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Theodore Schwinke

Theodore Schwinke covers the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria for Screen.

  • A Company launches new distribution company in Czech Republic, Slovakia


    Berlin-based content licensing company A Company on July 2 launched EEAP Film Distribution CZ-SK to cover distribution in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Rising Romania


    Some of the world’s leading film-makers are scouting locations in a territory that is keeping busy despite having no financial incentives.
  • An appetite for Hungary


    As the territory’s popularity has soared, so have costs.
  • Reality Czech


    How are Eastern Europe’s established location strongholds responding to increased regional competition for footloose international projects? In the Czech Republic, which is very well-regarded by producers, its production rebate has already run dry this year
  • Sofia rides production wave


    Is there more to Bulgaria than low costs and a stunning New York City film set? And a case study of Kon-Tiki
  • KVIFF 2011: Hot films


    Sundance award-winners, SXSW crowd-pleasers and a slew of world premieres mix with features from rising local film-makers in this year’s KVIFF competition line-up. We look at three strands.
  • Karlovy Vary: where to eat, drink and screen films


    Where does the industry work, rest and play at the festival? And where can you get a good vegetarian meal? International executives share their tips for a great trip.
  • East side story


    Young, enthusiastic audiences as well as sales companies and festival programmers on the lookout for great regional product make Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 1-9) the place to be in Europe this month.
  • KVIFF 2011: Works In Progress


    Works in Progress, the main industry event at the festival, will this year feature entries from Turkey, Greece and Georgia for the first time.
  • KVIFF 2011 Q&A: Karel Och and Krystof Mucha


    Karlovy Vary’s artistic director Karel Och and executive director Krystof Mucha discuss what they are particularly looking forward to in this year’s programme
  • KVIFF 2011 Q&A: Jiri Bartoska


    The Festival president talks about the event’s role in discovering and promoting international film-making talent
  • Jane Eyre, Midnight In Paris bookend Karlovy Vary


    Line-up for the Czech festival includes 14 world premieres across three feature competitions
  • Hungary's next move


    Budapest-born Hollywood producer Andy Vajna tells Screen how he has helped put together from scratch a new national film fund for Hungarian producers, and the lessons he has learned from around Europe
  • Forster's World War Z preps for UK, Malta and Hungary


    Preparation is underway in Hungary, Malta and the UK for production on World War Z.
  • A Royal Affair


    TrustNordisk were in Cannes selling Zentropa’s epic real life historical love story starring Mads Mikkelssen and Alicia Vikander.
  • New Hungarian fund offers cash, guidance, Vajna says


    Hungarian National Film Fund awaiting government green light
  • Transilvania to honor Michael York, announces lineup


    The festival that grew up with the Romanian New Wave will celebrate its 10th birthday with more films, more cash and more stars
  • Adrienn Pal wins at shortened Hungarian Film Week


    Agnes Kocsis’ Adrienn Pal named Best Film at 42nd Hungarian Film Week
  • New Hungarian fund plans up to 10 productions annually


    Andy Vajna said the new fund will have a five-member panel of experts.
  • Hungary ready to unveil revamped film support plans


    The Hungarian government will announce Monday its plans for restructuring its support of the local film industry.
  • The Raven


    Producer Marc D Evans took The Raven to Hungary and Serbia to create James McTeigue’s dark vision of 19th century Baltimore — at a considerable saving.
  • New Horizons picks up The Turin Horse, Pina for Poland


    The New Horizons Association has picked up Polish theatrical, DVD and TV rights to Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse and Wim Wenders’ Pina.
  • Russian AR Films acquires 51% of A Company


    Russian film company AR Films has acquired 51% of A Company, one of the biggest film licensing and distribution corporations in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Cinema City opens 10th multiplex in Romania


    Cinema City now has 98 screens, about half of the market.
  • Transilvania IFF to open with Potiche, buzz about Romanian incentives


    As the 10th Transilvania International Film Festival plans to open June 3 with a gala screening of Francois Ozon’s Potiche, local and international producers are buzzing about Romania’s new film financing scheme which triples the territory’s support for filmmakers.
  • Budapest's Titanic festival cuts €10,000 award


    Hungary’s ongoing financial crisis cuts part of budget for the festival.
  • Hungarian Film Week announces tricky May dates


    Hungarian Film Week is going ahead after funding delays, with screenings now scheduled for May 5–8. 
  • Endgame eyes Prague shoot for Wenceslas Square


    Philip Noyce’s new thriller Wenceslas Square is looking at a Prague shoot sometime this spring.
  • International filmmakers join Hungarian protest against budget cuts


    Bela Tarr and other Hungarian filmmakers today fired a shot across the bow of their government, decrying measures there which they say endanger their industry.
  • Czech box office up almost 20%, sets new record


    Sales at the Czech box office in 2010 grew nearly 20% from the previous year, a performance unlikely to be repeated this year.
  • Cinema City acquires Palace Cinemas for $38m


    Cinema City International announced today that is has acquired the Palace Cinemas’ chain.
  • Can Andy Vajna fix Hungary's film crisis?


    As the lauded producer takes charge of Hungary’s film commission, he needs to restore faith among filmmakers in Budapest.
  • 47 Ronin preps for two months in Budapest


    47 Ronin, an English-language swords-and-samurai thriller starring Keanu Reeves [pictured], is prepping for a two-month shoot in Hungary.
  • Karel Och replaces Eva Zaoralova as Karlovy Vary artistic director


    Och, a KV programmer since 2001, takes over duties of outgoing Zaoralova as of Jan 1.
  • Incendies wins Warsaw Grand Prix


    Denis Villeneuve’s Venice and Toronto hit Incendies collected top honours at the 26th Warsaw International Film Festival.
  • Philibert


    Nicolas Altmayer of Mandarin Cinema and Marc Jenny of Okko Productions talk about their co-production project, the swashbuckling Philibert, currently in post-production.
  • Seven projects chosen for CentEast Market


    The 6th CentEast Market will feature seven selected projects from Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Warsaw unveils competition titles including Incendies, The Christening


    Alexei Uchitel’s Toronto title The Edge will open the 26th Warsaw Film Festival (Oct 8-17).
  • Slovakia selects The Border as Oscar submission


    Jaro Vajtek’s documentary has been chosen as Slovakia’s foreign oscar selection.
  • Hungary submits Bibliotheque Pascal for Oscar consideration


    Szabolcs Hajdu’s Berlin Forum title Bibliotheque Pascal is Hungary’s submission for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.
  • UPDATE: Angelina Jolie scouting Budapest for Bosnian love story


    Sources in Hungary say Raleigh Film Budapest is in negotiations with Angelina Jolie to host the actor’s directorial debut, a love story set against the backdrop of the war in Bosnia.
  • Mission: Impossible IV prepping for Prague shoot


    The Czech Republic’s new 20% tax rebate, implemented in late July, is attracting a raft of runaway productions, including Mission: ImpossibleIV.
  • Romanian National Film Center awards $6.5m to new wave of features


    The Romanian National Film Center (CNC) has announced roughly $6.5m in funding for new projects, including $3.5m in funding for new features from established directors.
  • Mundane History wins Grand Prix at Wrocław's Era New Horizons


    Mundane History received the Grand Prix at the closing ceremony of the 10th Era New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.
  • Unconventional films and industry set to mingle at 10th Era New Horizons


    Competition titles include Le Quattro Volte, Mundane History, and Trash Humpers; Godard expected to attend.
  • The Mosquito Net catches Grand Prix in Karlovy Vary


    Spanish drama The Mosquito Net captured the top honors at the 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
  • Twelve world premieres among competition titles at Karlovy Vary


    American film producer Ron Yerxa will preside over the international jury.
  • European Commission approves Czech incentives


    Czech state radio is reporting that the European Commission has approved the Czech Republic film incentives program.
  • Czech box office having record year thanks to Avatar and local hit Zeny v pokusení


    Admissions and sales are booming in the Czech Republic, where local cinemas earned $25.3m (CZK 551.5m) in first four months of the year — almost half the year-end figure for last year.
  • Karlovy Vary to honour Jude Law


    Jude Law will receive the Festival President’s Award at the 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which runs July 2–11.
  • Mundane History takes grand prize in Cluj


    Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong was presented with her prize by Wim Wenders, who himself received a lifetime achievement award.
  • Karlovy Vary adds four competition titles


    Selections include world premiere of Catherine Martin’s Mourning for Anna and international premiere of Daniel Burman’s Brother & Sister.
  • Czech director Marhoul acquires rights to Kosiński's The Painted Bird


    The Painted Bird tells the story of young Jewish boy’s attempts to escape the Holocaust and the abuse he suffers at the hands at would-be rescuers.
  • Wroclaw plans first American Film Festival


    The first edition, planned for late October, will present about 75 films in four sections.
  • Transilvania announces 12 competition titles


    Founded in 2002, Transilvania is synonymous with the Romanian new wave and its international competition focuses on first and second features.
  • Karlovy Vary announces 2010 line-up


    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has announced seven competition titles for its 45th edition, including a new film from Oscar-winning Czech director Jan Sverák.
  • Bel Ami


    The Full Monty producer Uberto Pasolini has just wrapped production in Budapest on costume drama Bel Ami, with Twilight star Robert Pattinson in the lead role.
  • Eastern European Acquisition Pool opens Prague office 


    EEAP TV sales manager Christine Daoudova will run the Prague office.
  • Latvia to woo producers with 15% rebate


    Latvia looks to attract production to its capital, Riga, with new film fund.
  • Cinema City reports 18% increase in 2009 revenue


    The Central and Eastern European cinema operator reports 18% revenue increase for 2009, announces plans for 100 new screens over 2010.
  • Protektor takes lion's share of Czech awards


