Category: BALKANS

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

Greece / A follow-up for the documentary “Golden Dawn: a Personal Affair”

The two journalists Thomas Iacobi and Angélique Kourounis continue their investigation into the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, shooting a new documentary on the subject — Golden Dawn: a Public Affair. Their first documentary, Golden Dawn, a Personal Affair, tried to get inside the workings of the party which is the third political force in …

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Croatia / Kino Europa receives important support

The city of Zagreb has announced that the Kino Europa cinema, which it owns and which is the only art cinema in the Croatian capital, will close on June 1st. The city’s contract with the Zagreb Film Festival (ZFF), which manages the cinema, will not be renewed so that renovation work can be carried out. …

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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 / 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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