MESTIA: Georgian film It's Not Far Here by Timur Chopliani received the award for best film in the International Competition of the 4th Svaneti International Film Festival DALI, where it had its world premiere. The festival ran in Mestia, Georgia, from 15 to 21 July 2024.

RIGA: The first tickets for this year’s Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF, 17–27 October) are now on sale, granting access to the retrospective of Czech animation director and artist Jan Švankmajer, in the festival section IN KINO VERITAS.

On 18 July, the first tickets to this year’s Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF, 17–27 October) go on sale, granting access to the retrospective of Czech animation director and artist Jan Švankmajer, in the festival section IN KINO VERITAS. The festival will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the author along with the centenary of the Surrealist movement and examine its role during the Cold War. Švankmajer retrospective screenings will take place over two weekends,19–20 and 26–27 October,at the festival’s main venue, cinema Splendid Palace. A documentary film on the director’s life and work will be screened online throughout Latvia.

BUDAPEST: The 9th edition of Verzió DocLab, an intensive five-day international editing workshop and pitch forum for long documentary directors and editors, will include a new prize, the HBO Development Award. The deadline for applications is 9 September 2024.

The following production grants were announced by Film Center Serbia on 16 July 2024.

BELGRADE: Serbian Director Nikola Ljuca, whose 2016 debut feature Humidity (Dart) premiered in Berlinale Forum, started shooting his sophomore feature Rattlesnake / Zvečarke in Belgrade on 12 July 2024. This coproduction involves Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Greece.

LJUBLJANA: Slovenian director Boris Jurjaševič is currently shooting his youth feature film Elvis Škorc, Clever Klutz / Elvis Škorc, genialni štor, which is financially supported by the Slovenian Film Centre.

On July 31st, at TheOneCotroceni, #TheAlternativeSchool’s Creative MBA presents #TheFutureOfCreativity, an event distilling global trends in visual languages, branding and communication through the business intelligence lenses, echoing the 71st edition of Cannes Lions. The event, a spin-off of the #CannesForClients series, is designed for creatives, brand managers, designers and agency professionals passionate about the culture of creativity. It aims to help them set strategic objectives for the new year based on the latest and most enticing innovations in advertising & the associated disciplines, on a global scale.

On Friday, 5 July 2024, the shooting of the youth feature Elvis Škorc, Clever Klutz by the director Boris Jurjaševič began in Ljubljana. The screenplay for the film is based on the novel of the same name by the author of youth literature and screenwriter Janja Vidmar.

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