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COVID-19: EU response

07/01: Coronavirus response and recovery: EU support for regions to work together in innovative pilot projects – European Commission

The Commission has announced the winners of a new EU-funded initiative for interregional partnerships in four areas: coronavirus-related innovative solutions, circular economy in health, sustainable and digital tourism, and hydrogen technologies in carbon–intensive regions.

Creative Europe

12/01: Erasmus+, Creative Europe, European Solidarity Corps: Commitee confirms trilogue deals – European Parliament

The Culture and Education committee on Monday confirmed the provisional agreements with Council on Erasmus+, Creative Europe and European Solidarity Corps programmes for 2021-2027.

15/01: Creative Europe: 30 years of support to European films and cultural and creative media works – European Commission

The MEDIA strand of the EU programme Creative Europe, designed to support European film and audiovisual industries, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021. To mark this, the European Commission is launching a campaign to celebrate the 30 years of support, as well as the launch of the new MEDIA programme of Creative Europe, running from 2021 to 2027.

Portuguese Presidency

18/01: Portuguese Presidency Priorities 2021 – The Parliament Magazine

Sharing their views on what to expect as Lisbon takes the EU’s helm are Portuguese MEPs Pedro Silva Pereira, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Maria-Manuel Leitão Marques, Carlos Zorrinho, Sara Cerdas, Nuno Melo, Francisco Guerreiro and Sandra Pereira.

Council of the EU

05/01: Remarks by President Charles Michel at the press conference with Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa in Lisbon – Council of the EU

09/01: The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU kicks off with visit by President of the European Council – 2021 Portugal EU

On 5 January, the Prime Minister, António Costa, welcomed to Lisbon the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, for the first official meeting of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. At the meeting, the two leaders discussed the priorities in the PPEU Programme and the calendar of dossiers to be handled by the Portuguese Presidency until June.

Events

18 – 21 January: European Parliament Plenary

21 January: EU Council meeting on coronavirus coordination efforts

25 & 26 January: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

TRIESTE: Srđan Golubović's social drama Father / Otac / Oče will be screened in the main competition of the 32nd Trieste Film Festival, which runs 21 – 30 January 2021 and focuses on films from the CEE, Baltic and Balkan region.

TRIESTE: The historical drama In the Dusk / Sutemose (also known as At Dusk) by acclaimed Lithuanian director Šarūnas Bartas is screening in the main competition of the 32nd Trieste Film Festival, which runs 21 – 30 January 2021 and focuses on films from the CEE, Baltic and Balkan region.

TRIESTE: The sophomore drama from Magnus von Horn, the Polish/Swedish coproduction Sweat, will screen in the main competition of the 32nd Trieste Film Festival, which runs 21 – 30 January 2021 and focuses on films from the CEE, Baltic and Balkan region

TRIESTE: Romanian director Marian Crișan sends his fourth feature film The Campaign / Berliner to the main competition of the 32nd Trieste Film Festival, which runs 21 – 30 January 2021 and focuses on films from the CEE, Baltic and Balkan region.

PRAGUE: Shadow Country directed by Bohdan Sláma topped the list of films competing for the 2020 Czech Lion Awards with 15 nominations. It was followed by Havel directed by Slávek Horák and Charlatan directed by Agnieszka Holland, with 14 nominations each. All three directors were also nominated.

BRATISLAVA: The Slovak festival of animated films Fest Anca is accepting submissions through 31 January 2021 for this summer’s event.

FNE asked Michal Bregant about the rapidly evolving technologies that are shaping the future of film archives and the role film archives will play in the future.

VALLETTA: Eden Cinemas, Malta’s largest cinema complex, experienced a drop of 80 percent in sales in 2020, compared to the previous year, according to its Chief Executive Director, Simon De Cesare.

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