    Marek Najbrt’s World War 2 film Protektor has picked up nine awards at the Czech Lions
  • The Reverse takes top prize at Polish Eagles


    The Reverse has picked up eight awards, including best film and best screenplay, at the Polish Eagles, Poland’s equivalent of the Oscars
  • Forum Film takes on Romanian distribution for Disney


    Cinema City International affiliate Forum Film to handle distrbution of Disney features in Romania.
  • Karlovy Vary to pay tribute to Powell and Pressburger


    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival reveals retrospective for 45th edition, including a rare screening of a restored classic.
  • Bulgaria lures films with 30% rebate


    Bulgaria is set to compete for film productions with its Eastern European neighbours following the proposal of a film and TV incentive that will refund up to 30% of costs.
  • Szabolcs Hajdu, director and screenwriter, Bibliothèque Pascal


    Szabolcs Hajdu talks to Theodore Schwinke about the inspiration behind and execution of his new film, which recently won the Golden Reel at the 41st Hungarian Film Week.
  • Bibliothèque Pascal takes top honors at 41st Hungarian Film Week


    Szabolcs Hajdu’s latest received the Golden Reel award on Monday as the annual showcase of local cinema came to a close.
  • Czech admissions fall but sales rise on ticket price increase


    Cinema admissions in the Czech Republic fell by 3% last year although a rise in ticket prices meant sales revenue rose 2% to $68m (CZK 1.3bn).
  • Miklós Jancsó's So Much For Justice! to open 41st Hungarian Film Week


    Sixteen new feature films will compete for the Golden Reel Award at the 41st Hungarian Film Week (Feburary 2–8) in Budapest.
  • Czech film incentive approved by local government


    The Czech government has approved a 20% tax rebate for productions shooting in the country.
  • Ukraine Film Office launches co-production fund


    The Ukraine Film Office this week launched a private equity support program for co-productions. The program will award up to three feature projects a year with up to $100,000 each.
  • CME strikes deal to acquire Romania's MediaPro


    Bermuda-based TV company Central European Media Enterprises (CME) is to acquire MediaPro Entertainment, from MediaPro Management and MediaPro BV.
  • Cinemart picks up Karlovy titles Whisky With Vodka and A Matter Of Size


    Czech distributor Cinemart has picked up two Karlovy Vary titles: Whisky With Vodka and A Matter Of Size.
  • Polish admissions set new record in first half of 2009


    Polish cinemas sold a record-breaking 19.8 million tickets in the first half of 2009, up 16% compared to the same period last year.
  • Angel At Sea takes Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary


    Frédéric Dumont’s film Angel At Sea was named best feature film at the 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, giving the director the Crystal Globe and $30,000.
  • Corruption is a huge problem


    Theodore Schwinke takes a look at the problems of camcording and counterfeit DVDs in Russia.
  • Industry gathers for Czech extravaganza


    The Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has a reputation as a meeting place where industry professionals can discuss deals away from the pressure of the major markets.
  • Will cheap deals tempt the bargain hunters?


    Shooting in Eastern Europe could become cheaper than ever as facilities compete for international business to reverse the slowdown caused by the credit crunch and exchange-rate fluctuations.
  • Karlovy Vary hosts 19 world premieres


    The 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival host 19 world premieres at this year’s edition, which will run July 3 – 11.
  • Karlovy Vary to honour John Malkovich


    John Malkovich will receive a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 3–11).
  • Police, Adjective and North share grand prize in Transilvania


    Corneliu Porumboiu’s Un Certain Regard title Police, Adjective shared top honours with Rune Denstad Langlo’s Berlinale title North at the 8th Transilvania International Film Festival.
  • Tsar, Public Enemies bookend Moscow Film Festival


    Russian director Pavel Lungin will chair the jury at the 31st Moscow International Film Festival, where competition films include Waldemar Krzystek’s Little Moscow and Duncan Jones’s Moon.
  • Film Europe closes deals on Czech and Slovak titles


    Film Europe has closed a number of deals on Czech and Slovak films on the back of Cannes.
  • George Lucas appeals for Czech filming incentives


    George Lucas wants to shoot an as-yet untitled Star Wars TV series in the Czech Republic, but only if local politicians will institute financial incentives.
  • Cinema City opens new screens in Poland


    Cinema City International has opened a 10-screen multiplex in Bielsko Biala and a Cinema Park multimedia complex in Poznan as part of is plan to open 117 new screens this year.
  • Transilvania Film Festival announces line-up and jury


    The Transilvania International Film Festival has announced its competition line-up and jury for its eighth edition.
  • Cinema City's theatrical revenues up 6.1% in first quarter


    Cinema City International has posted strong first-quarter results with big gains in revenue and ticket sales even as exchange rates pushed ticket prices down.
  • Keitel and Sharif eyeing Polish Winner


    Polish filmmaker Wieslaw Saniewski is in talks with Harvey Keitel and Omar Sharif to star in his upcoming project The Winner.
  • Helena Trestikova wins MEDIA European Talent Award


    Czech documentary filmmaker Helena Trestikova has won the MEDIA European Talent Award for her project Zazrak– Miracle 35 Years Later.
  • Kinotavr Russian showcase announces competition lineup


    The Kinotavr Open Russian Film Festival today announced the competition lineup for its 20th edition, including new titles from Euphoria director Ivan Vyrypaev and Kremen director Aleksei Mizgiryov.
  • Karlovy Vary announces first competition titles


    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has announced the first titles in the competition line-upfor its 44th edition.
  • Who's Afraid Of The Wolf named Best Feature in Plzen


    An international jury led by Czech scriptwriter Milena Jelinek awarded the Golden Kingfisher to Maria Prochazkova’s film Who’s Afraid Of The Wolf atthe 22nd Finale festival of Czech film in Plzen.
  • Taras Bulba tops $14m in Russia and Ukraine


    Director Vladimir Bortko’s epic adventure Taras Bulba grossed $1.6m in Russia and Ukraine over the weekend.
  • Mungiu's Tales From The Golden Ageto open Transilvania


    The eighth edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival will open May 29 with the local premiere of Tales From The Golden Age, an omnibus film written and produced by Cristian Mungiu. Wild Bunch is handling international sales on the film, which is tipped for Cannes, where Mungiu won the Palme d’Or just two years ago for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.Tales From The Golden Age is a collection of short films based on urban legends ...
  • For My Father takes Grand Prix in Sofia


  • Zelenka's The Karamazovs named Best Film at Czech Lions


  • Romanian CNC awards $4.4m in funding


  • Kirill Mikhanovsky - your man in Havana


    An urban thriller set in contemporary Havana, Fuga Mortis is the story of an adolescent hustler who tries to save his sister from the streets, and discovers his best option is to kill one of his grandfather's ageing comrades. The project's director and writer, Kirill Mikhanovsky, received the Screen International best pitch award at the Baltic Event Co-Production Market in Tallinn, Estonia, in December. He was subsequently accepted to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
  • Hot Russia projects to tempt international buyers


    The Inhabited Island
  • Russian Film Hub - On Location - Moscow calling


    Russia has two main production facilities: Mosfilm in Moscow and Russian World Studios (RWS) which has facilities in both Moscow and St Petersburg. The consensus among producers is that the country needs more modern facilities. Post facilities abound - in addition to RWS and Mosfilm, Cinemateka and Dr Picture have good reputations - but most Western producers shoot on location for a few days and prefer to return home for post-production.
  • Russian Film Hub - Q&A - 'Have a healthy budget and a lot of time'


    Les Weldon
  • Russian Film Hub - The billion dollar club box office


    The Russian box office is predicted to hit the $1bn mark in 2009. According to the European Audiovisual Observatory, Russia became Europe's fourth biggest market in 2008 in terms of admissions - 123.9 million (a 16% increase on 2007). And according to local analysts Nevafilm, the CIS (excluding Ukraine) generated $830m in box-office revenues in 2008, up a whopping 47% on 2007.
  • Will Russia's film boom survive the credit crunch'


    In recent years, the Russian film industry has been remarkably robust. The 78 Russian films released in 2008 enjoyed a 22% share of the $830m CIS gross (excluding Ukraine), according to local analysts Nevafilm. Russian box office grosses alone came to $548.1m (rub19.9bn). State funding for production increased to $88.5m (rub2.6bn) in 2007, the last year for which figures are available, and 2008 saw a 20% growth in the number of screens in Russia, as ticket prices also increased.
  • Hungary - The week shall inherit


    International festival programmers are some of the strongest supporters of Hungarian Film Week. Cristiana Giaccardi, head of programming for Locarno, where Hungarian films have enjoyed a strong presence in recent years, will attend this year's in the expectation of finding at least one title for Locarno's next edition. "We really believe Hungarian cinema is very strong, and Hungarian Film Week gives you the opportunity to find out what's going on in Hungarian cinema," says Giaccardi.
  • Universal extends home entertainment deal with Warner in Russia


    Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) and Warner Home Video (WHV) are to extend their existing home entertainment distribution partnership.Under the deal, Universal Pictures Russia will continue to distribute DVD and launch Blu-ray releases for Warner Bros and New Line in the Russian home entertainment market for a further three-year term.The deal was announced today by UPIE president Eddie Cunningham and Philippe ...
  • Czech republic - Lighting up the radar


    Czech documentary film-makers Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda gained international attention and praise from Morgan Spurlock and Michael Moore for their 2004 debut feature Czech Dream.
  • Vladimir Putin promises $164m in annual support for Russian cinema


