Producers from the former Eastern Bloc keep a sharp eye on Berlin's European Film Market, they say, because it tends to be a bellwether of how sales will go for the rest of the year.
Central and Eastern Europe
An economic crisis spurs co-productions and shared resources
Shine International, the sales and distribution arm of shingle Shine Group, has agreed deals for seven format commissions in Central and Eastern Europe.
While the U.K. and Italy wrestle with the film community over cuts to government funds, Eastern Europe is divided into haves and have-nots.
Poland has a strong showing in Berlin this year with four titles in official selection, including Jan Komasa's debut "Suicide Room," playing in Panorama Special as a world premiere.
MGM Networks has launched a locally versioned MGM Channel in Slovenia, the last country in Central and Eastern Europe without the web.