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…
23-09-2007

Czech Republic names its Oscar contestant

The Czech Republic late Friday weighed in with its candidate for the Academy Awards competition. Director Jiří Menzel's new film, I Served the King of England, will be recommended to…
20-09-2007

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…
20-09-2007

Prague cinema launches adopt-a-seat programme to raise funds

The managers of one of Prague's oldest cinemas are using a unique strategy to help foot the costs of renovation. Kino Svetozor (www.kinosvetozor), which opened in 1918, has launched an…
20-09-2007

Two film workers accused of pirating Bathory film

A Prague court is hearing the case of two men accused of stealing a copy of renowned Slovak director Jakub Jakubisko's Bathory, Central Europe's most expensive home-grown film to date,…
19-09-2007

Colorfront launched as most advanced DI house in Europe

The Hungarian brothers who invented the DI color manipulation system used in many Hollywood blockbusters have announced the launch of Colorfront (www.colorfront.com), a state-of-the-art DI and visual effects post-production facility…
19-09-2007

Estonian animation celebrates 50th anniversary

Estonia is celebrating its jubilee anniversary of animation production in November with a series of exhibitions and DVD releases, as well as an industry conference including the first World Championships…
19-09-2007

The Karamazov Brothers by Petr Zelenka moves to post-production

Leading Czech director Petr Zelenka is now in post-production with his new film The Karamazovs, played by members of the well-known Prague-based Dejvice Theater.
18-09-2007

Scandinavian Day at Gdynia to highlight cooperation

The artistic director of the 32nd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia believes Central Europe filmmakers have much to learn from the close cooperation among the film industries of the Nordic…
18-09-2007

More funding means better quality at Gdynia festival

The artistic director of the 32nd Polish Film Festival in Gydnia says this year's screenings by younger directors will be marked by a higher level of quality than in the…
17-09-2007

Budapest Film introduces first movie download service

Hungary's first online film downloading portal, Filmklik (www.filmklik.hu), has ended its three-month trial period and is now expanding its inventory to make more than 300 films available by year-end.
17-09-2007

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 (www.dodona.co.uk). That compares with…
17-09-2007

Andrzej Wajda film Katyn inaugurates Polish Film Festival

A special showing of Andrzej Wajda's landmark film Katyń will be screened today as part of the grand opening of the 32nd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. Poland's most prestigious…
16-09-2007

Another Czech charged in film piracy case

A second Czech faces charges of copyright infringement as Czech authorities start clamping down on film piracy. Only a month after a 19-year-old student was charged with pirating The Simpsons…
16-09-2007

Four films completed during Malta summer schedule

Four feature films have been completed or are winding up production on Malta. The neighbouring island of Gozo also saw some summer activity when the long-running UK series Coronation Street…
16-09-2007

Polish film Time to Die screened at Toronto fest

The Polish Film Institute, whose mission is to support the country's film industry, is co-financing Time to Die, a tale of an elderly woman's struggle in communist Poland, at the…
13-09-2007

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.
13-09-2007

Smecky finishes taping music for new VeggieTales film

The Smecky Recording Studio, part of the Barrandov Studios complex in Prague, has wound up taping the music for the new animated megafilm The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, the…
12-09-2007

Upcoming Czech docs previewed

A presentation of upcoming Czech documentary films was held this week in Prague. The presentation, in the style of a cabaret, was organised by the Czech Film Center (www.filmcenter.cz), Institute…
12-09-2007

PFI-backed films reap seven awards in Venice

Films backed by the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.org) won seven awards at the recent Venice Biennale. Paul Laverty won the Osella prize among the official awards for best screenplay in…
12-09-2007