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COTTBUS: The Russian/German/Polish/Kazakh/Chinese coproduction Ayka directed by Sergei Dvortsevoy won the main prize for best film at the 28th Cottbus Film Festival, which concluded on 11 November 2018. The award carries a prize of 25,000 EUR.

COTTBUS: Producer Michal Kracmer of Analog Vision and director Piaayu Xie presented the Czech/Slovak project The Ugly Mandarine at the 20th edition of Connecting Cottbus, which took place 8-9 November 2018.

COTTBUS: Cyprus makes a rare appearance at the 20th edition of Connecting Cottbus, taking place 8-9 November 2018, with producer Janine Teerling of AMP Filmworks and director Petros Charalambous pitching the project Patchwork.

COTTBUS: The Best Pitch Award of the 20th edition of the East-West coproduction market Connecting Cottbus (8 and 9 November 2018) went to the Romanian project October from director Cristian Pascariu and producer Oana Giurgiu of Libra Film Production. The award, voted on by the market participants, carries a cash prize of 1,500 EUR and accreditation to the Producers Network at the Cannes 2019 film market.

COTTBUS: Producer Maria Blicharska of Donten & Lacroix Films and director Anna Jadowska are pitching the Polish dark comedy Mira at the 20th edition of Connecting Cottbus, taking place 8-9 November 2018. The film won the Special Pitch Award of the Cottbus Film Festival.

COTTBUS: Six works in progress presented at the 20th edition of Connecting Cottbus, taking place 8 and 9 November 2018, stretched the territorial range of the iconic East-West coproduction market, offering a concrete example of CEE producers both working together and reaching out to make unexpected connections.

COTTBUS: Producer Jakub Viktorin of the Slovak half of the young Czech/Slovak production company nutprodukcia and director Michal Blasko are presenting their project Victim at the 20th edition of Connecting Cottbus, taking place 8-9 November 2018.

COTTBUS: Producer Adi Dizdarevic of Dart Film and director Lee Filipovski are pitching the Serbian drama The Myth of a Real Man at the 20th edition of Connecting Cottbus, taking place 8-9 November 2018.

COTTBUS: Romanian producer Oana Giurgiu of Libra Film Production and director Cristian Pascariu presented the Romanian project October at the 20th edition of Connecting Cottbus, taking place 8-9 November 2018. The film won the Transilvania Pitch Stop coco Award.

COTTBUS: Before the pitching programmes at Karlovy Vary, Warsaw, Transylvania or Trieste, there was Connecting Cottbus, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Setting a goal of bringing together the industry in CEE, Connecting Cottbus is also sharing some of the most exciting news happening in the region, including film incentive plans in Poland, Romania and Cyprus, which are racing to top their (slightly) older competitors.