    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin yesterday announced $76m (RUB 2bn) in immediate support of the Russian film industry and promised to allocate at least $164m (RUB 4.3bn) annually.
  • Waltz With Bashir to open Warsaw Film Festival


    Ari Folman will introduce his Cannes competition title Waltz With Bashir to Polish audiences at the opening ceremony of the 24th Warsaw Film Festival Oct 10. The festival concludes Oct 19 with Sergey Dvortsevov's Un Certain Regard winner Tulpan.
  • Slovaks submit Blind Loves for Oscar


    The Slovak Film and Television Academy will submit Juraj Lehotsky's documentary Blind Loves for consideration for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Polish Film Institute announces more than $4m in production support


    The Polish Film Institute (PISF) has awarded funding to four projects in its third funding session this year and has tagged a number of films as eligible for support in the coming months.
  • Wajda, Krauze & Kos-Krauze receive funding from PISF


    The Polish Film Institute (PISF) has awarded funding to four projects in its third funding session this year and has tagged a number of films as eligible for support in the coming months. Husband-and-wife film-makers Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze (Saviour's Square, My Nikifor) will receive $1.9m (PLN 4.5m) for their project Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali (English translation '
  • Czechs, Poles name Oscar submissions


    The Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) has chosen Petr Zelenka's The Karamazovs as the Czech Republic's submission in the Academy Award contest for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Little Moscow takes grand prize at Polish Film Festival


    Romantic drama Little Moscow received $22,000 (PLN 50,000) and the Golden Lion award for best film at the 33rd Polish Film Festival on Sept 20. An international jury chaired by Polish director Robert Glinski selected the winners from among 16 competition films at the festival in the seaside town of Gdynia.Directed by Waldemar Krzystek and produced by Pawel Rakowski, Little Moscow is set at a Soviet army base in Poland in the months leading up ...
  • Hungary names Iska's Journey as Oscar submission


    Hungary will submit Iska's Journey for consideration for the Foreign Language Oscar.Csaba Bollok's feature, his second, is a tale of modern slavery, following a teenage girl's harrowing journey from an abusive home in a Romanian mining village. The film saw its international premiere in Berlin in 2007. It has screened at more 50 international festivals and took top honours at the Reykjavik International Film Festival.
  • Quay Brothers shoot film about Jan Potocki


    Stephen and Timothy Quay have concluded a two-week shoot in Poland on film about Jan Potocki, a Polish aristocrat, soldier and scholar whose wide-ranging interests included ethnology, the occult and hot-air ballooning.
  • UK's Metrodome continues restructure after Media Pro takeover


    UK distributor Metrodome continues to restructure staff following Media Pro's acquisition of a 61.4% share in the company.James Brown takes on the newly created role of head of acquisitions, where he will work alongside Kate Edwards, who has been promoted and will be running the business affairs department. Brown formerly headed up acquisitions for Tartan Films, following previous positions with The Works and Celsius.Heike Wolkerstorfer, also formerly of Tartan ...
  • EFA announces 2008 nominees for People's Choice Award


    The European Film Academy has announced the nominees for this year's People's Choice Award. Among the 12 films are Joe Wright's Atonement, David Yates's Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, and Nic Balthazar's Ben X. From Sept 1 to Oct 31, film fans across the continent can vote for their favourite European film on line at ...
  • Revolver and Metrodome sign deals for Film London micro-budget features


    Film London has announced that the first two completed features produced through its Microwave micro-budget film-making scheme have secured theatrical distribution. Metrodome has acquired Eran Creevy's Shifty for the UK, Ireland and Eastern Europe (Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Croatia, Slovak Republic and Slovenia). The urban thriller charts 24 hours in the life of an inner-city drug dealer.Revolver Entertainment ...
  • UK Film Council awards distribution support to 13 films


    The UK Film Council's Prints and Advertising Fund has announced funding to support the distribution of 13 films. The P&A funding is aimed at promoting art-house, foreign and classic films to give audiences more choice.Revolver Films received $312,314 (£170,000) for The Wackness, Jonathan Levine's offbeat drama starring Ben Kingsley.
  • Fortissimo adds Food, Inc. to its Toronto line-up


    Fortissimo Films has acquired documentary feature Food, Inc., which is set to receive its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. Produced and directed by Robert Kenner (PBS documentary series The American Experience), the film examines the American food industry and how conditions within the US borders affect the entire globe. The film draws upon the reportage of Eric ...
  • Ealing Studios sells St Trinian's in three key territories


    Ealing Studios International has announced that it has concludedanother three key deals for the distribution of UK box-office hit St Trinian's.The deals, announced Aug 26, have Neo Classics taking United States, Alliance taking Canada and Filmax taking Spain.Making the announcement, Barnaby Thompson, Head of Studio, EalingStudios said: 'We've had lots of interest since Cannes, but obviouslythe United States in particular ...
  • The Very Best Film 2 wraps production in Moscow


    In Moscow, Russian director Oleg Fomin has concluded production on The Very Best Film 2, the sequel to the No. 2 box-office hit in Russia this year. Buena Vista Sony Pictures Releasing (BVSPR) will release the film Jan 22, according to Russian Film Business Today.The Very Best Film, directed by Kirill Kuzin, has grossed nearly $30m since its ...
  • Polish Film Festival in Gdynia announces competition


    The 33rd Polish Film Festival (PFF) has announced its line-up, with Polish director Robert Glinski as president of the main competition jury.
  • Andrzej Wajda begins work on new film Tatarak


    Polish auteur Andrzej Wajda began filming this week on a new feature, Tatarak.
  • Polish exhibitor Multikino plans 10 Ukraine cinemas


  • Cinema City International goes digital in 3D


    Cinema City International is in the process of equipping its theatres in Central and Eastern Europe and in Israel with D-Cinema technology suitable for 3D projection.
  • Postcard from Karlovy Vary


    Karlovy Vary is known as a relaxed setting, ideal for renewing contacts. A little business was done in the pine-fringed Czech spa town during the festival (July 4-12), four films picked up local distribution, and the Eastern European line-up went down well with enthusiastic audiences, many of whom were backpacking students from Prague and other Czech towns, curious to enjoy a rare view of international and independent films.
  • Russian box-office sales boom in first half of 2008


    Cinemas in Russia and the CIS saw a 3.7% year-on-year increase in admissions in the first half of 2008 while sales in the first six months of the year ballooned 38.2% over the same period in 2007. According to Russian Film Business Today, more than 56m tickets were sold in cinemas and Russia and the CIS, bringing in $382.4m. Average ticket price has climbed from $5.60 in 2007 to $6.90 this year.The figures put the territory ...
  • Juraj Jakubisko strikes back with empire story 200 Years Of Solitude


    Juraj Jakubisko is preparing a film from the time of Great Moravian Empire, which dominated Central Europe in the 9th and 10th centuries.
  • Czech box office slumps heavily in first half of 2008


    Czech admissions in the first half of 2008 are down 21% year on year, with sales down nearly 20%, despite a 4.5% increase in the number of screenings and a whopping 35% market share for local films.
  • Stillking hopes to lure Tarantino's Bastards to Czech Republic


    Prague-based Stillking Films is in talks with Lawrence Bender and Quentin Tarantino to bring Tarantino's upcoming project Inglorious Bastards to the Czech Republic.
  • Six-stage Russian World Studios to open in September


    The elephant doors will soon open on a new film-making facility in St. Petersburg. Russian World Studios, after three years of construction delays, plans to open its new studios in September.
  • European Commission OKs revised Hungarian film scheme


    The European Commission has approved changes to the Hungarian support scheme for film, which now requires projects pass a broad test for European culture
  • Little Robbers start shooting in Riga with Karl Markovics


    Principal photography has begun in Riga on family adventure Little Robbers, featuring The Counterfeiters star Karl Markovics.
  • Czechs producers place hopes in German production-rebate model


    With runaway productions finding better conditions further east, Czech producers are switching their hopes from tax rebates to German-style production rebates. Representatives of the Czech Audiovisual Producers Association (APA) revealed 2007 numbers to reporters at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Foreign producers spent $142.4m (CZK 2.1bn) in the Czech Republic in 2007, an increase of 56% over 2006. But local producers say the numbers hide ...
  • Charlotte Rampling to star in Majewski's The Hill And The Cross


    Polish director Lech Majewski (Glass Lips, Wojaczek) is in pre-production on The Hill And The Cross, an English-language drama to feature Charlotte Rampling.
  • New Polish partners board Agnieszka Holland's 15.7m War My Love!


