Sarajevo Cinelink Industry Days Reveal Projects – C&E Europe News in Brief

Nine projects have been shortlisted for the CineLink Co-Production Market and seven for the CineLink Drama at the upcoming CineLink Industry Days as part of the Sarajevo Film Festival (August 12-19), according to Film New Europe.

The CineLink co-production market includes projects from North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria, while projects from Cyprus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary have been selected for CineLink Drama.

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A new development award, Female Voices CineLink Award with a cash prize of €10,000, presented by the Slovenian Film Center, will be awarded to a project from the CineLink Co-Production Market or CineLink Drama.

CineLink Industry Days will begin this month with the CineLink Workshop, one-on-one meetings during the festival (August 15-18) and continue with online meetings in September.

Click here to see the projects selected for CineLink Co-Production Market and CineLink Drama.

“Quo Vadis, Aida? Dominates Polish film awards, the Eagles
“Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić won four awards including Best Film, Director and Screenplay at the 24th Polish Film Awards, also known as Eagles. It is a co-production between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Turkey and Norway.

This year, no less than 71 productions competed for the Eagles in the main competition.

“Leave No Traces” by Jan P. Matuszyński received the most nominations (13), followed by “The Wedding” by Wojtek Smarzowski with nine nominations, and “Fears” by Łukasz Ronduda and Łukasz Gutt with seven nominations.

At the gala, held on June 6, there were also gestures of unity and support for Ukraine, which is fighting against Russian aggression. The guests gathered at the Polish Theater responded to the call of the President of the Polish Film Academy, Dariusz Jabłoński, by joining the association STOP RUSSIAN WAR! action, raising cards with such a message during the ceremony.

Viewers also heard from Ukrainian director and screenwriter Oleh Sentsov, who thanked his Polish filmmaker friends and the Polish people for their help and support, noting that Poland has become a kindred nation to Ukraine.

Full report here.

Romania approves tax on streaming platforms
Romania has approved a 4% tax on streaming platform revenue from transactions or subscription fees. The money will go to the Romanian Film Fund, which is managed by the Romanian Film Center and supports local film production. The fund receives no money from the state budget.

.  - Credit: Courtesy of FNE

. – Credit: Courtesy of FNE

Courtesy of FNE

By passing the law on June 7, the Romanian Senate expects around €7.7 million (RON 38 million) to go to the fund.

The law will not apply to vendors with ratings below 1% and revenues below EUR 65,000 in the last financial year, according to the Romanian Senate.

The project was submitted to the Chamber of Deputies on October 11, 2021 and approved on December 7, 2021.

This article is published in partnership with the online news service Film New Europe, which covers news from the film and television industry across Central and Eastern Europe.

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