Three mini film festivals are playing in Bulgaria this week, with Czech and Nordic films featured in Sofia and a week of Moroccan cinema in Varna.

Polish pay-TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat will offer up to 75 million shares in an initial public offering set for May that could raise more than 1 billion zloty (€289.7 million).It will be the largest IPO by a privately held company on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

The Polish Film School says it is making available some Polish film classics through the use of new technologies.

Organizers of the 48th Krakow Film Festival announced on Wednesday (April 9) the selections for international competition at the event. One of the most popular film festivals in Poland will be held May 28 to June 5.

The Czech digital TV news channel Z1 has obtained a compensatory broadcasting licence from the state Council for Radio and TV Broadcasting (RRTV), according to a council official quoted by the Czech news agency CTK. The licence enables Z1 to broadcast in the networks for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting (DVB-T) which are now being built across the country and are set to replace analog transmission by November 2011.

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Aristoteles Workshop for documentary films in Romania. The workshop, conducted in partnership with the French/German cultural network Arte television, will welcome 16 participants from Aug. 11 to Sept. 7.

ITI Holdings SA reported on Tuesday financial results for 2007 that showed consolidated revenue rose 36.3% over the previous year, driven mainly by operations by its flagship TVN Group. Revenue was nearly €485,000, with revenue from TVN and the Grupa Onet portal accounting for about 86% of the total.

Polish private broadcaster TVN Group reports its aggregate all-day nationwide audience share rose to 24% in March from 22.2% in the same month in 2007, while prime-time audience rose to 26.9% from 26.2% last year.

The banned Estonian film Magnus by director Kadri Kõusaar captured the top award at the Czech film festival Febiofest which wound up last weekend. The director won €5,000, and another €5,000 was awarded to support distribution of the winning film in the Czech Republic, according to the festival website (

Twenty-four films will be screened during the 10th edition of the European Film Festival in Malta which begins April 12 and lasts through May 8. The event is organised by the European Commission Representation in Malta.