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NICOSIA: The Ghosts of Monday by Italian director Francesco Cinquemani, produced by Cypriot Altadium Group and starring Julian Sands, is currently in postproduction with the premiere set for the autumn of 2021. This is the first horror film shot on location in Cyprus.

PRAGUE: The Crème de la Crème 2021 French Film Festival launched by Film Europe Media Company and the French Institute in 2014 is held online in Slovakia and the Czech Republic from 12 to 18 April 2021. The 2020 edition of the festival was cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19: EU response

9/04: COVID-19: Council approves additional funding from the EU budget – Council of the EU

The Council today approved additional funding from the EU budget, amounting to €121.5 million, to address urgent needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

6/04: EU Cohesion policy: first REACT-EU support measures for recovery and transition approved for the Netherlands and Austria – European Commission

The Commission approved the first decisions under REACT-EU (Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe) involving a modification of four operational programmes for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the Netherlands and Austria that will increase the funding available for investments by nearly €262 million from REACT-EU. The Netherlands and Austria thus become the first EU countries to make use of REACT-EU.

6/04: Estonian and Lithuanian micro-enterprises to receive European support with Finora Capital – European Commission

More support will become available for micro-enterprises in Estonia and Lithuania that are facing the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. A new transaction between the European Investment Fund (EIF) and financial intermediary Finora Capital is expected to support at least 100 micro borrowers in these two countries.

30/03: Commission disburses further €13 billion under SURE to six Member States – European Commission

The European Commission has disbursed €13 billion to six EU Member States in the sixth instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument. This is the third disbursement in 2021. As part of today's operations, Czechia has received €1 billion, Belgium €2.2 billion, Spain €4.06 billion, Ireland €2.47 billion, Italy €1.87 billion and Poland €1.4 billion.

30/03: SURE: Commission proposes additional €3.7 billion to six Member States to protect jobs and incomes – European Commission

The proposals follow formal requests for additional financial assistance under SURE submitted by Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania and Malta on top of the support that the Council has already approved.

Streaming platforms

12/04: European Producers Club Issues Code of Fair Practices for VOD Services – Film New Europe

The Paris-based European Producers Club (EPC) has issued a Code of Fair Practices for VOD services, aiming at establishing basic parameters to be applied to VOD Services’ contracts when commissioning feature films, TV series and other audiovisual works from independent production companies.


31/03: Antitrust: Commission withdraws 2019 decision making commitments binding on Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sky UK and closes proceedings – European Commission

European Commission

9/04: Commission opens first European Innovation Council calls worth €1 billion – European Commission

The funding worth over €1 billion aims to help scale up start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses that have the potential to achieve high impact. While over half of the funding is open to breakthrough innovations in any field, €495 million are earmarked for innovations that support the European Green Deal as well as digital and health technologies.


12 -15 April: EP Committees meetings (LIBE, JURI, IMCO)
16 April: Informal video conference of Economic and Finance Ministers (ECOFIN)
16 April: Eurogroup meeting
19 April: CULT meeting
22 April: EAO Webinar: Gatekeepers in the DSA Package: What about VoD?
26 – 29 April: European Parliament Plenary
26 May: EU Copyright Law: State of Play and Future Directions – Conference
May 2021: Porto Social Summit

PRAGUE: Creative long documentary projects and docuseries in development and early production from Central and Eastern Europe can apply to the Ex Oriente Film workshop 2021 till 23 April 2021.

BUCHAREST: Mihai Mincan is currently in production with his debut feature To the North. This Romanian/French/Greek/Bulgarian/Czech coproduction is being shot in Romania and Greece. Luxbox has already acquired its international rights.

PARIS: The Paris-based European Producers Club (EPC) has issued a Code of Fair Practices for VOD services, aiming at establishing basic parameters to be applied to VOD Services’ contracts when commissioning feature films, TV series and other audiovisual works from independent production companies.

Meet the creators of 9 series projects together with 3 development executive participants, who were selected for the 2021 edition of our TV Launch program:

16 th – 24 th April 2021

Rialto Theatre, Limassol & Zena Palace Cinema, Nicosia

The 19 th Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2021, which is scheduled to take place from the 16 th to the 24 th of April 2021, co-organised by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth and the Rialto Theatre, announce this year’s programme of screenings in the Viewfinder section.

In the framework of the 19th Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2021
and in partnership with Thessaloniki International Film Festival Agora

Dot on the Μap Industry Days, the co-production, training and networking platform within Cyprus Film Days IFF will be held online between 21-23 April 2021, and announces this year’s selected feature fiction film projects to be pitched at its co-production forum-Dot on the Map Meeting Point.

Dot on the Map Industry Days is organised by the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth and the Rialto Theatre in partnership with Thessaloniki International Film Festival Agora. It is supported by the Directors Guild of Cyprus.

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