BELGRADE: The mix-genre rom-com/road movie Taxi Blues / Taksi Bluz commenced its principal shooting at the end of May. The film will mark the feature debut for the director, Miroslav Stamatov. Taxi Blues was granted 20 million dinars (170,000 EUR) from Film Center Serbia’s call for commercial film projects.
WARSAW: Jan Komasa is working on his new drama Corpus Christi, a Script Pro winning project about a convict posing as a priest.
SKOPJE: Director Slobodan Unkovski and playwright Goran Stefanovski are working on the second part of the cult TV series Bushava Azbuka, which was originally produced 33 years ago. The 1985 series, produced by the Macedonian Radio Television, was a 31-episode educational series for children about Macedonian literature, culture and tradition, through music and animation. It is the most successful product of MRT, with which many generations learned the alphabet.
WARSAW: Sony Pictures Television Networks Central Europe has commissioned the first season of an original crime series entitled Signs from ATM Group. The show, directed by Jakub Miszczak and Marcin Ziębiński, will premiere on AXN in the fall of 2018.
WARSAW: Tomasz Bagiński is in development with a new film Twardovsky 3.14, a full feature continuation of the short films series Polish Legends, that he created for Allegro.
BELGRADE: The Italian fund Fondo Audiovisio FVG has announced a grant of 56,000 EUR for Darkling / Mrak by Serbian director Dušan Milić. The film, which will be Milić’s fourth feature film in fifteen years, will be coproduced by A_Lab Srls on the Italian side.
BANJA LUKA: The boutique animation studio Aeon Production is producing The Adventures of Tubby and Stretch, a children’s animated TV series for the national TV station of Bosnia and Herzegovina RTRS.
WARSAW: Polish director Filip Bajon is putting the finishing touches on his major costume drama The Butler, set to premiere in September 2018.
SKOPJE: John Vardar vs. the Galaxy, Macedonia’s first animated feature film, has received funding from the Macedonian Film Agency and is lining up Bulgarian partners for a planned coproduction. The project was pitched at the recent Visegrad Animation Forum, which took place during the Anifilm festival the first week in May, where it received the Special Mention of the jury.
BELGRADE: The historical drama King Petar’s Socks / Čarape kralja Petra began principal shooting in mid-March 2018. Lazar Ristovski, the eminent Serbian and international actor, is starring in and producing the film, which is directed by his son Petar Ristovski. The film is a Serbian/Greek coproduction, supported by Film Center Serbia.