The 12th Sofia International Film Festival, to be held March 6-12, will focus on the cinemas of two nations - Russia and the Netherlands, the organizers announced on Feb. 27. Additional programs will be held March 17-23 in the capital, March 6-16 in Plovdiv and March13-21 in the coastal city of Burgas. The bill includes nearly 100 feature films, 30 documentaries and 60 short films.

Czech singer Markéta Irglová was mistakenly ushered off the stage before she could give her acceptance speech for winning an Oscar for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards Sunday night. She and Ireland's Glen Hansard won for the song "Falling Slowly" from the Irish film Once directed by John Carney.

Even though Andrzej Wajda's Katyń did not win an Oscar, a new survey shows Poles think that it's the best Polish film of all time.

The Polish-British co-production Peter and the Wolf an adaptation of the Sergei Prokofiev classic created by an international team of over 100 professionals, won an Oscar in the short animation category at the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.

Stream Communications Network & Media Inc., a broadband cable company offering cable TV, Internet and VoIP services in Poland, has closed the sale of its Polish subsidiary to Penta Investments Ltd., a Central European private equity firm.

Polish director Andrzej Wajda has already left for Los Angeles, where his film Katyń is one of the five contenders for best foreign-language film at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. Special screenings of his intensely personal film were organised for members of the Film Academy through the London-based Premiere Agency which is handling promotion.

Telefonica O2 Czech Republic reported on Thursday consolidated revenues (business and recurring revenues) of 63 billion crowns (€2.5 billion) in 2007, a rise of 2.8% year-on-year, in the upper range of analysts' expectations. Fourth-quarter consolidated revenues rose 1.4% year-on-year.

Polish media group Agora SA reported revenues for 2007 rose 12% from the previous year to 1.27 billion zloties (€356 million), just below analysts' expectations. Advertising sales were up 12.7% on 2006, while ad revenues of Agora's Internet service grew by almost 128%.


A film shot during a Polish expedition to the Himalayas at the outbreak of World War II was discovered recently in the archives of the British Film Institute in London, the Polish Radio External Service reported on Feb. 17. The discovery was made after 17 years of research by Anna Pietraszek, a mountain climber, filmmaker and historian.

The organisers of the Szolnok International Film Festival of Fine Arts are calling for entries for the event which will be held Oct. 8-12 this year in Szolnok, Hungary. Entries are being accepted that present, interpret or re-interpret works of art by means of cinematic methods, according to festival secretary Katalin Hatvani.