia) is run by Cinefil, a not-for-profit organisation of film enthusiasts and professionals, that took over it in 2015. The cinema opened in1922 and was abandoned in 2012. This 300-seat cinema is the last surviving art house cinema in Košice.

ZAGREB: Cumulative local expenditure for international productions that applied for incentives in 2017 was almost 25.4 m EUR, more than double compared to 2016 and more than in the record year 2015.

ZAGREB: The Croatian Producers Association and Croatian Film Directors’ Association are protesting against the decision of the Croatian National Television (HRT) to cancel the broadcast of the feature film Ministry of Love directed by Pavo Marinković, due to the complain of war widows. The protests in the Croatian media led to the decision of HRT to air the film on 11 January 2018.

This month we speak with Leszek Kopeć, the Director of the Gdynia Film Centre, Gdynia Film School and the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.

This month we speak with Leszek Kopeć, the Director of the Gdynia Film Centre, Gdynia Film School and the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.

BUCHAREST: A petition pointing out to the need of having a tax incentives scheme in Romania has been signed by approximately 1,500 professionals since 28 November 2017.

BUCHAREST: The plan to build an art house cinema network in Romania was the core of a meeting of local exhibitors, distributors and filmmakers, and also representatives of Europa Cinemas and the European Commission. The meeting was held during the 20th Europa Cinemas Network Conference in Bucharest (24-26 November 2017).

BUCHAREST: Jean-Christophe Simon, CEO Films Boutique, has been elected new president of Europa International for the next two years. The decision was made at the 6th Annual Conference of Europa International, that took place in Bucharest from 24 to 26 November 2017. A new board was also elected.

BUCHAREST: Cristian Mungiu is planning to launch a VoD platform for European films in Romania. The project will continue his initiative started with Les Films de Cannes à Bucharest Festival, that has been extended to six more towns in 2017.

BUCHAREST: Cinema Elvire Popesco from Bucharest and Agrafka & Kika from Krakow are among the winners of the Europa Cinemas Awards 2017 announced at the 20th Europa Cinemas Network Conference in Bucharest on 24 November 2017.