PLZEN: Jan Maxa, Head of Programme Development at Czech Television (CTV), told audiences at the Industry Section of the Finale film festival in Plzen that CTV established co-development, pre-sales and minority coproduction strategies in a station-wide overhaul.

PLZEN: Days after her film Made in Ash screened in the main competition of the Finale Plzen, debuting Slovak director Iveta Grofova finds her tough and tender film in competition at the 10th Crossing Europe festival, which runs through 28 April 2013 in Linz. 

PLZEN: Producer Ales Hudsky, attending the Finale Plzen film festival for the presentation of upcoming Czech films on 26 April 2013, told FNE that his international coproduction has moved into postproduction following the completion of final filming in Mexico in mid-April.

European Film Promotion (EFP) will introduce 29 producers representing 29 European countries at the Producers on the Move 2013 platform, taking place 18-21 May 2013 during the Cannes IFF.

PLZEN: Plzen’s loss will be Karlovy Vary’s gain. Karlovy Vary IFF announced that Polish director Agnieszka Holland will preside over the jury of the main competition. KVIFF will also screen her acclaimed HBO three-part film Burning Bush.

WARSAW: The Plus Camerimage Festival and BVK (German Society of Cinematographers) will hold a panel discussion about authors’ rights during the festival, which runs 16 – 23 November 2013 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. 

PRAGUE: David Ondříček’s impressive and moving historical drama set in the dark Stalinist days of the early 1950’s In the Shadow took five awards at the third annual Czech Film Critics Awards on 26 January 2013.

COTTBUS: The 14th edition of the East-West coproduction market connecting cottbus ( taking place 8-9 November will present 13 films representing 12 countries, with participants pitching to an industry audience of some 150 people.

COTTBUS: Three Windows and a Hanging, the first project from Kosovo to be presented at Connecting Cottbus (, won the coco Best Pitch Award voted on by the attendees of the forum.

COTTBUS: New film funding opportunities for filmmakers in Central and Eastern Europe are emerging across the region, including backing for minority coproductions which is crucial especially in smaller countries.