On October 8 the awards ceremony of the literary prize "Gala 2011" was held in the garden of Georgian National Museum. Maka Kukulava's project "Ada's Cinema" won in the nomination "The Best Script of the Year".

Maka Kukulava is 28. In 2011 she graduated her MA course at Shota Rustaveli State Institute of Theater and Cinema (Kote Jandieri's group).

„Ada's Cinema" - is a future film about love and the inner freedom of Man. The script is about teenagers' problems and their way of life. Their dreams that do not coincide with the reality; hence, they try to escape from real life. The author of the script describes the relations between three generations. The subject line develops around 19-year-old Ada who lives with her grandfather, studies at the Academy of Arts and loves cinema more than anything else in the world.

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Obsurantist Wins FNE Visegrad Prix at Jihlava

JIHLAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC: Obscurantist and His Lineage or the Pyramids' Tearful Valleys(Tmář a jeho rod aneb Slzavé údolí pyramid, Czech Republic/Slovakia, 2011)by legendary Czech experimental documentary filmmaker Karel Vachek won the second annual Film New Europe Visegrad Prix for the best Central European documentary coproduction at the 15th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (www.dokument-festival.com).

ImageThe jury, consisting of Paolo Benzi (Producer, Italy), Pavel Jech (Screenwriter and Dramaturgist, Czech Republic), Necati Sönmez (Documentary film festival director, Istanbul, Turkey), and Aida Vallejo (Film historian, Spain) awarded the film with the following statement: "By engaging enduring philosophical themes and by constantly tinkering with the crafts of cinema the filmmaker courageously demonstrates how cinema can contribute and enrich the modes of human perception and thinking. The film reveals an uncompromising faith in humanity - especially when recognizing its innumerable failings - and an enthusiastic personal belief in cinema as an inexhaustible form of expression and experience."

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Nominations for the second edition of the FNE Visegrad Prix for best documentary film coproduction from a Visegard country have been announced

The films are all screening in the15th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival held in Jihlava, Czech Republic (25-30 October 2011) official programme. The final selection will be made by the festival's Between the Seas jury and announced at the festival's closing ceremony.

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Best Intentions awarded FNE Visegrad Prix 2011 for best fiction coproduction

 WARSAW: The Hungarian coproducer of Adrian Sitaru's Best Intentions has been awarded the prestigious FNE Visegrad Prix for best fiction coproduction. The prix was awarded at the closing ceremony of Jameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival 2011 (17-25 September). Hungarian coproducer Emoke Vagasi of Cor Leonis Films (http://www.corleonisfilms.hu/) collected the 1000 euros cash prize from FNE editor Cathy Meils at the festival's gala closing ceremony on 24 September 2011.

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FNE Visegrad Prix 2011 Nominations for Fiction Coproduction Announced

WARSAW: Nominations for the second edtion of the FNE Visegrad Prix for best fiction film coproduction from a Visegard country have been announced. The films are all screening in the Jameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival 2011 (17-25 September) official programme. The final selection will be made by the festival's main jury and announced at the festival's closing ceremony.

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Winner of Film New Europe Visegrad Prix for Best Documentary Co-Production2010

WARSAW: Film New Europe together with the International Visegrad Fund has announced the winner of the first-ever prize to for best documentary co-production from a Visegrad country.

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The Housemaid Wins First FNE Visegrad Documentary Prix 2010

The Housemaid, a documentary about a young Slovak woman working for a elderly couple abroad, received the first FNE Visegrad Prix for a documentary film at the IFF Bratislava (http://www.iffbratislava.sk/) closing ceremony on 11 November 2010.

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FNE Visegrad Prix nominations for best documentary announced 2010

WARSAW: Nominations for the first-ever FNE Visegrad Prix for best documentary coproduction from a Visegard country have been announced.

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FESTIVALS: Adrienn Pál wins first FNE/Visegrad Coproduction Prize 2010

ImagePECS: Hungarian production company KMH Film Productions and producer Ferenc Pusztai received the first Film New Europe Visegrad Prix at the closing ceremony of CinePécs IFF in Pecs on 10 October 2010 for the feature film Adrienn Pál, a Hungarian - Dutch - French - Austrian co-production. The prize recognizes the artistic achievements of filmmakers in the Visegrad countries and encourages cultural cooperation between partners within Visegrad and partners of other EU countries.

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FNE Visegrad Prix 2010 nominations announced

WARSAW: Nominations for the first-ever FNE Visegrad Prix for best feature coproduction from a Visegard country have been announced.

