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With the publications of today's stories, Film New Europe closes out its first seven months of highly successful operations. We have published more than 350 reports about the film and…

HDTV catching on in Central Europe (update)

High-definition television, or HDTV, is beginning to catch on in Central Europe, with Poland the clear leader in embracing the new technology. All of Poland's leading broadcasters are either testing…

Consortium launches animation website

A six-member international consortium including the Estonian CinemaBus team has launched the first comprehensive online animation teaching site for use in schools and by amateurs.

Kajinek movie postponed over producer-director dispute

A big-budget film about convicted murderer Jiří Kajínek has been postponed after producer Petr Jákl canceled a contract with Ivan Fíla, who wrote the script and was also set to…

Polish filmmakers take stand on TV subscription fees

Jacek Bromski was re-elected president of the Association of Polish Filmmakers for a third term at a general meeting of the association on Dec. 15. Bromski has been holding this…

Czech filmgoers reach 11 million this year

Attendance at Czech cinemas rose by 1.5 million in the first 10 months of 2007 to 11 million people who spent 1.054 billion crowns (€40 million), according to the Czech…

Polish doc gains fame abroad (update)

{mosimage}A film about a true Polish adventure story, In Search of a Legend, won the best film award Monday at the SportFilmFestival in Palermo, Sicily. The film, about six young…

EU finds too many commercials on Polish television

The European Commission is calling on Polish broadcasters to cut back on commercial time. Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reports new research shows that some EU members are exceeding the 12-minute-per-hour…

Fourth Gold Roll for Roosters Breakfast (update)

The smash hit Rooster´s Breakfast has surpassed all recent admissions records in Slovenia, having now passed the 100,000 mark since its opening Oct. 18.

New website promotes Lodz as film center

A new Polish website has been launched to promote Łódź as an ideal place for filmmakers. The creators hope the website, called Action!Lodz (www.actionlodz.com), will bring new productions to the…

AOL launches in Poland

AOL Europe has launched in Poland (www.aol.pl) offering free email, instant messaging, video, pictures and other services in addition to tailored content, such as film and celebrity news.

Life for a Life project has successful launch

The Polish film A Life for a Life, which tell the stories of courageous Poles who gave their lives to help Jews during World War II, had a successful launch…

Christopher Doyle winds up Warsaw shoot

Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle has completed shooting in Warsaw of the Polish political thriller Warsaw Dark, based on the murder of former Minister of Sport Jacek Dębski, one of the…

Katyn to get international premiere in Berlin

Andrzej Wajda's latest film, Katyń, a highly personal view of the massacre of 20,000 Polish officers in the Soviet Union during World War II, is set to premiere at the…

Vaclav is last Czech film premiere of 2007

The last Czech film premiere of 2007 is Václav, based on the true story of an autistic village man who lives with his mother but gets into trouble and then…

TVP launches station aimed at Belarus

Polish public broadcaster Telewizja Polska (www.tvp.pl) on Dec. 10 launched its first foreign station, Belsat, which offers three hours of news, cultural programs and entertainment programming daily by satellite in…

Polish film Warrior wins Grand Prix in Canton, China

The Polish film Warrior (Wojowik) by Jacek Blawut won the Grand Prix at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival in Canton, China, which ended Dec. 8. The jury awarded with…

International talent agency sets up in Bulgaria

Four film professionals have established an international talent agency to meet a growing demand for representation in the Bulgarian film industry, and they have plans to unite talent throughout Central…

Battle over financing Polish public media

A battle is brewing in Poland over the best way to finance public broadcasting. A parliamentary commission has been looking into the matter after the new government of Prime Minister…

TVN leads for first time in audience share

Private Polish broadcaster TVN captured the top audience share in November for the sought-after 16-49 age group for the first time in its history.