Bulgaria's Nu Boyana Studios has signed a cooperation agreement with the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA) under which it will provide €35,000 to finance student films made at the academy.

Polish pay-TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat, which has delayed a listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange twice due to turbulent market conditions, will hold its initial public offering later this month, Reuters is reporting. The news agency quoted a source on April 1 as saying a prospectus would be issued April 10.

French actor and director Gerard Depardieu will arrive in Bulgaria later this year to shoot a film, according to media reports citing producer Gianfranco Pierantoni from Nimar Studios Ltd.

The Imperial War Museum in London has opened a second exhibition of Polish firms and documentaries as part of a unique program called "Polish Paths to Freedom." The current segment focuses on the period from the beginning of the Stalinist period to the workers' revolt on the Baltic coast in 1970.

A memorandum on cooperation signed in March between Poland and Ukraine is yielding swift results. A series of Polish films representative of several generations of filmmakers is being screened this month in Lviv, Kiev, Odessa and Kharkov.

Reflecting on the success of Malta, the government of Cyprus has approved a study to find ways of attracting foreign film producers to the island. The Cabinet also plans to appoint a specialist to conduct a study on the feasibility of establishing a film studio, according to the Cyprus online newspaper Famagusta Gazette.

Barrandov Studios was unable to land production of the latest James Bond film, but some of the sets for Bond 22 have been built in Prague. The film's producers placed an order with Barrandov Studios to create the furnishings for the luxurious International Grand Hotel to be featured in the next episode of the successful film series about Agent 007.

Director Stefan Ruzowitzky, who won this year's Academy Award for best foreign-language film for The Counterfeiters, was in Prague recently to finish shooting the trailer for Love at War. Ruzowitzky brought his statuette along to Barrandov, where he had started working in February with the FFP Agency and Barrandov Productions (www.barrandovproductions.cz)

A Danish film in which the island of Malta plays itself - rather than being the location for a film set elsewhere - will be released in the next week in Malta. The Lost Treasures of the Knights Templar III, the third and final instalment of a popular Danish adventure feature for children, was shot on the island last summer.

Seven Czech films will be screened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, next week and in early April as part of showcase of Czech cinematography organized by Czech Film Center (www.filmcenter.cz) and the Czech Center in the Argentine capital. Besides public screenings, the week-long celebration of contemporary Czech film will feature special screenings for local distributors and other film professionals.