Central Europe Sees Growth in Cinema Attendance

With the exception of Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary, Central European territories saw the national share of total box office rise in 2010, according to a new report by the European…

ScripTeast at Cannes

WARSAW: ScripTeast (www.scripteast.pl), the script development workshop for experienced screenwriters from Central and Eastern Europe, will award its Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Awardduring the Cannes film festival, with the writers of…

EFP Producers on the Move Screenings at Cannes

Bulgaria's Kamen Kalev and Hungary's Attila Csaky are among this year's European Film Promotion (www.efp-online.com) Producers on the Move who will have films and project presentations at the Cannes film…

EFP 2011 Producers on the Move

This year 26 up-and-coming young European producers will head to Cannes for European Film Promotion's Producers on the Move presentation and networking events. Profiles on the producers follow:

CME Revenues on the Rise in Q1 Statement

PRAGUE: Although still operating in the red, Central European Media Enterprises (CME, www.cetv-net.com) showed marked improvement over 2010 results in its first quarter earnings statement, released on 27 April 2011.…

FNE - IDF DocBlock: Jan Vrijman Fund Looking For Projects

IDFA's Jan Vrijman Fund is now looking for proposals for creative documentaries and events that offer a platform for documentaries and filmmakers in and from developing countries. Application deadline: May…

Cartoon Forum Call for Scholarship Applications

Cartoon Forum has announced a call for scholarship applicants from the new MEDIA member countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) for…

Czech and Slovak Blockbuster Bathory Continues International Success

PRAGUE: Juraj Jakubisko's Czech and Slovak production Bathory continues its winning streak both commercially and on the festival circuit. Bathory was awarded the top prizes at Houston Worldfest which took…

FNE - IDF DocBlock: Hungarian/German Awards Bosch Prize

The Robert Bosch Stiftung awarded a total of 210,000 euros to three CEE films, including a Hungarian/German documentary, Roma Rally, and the Romanian/German short film Pepsi directed by Peter Kerek.

TeliaSonera Reports Declining Revenues

Swedish telecom group TeliaSonera reported a drop of 6% in revenues for the first quarter of 2011. The company has operations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

EFP Unveils Producers on the Move

Central Europe will make a strong showing at European Film Promotion's (EFP) Producers on the Move event taking place 14-17 May at the 2011 Cannes IFF.

CTAM Expands Cable Awards Competition

Tne 5th annual Creative Awards Program (CAP), taking place in Malta on 22 September 2011, has announced it is accepting entries from non-CTAM Europe members, the European branch of the…

FESTIVALS: Pal Adrienne Awarded at Crossing Europe

LINZ: Hungarian director Ágnes Kocsis' drama Pal Adrienne received the Audience Award at the Crossing Europe festival (www.crossingEurope.at) closing ceremony on 16 April 2011. The film previously was the recipient…

FESTIVALS: Turkey, Romania Get Cannes Slots

CANNES: Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan won a coveted Cannes competition slot with his film Once Upon a Time in Anatolya (Bir Zamanlar Andolu'da), as did expat Romanian director Radu…

FNE - IDF DocBlock: "Father and Son"

My father and I get into an old camper and head for Paris where, 23 years ago, he dispersed his mother's ashes in the Luxembourg Garden. Our trip will take…

FESTIVALS: New Europe Film Put Spotlight on CEE

EDINBURGH: Romanian director Andrei Ujica's The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu opened the 5th New Europe Film Festival (www.neweuropefilm.com), which runs through 12 April at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh. This year's…

CME Media Pro Names New CFO

Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (CME, www.cetv-net.com) appointed Chris Bosco as Chief Financial Officer of its Media Pro Entertainment division. Bosco will supervise all financial and strategic matters for CME's…

Poland, Hungary Show Strong HD Growth

Poland and Hungary are among the most developed HD countries in Europe according to the latest data from the European Audiovisual Observatory (www.obs.coe.int).

Ratos Acquires Forum Cinemas

Swedish investment firm Ratos (www.ratos.se) bought the Baltic-based Forum Cinemas (www.forumcinemas.lv) chain, along with Finland's Finnkino (www.finnkino.fi) cinemas in a deal reported as 116 million euros. Forum Cinemas owns cinemas…

FNE - IDF DOcBlock: A Lifetime Is Not Enough

The protagonists are three film studios: in Russia (Mosfilm), in Poland (WFF nr1) and in Belarus (Belarusfilm) and three film directors: Vyrypayev, Żuławski and Kudinenko who currently work there. These…