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VALLETTA: Katryna Samut-Tagliaferro is in development with Moo, a film about a girl, Lily, and her best friend, a cow, through Film Production in Malta.

BUCHAREST: The National Audiovisual Council of Romania approved licence for two new channels, the news channel Realitatea Plus and Black Sea TV.

BUCHAREST: Paul Negoescu's first feature A Month in Thailand has been sold by MPM Film to France, where it will be distributed by Epicentre Films in the second half of 2013.

BUCHAREST: Romanian film critics and journalists named Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills/După dealuri (www.mobrafilms.ro) as the best Romanian film, best European film and best film in the Romanian cinemas in 2012.

BUDAPEST: Dutch filmmaker Maarten Treurniet (Het Paradijs/Paradise, The Heineken Kidnapping) will start shooting Kenau, a historical drama about a legendary Dutch folk hero, on 24 February 2013. The film is a coproduction between the Netherlands, Belgium and Hungary.

BUCHAREST: The National Audiovisual Centre of Romania has withdrew the licence of channel OTV on 22 January 2013 due to the unpaid penalties dating back to 2009.

ZAGREB: With Dražen Žarković’s children’s film The Mysterious Boy/Zagonetni dječak, the sequel to Koko and the Ghosts/Koko i duhovi, opening in Croatian theaters on 28 February 2013, production company Kinorama is developing two more movies inspired by the series of books by Ivan Kusan.

Films from Poland, Romania and Slovenia will screen in the 2013 Berlinale Official Competition.

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian Film Fund (www.filmalap.hu) has granted 1.6m EUR to Fehér Isten/White God, thenew project of Kornel Mundruczo and to Utóélet/Afterlife, the directorial debut of Virág Zomborácz, as well as 33,726 EUR for development of three scripts.

LONDON: Ilinca Călugăreanu’s British-Romanian-German coproduction Chuck Norris vs Communism is launching the first crowd funding initiative for a Romanian film on 21 January 2013 hoping to gather 18,800 EUR in order to wrap filming and begin postproduction.