Strong CEE selection in EFP Shooting Stars

Czech, Polish, Romanian and Croatian actors are among the ten finalists selected for the prestigious Shooting Stars presentation by European Film Promotion (EFP).

TV stations face cuts

Televison stations across CEE are feeling the effects of the economic crisis, cutting salaries and entire channels.

FNE VISEGRAD FORUM: Film Grants in Poland

The primary source of public funding for movie production in Poland is the Polish Film Institute (, founded in 2005.

FNE VISEGRAD FORUM: Impact of the financial crisis on Polish film

While the global financial crisis is affecting film production, 2009 is shaping up to be a record year for Polish distribution, with over 31.5 million tickets sold to date.

Poland, Hungary win Hot Bird TV awards

Poland's Wojna i Pokoj channel and Hungary's Duna TV were among the winners at the November 20 Hot Bird TV awards, recognizing the highest quality of content creation and innovation…

Warsaw Welcomes Europa Cinemas 14th Annual Conference

Warsaw welcomed more than 500 cinema professionals from across Europa for the 14th Annual Europa Cinemas ( held at the Warsaw Hilton from 19-22 November.

Malta launches film fund

The Maltese Ministry of Finance is launching a new Malta Film Fund which will disburse €233,000 for shorts, documentaries, and feature films.

PRODUCTION: Judgment finds German co-producer

Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev's production company Argo Film is co-producing his second feature film, The Judgment, with Germany's Leipzig-based LE Vision.

EFA names film "ambassadors"

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu and Polish actor Maciej Stuhr are among the ten prominent European film names selected as the European Film Academy's "Ambassadors of European Film."

Men on the Bridge wins international distribution

The Turkish/German/Dutch co-production Men on the Bridge will see distribution in the UK and Ireland, following its win at the London Turkish film festival.

Akkari named WB sales exec for CEE

Warner Bros International TV Division has promoted Rita Akkari to director of sales for Central and Eastern Europe.

FESTIVALS: Eleven CEE films awarded at19th Cottbus festival

ORDINARY PEOPLE | OBICNI LJUDI from Serbia is the winner of 19th FilmFestival Cottbus.

Connecting Cottbus pitches a winning event

The Cottbus film festival's secret weapon, the Connecting Cottbus pitching forum, has matured into a reliable platform for outstanding talent, both known and new, to provide a hint of films…

Bosch co-production prize deadline announced

Central and East European young filmmakers have until November 30 to apply for the Robert Bosch Stiftung 2010 co-production prize valued at up to 70,000 euros.

CEE opens the door to minority coproductions at Connecting Cottbus

Connecting Cottbus, the co-production pitching forum taking place at the Cottbus Film Festival for the eleventh year, unveiled new hope for producers across Europe: the announcements by CEE film funders…

Geislerová joins EFP Shooting Stars jury

Czech actress and international star Ana Geislerová will serve on the five-member jury to select the European Film Promotion's (EFP) ten Shooting Stars for 2010.

Hungarian films at Cottbus

Four Hungarian films are being presented in the 19th Filmfestival Cottbus (, the festival of films from Eastern-Europe taking place through November 14.

Polish TV visa denied

Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy, director of Polish TV's Belsat channel, has been denied a visa to attend the Minsk Forum conference in Belarus.

LIberty Global reports minimal revenue growth in Central Europe

Liberty Global, the international cable company, reported 1% consolidated rebased growth in its Central Europe operations at the end of the third quarter of 2009, compared with 8% worldwide for…

Happiest Girl sold in four territories

The Happiest Girl in the World, the feature film debut from Romanian director Radu Jude has been sold to the UK, France, Hungary and Croatia.