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CLUJ-NAPOCA: With fall 2017 season two renewals of its series in Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic, and a new Polish series scheduled to debut in 2018, HBO Europe is underscoring its move away from formats and into original programmes.

KOSICE: Settling into its new home in the eastern Slovak city of Kosice, Art Film Fest marks its 25th anniversary with a selection of 12 films in its Slovak Season section, a Peter Kerekes Special section from the acclaimed Slovak documentary director and a selection of classics hand-picked by festival president (and respected Slovak actor) Milan Lasica.

PRAGUE: The competition line-up of the 52nd Karlovy Vary IFF (30 June – 8 July 2017) underscores the festival’s position as the powerhouse gateway to Central Europe and points East. Yes, the traditional slots for long-time partner territories such as France and Germany remain firmly in place, but for festival followers, it’s the array of films from CEE territories in all three of the festival’s competition sections that make it a must-attend event on the 2017 schedule.

TREBON: The growing international recognition of the Czech Republic’s beloved animation festival Anifilm was evidenced in the awarding of prizes, with the best animated feature for adults going to France’s Louise by the Shore directed by Jean-Francois Lagouinie and the best animated feature film for children given to the Swiss/French film My Live as a Zucchini by Claude Barras.

TREBON: The artistic and production team behind Slovakia’s success animated TV series Mimi & Lisa were among the five CEE presenters pitching new animated TV projects to the international jury at the 2017 Visegrad Animation Forum held during the Anifilm festival running through 7 May 2017.

TREBON: Animated TV series pitches from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Croatia were among the ten projects presented at the Visegrad Animation Forum (VAF) taking place 2-4 May 2017, during the Anifilm festival of animated film running through 7 May.

PRAGUE: Katarina Krnacova, one of the rising new generation of women shaping the film industry in Slovakia, is producing Summer with Bernard, a Slovak/German/Czech coproduction that will shoot in summer 2018.

PLZEN: International industry representatives turned out in force for the Finale Plzen newly re-invigorated Industry Days, which took place 22-25 April 2017.

PLZEN: Vaclav Kadrnka is working on the script of a film inspired by his personal family story, Saving One Who Was Dead / Zprava o Zachrane Mrtveho, with plans to go into production in 2018.

BRATISLAVA: The Slovak/Czech/Slovenian/Macedonian historical drama Piargy is moving into production after three years in development which resulted in a change of director. Czech director Ivo Trajkov began the first days of shooting on the four-seasons film in May 2016 and will continue throughout 2017.