Algeria / Houria Khatir appointed Director of External Relations at EPTV

Houria Khatir has been appointed EPTV’s Director of External Relations, taking over from Hakim Amara. After graduating in sociology, she began working for EPTV in 1983 as a producer, programme presenter and then editor-in-chief. In 1999 she became deputy director of the project to create a third public television channel in Algeria, then ran the …

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Belgium / Close-up launches an international training programme for documentary co-productions

Close-Up, a non-profit organization based in Brussels, is offering their first international training programme for documentary co-production. The programme is for documentary film-makers either based in the Middle East and North Africa (Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, …

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Italy / The Venice Biennale hosts the Gap-Financing Market

The 6th Venice Gap-Financing Market will take place from August 30th to September 1st on the sidelines of the 76th Venice International Film Festival. Organized as part of the Venice Production Bridge, this flagship event offers film-makers with pre-selected projects the possibility of finding finance through individual meetings with professionals from around the world. The …

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Serbia – France / A new co-production agreement signed between France and Serbia

In mid-July, during an official visit to Serbia by French President Emmanuel Macron, a co-production treaty was signed by the Serbian Minister of Culture, Vladan Vukosavljevic and the French Ambassador Frédéric Mondolini, to strengthen exchanges between the film sectors of both countries. The aim of the agreement is to facilitate co-productions between Serbia and France …

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Croatia / “The Diary of Diana B”, major winner at Pula Film Festival

At the closing ceremony of the 66th Pula Film Festival on July 21st, Dana Budisavljevic received four Golden Arenas for her docu-drama The Diary of Diana B. Her film won the top award, the Grand Golden Arena for Best Festival Film, and she herself won the Golden Arena for Best Director. Her musicians, Nenad and …

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Bosnia-Herzegovina / The Sarajevo Film Festival announces its programme

The 25th Sarajevo Film Festival will take place from August 16th to 23rd. 53 films have been selected from the 950 sent in – all from south-eastern Europe, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Each is in the running to win a Heart of Sarajevo in one of the four categories: feature film, documentary, short film and …

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France / Dominique Boutonnat, new chair of the CNC

In a press statement on July 24th the Ministry of Culture announced the new chairman of the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Dominique Boutonnat, a French producer – the first time this job has been given to a film professional, not an administrator. M. Boutonnat will take over from Frédérique Bredin, whose …

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