Andrzej Wajda's Katyń, an Academy Award nominee, led the list of nominations announced Monday (Feb. 4) for the 10th edition of the Eagles, the Polish equivalent of the Oscars. Katyń is in the running for best film along with Tricks directed by Andrzej Jakimowski and Time to Die by Dorota Kędzierzawska. The winners will be announced March 3.

Poland's TVP won awards for all four films it submitted in the prestigious television program competition New York Festivals 2008. TVP picked up two golden medals and two bronze medals in the competition which featured films from 25 countries. The awards were announced Feb. 1.

2007 was a record-breaking year for Estonian cinema, both on the home front and abroad, the Estonian Film Foundation reported on Friday (Feb. 1). Estonian films attracted 232,478 domestic admissions in 2007 or 14.3% of total admissions, the highest domestic market share in history.

Final preparations are under way for the 2008 edition of the Polish Film Awards, the country's equivalent of the Oscars. Nominations for Eagles in 15 categories will be announced on Monday (Feb. 4).

The 39th Hungarian Film Week opened this week during a time described as one of momentous change for the industry. Among the most important issues is the European Union's objections to the 20% tax break permitted on productions in Hungary under its highly successful film law

Polish film icon Andrzej Wajda, whose film Katyn has been nominated for an Academy Award, will start shooting in May or June a film based on "Tatarak," a story by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz about the human capacity for making the right ethical choices.

The European Solidarity Centre and the Polish Film Institute have launched an open competition for a script about the Solidarity movement and its international impact. The prize for the winning script on the theme "Solidarity: The First Hole in the Wall" is 50,000 zloties (€13,800)

The Czech Republic has been put back on the U.S. Trade Representative's Watch List after eight years, amid concerns about a lack of progress in efforts to fight piracy. Among the new EU states, the Czech Republic joins Poland, Romania, Hungary and Lithuania, which were listed after a general review of intellectual property concerns in 2007.

Saviour's Square (Plac Zbawiciela), a contemporary Polish drama by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze, took top honours at the Trieste International Film Festival which closed Thursday (Jan. 24). The jury cited the film for its excellent construction and for its depiction of human interrelationships during times of economic crisis.

Eighteen titles are competing for the Golden Reel Award during the 39th Hungarian Film Week which kicks off Jan. 29. The festival, which runs through Feb. 5, will also host nine world premieres.