    Polish Television and Polish Telecommunications have boarded SPI Film Studio's upcoming production War My Love!, directed by Agnieszka Holland.
  • Karlovy Vary kicks off with De Niro lined up for Crystal Globe


    Robert De Niro will this evening receive a Crystal Globe forOutstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the 43rd Karlovy Vary InternationalFilm Festival, which opens today.
  • Buzz Films - Sneak preview


    Night Owls (Czech Rep)
  • Production - Czech Republic - Prague gets a reality Czech


    What Prague needs, as everyone knows, is a tax incentive," says Mark Johnson of Gran Via Productions, the US producer of the first two Chronicles Of Narnia films. "Outside of London, it's one of the only places in Europe that could handle a movie like Narnia. But now it is losing work to places with less of everything, because of tax incentives."
  • Karlovy Vary - Bohemian Rhapsodies


    This month's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 4-12) in the Czech Republic boasts a diverse line-up of more than 200 local and international films.
  • Production - Bulgaria - Footloose and fancy free


    "There are more than a dozen films a year done here," says Les Weldon, a US producer who has shot 15 films over more than 10 years in Bulgaria, most of them with Nu Image-owned Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia. "We've had Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, John Cusack, Ben Kingsley, and a host of other world-class actors shooting in Bulgaria. We've also had our share of big-name directors, like Brian De Palma (The Black Dahlia) and Bruce Beresford (The Contract)."
  • Production - Romania - From the mountain to the black sea


    Romania is a territory on the rise. Adding to the buzz arising from local productions at Cannes in recent years, the territory is one of the new Eastern European sweet spots for international footloose productions.
  • Karlovy Vary announces competition line-up


    The 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) has announced its final line-up.
  • Production - Eastern Europe - Pole star


    As a filming location, Poland is building a reputation as a healthy alternative to its bigger, more established neighbours. In recent years, major productions such as The Chronicles Of Narnia films and David Lynch's Inland Empire have been lured by Poland's cheap costs, contrasting scenery and established reputation as a film-making country.
  • What Just Happened' to open Karlovy Vary


    Barry Levinson's What Just Happened' will open the 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on July 4.
  • Shakespeare And Victor Hugo takes prize at Transilvania


    The Intimacies Of Shakespeare And Victor Hugo, a feature-length documentary from Mexican director Yulene Hugo, took the top prize at the seventh Transilvania International Film Festival.
  • Czech government rejects tax incentive for filmmakers


    The Czech government has rejected a proposal to create a tax rebate for filmmaking, saying such an incentive would create special, beneficial tax conditions to a single industry.
  • Twelve titles competing at Transilvania International Film Festival


    The seventh Transilvania International Film Festival opens Friday in Cluj, Romania, with a screening of Michael Haneke's new US remake of his 1997 Austrian hit Funny Games.
  • Benedek Fliegauf's Womb wins Krzysztof Kieslowski award


    Womb receives Krzysztof Kieslowski award Benedek Fliegauf's cloning project, also in Atelier at Cannes, takes top prize in second annual ScripTeast competition. Benedek Fliegauf's script Womb has received the second annual Krzysztof Kieslowski TVP Award for Best Eastern and Central European Script in Cannes. Special Mention went to The Witness by Polish writers Mitko Panov and Wladyslaw Pasikowski.
  • Holland ready to finish historic outlaw story after five-year delay


    Agniezska Holland is set to resume filming on The True Story Of Janosik in July.
  • Kuba resigns as head of Barrandov Studios


    Vladimir Kuba has stepped down from his position as general director of Barrandov Studios. The announcement came as a sudden surprise inside Barrandov Studios, a source inside told Screen International. 'My view of the situation was different from the owners,' Kuba told Screen International. 'I thought it was better to end our cooperation. 'Kuba said that from his point of view the ...
  • Bulgarian studio expands facilities


    UFO International Productions has announced the opening of a new stage facility in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Swipe to handle Cannes market title Vanechka


    Frank Mannion's UK-based Swipe Films will be handling international sales at Cannes on the Russian film Vanechka, which will have its international premiere in the Cannes market on May 17.
  • Edinburgh unveils new cult section calledUnder the Radar


    The 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) will host a new section celebrating cult film, Under the Radar.'The term 'cult cinema' has become mere marketing-speak in recent years,' EIFF artistic director Hannah McGill said in statement issued to the press. 'With this new section, we want to re-animate the spirit of the truly cult-worthy 'midnight movie', by showing films that take real risks with their ideas, their aesthetic choices and their humour.' The ...
  • Little Girl Blue takes top honours at Plzen


    An international jury at the 21st Finale Plzen film festival awarded the Golden Kingfisher for Best Film to Alice Nellis' Little Girl Blue. Produced by Jan Sverak, the film tells the story of one fateful day in the life of a middle-aged woman, played by actress and musician Iva Bittova. Portobello Pictures handles international sales for the film.Little Girl Blue beat out ...
  • Twelve titles to compete for Plzen's Golden Kingfisher


    The 21st Finale festival of Czech films begins April 21 in Plzen, Czech Republic. The annual event is a competitive and comprehensive overview of Czech feature-length films released in the past year.
  • Fox sues former Russian partner Gemini


    20th Century Fox has filed suit against its former Russian partner Gemini Film International, according to Russian press reports.
  • Karlovy Vary announces first titles including Deti Noci


    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has offered a first glimpse at its official selection and sidebars.
  • Cinema City wants to invest millions in Czech Republic


    Cinema City International has announced plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the Czech Republic in the coming years. The Israel-based company recently opened its fifth multiplex in the Czech Republic and its first outside the capital city of Prague: a 10-screen, 1,721-seat facility at the new Plaza shopping centre in Plzen. By the end of the year the company plans to open another multiplex at a new shopping center in Pardubice. The move ...
  • EastWest acquires worldwide rights to A Hero's Welcome


    EastWest Film Distribution has acquired worldwide rights to Berlinale Forum title A Hero's Welcome (Nacht Vor Augen). The film tells the story of a young soldier returning from service with NATO troops in Afghanistan. He is welcomed as a hero by his family and given a medal by the army, but he is unable to leave his experiences in Afghanistan behind him. ...
  • Quentin Tarantino to give Cinema Masterclass at Cannes


    Quentin Tarantino, who once declared having 'devoted his life to cinema, his favourite obsession', is to give the Cinema Masterclass at the coming Festival de Cannes, May 14-25.The announcement adds to mounting excitement about this year's event. As previously reported Jim Jarmusch will receive the Carrosse d'Or statue from France's Societe des Realisateurs de Films. Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull ...
  • Colin Farrell, Paz Vega and Christopher Leejoin Tanovic'sTriage


    Colin Farrell, Paz Vega and Christopher Lee will star in Danis Tanovic's upcoming project Triage.The film is produced by ASAP Films and Parallel Films in co-production with Aramid Entertainment, Tornasol Films/Freeform and the Irish Film Board and Hanway Films.Hanway Films have world sales rights and will start selling the film at Cannes.Farrell plays Mark, a photo-journalist returning home from a dangerous assignment. ...
  • NBC Universal appoints Christopher Williams to new VP role


    Christopher Williams has been appointed to the newly-create role of vice president, commercial and network development Asia Pacific, Global Networks, an international division of NBC Universal. Williams will be based in Singapore and will play a leadership role in NBC Universal's strategy to develop new channel businesses in new territories across the Asia Pacific. Williams will work closely with Asia Pacific Global Networks managing director Raymund Miranda to build new businesses ...
  • Metrodome picks up extreme-skiing story Steep


    Metrodome Distributions has acquired full UK rights to extreme-skiing documentary Steep, which it plans to release towards the end of 2008. Director Mark Obenhaus' feature documentary is the story of the dangerous sport of big-mountain skiing. It features many of the sport's greatest athletes, including the late Doug Coombs, considered by many to be the greatest big-mountain skier of them all. The film has grossed just over ...
  • Met Film School announces new advisory board


    The Met Film School has announced the formation of its new advisory board, comprising eleven accomplished industry professionals. The board will draw on its varied knowledge and expertise to advise on the future direction of the school and thereby help to enrich the student experience.The advisory board is headed by award-winning director and Met Film School patron Stephen Frears, whose work includes widely acclaimed titles The Queen, ...
  • Metrodome acquires full UK rights to Warlords


    Metrodome Distribution has acquired full UK rights to Peter Chan's action film The Warlords. The film has earned $40m at its domestic box office, making it one of China's most successful domestic theatrical releases ever. Metrodome is looking to release the film nationwide later this year. The Warlords has been nominated in 13 categories at the up-coming Hong Kong Film Awards, including ...
  • UK Film Council to invest $35.4m in film in regions


    The UK Film Council will be investing a total of $35.4m (£18m) over the next two years in the English regions to help them boost their local film industries and open up access for the public to British film heritage.This support comes from two sources of funding: $30.3m (£15.4m) from the Regional Investment Fund for England (RIFE), a mixture of National Lottery and grant-in-aid funding, and the $5.3m (£2.7m) Digital Archive Fund.The RIFE money will help the nine ...
  • Once star Marketa Irglova in talks for horror role


    Czech musician and star of Once, Marketa Irglova, is in talks to appear in an upcoming project from veteran director Juraj Herz.
  • Tom Stern teams up with Russian director Pavel Lungin


    Director Pavel Lungin is in the midst of filming on Ivan The Terrible And The Metropolitan Philip (working title) about Russia's first czar, Ivan IV.
  • Negativ wins record Czech government backing for Alois Nebel


    A new project from producer Pavel Strnad (Something Like Happiness, Year Of The Devil) has received a record $946,000 (CZK 15m) in financing from the Czech state film fund for a new project, comic book adaptation Alois Nebel.
  • New production venture sets up in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Anapa


    Russian holding company AFK Sistema and Russian World Studios (RWS) have announced a joint venture for film production with facilities in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Anapa.
  • Mungiu's 4 Months dominates Romanian Gopo Awards


    4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days picked up nine of the 17 awards handed out at the second annual Gopo Awards in Bucharest March 3. The Palm d'Or-winning abortion drama was named Best Film and earned Best Director for Cristian Mungiu, Best Actress for Anamaria Marinca, Best Supporting Actress for Laura Vasiliu, Best Supporting Actor for Vlad Ivanov, and Best Cinematography for Oleg Mutu. The film also won awards for its sound and scenography and was given the ...
  • The Light to launch digital cinemas in Romania


    UK-based exhibitor The Light has announced it will open its first two digital cinemas, in Romania, this autumn.
  • Prague to host Paramount's $170m GI Joe


    Barrandov Studios has signed a contract to host Paramount's $170m GI Joe.
  • Little Girl Blue named Best Film at Czech Lion Awards


