Among Czech distributors, Falcon a.s. ( was the leader in 2007 with 394.3 million crowns (€15 million) in sales, according to figures provided by the Czech Film Distributors' Association. Second was Bontonfilm a.s. ( with 330.9 million crowns in sales, followed by Bioskop/Magic Box ( with 161.9 million crowns.

The director of Rooster's Breakfast, the biggest Slovenian box office hit in the last four years, says he's surprised by the film's success. Director Marko Nabersnik picked up the Great Golden Roll Award on Jan. 15 after surpassing the 125,000 admission mark.

The Polish Film Institute handed out the first of what will become annual awards for professionals involved in various segments of the film industry at a gala ceremony Monday night organised with the Polish Filmmakers Association in Warsaw. Statuettes were awarded in 11 categories from nominations gathered from applications submitted by local governments, film foundations and associations.

Andrzej Wajda's Katyń, Marcel Łoziński's short film If It Happens and Peter and the Wolf, an animated film directed by Suzy Templeton, are on the official "short list" of films running for Oscar nominations; according to the Polish Film Institute, which subsidised the three films. The Oscar nominees will be announced Tuesday, and the awards ceremony will be held Feb. 24.

Attendance at Czech cinemas rose by 1.5 million in the first 10 months of 2007 to 11 million people who spent 1.054 billion crowns (€40 million), according to the Czech Film Distributors Association.

AOL Europe has launched in Poland ( offering free email, instant messaging, video, pictures and other services in addition to tailored content, such as film and celebrity news.

Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle has completed shooting in Warsaw of the Polish political thriller Warsaw Dark, based on the murder of former Minister of Sport Jacek Dębski, one of the top Polish criminal cases of the last decade.

Andrzej Wajda's latest film, Katyń, a highly personal view of the massacre of 20,000 Polish officers in the Soviet Union during World War II, is set to premiere at the 58th International Film Festival in Berlin.

Polish public broadcaster Telewizja Polska ( on Dec. 10 launched its first foreign station, Belsat, which offers three hours of news, cultural programs and entertainment programming daily by satellite in neighboring Belarus.

The smash hit Rooster´s Breakfast has surpassed all recent admissions records in Slovenia, having now passed the 100,000 mark since its opening Oct. 18.