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BUCHAREST: Iura Luncaşu's Sweet Little Lies/Minte-mă frumos produced by MediaPro Pictures (www.mediapropictures.com) has set a new opening weekend record, narrowly besting the box office record set by Tudor Giurgiu's Of Snails and Men (www.despreoamenisimelci.ro), produced by Libra Film (www.librafilm.net), just one month earlier.

FNE spoke to Ankica Jurić Tilić, Croatian producer and former head of the Croatian Producers Association (www.hrup.hr) about the National Strategic Programme for the Audiovisual Industry in Croatian and the challenges ahead for the industry.

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian National Film Fund (www.mnf.hu) has awarded 29,750 EUR (8.5 m HUF) in development grants to four projects directed by JúliaSára, János Edelényi and Gábor Rohonyi, and Mónika Mécs. The fourth project does not have a director yet.

PRAGUE: Director/screenwriter Petr Vachler is preparing a feature documentary on the mystery of existence based on the hypothesis that we might grasp the meaning of life while still living.

ZAGREB: The 10th edition of the Zagreb Film Festival (www.zagrebfilmfestival.com,14-21 October 2012) awarded over 7,000 EUR in prizes to the winners of its four competitions: feature, documentary, short film and Checkers (local short films).

BUCHAREST: At My Father’s Home, the first feature film of Andrei Cohn, is completing preproduction and will begin shooting on 17 October 2012. Giuliano Doman is producing through Family Film (www.familyfilm.ro).

BUDAPEST: Director and screenwriter Attila Till is completing the development phase of Kills on Wheels, the story of a wheelchair-bound gang of assassins.

BUCHAREST: Romanian documentary filmmaker Thomas Ciulei (The Flower Bridge) is in postproduction with his first feature film 2+2, a dark comedy set during communism in a country named Miranda where a film director and an actor are punished for trying to flee the country.

BUCHAREST: The National Radiocommunications Society (www.radiocom.ro) will receive a TV digital multiplex to broadcast Romanian TV public channels (www.tvr.ro).

BUCHAREST: Two years after his feature debut with The Other Irina, Andrei Grusznicki is preparing to shoot a black and white drama set in communist Romania starting 15 October with Velvet Moraru and Icon Production producing.