    Alice Nellis' Little Girl Blue has been named Best Film at the annual Czech Lion awards, the Czech equivalent of the Oscars. The film's producer, Jan Sverak, received the award at a gala ceremony Saturday at Prague's Lucerna Palace and immediately shared it with the film's director, Alice Nellis. Sverak enjoyed 2-to-1 odds to win Best Film as he was also the producer and director of Empties, ...
  • Trust picks up Hungarian prize-winner The Investigator


    Trust Film Sales of Denmark has confirmed it is handling international sales for Hungarian film The Investigator.
  • London Australian Film Festival announces full programme


    The London Australian Film Festival returns to the Barbican March 6-16, opening with Unfinished Sky. Peter Duncan's film, about a reclusive farmer who takes in and gradually befriends a female Afghan refugee, saw its world premiere at Toronto last year.The festival will conclude with a gala screening of Richard Roxburgh's Romulus, My Father, which received the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award ...
  • Northern Ireland Screen announces $1.4m in funding for local films


    Northern Ireland Screen has announced almost $1.4m in funding for indigenous film production from home-grown talent through the Northern Ireland Screen Fund, supported by Invest NI. 'Last year the big Hollywood film [Walden Media's children's adventure City Of Ember] afforded a great deal of experience for many local cast and crew and brought over £9m [$17.7m] into Northern Ireland,' said Richard Williams, chief executive of Northern ...
  • Medb Films acquires rights to Tremain's Sacred Country


    Kent-based independent film company Medb Films has acquired the film rights to Rose Tremain's best selling-novel Sacred Country. The option has been funded with development funding from regional film agency Screen South. The film is set in the English countryside, London and Nashville, Tennessee. It tells the story of an English girl who believes she was meant to be a boy and spends her life trying to change her sex.
  • Big Screen Entertainment Group teams with Five Star Picture


    Big Screen Entertainment Group (BSEG) has entered a joint venture with Florida production companies Five Star Pictures for the primary purpose of producing feature films in Florida.Over the coming weeks, BSEG and Five Star will be announcing specifics regarding their partnership, which includes over a dozen film projects, most with A-list writers, actors and directors.'This venture promises to catapult both Big Screen and Five Star to the forefront of independent ...
  • Christopher Hampton to speak at International Screenwriters' Festival


    Christopher Hampton, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Atonement, has been added to the high-profile line-up of speakers at this year's International Screenwriters' Festival, to be held July 1-3 in Cheltenham. Previously announced speakers include BBC Fiction controller Jane Tranter, Oscar winners Julian Fellowes, Guillermo Del Toro, Lucy Prebble, Deborah Moggach, Peter Kosminsky and Drama ITV director Laura Mackie. 'We ...
  • Pathe announces brisk sales on 16 titles at EFM


    Before the European Film Market, Pathe executive vice-president Francois Iverne predicted that the relatively few US titles at EFM this year, owing to the WGA strike, would be good news for Pathe. A just-announced raft of sales on 16 titles would appear to bear him out. Miguel Kohan's homage to tango which screened Panorama, Cafe De Los Maestros, sold to Kinowelt in Germany, Cineart for Benelux, Jin Jin Pictures in South Korea and Sterkinekor ...
  • New Line's Golden Compass to be released in China


    New Line Cinema's fantasy adventure The Golden Compass has passed censorship in China and will be released by the China Film Group and Hua Xia on 300-400 screens beginning on Mar 28.The film has already grossed more than $322 million worldwide since its Dec 7 release and is also scheduled to open in Japan on Mar 1. It is one of only a handful of American feature films that will be released in China this year. Only 14 American ...
  • Universal signs deal to produce movies based on Hasbro games


    Universal Pictures and Hasbro have formed a six-year strategic partnership to produce at least four motion pictures based on Hasbro brands, including Monopoly, Candy Land, Clue, Ouija, Battleship, Magic, The Gatherin and Stretch Armstrong.Under the terms of the deal, Hasbro will partner exclusively with Universal Pictures for feature films, with the exception of Transformers, which has already appeared, and ...
  • UK Film Council's P&A Fund announces $1m in awards


    The UK Film Council's Prints & Advertising Fund is backing U2 3D, the first-ever feature length live action film shot and exhibited in breakthrough digital 3D. Released on Feb 22 by Revolver Entertainment, the film documents the band U2's 2006 Buenos Aires concert in the Vertigo tour. The film is one of many titles to be backed by the fund, which seeks to support the release of specialized films and help increase viewing choices ...
  • New Berlin deals on James Marsh's Man On Wire


    The Works International has concluded four new distribution deals for James Marsh's documentary Man On Wire. Diaphana has acquired distribution rights for France, Madman has taken Australia and New Zealand, Cineart will distribute in Benelux, and Arsenal in Germany and Austria. A deal is close to completion for Spain. The news comes one day after The Works announced a North American deal with Discovery Films and Magnolia Pictures ...
  • Worldwide Bonus signs UK distribution agreement with Rovinge


    Worldwide Bonus Entertainment has announced a five-film distribution deal for all UK rights with production company Rovinge Motion Picture Company. The agreement will commence with the distribution of new British comedy Three And Out, starring Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Imelda Staunton and Gemma Arterton.Directed by Jonathan Gershfield, Three And Out is scheduled for an April 21 charity premiere in Leicester Square, with a general UK release from April ...
  • Alfred Molina, Orlando Bloom, Sally Hawkins join cast of An Education


    Alfred Molina, Orlando Bloom and Silver Bear-winner Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) will join the cast of An Education, shooting in London in March and April. Award-winning Danish director Lone Scherfig (Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself, Italian For Beginners) will direct the film. Nick Hornby adapted the screenplay from ...
  • Gail Egan, Elisabeth Murdoch named to UK Film Council board


    Elisabeth Murdoch, chairman and CEO of the Shine Group, and Gail Egan, producer and founder of Potboiler Productions, have joined the UK Film Council Board of Directors.'It's fantastic news that Elisabeth and Gail have agreed to join the UK Film Council board,' said UK Film Council chairman Stewart Till CBE. 'I know that Gail and Elisabeth will be a huge asset to the UK Film Council and I look forward to working with them as we build on the first seven years of work and face ...
  • Hungary plans three new studio facilities


    Despite industry jitters over the future security of Hungary's 20% tax rebate for film production, developers have announced plans for three new facilities. The Hungarian press reports that construction should begin this spring on a studio complex located on a 15,000-hectare site in Rakospalota in northeast Budapest. Luxembourg-based Orco Group is developing the Rakospalota project with contractor Origo Filmstúdio Motion Picture Production Zrt. The developers ...
  • Local exposure


    Czech cinemas enjoyed their highest-grossing year ever in 2007, with box office receipts reaching a total of $66.9m (ckr1.2bn). This represents a 20% increase on 2006, although ticket prices also increased 3% in 2007. Admissions were 12.8 million, up 11% from 2006.
  • Mundruczo's Delta takes Golden Reel at Hungarian Film Week


    Kornel Mundruczo's highly anticipated new film, Delta, received top honours at the 39th Hungarian Film Week. The powerful story of a young man's fateful attempt to return to his home and family received the Golden Reel for best picture as well as the Gene Moskowitz prize, awarded by foreign film critics attending the festival.'This film is about survival,' Mundruczo told the audience of the awards ceremony yesterday, alluding to his ...
  • All quiet on the Eastern front


    With the exception of Davis Films' comic-book adaptation Solomon Kane, which began filming on location in Prague in early January, the streets and sound stages of Eastern Europe are mostly silent right now. The US writers' strike is damaging the production business at all levels, from major facilities such as Barrandov, to the smaller operations.
  • Production - Hungary - Feast or Famine'


    Before the new facilities at Budapest's Korda Studios opened for business in 2007, Hungary was attracting more international footloose productions than the country's crews could handle. Thanks largely to its lauded 20% tax rebate on productions shooting in the country, the annual spend by film productions in Hungary has multiplied more than tenfold from $33.4m (huf5.8bn) in 2004 to $340m (huf59bn) in 2007.
  • Czech box office rises 20% and sets new recordin 2007


    Sales as Czech cinemas were at $66.9m (CZK 1.2bn) in 2007, the highest-grossing year ever at Czech box offices.
  • Romanian Film Center awards $4.5m for new films


    The Romanian Film Center (CNC) has approved just over Euros 3.1m($4.5m) in support for 11 new feature films, including projects from Radu Mihaileanu, Titus Munteanu and Razvan Radulescu.
  • Hungarian Film Week to feature world premiere of Delta


    Eighteen films, including nine world premieres, will compete at the 39th Hungarian Film Week in Budapest Jan 29-Feb.
  • Czech box office climbs but 2008 might not continue trend


    The Czech box office is trending toward another healthy year, but questions remain whether the upward trend will continue in 2008.
  • Czech film-makers see boosts in government and private funding


    Three recent developments in the Czech Republic -- one private, two public -- will make an additional $12.8m available to Czech productions next year.
  • Baltic Event gives best project award to Temptation of Saint Tony


    The third annual Baltic Event co-production market announced four awards in Tallinn.
  • Vaclav Havel's play Leaving eyes big screen


    Playwright and former Czech president Vaclav Havel says his new play is likely to become a feature film.
  • Production - The Baltic assault


    The Baltic states, comprising Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, are emerging as Europe's newest low-cost production hub, says UK-born Gary Tuck, managing director of Lithuania-based Baltic Film Services, which entices and services international productions. These include Ed Zwick's Second World War drama Defiance, starring Daniel Craig, which is now shooting at the Lithuanian Film Studios (LFS). Tuck says his business has seen a 50% increase in foreign productions over the last ...
  • Christopher Doyle to wrap Polish thriller in December


