COTTBUS: Projects from Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Kyrgyzstan generated strong interest at the 14th edition of Connecting Cottbus, also known informally as CoCo (

COTTBUS: A strong Polish presence at the 22nd Film Festival Cottbus ( was validated with three of the festival’s top awards, including the main best film award with a prize of 20,000 EUR for Women’s Day, going to Polish films at the closing night ceremony on 10 November 2012.

COTTBUS: Georgian director Rusudan Glurjidze and her coproducer Zurab Magalashvili of Cinetech Production ( pitched a Cuacasus post-war drama, House of Others, at the 14th edition of Connecting Cottbus (

COTTBUS: Mellow Mud from debuting Latvian director Remars Vimba and producers Aija Berzina and Alise Gelze of Tasse Film ( emerged as one of the strongest contenders at the Connecting Cottbus pitching forum (, generating a full slate of meetings.

COTTBUS: Hungarian producer Judit Stalter of Lakoon Film ( and writer/director Attila Till are in development with Kills on Wheels, the first coproduction between Hungary and Denmark

COTTBUS: Kosovo made its first appearance at the Connecting Cottbus ( pitching forum with Three Windows and a Hanging, a dramatic post-war story from leading Kosovo director Isa Qosja. 

COTTBUS: Czech producer Jiri Konecny of endorfilm ( teams up with FAMU ( trained Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu for his second film shot in the Czech Republic, Family Film.


COTTBUS: Polish director Bartek Konopka, whose imaginative and clever 2009 documentary Rabbit a la Berlin received an Oscar nomination, presented his new project The Mute at the 2012 edition of Connecting Cottbus (

COTTBUS: Following the success of Punk’s Not Dead which won the East of the West award at the 2011 Karlovy Vary IFF (, Macedonian director Vladimir Blazevski and Punk Film ( producer Darko Popov reteam with the black comedy Freedom or Death, pitched at Connecting Cottbus (

COTTBUS: Serbian star Mirjana Karanovic (When Father Was Away on Business, Grbavica) will make her writing and directing debut with a post-Yugoslav war film A Good Wife.