ZAGREB: Acclaimed Croatian filmmaker Branko Schmidt (Vegetarian Cannibal, Metastases) has begun filming his 10th feature, Names for the Cherry.

ZAGREB: The Croatian Audiovisual Centre is accepting applications for script development and project development grants for TV productions through 7 March 2014.

ZAGREB: Spomenko Karić’s travelogue Aurora Borealis will cover his 30 day trip from Croatia to Scandinavia aiming to gather the largest collection of photos of people in the world.

BUCHAREST: Independent filmmaker Dan Chişu is in the color correction and sound editing stage with a 110 minute documentary investigating the fascination with social media through the story of Bahoi, an unusual character who created the TV station on Youtube, Bahoi TV.

BUCHAREST: Cinema admissions in Romania rose by 9 percent in 2013 while the box office climbed by 10 percent to more than 35.8m EUR/160m RON.

ZAGREB: The Ministry of Love , a dramatic comedy from Bucharest-based Croatian filmmaker Pavo Marinković (Love Life of a Gentle Coward, Tressette–a Story of an Island) is in development with plans to begin filming in May 2015.

ZAGREB: The Croatian total box office rose to 15,980,000 EUR/122,278,647 HRK in 2013 compared to 113,603,836 HRK/14,894,400 EUR in 2012, driven by the popularity of Croatian films. Admissions grew by almost five percent.

BUCHAREST: After an appeal by distributor Independenţa Film, the rating commission of the National Centre for Cinema reversed the decision to ban Lars von Trier’s film Nymphomaniac: Volume II from cinemas.

LJUBLJANA: Slovenian hit film director Marko Naberšnik is finishing work on The Woods Are Still Green, an anti-war drama set during WWI. The Austrian-Slovenian coproduction shot in extreme weather conditions in only 18 days.

BUCHAREST: The Competition Council of Romania has authorised the take over of Prima TV by the Romanian company Graffiti Red SRL of SBS Broadcasting Media SRL (which has the licence of Prima TV), and Prime Time Productions SRL.

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