PRAGUE: Applications for funding for more than 400 Czech film project proposals have poured into the online site of the Czech Cinematography Fund this week in the wake of the Czech government's ratification last last month of the new film law governing the body.
GDYNIA: Katarzyna Rosłaniec provokes with a surreal, eye-catching outlook on teenage pregnancy with Baby Blues, screening at the 38th Gdynia fest. The story centers on Natalia (Magdalena Berus), a 17-teen-year-old who got pregnant with her high school boyfriend and is creative but immature. Her child is more of a fashion accessory to its parents then anything else. When the young couple fails to grow up, tragic consequences ensue. Rosłaniec chooses a very youthful, camp aesthetic to convey the feelings and fears of a modern teenager.
GDYNIA: Italy-based indie artfilm sales agent IntraMovies has picked up Polish drama Life Feels Good by Maciej Pieprzyca, which is celebrating victories at the 37th Montreal IFF. The film, also screening at the Gdynia fest won big in Canada over the weekend, taking the Grand prix des Ameriques, the ecumenical jury award and the audience prize.
GDYNIA: The Polish box office hit screening at the 38th Gdynia fest is a timely polemic that takes on questionable practices in Poland's legal system, where, according to the vision of director Ryszard Bugajski, the biggest crimes are committed by the authorities.
WARSAW: The leading multiplex cinema operator in Central & Eastern Europe and in Israel has announced the resignation of Amos Weltsch, member of the board of managing directors, chief operating officer and head of the construction department.
GDYNIA: Maciej Pieprzyca recounts the true story of a man who battles a disability to retain his dignity and contact with the ones he loves in his moving feature inspired by a cerebral palsy patient, screening at the 38th Gdynia fest.
GDYNIA: Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna-Kos Krauze explore the fascinating story of a Roma poetess in their lush, fact-based monochrome award winner, shot over a year, screening at the 38th Gdynia fest, running 9-13 September.
WROCLAW: First details of how the new EU programme will work were outlined to a panel of European film professionals by Susanne Ding, a European Commission offical for Creative Europe.
WARSAW: The director of comedy Being Like Deyna is prepping her first feature drama, All the Animals with You, based on a book of the same title by a Serbian author Boba Blagojević.
WROCLAW: A festival box office database, an interactive cinema programming system and a short film incubator are just a few of innovative projects developed at the first edition of the School of Film Agents.
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