    Australian filmmaker Christopher Doyle is scheduled to wrap shooting Dec 10 on Polish-language political thriller Warsaw Dark.
  • Austria's Bohrer takes top post at new European Film Commissions Network


    The newly established European Film Commissions Network (EuFCN) appointed Arie Bohrer of Location Austria and the Austrian Film Commission as its first board president Nov 23 in Prague. Delegates from the 55 member commissions representing 18 European countries also appointed Patrick Lamassoure of Film France as general secretary of the EuFCN board and Marianne Gassner of Stuttgart Region Film Commission as Treasurer. Other members of the first board are Andrea Rocco, Genova ...
  • Sony Classics to distribute Menzel's King Of England in North America


    Sony Pictures Classics will distribute Jiri Menzel's I Served The King Of England in North America. The deal was signed at AFM, according to the film's Czech producer AQS.
  • Estonia's Black Nights unveils full competition line-up


    The Black Nights Film Festival has unveiled the program for its eleventh edition, to be held Nov 15-Dec 9 in Tallinn, Estonia.This year's event features 205 films from more than 60 countries. Among the 11 titles in the Estonian Feature Film Competition are 186 Kilometers, from Andres Maimik and Autumn Ball star Rain Tolk; Georg, Peeter Sims biopic about ...
  • Up Hit Creek: Joel Schumacher and Paul Brooks in Romania


    The secret to working in Romania is the smaller the budget, the better luck you're going to have,' suggests US director Joel Schumacher on the set of supernatural thriller Town Creek, which shot just outside Bucharest for 10 weeks this summer.
  • Christophe Barratier revisits 1930s Paris


    'From the beginning, it was all a question of cost because the film is very, very expensive,' says French director Christophe Barratier of the $38.2m budget for Faubourg 36, the follow-up to his hugely successful 2004 film, The Chorus.
  • Czech Culture Ministry drops tax incentives from film law proposal


    Hopes for a comprehensive Czech film law which would benefit runaway productions as well as local films are fading, but there remains a chance that both foreign and local producers will see improved conditions in the middle distance.
  • Czechs crown Menzel's King Of England for Oscar


    The Czech Film and Television Academy has selected Jiri Menzel's I Served The King Of England as the Czech submission for the foreign-language film category at the Academy Awards.
  • Poland chooses Andrzej Wajda's Katyn as Oscar contender


    A Culture Ministry selection committee featuring Polish filmmakers Janusz Majewski, Jan Kaczmarek and Slavomir Fabicki made a unanimous decision in selecting Andrzej Wajda's film Katyn from among 16 contenders for consideration for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Gdynia announces 21 competition titles


    A bumper crop of 21 titles will compete for the grand prize at the 32nd Polish Film Festival in the seaside town of Gdynia. Palm D'Or laureate Andrzej Wajda's highly anticipated new film Katyn will screen at the opening ceremony Sep 18.
  • Hungary nominates Palfi's Taxidermia for Oscar race


    Gyorgy Palfi's Taxidermia has been chosen for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar by Hungary's selection committee for the Academy Awards.
  • Finland - The war zone


    Marko Makilaakso is a tenacious film-maker. When film school turned him down, he started making his own short films and music videos, eventually establishing an award-winning career.
  • Empties and King Of England lead Czech box-office recovery


    First-half box-office admissions in the Czech Republic grew 13% year-on-year, with local cinemas earning total revenues of nearly $31.3m (CZK 637m).
  • Universal's Wanted finishes Czech leg of shoot


    Timur Bekmambetov wrapped production on Universal's Wanted in the Czech Republic on Saturday. The crew now moves on to Chicago, where they will shoot Aug 7-17.
  • Czechs prepare to submit new film law calling for 20% rebate


    Czech filmmakers and politicians are again preparing a new proposal for a comprehensive film law which would help lure runaway productions to Prague and provide sustainable support for local filmmakers.
  • Kormakur's Jar City take top honors at Karlovy Vary


    Baltasar Kormakur's Icelandic thriller Jar City (pictured above) won the Grand Prix of the 42nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic on July 8.Kormakur and producer Lilja Palmadottir will share the $20,000 cash prize. The film also received the FICC Don Quijote Award. Trust Film Sales is handling international sales of the Icelandic-German co-production. Norwegian director Bard Breien was named Best ...
  • Bela Tarr: inmemory of the man from France


    When his producer died early in production, Hungarian film-maker Bela Tarr fought to reconstruct his Cannes Competition title. Theodore Schwinke reports.
  • Bulgaria: Nu Boyana on the block


    Nu Image's transformation of Boyana studios has placed Bulgaria on the film map. Now other producers want a piece of the action. Theodore Schwinke reports
  • Czech Republic: 'More expensive than Budapest'


    Can the Czech Republic retain its competitive edge when it comes to production' Theodore Schwinke reports
  • Hungary: on the ascendant


    New studios and a significant tax rebate mean that Hungary is challenging the Czech Republic as the hottest production hub in the region. Theodore Schwinke reports
  • Local production: riding Romania's wave


    Following the Cannes triumph of Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, Romanian film-making is on a high. Theodore Schwinke reports
  • On location: Hero Wanted


    Small-town America has been recreated in detail on a Bulgarian backlot. Theodore Schwinke visits the set of Hero Wanted.
  • Poland: film city targets pole position


    Despite a lack of tax incentives, an ambitious new studio and financial support from the Polish Film Institute is making the territory an attractive prospect for international film-makers. Theodore Schwinke reports.
  • Romania: youth and experience


    Romania's potential as a location gained momentum with the arrival of Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth last year, but can the territory keep pace with its neighbours' Theodore Schwinke reports
  • The East European picture


    Eastern Europe is well-established as a cheaper alternative to shooting in the US or the UK. But how do international producers choose between the packages on offer' Theodore Schwinke reports
  • Major studio complex planned for Poland


    The Polish Film Institute hasannounced plans to build a modern, 10-stage studio complex by 2009.
  • Tested titles among the contenders at Karlovy Vary


    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has announced its complete competition lineup for its 42nd edition, which runs June 29-July 7.
  • La sagrada familia takes top honors in Transilvania


    Chilean director Sebastian Campos' comedy La sagrada familia collected the Transilvania Trophy and $13,344 (Euros 10,000) for Best Picture at the closing ceremony of the sixth Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj on Sunday.
  • Guillermo Del Toro begins shoot for Hellboy 2 in Budapest


    Guillermo del Toro begins principal photography today on Universal's Hellboy 2 in Hungary.With an estimated budget of $72m, the film is biggest ever to shoot in Hungary. The production also benefits from the country's 20% tax rebate, which helped Budapest woo the shoot away from Prague, where del Toro filmed Hellboy in 2003. Sixty percent of the film will shoot at the new Korda Studios ...
  • Transilvania competitors include 4 Months, 3 Weeks


    Twelve films are set to compete for the grand prize at this year's Transilvania International Film Festival, among them Cristian Mungiu's Palme d'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days.
  • Global Entertainment buys remake rights for Hungarian comedy


    Australian company Global Entertainment has purchased English-language remake rights of Hungarian romantic comedy S.O.S. Love!
  • Palme d'Or winner Wajda plans September release for Katyn


    Polish director Andrej Wajda will premiere his new film Katyn Sept. 17 at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.
  • Nu Image to distribute Balkan Beats worldwide


    Nu Boyana is today signing a cooperation agreement with Bulgaria's National Film Center on Balkan Beats, a Bulgarian-English language comedy.Balkan Beats will be shot mainly in English with talent from Bulgaria and nearby Balkan countries. Director Zornitsa-Sophia previously wrote and directed the 2004 feature Milla From Mars, ...
  • Palme d'Or winner: Andrzej Wajda


    Polish director Andrzej Wajda won the Palme d'Or in 1981 with Man Of Iron, but he says winning the Special Jury prize in 1957 for Kanal made him a European director overnight. 'I couldn't believe Cannes would notice an unknown young directorand a film from Poland which presented viewers an unknown episode from the Warsaw Uprising. It still amazes me,' he says. Wajda has been in Competition at Cannes a further five times.
  • Danish WWII thriller Flame & Citron wrapping Prague shoot


    Production on Danish WWII thriller Flame & Citron is scheduled to wrap Saturday in Prague before moving on to Germany and Denmark, producer Lars Bredo Rahbek told
  • Karlovy Vary includes Sverak's Empties in early competition titles


    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has announced the first competition films for its 42nd edition this summer, including titles from three recent Crystal Globe winners.
  • Czech Republic: inward production


    Prague has seen significant growth as a production hub in recent years, but it has been the local industry taking the initiative in attracting foreign producers. The Czech Film Commission was established by local producers in 2004 in order to assist foreign film-makers, promote the Czech Republic and lobby government.
  • Hungary: inward production


    Although it offers a 20% tax rebate on film production, Hungary has been hampered in the past by its lack of studio space. This could be set to change. The new Korda Film Studio in Etyek, about half an hour's drive from Budapest, is expected to host Hellboy 2 this summer and another new studio, Stern Film in Pomaz, just north of Budapest, recently landed an adaptation of The Nutcracker, to be directed by Andrei Konchalovsky.
  • Barrandov in talks about Bond 22


    Barrandov Studios says it has met with representatives of MGM, Columbia Pictures and Eon Productions to discuss hosting the 22nd James Bond film in Prague.
  • Jan Sverak's Empties fills coffers at Czech box office


    Empties (Vratne Lahve), the new film from father-and-son team Jan and Zdenek Sverak (Kolya) drew more than 110,000 viewers its opening weekend. The Sveraks' film just broke the record set earlier this year by Jiri Menzel's I Served The King Of England.'Young people are going to see it and they are bringing their parents, who haven't been to the cinema in ...
  • Iska's Journey, Konyec, Opium win top prizes at Hungarian Film Week


    Opium - Diary Of A Madwoman, from director Janos Szasz, dominated the awards of the 38th Hungarian Film Week.
  • Czech Republic/Poland - Ay Karamazov!


