Four film projects were named recipients of the Balkan Fund Award, a cash award worth €10,000 at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, currently underway in Greece. The award-winners include "Conversation with Serafim," screenwriter and director Silviu Purcarete, Libra Films (Romania); "Asphyxiation,"screenwriter and director Asli Ozge, DKFY (Turkey); "Cum in the Rye," screenwriter Dimitrije Vojnov, director and producer Srdjan Dragojevic, Delirium Films (Serbia & Montenegro); "Welcome Aboard," screenwriter and director Constantine Giannaris, Highway Productions (Greece). This year, its third in operation, the Balkan Fund proceedings included twelve projects that were selected from among 50 candidates. The Balkan Fund aims to help filmmakers from the Balkan region and develop their future films. [Brian Brooks]