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Hungarian Success at New Horizons IFF

WROCLAW: The Grand Prix of the 11th New Horizons IFF (www.nowehorizonty.pl) and 20,000 euros went to Attenberg (Greece 2010) directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. Sándor Kardos's Gravedigger (A sírásó, Hungary 2010) received the jury's special mention along with the FIPRESCI award.

Some 110,000 spectators attended the festival, which has become one of the largest film events in CEE. They included 157 foreign film directors, actors, producers, sales agents and distributors and 241 Polish guests, among them, the Hungarian director Béla Tarr who presented his last film The Turin Horse and gave a masterclass.

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11th IFF New Horizons Opens

WROCLAW: The 11th New Horizons Film Festival www.nowehoryzonty.pl (21-31 July 2011) opened with Berlinale winner Nader And Simin, A Separation by Asghar Farhadi and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.

The closing film is Pedro Almodovar's The skin I Live In. Around 430 films (including 230 feature films) from over 50 countries will be shown in Wroclaw during the event. The festival audience and international juries, among them Frédéric Boyer, Anocha Suwichakornpong, Denis Côté and Dimitris Eipides, will award 70,000 Euros in prizes in five competitions and distribution guarantees to at least four feature-length films.

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Ten Projects Selected for Polsh-Norwegian Coproduction Forum

WROCLAW: Five Polish film projects and five Norwegian film projects have been chosen to participate in the Polish-Norwegian Co-production Forum, taking place 26-28 July 2011 during the 11th New Horizons IFF in Wrocław, Poland.

Eighty participants from both countries have been confirmed. They include producers Opus Film, Storm Studios, Maipo, and Prasa i Film; sales agents Trust Nordisk; distributors Gutek Film, Best Film, and Vivarto; and buyers from Polsat, TVP and Canal+ Poland.

The event will include both pitching to a group and one-to-one meeting sessions. Case studies of Essential Killing and King of Devil's Island - two recent successful Polish-Norwegian co-productions - will also take place during the Forum.

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FNE at New Horizons: Separation to Open Festival

The winner of the 2011 Golden Bear in Berlin, Nader And Simin, A Separation by Asghar Farhadi will open the Wrocław-based New Horizons (www.nowehoryzonty.pl) film festival on the 21 July 2011.

The second opening film will be Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. The closing film on the 31 July will be Pedro Almodovar's latest movie The skin I live In.

Among the confirmed guests are Terry Gilliam, Kim Ki-Duk and Bruno Dumont.

All three competitions of the festival are looking strong this year with titles such as Urszula Antoniak's Code Blue, Paula Markovitch's El Premio and Nanouk Leopold's Brownian Movement in the main, New Horizons International Competition and Kim Ki-Duk's Arirang and Marie Losier's The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, among others, in the Films on Art International Competition.

The New Polish Films competition will see the world premiere of Wilhelm Sasnal's It Looks Pretty from a Distance. Sasnal is a world-famous contemporary artist, whose works are in collections of the Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern in London.

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FESTIVALS: Name Change for Era New Horizons

WARSAW: Heading into its 11th edition, the Wroclav film festival Era New Horizons is shortening its name to New Horizons to reflect the name change of its major sponsor.

The festival takes place 21-31 July 2012, with 230 feature films and a total of 430 films representing 50 countries screening to an anticipated 120,000 visitors.

Apart from the competition sections, the highlights of this year's edition will be a presentation of Norwegian cinema and cult films, as well as retrospectives of Terry Gilliam, Bruno Dumont, Andrzej Munk and Mariusz Wilczyński.

The sponsor, formerly the Era mobile phone company, is now part of the T-Mobile brand. The festival's new website is http://www.filmneweurope.com

It was an epic night in Cluj for Argentinian Miguel Cohan: after having won the Best Screenplay Award earlier, he also went on stage to claim the Transilvania Trophy from the hands of Jacqueline Bisset, for his debut feature No Return / Sin Retorno. The Best Directing Award went ex-aequo to Rúnar Rúnarsson, for Volcano and Constantin Popescu, for Principles of Life. Stefan Laudyn, Stefan Kitanov, Nikolaj Nikitin, Stefan Uhrik and Tudor Giurgiu delivered an anniversary sketch on the begiing of the show, while Uberto Passolini shocked everyone showing up on stage in the festival's official football kit.

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MIFF 2011: Star studded closing for Moscow International Film Festival

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MIFF 2011: Moscow Film Festival opens with star studded gala

MOSCOW: The 33 Moscow International Film Festival (http://www.moscowfilmfestival.ru/) got off to a star studded start with the world premier of Hollywood blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon on 23 June 2011.

