ANNECY: The Latvian majority coproduction Flow by Gints Zilbalodis received four awards including the Jury Award and the Audience Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (9-15 June 2024), while the Czech/Slovak/French long animated film Living Large by Kristina Dufková won the Contrechamp Jury Award.

BELGRADE: The coming-of-age drama 1970 directed by Serbian director Darko Lungulov received production support of 200,000 EUR from Film Fund Luxembourg. The film is a coproduction between Serbia, Hungary, Croatia and Luxembourg.

BUCHAREST: Romanian director Andrei Epure is currently in postproduction with his debut feature Don’t Let Me Die / Nu mă lăsa să mor, which is awaiting funding results for completion. The film continues the story of Epure’s short film Interfon 15, which premiered at Semaine de la Critique - Cannes in 2021.

BUCHAREST: Nine Romanian companies will be showcased through the umbrella A Romanian Showcase of Creative Entertainment at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity taking place 17 – 21 June 2024. Meet them at Cabana 21 in Croisette Cabanas Town.

The Count Of Monte Cristo To Kick Off The Second Mediterrane Film Festival Amongst An Array Of Award-Winning Industry Speakers Including Seven-Time Oscar Nominated Writer-Director Mike Leigh, Six-Time Oscar Nominated Production Designer Nathan Crowley And Two-Time Oscar Nominee Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Editor Of The Favourite, Poor Things And Kinds Of Kindness

PODGORICA: The shooting for the Montenegrin/Serbian coproduction Brothers / Crna truba (working title) directed by Bojan Stijović is taking place in the village of Grahovo, Montenegro, throughout June 2024. The Film Centre of Montenegro and Film Center Serbia are supporting the project.

RIGA: A total of 26 projects from 17 countries, including Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Georgia, have been selected for Baltic Sea Docs 2024. The leading documentary pitching event in the Baltic countries will be held in Riga 1 - 6 September 2024.

Article by director Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, who sits on the board of FERA, and Danish director Ida Grøn, deputy head of The Association of Danish Film Directors.

A hungry person cannot be fed by a film, a sick person cannot be cured by it. Cinema is by some considered luxury, something extra not necessary for survival. For others cinema is just a given part of popular culture in modern society. So why do we as film directors so desperately fight for our projects when we often meet the point of view that our work is not a real necessity? That the support to art and culture should be cut in favor of other crucial things.

The Deputy Ministry of Culture, on the recommendation of the Cinema Advisory Committee (SEKIN), distributed 526,296 EUR for the production of one long documentary and two minority coproductions, as well as for the script and project development of seven and nine projects, respectively.

A new edition of Animation Think Tank, an industry conference meeting organized by CEE Animation Workshop in collaboration with the Animafest World Festival of Animated Film, was held in Zagreb on June 4 and 5. High-level animation industry professionals from different territories and production environments joined two Zagreb sessions to discuss the main topic: an International Co-Development Support Mechanism for animated projects.

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