    Numerous directors have filmed Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, most notably Richard Brooks in 1958 and Russians Kirill Lavrov, Ivan Pyryev and Mikhail Ulyanov in a 1969 joint effort. Now Czech director Petr Zelenka (Wrong Side Up, Year Of The Devil) thinks the novel's time has come again.
  • A-List Nutcracker musical marches into Budapest


    Pre-production on The Nutcracker is scheduled to begin Mar 5 at Stern Film Studios in Budapest.
  • Hungarian Film Week kicks off with competition title Noah's Ark


    Ulrich Gregor will chair the feature film jury of the 38th Hungarian Film Week (HFW), which begins today.
  • Bavaria Film picks up Menzel's King


    Bavaria Film International has picked up worldwide rights to Jiri Menzel's I Served The King Of England, an adaptation from the novel of the same title by Czech author Bohumil Hrabal. The film will screen in the main competition at Berlin.
  • Bavaria takes worldwide rights to Menzel's King Of England


    Bavaria Film International has picked up worldwide rights to Jiri Menzel's I Served The King Of England, an adaptation from the novel of the same title by Czech author Bohumil Hrabal. The film will screen in the main competition at Berlin.'We are delighted to work cooperate with Jiri Menzel,' Bavaria Film director for sales and acquisitions Thorsten Schaumann said a press release. 'Many of our German directors admire him ...
  • Poland - Home for the holidays


    Seven years after his directorial debut, New Line's horror Lost Souls, Janusz Kaminski has begun filming on Hania - a contemporary Polish-language drama the director is co-producing with Zebra Film Studio, Gremi Film Production and OTO Film Studio.
  • Czech box office recovers in 2006, set to pass 11m admissions


    With statistics in for the first 11 months of the year, Czech box-office admissions look set to surpass 11m for 2006, reversing the poor performance of 2005, when admissions dropped 21% to less than 9.5m.
  • Czechs approve new money for filmmakers


    Czech President Vaclav Klaus has signed into law a 2007 budget amendment which adds $4.8m (CZK 100m) to state aid for Czech filmmakers, raising the total value of the State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography to $7.6m for next year.
  • Kaminski's Christmas tale Hania to wrap in January


    Two-time Oscar winner Janusz Kaminski hopes to wrap production on Polish-language Christmas drama Hania in January, for a planned release next year.
  • Romanian director Caranfil wraps epic The Rest Is Silence


    Romanian director Nae Caranfil (Philanthropy, Asphalt Tango) has concluded photography on The Rest Is Silence, a $3.2m retelling of the filming of the first Romanian feature in 1911.
  • Romanian director Caranfil wraps epic The Rest Is Silence


    Romanian director Nae Caranfil (Philanthropy, Asphalt Tango) has concluded photography on The Rest Is Silence, a $3.2m retelling of the filming of the first Romanian feature in 1911.
  • Babylon, Caspian booked into new Barrandov stage


    StudioCanal'ssci-fi thriller Babylon A.D. willbe the first feature film to shoot at a new 4,000-square-meter soundstage atBarrandov Studios in Prague. Mathieu Kassovitz will direct the film, which willstar Vin Diesel and Vincent Cassel.
  • New Barrandov facilities open with Babylon


    Canal+ sci-fi thriller Babylon A.D. will be the first feature film to shoot at a new 4,000-square-meter soundstage at Barrandov Studios in Prague. Mathieu Kassovitz will direct the film, which will star Vin Diesel and Vincent Cassel.A Peugeot automobile commercial will inaugurate the new soundstage before year's end. Kassovitz's crew are scheduled to begin work on New Year's Day. In spring, the new facilities will host the filming of The Chronicles of Narnia: ...
  • Nu Image to start Cusack's $10m parody thriller


  • Investors plan new $4.4m studio in Bulgaria


  • Czechs back Lunacy in Oscar race


  • Krauze's Saviour's Square takes top prizes at Polish festival


  • Nu Image wraps Bulgarian shoot for Day Of The Dead


  • Warsaw to open with Karwowski's South By Northwest


  • Dubrovnik's Libertas festival to open with Three Burials


    The second Libertas Film Festival begins Friday (Aug 25) with ascreening of Tommy Lee Jones' The ThreeBurials Of MelquiadesEstrada.
  • Palace strikes deal for Intercom's Hungarian multiplexes


  • Jakubisko wraps shoot for $13.5m Bathory


    Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko has wrapped principal photography on Bathory, anEnglish-language drama about the 17th-century Hungarian noblewomanand reputed murderess Countess Erzsebet Bathory.
  • Magic Box strikes Czech deal with Warner Bros


  • Janek takes over as director of Citizen Havel


  • Karlovy Vary gives top prize to Sherrybaby


  • Eli Roth plans Czech shoot for Hostel 2


    Eli Roth will begin production on Hostel 2 in September in Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Karlovy Vary andother locations around the Czech Republic.
  • Czech film industry promised help by expected government coalition


    Leaders of the likely next Czech government have vowed to create a comprehensive film law to address the needs of film-makers in the Czech Republic, and are planning a provisional increase in subsidies to the industry.
  • Czech film industry promised help by expected government coalition


    Leaders of the likely next Czech government have vowed to create a comprehensive film law to address the needs of film-makers in the Czech Republic, and are planning a provisional increase in subsidies to the industry.
  • Czech film industry promised help by expected government coalition


    Leaders of the likely next Czech government have vowed to create a comprehensive film law to address the needs of film-makers in the Czech Republic, and are planning a provisional increase in subsidies to the industry.
  • Karlovy Vary kicks off with Garcia, Kim Ki-duk


    Andy Garcia received aCrystal Globe award for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the openingceremonies of the 41st Karlovy Vary International Film.
  • Palace in talks to buy Budapest's Hollywood Multiplexes


    Palace Cinemas says it isnegotiating to purchase the Hollywood Multiplexes in Budapest owned by Andy Vajna'sproduction, distribution and exhibition company InterCom.
  • Karlovy Vary competition boasts six world premieres


    The KarlovyVary International Film Festival has announced the competition films for its41st edition to be held June 30-July 8.
  • Transilvania gives top honours to 12:08 East Of Bucharest


    Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu's film 12:08 East Of Bucharest (A fost sau n-a fost') followedits Cannes wins with the top prizes at the fifth Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF).
  • Transilvania gives top honours to 12:08 East Of Bucharest


  • Boost to Czech film fund dies in parliament


  • Kim Ki-Duk's Time to open Karlovy Vary


    Kim Ki-Duk's new film Time will open the Karlovy Vary International FilmFestival. TheKorean director is scheduled to attend the world premiere of the film June 30 at the Czech festival.
  • Czech president rejects boost to state film fund


    Czech President Vaclav Klaushas vetoed an amendment that would have tripled the size of his country's statefilm fund. The bill now returns to the lower house, which is likely to overridethe president's veto with a simple majority later this month.
  • Czech study calls for 12.5% tax rebate on film productions


    A 2005 study released May 9 by the Czech Ministry of Culture calls forthe creation of a 12.5% tax rebate for productions filmed in the Czech Republic and the creationof a national body to oversee a comprehensive strategy to promote domesticfilms abroad and boost the country as a destination for foreign productions.
  • Ulrich Thomsen hooked on Szasz's Opium


    Ulrich Thomsen, who hasstarred in Festen,Kingdom Of Heaven, and The World Is Not Enough, has signed on to star in Hungarian director Janos Szasz's Opium.
  • Transylvania festival to open with A Fost, Sau N-A Fost'


    Cannes Directors Fortnighttitle Corneliu Porumboiu's A Fost, Sau N-A Fost' will open the fifth Transylvania International Film Festival(TIFF) on June 2.
  • Van Damme thriller Til Death wraps in Bulgaria


    Director Simon Fellows hasconcluded principal photography on thriller Til Death in Sofia, Bulgaria. After 33 days on location on the outskirts of Sofia, the $15m project now moves to New Orleans for five days of shooting.
  • Warner Bros ends home entertainment distribution in Czech Republic


    Warner Bros' European homeoffice has decided to cease home video distribution in the Czech market, WarnerBros Czech Republic managing director Ladislav Stastny told
  • Czech parliament approves big boost to state film fund


    Film-makers have welcomed the decision of the lower house ofthe Czech parliament to approve an amendment to film law which would morethan triple the size of the State Fund for the Support and Development of CzechCinematography.
  • Baranski and Runge compete for Karlovy Vary grand prize


    Andrzej Baranski'sSeveral People, Little Time and BjornRunge's Mouth To Mouth will compete for the grand prize at the 41stKarlovy Vary International Film Festival.
  • Casino Royale to wrap in Czech Republic in late May


    Director Martin Campbell is scheduled toconclude principal photography on Casino Royalein the Czech Republic at the end of May. The final shots will take place in Czech spa town Karlovy Vary, which will double as Montenegro.
  • Khrzhanovsky's 4 takes top prize at Budapest's Titanic festival


  • Hrebejk's Beauty In Trouble to premiere in Karlovy Vary


    Jan Hrebejk's newfilm Beauty InTrouble has been announced as the first competition film inthe Official Selection of the 41st Karlovy VaryInternational Film Festival.
  • Czechs await Prague spring for production


    After a busy second half of 2005, Praguestudios are experiencing a slow period. No major international productions haveyet been announced to shoot in the Czech territory, which is not unusual.
  • Budapest festival opens with Three Burials