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Moscow IFF Competition: I'll Die Without You

I'll Die Without You (Ushenod mgoni movkvdebi) is a crime melodrama of two young people living in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place in the course of one day.

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Moscow IFF Competition: Postcard

Kaneto Shindô, age 99 and a Moscow IFF veteran, returns to the festival where he first presented his films 50 years ago, and where he received a Lifetime Achievement award (at the 25th Moscow IFF).

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Moscow IFF Competition: Serdtsa Bumerang

Serdtsa Bumerang is the third feature film by Nikolay Khomeriki.

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Moscow IFF: Chapiteau-show

The young Russian director of Chapiteau-show Sergei Loban has developed something of a cult following.

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Moscow IFF Competition: The Other Family / La Otra Familia

The notable Mexican director Gustavo Loza screens his dramatic film The Other Family, for which he also wrote the screenplay, in the Moscow International Film Festival.

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Moscow IFF Competition: The Waves/Las Olas

The Waves is the first feature fiction film of Alberto Morais, whose credits include several short films and the documentary Un lugar en el cine.

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Moscow IFF Competition: Montevideo

Montevideo, Taste of a Dream, the first feature directed by the popular actor Dragan Bjelogrlić, has been a big hit in Serbia: 515,000 viewers, (twice as many as Avatar) since its national premiere on December 20, 2010.

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Moscow IFF Competition: Revenge: A Love Story/Fuk Sau Che Chi Sei

Wong Ching Po, known for his thriller Jiang Hu (aka Gong Wu, Blood Brothers, 2004) about Hong Kong gangs with Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung, screens his fifth feature film Revenge: A Love Story in competition at the Moscow IFF.

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Moscow IFF Competition: American Translation

With their Moscow competition entry American Translation, Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr create a thriller genre film about two young people, Chris (Pierre Perrier) and Aurora (Lizzie Brocheré), who meet by chance in Parisian café.

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Moscow IFF Competition: The Perfect Life/La Vita Facile

The Italian comedy The Perfect Life was made in the spirit of classic Italian comedies of the 1970's, as a commentary on the national way of life.

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MIFF 2011: Moscow to Host International Film Finance Forum

MOSCOW: For the first time Moscow will host the International Film Finance Forum Moscow 2011, sponsored by Corporate Finance Bank, to be held at Radisson Royal Hotel on 24 June 2011 within the framework of the (http://www.miff.ru/).

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Moscow IFF Competition: Escalation/Escalade

French director, scriptwriter and producer Charlotte Silvera turned to the Russian play Dear Elena Sergeevna by Lyudmila Razumovskaya as the source material for her film Escalation.

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FNE at MIFF: Taboo - The Soul Is Stranger on Earth

Christoph Stark is in competition at Moscow IFF with Taboo - The Soul Is Stranger on Earth/Tabu - Es ist die Seele ein Fremdes auf Erden, the haunted love story between the Austrian poet Georg Trakl and his sister Margarete (Grete).

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Moscow IFF Competition: In the Name of the Devil

Inspired by true events, Polish director and screenwriter Barbara Sass creates a film about crossing the limits of faith and madness behind the walls of a nunnery, In the Name of the Devil. The film had its world premiere in competition at the 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, with the domestic premier planned for September 2011.

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Moscow IFF Competition: Sneakers

Sneakers, the Bulgarian debut film by co-directors Ivan Vladimirov and Valery Yordanov, screens in the main competition at the Moscow IFF, before heading to Karlovy Vary IFF in July.

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Moscow IFF Competition: Joanna

Feliks Falk, one of the masters of Polish cinema, returns with Joanna, a moving story of love and courage set during WWII.

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Moscow IFF Competition: Retrace/Visszatérés

In Retrace/ Visszatérés, directed by Hungary's Judit Elek, a woman from a Transylvanian village travels to Ceauşescu's Romania for the first time since finding refuge in Sweden as a child escaping the Holocaust.

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MIFF 2011 Competition: Leaving

Leaving (Odcházení), the highly anticipated film directing debut by former Czech president and world-wide respected playwright/philosopher Václav Havel, premiered on 9 March 2011. Although it received mixed reviews, mostly due to its excessive references to absurd drama, Leaving is still one of the most important film newsmakers of the year in the Czech Republic.

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FNE launches new Salans legal column for film professionals

WARSAW: FNE is happy to announce the launch a new column from leading intellectual property and audiovisual law specialists. Experts from Salans IP & New Tachnology team headed by Małgorzata Darowska will be offering articles about the most important legal developments relating to the film and television industries.

This week our Salans guest expert Karol Laskowski tells FNE readers about new developments in product placement legislation in Poland.