Taking place in hybrid format, the 25th edition of Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (Baltic Sea Docs) brought together filmmakers from the wider Baltic Sea region, Eastern Europe and Caucasus region. 18 film projects participated this year, representing film studios in 17 countries including Latvia, Poland, Armenia, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Georgia, Russia, among others.

AFF2021 continues in Sibiu with a dense weekend,
which can be considered a festival in itself

A special event at the Astra Film Festival. The Romanian rowers medalled this summer at the Tokyo Olympics came to row on the lake in Dumbrava Sibiului. This time, not to win new medals, but to see a film screened during the special Lifeboats Programme. We are talking about the documentary made by journalist Alex Dima (Pro TV, Romania, I love you!), which shows how Romania's forests and our children's right to breathe fresh air gets stolen. Astra Film Festival continues in Sibiu with a weekend that can be considered a festival in itself: on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday there will be over 40 cultural events (film screenings, concerts, DocTalks, Q&A sessions).

Campionii inainte de imbarcare pentru Astra Film foto AFF Rares HeliciCampionii înainte de îmbarcare pentru Astra Film_foto AFF Rares Helici

The films produced by journalists can be watched
from boats and pedal boats floating on the lake
or from Casa Podarului, located near the screen

The Lifeboats Programme at the Astra Film Festival has begun. During this programme, the audience can watch films projected on a huge screen placed between windmills, directly from boats floating on the lake. Tonight, those who will come to the screening will board the boats on the chords of the `Zece Prăjini` Marching Band, and after the film, starting at 10pm, they will enjoy a unique concert offered by Corina Sîrghi and Taraful Jean Americanu. The special Lifeboats programme began last night, with the screening of the investigation "The Genocide of Secular Oaks", conducted by Alex Nedea, journalist for Recorder. Today, the public can watch for the first time a report made by Paul Angelescu, from "Romania, I love you", about the forest fires in Greece. And tomorrow, a documentary produced by Alex Dima (Pro TV, `Romania, I love you!`) about the way wood gets stolen in the forests surrounding Sibiu will be screened.

Zece Prajini foto AFF

BELGRADE: Oasis, the sophomore feature by writer/director Ivan Ikić, has been selected as Serbia’s candidate for the 94th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the Best International Feature Film category. The film is a coproduction between Serbia, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and France.

STRASBOURG: The 2021 European Heritage Days will celebrate Inclusive and Diverse Heritage by events held by participating countries mostly in September and October 2021. The event has been a joint initiative of the Council of Europe, which is currently presided over by Slovenia, and the European Commission since 1999.

The European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission since 1999, are the most widely celebrated participatory cultural events shared by people living in Europe. The pan-European nature of the programme contributes to bringing citizens together and highlighting the European dimension of cultural heritage in the 50 signatory States of the European Cultural Convention. Up to 70,000 events are organised each year in order to help raise awareness of the value of this common heritage and the need for its conservation for present and future generations.

PODGORICA: The kids feature film Planet 7693 by Gojko Berkuljan is currently shooting in Montenegro. The film is a coproduction between Montenegro, Serbia and North Macedonia, supported by the Film Centre of Montenegro, Film Center Serbia, the North Macedonia Film Agency, as well as the SEE Cinema Network.

LJUBLJANA: Several acclaimed Slovenian films will be screened at the Casa del cinema in Rome on 11-12 September 2021, as an appetizer for the focus on Slovenian cinema, which will be presented by the MedFilm Festival from 5 to 14 November 2021.

BELGRADE: More than 65 industry professionals from over 30 countries will participate in Beldocs Industry, which will be held in a hybrid format 9-15 September 2021 within the14th Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival.

Beldocs Industry this year offers a wide range of industry activities accessible and available both on site in Belgrade and online lasting from 9 until 15 September.  More than 65 industry professionals - sales agents and distributors, festival representatives, VOD platforms and TV broadcasters, representatives of film centres and markets, from more than 30 countries will be joining the hybrid industry event. They will be attending industry panels and talks, pitching sessions followed by one-to-one meetings and matchmaking and networking sessions.