The 28thedition of the Sibiu International Film Festival will take place in two stages: 27 August –12 September (online & open air) and 11 – 16 October (Astra Film Junior)

A new edition of the most important documentary film festival in Central and Eastern Europe, Astra Film Festival, is being organized in Sibiu to take place this fall. Until April 15th directors and producers of documentaries from around the world are invited to submit their films produced in 2020 and 2021.

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FNE continues to report about the critical conditions of cinemas in the region

Updated 7 April 2021

 

 

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • From 21 March 2021
    Cinemas in Republika Srpska closed until further notice
    Cinemas open in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Sale of drinks and packaged food allowed
    Curfew in effect from 21:00
  • On 26 May 2020 cinemas reopened

Bulgaria

  • From 1 April 2021
    Cinemas open operate at 30% capacity
  • From 22-31 March 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From February 2021
    Cinemas operate at 30% capacity
  • From 27 November 2020 to 1 February 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From May 13 to 27 November 2020
    Open with 30% capacity
  • From 13 March to 13 May 2020
    Cinemas closed

Croatia

  • From August 2020
    Cinemas including multiplexes open
  • May 2020
  • Cinemas open
  • March 2020
    Cinemas closed

Cyprus

  • From 8 February 2021
    Cinemas open, capacity limited to 50 people
    Curfew 21:00
  • From 10 January 2021
    Cinemas closed

Czech Republic

  • Cinemas closed and no news on reopening date

Estonia

  • From 1 March 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From February 2021
    Cinemas open with 50% capacity
    Curfew 21:00

Georgia

  • From 8 April 2021
    Cinemas Open
  • Cinemas closed and no news on reopening date

Hungary

  • From 11 November 2020
    Cinemas closed

Latvia

  • From 9 November 2020 to 6 April 2021
    Cinemas closed

Lithuania

  • From 7 November 2020
    Cinemas closed

Malta

  • From March to at least 11 April 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From June 2020
    Cinemas open with contact tracing and social distancing
  • From March to June 2020
    Cinemas closed

Montenegro

  • From September 2020
    Cinemas open with 50 persons limit
    Curfew 21:00
  • 13 March to 3 September 2020
    Cinemas closed

North Macedonia

  • From 6 April until at least 20 April
    Cinemas closed due to 20:00 curfew
    Exception Cinplexx multiplex remains partially open
  • From 24 September 2020
    Cinemas open with 30% capacity and mandatory masks
  • 11 March to 24 September 2020
    Cinemas closed

Poland

  • 20 March until at least 9 April 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From 15 March 2021
    Cinemas closed in some regions
  • From 12 February 2021
    Cinemas open with restrictions of 50% capacity
  • From November 2020
    Most large multiplex operators have remained closed
  • 7 November 2020
    Cinemas closed
  • March 2020
    First closure of all cinemas

Romania

  • From March 2021
    Cinemas closed in most regions of Romania
    Cinemas open at 30% to 50% capacity in regions that meet limits for rates of infection
  • From November 2020
    Most multiplexes have remained closed
  • From 25 January 2021
    Cinemas in Bucharest reopened
  • From 20 October 2020
    Cinemas open at 30% of capacity

Serbia

  • From September 2020
    Cinemas open with restrictions
    Curfew 21:00
  • From March to September 2020
    Cinemas closed

Slovakia

  • Cinemas closed since Christmas 2020

Slovenia

  • Cinemas closed and no news on reopening

"Life Demands Brave Decisions" –Courageous Selection Highlights Full Diversity of Cinema in Bioscope Section // The Open Frame Award Opens Eyes to Innovative Forms of Cinema 

It is with great regret that the organisers of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film must concede that the current outlook for the cultural sector in April does not, once again, offer the possibility to present a live festival, with in-person screenings and personal encounters between festival attendees. However, cancellation is out of the question for goEast! The Wiesbaden-based festival, hosted by DFF – DeutschesFilminstitut & Filmmuseum, has assembled an extensive online and on-demand programme to continue to serve our fans and supporters. During the festival period from 20 to 26 April 2021, nearly all of the festival films will be available in Germany on demand, via the festival website. To make this possible, the festival is co-operating with the VoD service provider filmwertefor the first time. Accredited guests will receive free access to the film offers. To learn more about how the on-demand programme works, please see the goEast website or consult our programme booklet. 

BRUSSELS: FNE spoke to Tamara Tatishvili - Regional Coordinator and Mentor about the 2021 edition of the SOFA (School of Film Advancement) Tbilisi Workshop 2021. She talks about the lessons learned over the past year of lockdown as the second session goes digital after the event was forced by the pandemic to move online a year ago.  We also hear about how this year’s edition has a distinctly Georgian flavour that even includes a Georgian cooking lesson. SOFA is holding its annual Tbilisi session digitally from 22 to 26 March 2021.

FNE continues to report about the critical conditions of cinemas in the region.

BUDAPEST: HBO Europe has begun filming the eight-part, 40-minute Hungarian dramatic series The Informant, written by Bálint Szentgyörgyi, who also directs alongside Áron Mátyássy and Bence Miklauzic. The series is now in production in Budapest.

Strasbourg, 19.03.2021 - At its 162nd meeting held online, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 24 feature film projects, including 3 documentaries and 3 animation films, for a total amount of €5,822,000.

WARSAW: SOFA School of Film Advancement helmers Nikolaj Nikitin and Oliver Baumgarten speak to Irena Gruca-Rozbicka (SOFA 2019/2020) about the launch of her project CREW UNITED POLSKA and how the SOFA training helped her to realise the project in this difficult year of COVID-19. SOFA is holding its annual Tbilisi session digitally from 22 to 26 March 2021.

WIESBADEN: The 21st edition of goEast – Festival of Central and East European Film will be held online 20 – 26 April 2021. The festival is working with a VoD provider to make its films available to audiences in Germany and to accredited guests.

The National Film Centre of Latvia announced the following grants on 22 March 2021.