Romanian and Turkish films short-listed for European film prize

Two films from the New Europe are among the three productions short-listed for the European Parliament’s new Prix Lux award designed to boost European cinema. Romania’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks…

EGEDA offers safe film downloading site

The Spanish Audiovisual Producers' Rights Association, or EGEDA, has entered the world of digital distribution by offering a service that allows producers and distributors to directly manage their rights for…

Cinema City expands aggressively in Central Europe

Cinema City International N.V., the largest multiplex operator in Central and Eastern Europe, signed a lease this week for its fourth large cinema in Bucharest. That makes the company's 13th…

Russian box office growth outpacing Central Europe

Russian box office is set to more than double in the next five years according to a survey by the U.K.-based cinema industry analysts Dodona Research ( That compares with…

Empties, fresh from Venice, on London film festival programme

Empties, a poignant Czech comedy directed by Jan Svěrák, will be on the programme of the Times BFI 51st London Film Festival which opens Oct. 17.

Saviours Square in competition for European Film Awards

Saviour's Square, a film by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze, qualified as the sole Polish production among 42 films selected by the European Film Academy ( for this year's European…

First Estonian entry picks up main Venice prize

To the delight of the Estonian film community, the country's first-ever entry in the Venice Biennale's official lineup, Autumn Ball by debutant director Veiko Õunpuu, walked away with the main…

CME secures 60 percent ownership of Ukrainian broadcaster

Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (, which operates TV networks in six Central and East European countries, announced it has secured a 60% ownership in Ukraine's Studio 1+1, completing a…

Ukrainian businessman Igor Kolomoisky buys into CME

Ukrainian billionaire Igor Kolomoisky has invested $110 million (€80.7 million) to acquire an interest in broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (, which operates TV networks in six Central and…