Croatia / The Croatian Audiovisual Centre unblocks €660,000 for feature films

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre has announced it has secured a further €660,000 for financing feature film projects. Development projects planning to enter production in 2020 or 2021 can receive up to €72,000, with the proviso that they are ready to start filming before December 31st 2021.Post-production projects will be eligible for €13,000 provided their film …

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Greece / Christos Massalas filming Broadway

Greek writer and director Christos Massalas is currently filming Broadway. His previous short films have been shown in several festivals, but this is his first feature. It’s about four young thieves in modern-day Athens. Nelly, Barbara, Rudolph and Mohammad are a team specialising in two arts: dance and pick-pocketing. While Nelly and Barbara dance to …

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Italy / 26th MedFilm Festival

The theme of the 26th MedFilm Festival was “a new way of being together.” All the selected films were available on the Mymovies platform from November 9th to 15th. This year’s festival featured 70 films from 30 different countries – 38 of them being screened in Italy for the first time. The official competition, for …

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Israel / Palestinian children at the heart of Ada Ushpiz’ Children

Israeli film-maker Ada Ushpiz has completed her latest documentary, Children, focussing on children living in the Palestinian territories. This feature-length film had its world premiere at the DOK Leipzig festival end of October. In 2015, Ada Ushpiz was working as a reporter for the Israeli daily Haaretz when the Knife Intifada broke out. Children follows …

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Morocco / New reality TV show

Starting on November 24th, 2M’s schedule will be enhanced with a new reality TV show: “Who Will Invest in My Project? Startups Special”. Launched in partnership with the telecoms operator Inwi, this “tech show” combining reality TV with entertainment will bring start-ups and investors face to face. The show will be presented by Medhi Boukhari …

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Egypt / Abla Fahita arrives on Netflix

Abla Fahita is an Egyptian puppet known for her sarcastic wit. Netflix are featuring this character in a new series, Drama Queen, scheduled for release in the first half of 2021. Filming took place in Cairo between August and October. The character of Fahita first appeared on YouTube in 2011. The puppet and her family …

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Palestinian territories / Gaza mon amour nominated for the Oscars

The latest film from Palestinian directors Arab and Tarzan Nasser will represent their country at the upcoming Academy Awards. Gaza Mon Amour will be the thirteenth film put forward for an Oscar by the Palestinian territories. “It’s an honour for us to represent Palestine at the Oscars” the Nasser brothers have said. “We’re proud to …

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