FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Cannes Film Festival to rate the films in the Main Competition, Un Certain Regard, Directors' Fortnight and Critics Week, giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. 5 is the best and 1 is the worst. The ratings give an overview of critics’ opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights into what critics in many different countries think about the programme. FNE will be publishing updates each day from today until the end of the festival.

We are heading to Cannes where you can meet the festival director Marek Hovorka and Jarmila Outratová, Ji.hlava’s head of industry. We will be delighted to meet you at Marché du Film and during the Cannes Docs' activities.

On 16 May, the world-famous Cannes Film Festival starts in France (16-27 May), and film professionals from Latvia will take active part in several film industry events, festival programmes and the film market.

PODGORICA: CIRCLE Fiction Orbit, the first edition of CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator programme to be held in November 2023, is looking for six-eight woman-identifying (second or third-time) directors and producers with strong feature-film projects in development.

PRAGUE: Czech/Slovak/Hungarian Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light by Filip Pošivač has been acquired by sales agent LevelK. Pošivač’s first long animated film will have its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation FF (11 – 17 June 2023) in the Contrechamp competition.

BUDAPEST: A24’s Death of a Unicorn directed by Alex Scharfman and starring Paul Rudd and Jenna Ortega, is reported to start shooting in Budapest in July 2023.

PODGORICA: The Film Centre of Montenegro has distributed 784,000 EUR to 19 projects in several categories, including feature film production and minority coproductions.

The following grants were announced by the Film Centre of Montenegro in May 2023.

TALLINN: A tax on streaming platforms is expected to raise the state budget by between 700,000 to 1.5 m EUR. However, some local platforms will avoid taxation if their turnover is below 2 m EUR.

BUDAPEST: The 11 m EUR largest virtual film studio in Central and Eastern Europe, whose foundation stone has recently been laid in Fót, near Budapest, will be completed in the first quarter of 2024.