PODGORICA: The Film Centre of Montenegro has distributed 784,000 EUR to 19 projects in several categories, including feature film production and minority coproductions.

The following grants were announced by the Film Centre of Montenegro in May 2023.

TALLINN: A tax on streaming platforms is expected to raise the state budget by between 700,000 to 1.5 m EUR. However, some local platforms will avoid taxation if their turnover is below 2 m EUR.

BUDAPEST: The 11 m EUR largest virtual film studio in Central and Eastern Europe, whose foundation stone has recently been laid in Fót, near Budapest, will be completed in the first quarter of 2024.

VALLETTA:The Maltese-Australian film director Julian Galea has teamed up with his brother, actor and producer James Galea, for the comedy Brothers from Malta. Following its theatrical release in Malta, Australia and Canada, the road trip comedy is now available digitally around the world on Galea Pictures TV.

What started as an experimental YouTube video in 2014 has developed into the first Maltese immigrant movie to ever hit the screen.

NICOSIA: The Swedish reality show The Challenge has filmed over 19 new episodes during 23 days in Cyprus with local company Green Olive Films servicing. Previously, the show was shot in Malta.

RIGA: The 27th edition of the Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (BSD) has launched its call for applications. The most important documentary co-financing pitching event in the Baltic countries will be held in Riga 3 – 10 September 2023. The deadline for applications is 12 June 2023.

BUDAPEST: First two episodes of the six-part drama series Spy/Master produced by Hungary’s Proton Cinema and Romania’s Mobra Films for HBO Max will be released on HBO Max platforms globally on 19 May 2023.

WARSAW: Films Boutique has acquired Agnieszka Holland’s new feature film The Green Border, which has wrapped principal photography in Poland and started editing in Prague. The film is a coproduction between Poland, France, Belgium and the Czech Republic.