PODGORICA: Bosnian director Srđan Vuletić has started shooting his new feature film Otter in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica. The film is a coproduction between Montenegro, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo.

LIMASSOL: The Egyptian/German project The Sea Was Once Blue by Mohamad El-Hadidi received the main award, Cyprus Film Commission – Invest Cyprus Award, at the coproduction forum Dot.on.the.Map Meeting Point, which was held during the 5th Dot.on.the.Map Ιndustry Days (18 – 20 April 2024) within the 22nd Cyprus Film Days International Festival.

SOFIA: More than 90 feature, documentary and animated films from 2023 will be screened free of charge at the National Festival of Bulgarian Cinema organised by the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers 1 May - 13 May 2024.

Breaking toxic generational cycles and trauma is a highly relevant topic, especially among young people. Especially for a 23-year-old Dalibor, who after being released from prison, finds out that his violent father has a chance to get custody of his younger brother. He therefore decides to help his mother with the custody battle, but even here, old disputes and traumas gradually resurface. Dalibor decides to process this pain in a truly original way - as a fakir in a traveling circus. However, lying on a bed of nails or spitting gasoline on burning torches provides only a short-term escape. Will Dalibor eventually manage to emancipate and find his place in life?

"Weeds," an animated short film, has been chosen to be showcased at the official selection of La Cinef at the Festival de Cannes. Directed by Pola Kazak and produced by MAUR film and the Film Academy of Miroslav Ondricek in Pisek (Czech Republic), this graduation work promises to engage audiences with its visually captivating narrative.

BUCHAREST: Romanian documentary Nasty, about the legendary Romanian tennis player Ilie Năstase, is currently topping the domestic weekly charts after its release on 74 screens on 19 April 2023. The film directed by Tudor Giurgiu, Cristian Pascariu and Tudor D. Popescu is a new addition to the Special Screenings section within the Official Selection of the 77th Cannes Film Festival (14 – 25 May 2024).

NICOSIA: 78 Days by Serbian director Emilija Gašić received the Glocal Images Best Film Award in the International Competition section of the 22nd Cyprus Film Days (12 – 20 April 2024). Embryo Larva Butterfly by Kyros Papavassiliou was awarded Best Cypriot film.

ZAGREB: Four Daughters by Kaouther Ben Hania and KIX by Hungarian directors Dávid Mikulán and Bálint Révész won the International and the Regional Competition, respectively, at the ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival, which celebrated its 20th edition from 14 to 21 April 2024.

The new short film Sauna Day, directed by Anna Hints and Tushar Prakash, was selected to premiere as the first Estonian film in the special programme of La Semaine de la Critique (Critics' Week) at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

TALLINN: Rainer Sarnet’s comedy The Invisible Fight and Smoke Sauna Sisterhood by Anna Hints won most of the film awards, with nine and four trophies respectively, at the Estonian Film and Television Awards, organised by the Estonian Film Institute.