    Budapest deputylord mayor János Schiffer isscheduled to open the 13th Titanic Budapest International FilmFestival on March 29 with a gala screening of Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials of MelquiadesEstrada.
  • Director Jan Sverak commences shooting Vratne lahve


    Oscar-winning Czech director and producer Jan Sverak has begun filming Vratne lahve on location in Prague.Zdenek Sverak, thedirector's father and long-time collaborator, wrote the script and plays thelead role in the film about a reluctantly retired teacher who takes a job in asupermarket.
  • Krisztina Goda begins shooting Children of Glory


    Hungariandirector Krisztina Goda beganprincipal photography March 5 on Childrenof Glory, a Hungarian-UK co-production based on a script by Joe Eszterhas and produced by Andy Vajna.
  • Something Like Happiness claims seven Czech Lions


    Bohdan Slama's Something Like Happiness took home seven Czech Lions, including best picture,at the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) annual awards.
  • Menzel ready to shoot on long-awaited King of England


    Jiri Menzelwill begin filming his long-awaited film IServed the King of England on March 9th. German actress Julia Jentsch, who won numerous awards for her performance in thetitle role in Sophie Scholl, which isup for an Oscar, is starring along with Czech actor OldrichKaiser.
  • Hungarian admissions at lowest level in 11 years


    In contrast to Hungary'sbooming production industry, theatrical business looks quite grim. Local boxoffices saw 10.8 million admissions in 2005 - just over three million feweradmissions than in the previous year. Sales fell to $43.2m (HUF9.1bn)
  • Mads Mikkelsen cast as villain in Casino Royale


    MartinCampbell told reporters on the set of CasinoRoyale February 15 that Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen would play the villain Le Chiffre. Campbelldescribed Mikkelsen as a 'terrific actor'.
  • Palfi's Taxidermia wins best film at the Hungarian Film Week


    The mainprize at the 37th Hungarian Film Week for Best Feature Film went to Taxidermia fromdirector Gyorgy Palfi. Szabolcs Hajdu won Best Directorwith his film White Palms. Sandor Csanyi won Best Actor forhis performance in Krisztina Goda'sJust Sex and Nothing Else. Taxidermia and White Palms shared the Gene Moskowitz Prize, awarded by foreign critics.
  • Tarr to resume work on The Man From London


    Hungarian director Bela Tarr spoke to journalists at the 37th Hungarian Film Weekin Budapest about the revival ofhis project, The Man FromLondon, which was stalled last winter after the death of French producer Humbert Balsan.
  • Palfi's Taxidermia wins best film at Hungarian Film Week


    Four years after Gyorgy Palfi burst onto the international scene withhis debut feature, Hukkle, the director's follow-up effort, Taxidermia, has won a slewof awards at the 37th Hungarian Film Week.
  • Bomb threat interrupts 37th Hungarian Film Week


    A bomb threat interrupted Monday evening's programme at the 37th HungarianFilm Week in Budapest. Officials atthe Mammut Shopping and Entertainment Centre near Moscow Square [Moskva ter] in Budapestasked festival attendees and all others in the two buildings of the103,000-square-metre facility to evacuate the premises shortly after
  • Hungary's Mafilm Studios seeking private investors


    The MotionPicture Public Foundation of Hungary (MMK) is preparing to invite investors toenter into a partnership to renovate and develop the MafilmStudios in Budapest, MMK general secretary Erzsebet Toth told
  • Istvan Szabo defends past involvement with communist police


    Friday morning at Budapest's Millenium Theatre, Istvan Szabo spoke with journalists in an attempt to shed morelight on his involvement with the state police in the 1950s.
  • Czech box office at lowest level since 2001


    Czech distributors knew early in the year that 2005 wouldnot be a record-breaker, but that didn't make the year's bitter figures easierto swallow. Box office admissions and sales both fell in 2005 more than 20%below 2004 level dropping to their lowest levels since 2001.
  • Czech box office at lowest level since 2001


    Czech distributors knew early in the year that 2005 wouldnot be a record-breaker, but that didn't make the year's bitter figures easierto swallow. Box office admissions and sales both fell in 2005 more than 20%below 2004 level dropping to their lowest levels since 2001. December was theonly month that saw more than 1 million admissions.
  • Hungarian Film Week sticks by Istvan Szabo


    Istvan Szabo'sRelatives will open the 37thHungarian Film Week tonight as scheduled despite the director's admission thathe was an informant for Hungary's communist-era secret police while a filmstudent in the 1950s.
  • Nu Image acquires Boyana Film Studios in Bulgaria


    Nu Image Bulgaria has acquiredBoyana Film Studios and plans several major Hollywood productions for theformerly state-owned studios. The romantic drama Napoleon and Betsy, starring Al Pacino and Scarlett Johansson, thethriller The Code, starring MorganFreeman, and a remake of the zombie classic Dayof the Dead are scheduled to shoot in Bulgariathis year.
  • Czech producers enter winter of content


    There's acertain cockiness in the Czech film industry at the moment. Maybe it's theholiday spirit or the professional-strength optimism that is required in thebusiness - but Prague is definitely feeling its oats.
  • Barrandov Studios to expand in 2006


    Barrandov Studios has announcedthat its owners have approved plans to build new stages to handle increasingdemand at the Prague studios.
  • Czech Republic to host Edith Piaf co-production


    Director Olivier Dahan will begin shooting the Edith Piafproject La Momeon January 16 at Prague Studios in the Czech Republic.
  • Chainsaw opens first European post facility in Romania


  • Czechs study ways to attract film-makers


    The CzechMinistry of Culture has contracted Olsberg-SPI, the London-based strategicadvisory firm, to conduct a study of the local film industry's effects on theCzech economy and to make recommendations as to how local conditions can bemade more attractive to film-makers.
  • Hollywood shoots trek to Czech Republic


    This autumn two major Hollywood productions, Omen 666 and Young Hannibal: Behind the Mask, will shoot in the Czech Republic,providing a welcome injection of cash after a slow summer and a dip in foreignorders in 2004.
  • Festival director becomes new Czech culture minister


    The Czech prime minister hasproposed Vitezslav Jandak, an actor and the president of the Zlin InternationalFilm Festival, as culture minister. Jandak will replace Pavel Dostal, who diedrecently of cancer.
  • Czech relief as Omen 666 books into Prague


    20th Century Fox's The Omen 666 is set to shoot in Praguein the Czech Republic from late October.
  • Hrebejk embarks on Beauty shoot at Barrandov


    Leading Czech director JanHrebejk has begun shooting his new feature, Beauty in Trouble, at Barrandov Studios.
  • Artist biopic draws top prizes at Karlovy Vary


    Polishdrama My Nikifor dominated the awardsceremony at the 40th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival last Saturday,winning three Crystal Globes.
  • Karlovy Vary kicks off with Stone, Redford awards


    The 40th KarlovyInternational Film Festival got underway over the weekend with a flurry ofawards going to veteran filmmakers.
  • Karlovy Vary unveils full competition line-up


    The40th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 1-9) has unveiled its fullcompetition line-up, which will include four world premieres.
  • Norton's Illusionist wraps in Prague


    Director Neil Burger and producer Cathy Schulman have wrapped productionon The Illusionist after 46 days ofshooting in various locations in the Czech Republic.
  • Chinaman set to travel to Karlovy Vary


  • Barrandov replaces chief on eve of Bond deal


    Prague's Barrandov Studioshas replaced CEO Radomir Docekal with Veslava Piegzova, formerly head ofinternal audit at Barrandov majority owner Moravia Steel.
  • CME cements grip on E. Europe with TV Nova deal


    Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (CME) has completedits acquisition of TV Nova, the leading broadcaster in Central and EasternEurope.
  • Karlovy Vary shines spotlight on Central Europe


    The Karlovy VaryInternational Film Festival has unveiled the first films to play in its 2005competition line up, with a strong focus on films from Central Europe.
  • Hrebejk's Up And Down dominates Czech Oscars


    Jan Hrebejk's tragicomedy Up And Down won the top awards at theCzech Lions awards on March 5, taking prizes for best picture, best directorand best screenplay.
  • Karlovy Vary lines up Peckinpah, Maddin and Kawamoto tributes


  • Narnia embarks on Czech shoot


    Production on TheChronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe has moved to theCzech Republic and will shoot for two weeks beginning on February 7.
  • Czech box office stabilises in 2004


    Cinema-goers in the CzechRepublic spent $48m (CSK1.1bn) at the box office in 2004, a small increase on2003 figures of $47m (CZK1.08bn).
  • Doom wraps production in Prague


    Video game adaptation Doomwrapped principal photography at Prague's Barrandov Studio on 28 January and isconcluding work with a reduced unit this week, unit publicist Geoff Freemantold "Filming went very well and I hope we do justiceto the video game," he said.
  • Stillking awarded Euros 100,000 development grant


    Prague based productionservice company Stillking Films has received a Euros 100,000 Media Plus grant,which it will use to develop five projects over the next three years.
  • Polanski praises Prague as Oliver Twist wraps


    Roman Polanski concluded filming Oliver Twist in the CzechRepublic yesterday (Nov 15).
  • Everything Is Illuminated wraps in Prague


    Principal photography haswrapped on Everything Is Illuminatedin Prague this week. Directed by Liev Schreiber and starring Elijah Wood, thefilm is produced by Warner Independent Pictures in association withproducer/financier Marc Turtletaub and producer Peter Saraf.
  • Czech film funder faces reduced revenues


    The lower house of the Czech parliament voted March 31 to reduce advertising on public network Czech Television, fuelling film industry fears that a major source of financing is drying up.