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BUCHAREST: Leading Romanian filmmakers are urging the president-general director of the National Centre of Cinema to annul the decision to postpone until 14 February 2014 the deadline of application for the only grants contest in 2013.

BUCHAREST: Romania’s National Liberal Party (PNL) has assigned Gigel Sorinel Ştirbu to the post of Minister of Culture. He replaces Daniel Barbu who resigned on 12 December 2013.

BUCHAREST: Daniel Barbu, Romania’s Minister of Culture, resigned on 12 December 2013 after a public statement in which he noted that the budget of the HIV/AIDS programme is half of the budget of the Ministry of Culture.

TBILISI: The acclaimed Georgian filmmaker George Ovashvili plans an April 2014 completion date for Corn Island which is finishing a two-part shoot.

BUCHAREST: Romanian producer Ada Solomon, fresh from receiving the European Co-production Award - Prix Eurimages at the 26th European Academy Awards in Berlin, spoke with FNE about her upcoming film projects.

TBILISI: The 14th edition of  Tbilisi IFF 2-8 December 2013 awarded its main prize to the Georgian film Disorder directed by Archil Kavtaradze, produced by Windmill Production. The jury of the International Competition composed of Michael Hoffman, László Rajk, Samira Makhmalbaf, Giorgi Nakashidze and Mateusz Werner.

ZAGREB: Stimulated by the international productions shot in Croatia recently, especially the fourth season of HBO’s series Game of Thrones, screen tourism can be a strong alternative to regular tourism and a boost to the local film industry.

BERLIN: Ari Folman’s The Congress won the European Animated Feature Film Award and Romanian producer Ada Solomon receive the EFA European Co-production Award 2013 - Prix Eurimages at the 26th European Film Academy Awards on 7 December 2013.

BUCHAREST: The National Centre for Cinema will hold two sessions for production grants, with the contests open on 12 May and 12 November 2014.

BUCHAREST: The Romanian government has stepped back from a controversial plan that would have drained money from film production funding to pay for state owned cinemas, after protests by Romanian filmmakers.