How Tricks did the trick – and what comes after

"Film from Eastern Europe are still overlooked, undervalued, badly promoted and - with noble exceptions - play only a marginal, if any, role in the international art house and television…

Turkey nominates Three Monkeys for Oscars

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's last film Three Monkeys (Uc Maymun) has been selected as Turkey's nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film category in this year's Oscars

Lithuanian TV to mortgage Vilnius TV tower

Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre LRTC plans to mortgage Vilnius TV tower to fund an upgrade in services.

Lithuania scores with basketball

The Lithuanian incumbent telco TEO LT has become the first broadcaster in the Baltic Republics to offer its TV subscribers the US sports channel NBA TV.

Shooting begins on Urbanski debut

Artur Urbanski, double award winner at the 2002 Venice Tv Fest, begins shooting his first big screen feature Listening to Jo, on October 10.

DVD sales soar in Czech Republic and Slovakia

The DVD Group ( reported increased sales of DVD in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 2008.

Cyprus sets date for move to digital TV

Cyprus will make the transfer to digital TV broadcasting in 2011, government officials announced.

Hungary heads to Botswana for The Stars Must Be Crazy

Hungary's TV2 is headed to Botswana to film the first year of a planned five-year reality TV programme, following the adventures of ten stars dropped off in the Botswana wilderness.

Lithuania sends Loss to Oscar race

Lithuania has chosen Maris Martinsons' Loss as its first feature film to compete for selection the Best Foreign Language category.

ORS announces plans to digitalize Slovenia

Austrian digital broadcasting specialist Oesterreichische Rundfunksende announced it has bid on Slovenia's second DVB-T platform, with a decision expected October 15.

Cyprus Short Film Fest calls for entries

The second edition of the Cyprus International Short Film Festival announced a January 16 deadline in its call for entries for the 2009 event.

Estonia invests in MTV ad campaign

The Estonian government is spending EEK 11.4 million (730,000 Euros) on an advertising campaign on the internationally recognized music channel MTV.

GO signs Formula One deal

Malta telecom firm GO announced it has signed exclusive three year rights to broadcast Formula One.

Poland tries Tricks for Oscar bid

Tricks directed by Andrzej Jakimowski has been chosen by a special commitee appointed by the Polish Minister of Culture as the candidate for the Oscar in the Best Foreign Language…

New president appointed for Cyfra +

Bertrand Le Guern has been names new president and the CEO of Canal Plus Cyfrowy (

New Hrebejk film premieres October 8

The Giglet (Nestyda), a dark comedy about mid-life crisis by leading Czech director Jan Hrebejk premieres on October 8 in Prague, with nation-wide distribution beginning October 9.

Diema channels see advertising growth

Bulgaria's Diema channels were responsible for a 494,000 euro profit for British owner Apace Media in the first half of 2008.

Poland's The Wedding hits Austrian cinemas

Wojtek Smarzowski's multi-awarded 2004 film The Wedding is headed to cinemas across Austria beginning October 10.

New Hungarian Film Week Board is appointed

The Board of the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary ( appointed a new Hungarian Film Week board to preside over next year's jubilee edition.

Central European films win top awards in Zurich

Bulgarian, Slovak, and Polish producers each added a Zurich film festival award to their credentials.