Category: BALKANS

News about audiovisual in BALKANS region (Albanie, Bosnie-Herzégovine, Croatie, Serbie, Grèce, Macédoine, Roumanie, Slovénie)

Greece / Costa Gavras on location in Greece for his next film

A new film by Franco-Greek director Costa Gavras, Adults in the Room, began shooting in March and will continue until the end of May. The main locations are in Athens, Brussels, Riga, Frankfurt and London. His 19th feature film is set in the economic crisis which shook Greece, his country of origin, between 2009 and …

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Turkey / The Istanbul Film Festival organises the 14th “Meetings on the Bridge”

“Meetings on the Bridge”, a platform for film industry professionals, will be held from April 7th to 12th, on the sidelines of the 38th Istanbul Film Festival. Its goal is to create fresh opportunities for people in the industry to collaborate with others from the region and Europe. It also allows film-makers, producers and scriptwriters …

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Turkey / Damla Sönmez shines in “Sibel”, the latest feature film by Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti

Sibel

Sibel, the new film by the Franco-Turkish duo, was released in French cinemas on March 6th. Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti’s third feature is about a young farmer, Sibel, beautifully portrayed by Turkish actress Damla Sönmez, and once again they explore themes dear to them, such as difference and emancipation within a patriarchal society. Sibel …

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Croatia / Two minority Croatian co-productions win awards at the Berlin Film Festival

God exists, her name is Petrunya

Two Croatian minority co-productions: God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya, and Stitches, won awards at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, which took place from February 7th to 17th. Both were co-produced by the Croatian production company Spiritus Movens. Directed by Macedonian film-maker Teona Strugar Mitevska, God Exists, Her Name is Petronya won the Ecumenical …

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Greece / Docs in Thessaloniki, launch pad for young documentary makers

Docs in Thessaloniki

A five-day programme for pitching projects, Docs in Thessaloniki, takes place from March 1st to 5th as part of the 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. It helps the selected production teams become part of the European and international documentary market. There are three stages: development, rewriting and pitching to potential backers. 21 documentary projects from …

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Bulgaria / Increased public financing for minority co-productions and national productions

Bulgarian National Film Center

The Bulgarian National Film Centre has announced an increase in its budget for production support. Unchanged for 3 years, it will increase by 11.5% in 2019, from €6.74 million to €7.52 million. The budget will be split between five categories: feature films, feature-length documentaries, short films, animated films and “small budget” films. The fund allocated …

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Serbia / Increased finance to attract international productions

Film in Serbia

The 2019 budget for financial incentives for production has increased to €7.5 million from €6.7 million in 2018. The incentives in question are rebates of 25% offered to foreign producers who shoot their films in Serbia. More than 100 projects have benefited since its creation in 2016. Thanks to these tax incentives, productions spent a …

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