FNE Visegrad YR2021: Hungarian Film Production Booms in 2021 Despite the Pandemic

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian film industry will close a record year in 2021, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with a spend of more than 200 billion HUF / 544m EUR, the country’s…
16-12-2021

FNE Podcast: YR2021: Jiri Konecny: Producer, Czech Republic

FNE’s Georgian correspondent Alexander Gabelia spoke to Jiri Konecny, emerging producer from the Czech Republic, about the challenges he has faced as a producer during the pandemic, as well as…
16-12-2021

PRODUCTION: Kastriot Abdyli Wraps Shooting on Macedonian/Belgian/Bulgarian Perhaps

SKOPJE: Kastriot Abdyli has finished the shooting of his second feature Perhaps / Mozebi, produced by Dardania Film.
16-12-2021

PRODUCTION: Italian/Romanian Documentary The Land You Belong Gets Eurimages Grant

BUCHAREST: Italian director/scriptwriter Elena Rebeca Carini is currently in production with her long documentary The Land You Belong, whose shooting started in November 2021. This Italian/Romanian coproduction received a grant…
16-12-2021

PRODUCTION: Sharon Bar-Ziv Wraps Shooting on Slovenian/Israeli/German Wild Urge

LJUBLJANA: Israeli director Sharon Bar-Ziv has finished shooting the Slovenian/Israeli/German women’s drama Wild Urge. The two-week shoot, which took place in Ljubljana and on a hill called Kurescek, ended on…
16-12-2021

FESTIVALS: Anifilm Accepts Submissions for 2022 Edition

PRAGUE: The Czech animation festival Anifilm is accepting applications for its 2022 edition through 31 December 2021.
16-12-2021

My Sunny Maad Gets Golden Globe Nomination for Best Animated Film

PRAGUE: My Sunny Maad by acclaimed Czech director Michaela Pavlátová has been nominated in the Best Motion Picture – Animated category of the Golden Globes, which are scheduled to take…
15-12-2021

Tenth Anniversary of dok.incubator

This year marks the 10th anniversary of dok.incubator, a decade in which the film workshop worked with 159 documentaries and led many of them to awards at the world's top…
15-12-2021

FNE Podcast: Mariam Kandelaki: Georgian Animators Association

FNE correspondent and film critic Alexander Gabelia spoke with Mariam Kandelaki, Founder of the Georgian Animators Association (Saqanima), and animation film director and producer.
15-12-2021

FESTIVALS: Films from FNE Partner Countries Selected for Sundance FF 2022

PARK CITY: The Hungarian feature film Gentle by László Csuja and Anna Nemes, and Romanian short film Love Stories on the Move by Carina-Gabriela Dașoveanu have been selected to compete…
15-12-2021

PRODUCTION: Igor Bezinović Preps Eurimages Supported Fiume o morte!

ZAGREB: Croatian director Igor Bezinović is preparing the feature-length creative documentary-hybrid Fiume o morte!, produced by Restart (Croatia) and coproduced by Videomante (Italy) and Slovenia’s Nosorogi. The film received funding…
15-12-2021

PRODUCTION Eurimages Supports Turkish/German/Serbian Coproduction Suddenly

BELGRADE: The Turkish/German/Serbian coproduction feature Suddenly, to be directed by Melisa Fatma Önel Tecimen, received a grant of 85,000 EUR from Eurimages in December 2021.
15-12-2021

New Minister of Culture Appointed in Bulgaria

SOFIA: Atanas Atanassov, a 31-year-old actor and producer of documentaries, was appointed Minister of Culture on 13 December 2021. He was nominated by Bulgaria’s PM Kiril Petkov, former caretaker Economy…
14-12-2021

FNE Podcast: Levan Koguashvili, Georgian Film Director

FNE correspondent Alexander Gabelia spoke with Levan Koguashvili, award winning Georgian film director, about the challenges he has faced as a film director during the pandemic, as well about his…
14-12-2021

Estonian Minority Coproduction Compartment No 6 Gets Golden Globe Nomination

TALLINN: The Finish/German/Estonian/Russian coproduction Compartment No 6 by Juho Kuosmanen has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language category.
14-12-2021

PRODUCTION: Mirjana Karanović’s Sophomore Feature Mother Mara Wins Eurimages Coproduction Grant

BELGRADE: The popular and esteemed Serbian actress Mirjana Karanović is developing her second feature film Mother Mara / Majka Mara. The project has recently received support of 170,000 EUR from…
14-12-2021

Hungary’s Gentle Competes at Sundance

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian film Gentle / Szelíd by László Csuja and Anna Nemes has been selected to compete at Sundance, the first Hungarian film to do so. The festival runs…
14-12-2021

FNE Visegrad YR2021: Distributors in Hungary See Cause for Optimism

BUDAPEST: Although film distributors in Hungary had predicted an upheaval in film distribution patterns as a result of COVID-19 – with streaming and VOD as likely winners – their worst…
13-12-2021

Triple Win for Quo Vadis, Aida? at European Film Awards

BERLIN: Bosnian film director Jasmila Žbanić scored the Best Director award for her harrowing and textured drama Quo Vadis, Aida? The film, a coproduction between Bosnia-Herzegovina, Austria, the Netherlands, France,…
13-12-2021

FNE at Tbilisi IFF 2021: Otar’s Death Wins Best Feature Film Award

TBILISI: Otar's Death by Georgian director Soso Bliadze was awarded best feature film at the 22nd edition of the Tbilisi International Film Festival. The festival ran from 5 to 12…
13-12-2021