ZAGREB: Dražen Žarković’s children’s film The Mysterious Boy/Zagonetni dječak, the sequel to local blockbuster Koko and the Ghosts/Koko i duhovi, had 11,617 admissions and took in 40,740 EUR/309,230 HRK at the box office in its first weekend.

BUCHAREST: Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck is joining forces with Bobby Păunescu and Mandragora Movies to open an acting school in Romania starting April 2013.

BUCHAREST: Bogdan Dreyer’s A Farewell to Fools starring Gérard Depardieu and Harvey Keitel will be distributed by Family Film in 21 towns and 42 screens starting 15 March 2013.

ZAGREB: Producer Irena Markovic is developing a contemporary drama Tereza 33, through the Croatian company Focus Media. Danilo Serbedzija is directing.

BUCHAREST: Child's Pose written and directed by Călin Peter Netzer will be released in 35 cinemas in more than 20 Romanian towns on 8 March 2013. The Berlinale Golden Bear winner has been sold or is in negotiations in territories worldwide.

BUCHAREST: Somewhere in Palilula, the debut film from Romania’s internationally acclaimed theatre director Silviu Purcărete, garnered 11 nominations for Romania’s Gopo Awards, held on 25 March 2013.

BUCHAREST: Cannibal, a Spanish-Romanian -Russian- French coproduction directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca (The Weakness of the Bolshevik), started shooting in Granada, Spain, on 28 January 2013 and will wrap at the end of March.

BUCHAREST: Romtelecom will begin airing Shorts TV and Comedy Central Extra on 11 February 2013 as part of the company’s revamped visual identity.

BUCHAREST: The National Audiovisual Center of Romania launched a petiton protesting the declining level of Romanian media on 23 January 2013. Over 13,600 people have signed the petition to date.

BUCHAREST: Director/writer/producer Şerban Georgescu is currently in production with a 52 minute documentary about a Romanian village with 5,000 inhabitants and almost 1,000 tractors.