Ventana Sur is the most important market for audiovisual content in Latin America, and it is a must in the schedule of distributors and buyers from the international industry.

Organized by the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) and the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes, Ventana Sur brings together all the different players from the audiovisual industry to promote international co-production, financing and distribution of Latin American content. It is also supported by the Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA.

Due to Covid-19, the 12th edition of Ventana Sur will take place in a hybrid format, from Nov 30th to December 4th. The majority of activities will be organized online, including screenings, meetings, networking events and conferences while many films will also have a theatrical screening for buyers in 6 cities.

This week True Story, a collaborative project between the Institute of Documentary Film and Film New Europe, presents an interview with documentary maker Dmitry Bogolyubov, who speaks about his documentary Town of Glory.

RIGA: The historical drama Blizzard of Souls / Dvēseļu putenis directed by Dzintars Dreibergs is Latvia's candidate for the 93rd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the best international feature film category.

TALLINN: The Last Ones / Viimane, an Estonian/Finnish/Dutch coproduction directed by the acclaimed award-winning Estonian director Veiko Õunpuu, is screening in the Baltic Competition of the 24th Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), which runs through 29 November 2020. The film has recently been selected as Estonia's candidate for the 93rd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the best international feature film category.

JIHLAVA: The acclaimed and prolific Latvian documentary filmmaker Ivars Zviedris will screen his film Latvian Coyote (previously titled The Smuggler) in the Baltic Competition of the 24th Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), which runs through 29 November 2020.

BUCHAREST: The Romanian Government will distribute 100 m EUR for the culture sector, including cinema, with the requirement that all the applicants should register by 25 November 2020 in the Cultural Sector Register, the creative industries map launched by the Ministry of Culture in 2020.

WARSAW: FNE has teamed up with the Brussels based team of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) to bring you regular updates on EU cinema policies that impact all industry professionals across Europe. Click here for FNE UNIC EU Cinema Policy Update.

EU MFF budget 2021-27

12/11: EU budget 2021: supporting a sustainable recovery from the pandemic – European Parliament

Next year’s budget - the first of the 2021-2027 financing period - should “promote fair, inclusive and sustainable growth, high-quality job-creation and its long-term goal of socioeconomic convergence”, MEPs state in their draft resolution following the vote.

10/11: Compromise on long-term EU budget: EP obtains €16 billion more for key programmes – European Parliament

EP budget negotiators and the Council Presidency have reached a compromise outlining a political agreement on future EU financing.

11/11: Long-term EU budget deal: a “win-win” result to face the challenges ahead – European Parliament

MEPs hailed the Parliament’s unity in the budget negotiations, which resulted in a deal reached on Tuesday that will bring additional funding for future jobs, competitiveness, and better climate protection - benefiting citizens, young people, researchers and health workers in times of crisis.

COVID-19: EU response

09/11: COVID-19: first go-ahead given to the new Recovery and Resilience Facility – European Parliament

MEPs adopted the Recovery and Resilience Facility, an instrument designed to help EU countries tackling the effects and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

12/11: Political agreement on EU budget and Next Generation EU recovery fund: What happens now? – EU 2020 DE

On 10 November, the negotiators for the Council of the European Union, under the German Presidency, and the European Parliament reached agreement on a comprehensive recovery fund to fight the effects of the COVID‑19 pandemic as well as on the MFF 2021‑2027.

Copyright enforcement

10/11: Future EU intellectual property policy: Council adopts conclusions – Council of the EU

The Council adopted a set of conclusions on key elements of a future EU intellectual property policy. These conclusions should be seen as the Council's input to ongoing work within the Commission on an EU intellectual property action plan, expected to be presented shortly.

Competition

12/11: MEPs hail Commission’s decision to charge Amazon with breaching EU antitrust rules – The Parliament Magazine

This comes after EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager said the company had misused data of third-party merchants that rely on Amazon’s online marketplace to favour its own products.

Events:

19 November: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

19 November: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

19 November: European Council videoconference

20 November: UNIC takes part in an EFADs roundtable

20 November: Trilogues – EU budget

23 November: European Film Forum “The New Playbook: Resilience, Foresight, Transformation”, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

1 December: European Parliament ITRE Committee meeting

2 December: European Commission legislative proposal for the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan - TBC

10 December: European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) elections for the Advisory Board

VALLETTA: The adaptation of the Maltese National Book Council award-winning novel The Viper's Pit / Is-Sriep Reġgħu Sara Velenużi, directed by Martin Bonnici, is in postproduction. 

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