SAN SEBASTIAN: Family Film from the Czech Republic, Thirst from Bulgaria, and One of Us from Austria will compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award and a prize of 50,000 EUR at the 63rd San Sebastian IFF running 18-26 September 2015.

TALLINN: Estonian writer/director Anu Aun is working on The Polar Boy, the tale of a talented and promising young photographer who fakes bipolar disorder in order to avoid a prison sentence and discovers he must leave his destructive girlfriend.

TALLLINN: Latvian director Janis Nords is writing Survivalist, a drama of a schoolmaster who fakes his own death to escape mounting personal and financial pressures.

BRATISLAVA: Slovak writer/director Martin Repka is completing the third draft of the Slovak/Czech film The Tatooist with cowriter Agda Bavi Pain as the film prepares to move into the financing phase in 2015.

TALLINN: Estonian director Ain Maeots is developing The Flame Race: 1980, a comedy on the saga of the transport of the Olympic flame from Moscow to Tallinn.

TALLINN: Polish advertising and marketing company ADHD Warsaw continues its move into film production with The Wounded Beast directed by Piotr Trzaskalski. 

TALLINN: Algimants Puipa has completed filming on the Lithuanian drama The Garden of Eden.

TALLINN: Director Viestur Kairish takes on the topic of the deportation of 40,000 Baltic citizens to Siberia in 1941 in the drama Chronicles of Melanie, planned for completion in 2015.

PRAGUE: Making her first trip to Prague, Betty S. P. Ho, director of the Berlin based CEE headquarters for the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, used the 10th anniversary of the Asian Film Festival to promote Hong Kong as the entry point for Czech coproductions with China.

TALLINN: Lithuania will be measuring the success of the first year of its film incentives scheme, but Lithuanian Film Center director Roladas Kvietkauskus is already listing the benefits.