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COVID – 19: Cultural and Creative Sectors

29/06: Commission proposes coordinated measures for the safe reopening of the cultural and creative sectors – European Commission

The Commission published EU guidelines to ensure the safe resumption of activities in the cultural and creative sectors across the EU. At a time when the epidemiological situation is improving and vaccination campaigns are speeding up, Member States are gradually reopening cultural venues and activities.

29/06: Speech of Commissioner Gabriel at the press conference on the safe reopening of the cultural and cultural sectors – European Commission

COVID-19: EU response

07/07: Summer 2021 Economic Forecast: Reopening fuels recovery – European Commission

The European economy is forecast to rebound faster than previously expected, as activity in the first quarter of the year exceeded expectations and the improved health situation prompted a swifter easing of pandemic control restrictions in the second quarter.

07/07: Are we there yet? Foresight study on the exit from the COVID 19 crisis – European Commission

At the height of Europe’s pandemic crisis, in the summer of 2020, a foresight study engaged expert communities in medicine, public health and socio-economic conditions in an effort to anticipate the pace of Europe’s exit from the crisis, by anticipating medical advances, the implications of the pandemic experience for Europe’s public health systems, and the socio-economic conditions in Europe in 2023.

28/06: NextGenerationEU: Commission carries out €800 million of first payments to foster crisis repair and resilience – European Commission

The Commission has disbursed €800 million in payments under NextGenerationEU, the temporary instrument to finance Europe's recovery and foster a greener, more digital and resilient economy after the pandemic.

EU Digital COVID Certificate

08/07: EU Digital COVID Certificate: Commission adopts equivalence decision for Swiss certificates – European Commission

01/07: EU Digital COVID Certificate enters into application in the EU – European Commission

The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation enters into application. This means that EU citizens and residents will now be able to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU.

Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

29/06: Intermediary services should “earn their liability exemptions” - UNIC

In order for the Digital Services Act (DSA) to achieve a safe and more trustworthy online environment, companies that do not comply with the DSA’s due diligence obligations should not be entitled to the DSA’s liability exemptions.

Media and AV Action Plan

29/06: Media Action Plan: The power of local – The Parliament Magazine

A strong and independent local media is essential to the democratic process, but this is in danger of withering away. The EU must ensure it gets the support it needs, argues Jan Trei.

Territorial exclusivity

06/07: Strong message from MEPs on importance of territorial exclusivity - UNIC

UNIC welcomes MEP Verheyen's initiative to organise a statement where 54 MEPs - from various political groups - stressed the importance of territorial licensing for cultural diversity in the European audiovisual sector and call on their colleagues to not undermine territorial exclusivity in unrelated European Parliament reports.

Cannes Film Festival

06/07: Cannes Film Festival 2021: 17 EU-supported films compete for awards – European Commission

The 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will take place from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 17 July. Seventeen films supported by Creative Europe MEDIA have been selected in various sections of the Cannes Film Festival and its parallel competitions.

Gender diversity

09/07: Commission launches ‘CharactHer’, a campaign supporting diversity and inclusion in the film and media industries – European Commission

The European Commission has launched an awareness campaign aiming at fostering gender diversity and inclusion in the film and news media industries.

Slovenian Presidency of the EU

06/07: The Slovenian Presidency of the EU presents its policy priorities in CULT committee – CULT Committee

Slovenian ministers Ms Simona Kustec, Minister for education, youth and sport and Mr Vasko Simoniti, Minister for culture, came to the CULT Committee for a presentation and an exchange of views over the policy priorities of the incoming Presidency.


4 – 7 October: CineEurope 2021

4 - 5 October: Slovenian Presidency conference

Recent studies

EAO - Diversity and inclusion in the European audiovisual sector  - July 2021

ABOUT Founder and SIFF

Announcement (brief about the festival, dates)

The first annual Svaneti International Film Festival will open on August 25th, 2021, in Svaneti, Mestia, Georgia (Recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site).

The festival is supported by General Sponsor Hotel GISTOLA in Mestia, Georgian National Film Center, Bank of Georgia, Teliani Valley, Badagi, All Print  and Mestia Municipality.

The film festival is organized by director Mariam Khatchvani and Teimuraz Chkhvimiani.

Mariam Khachvani became known in the world of cinema as the author of Dinola and Dede. Her films tell about the strict traditions of Svaneti. In his works, Khachvani tries to show the viewer to love the true spirit of the native shoulder and the mountain nature.


SIFF will become an integral part of the world film festivals. The first edition will be presented –Short Film Competition, Master classes, Pitching forums and Special screenings.

Svaneti International Film Festival prides itself on providing an opportunity for talented directors, producers and writers from all over the world to learn and showcase their work together in an exciting international environment. 

About Jury and Masterclasses (Agenda)

About the competition:The short film deadline has been moved to July 20th. 

OPEN Call for short films, For the attention of the authors of short films!
Svaneti International Film Festival announces a short film competition.
Terms of participation in the competition:
The competition is open to both professional directors.
Deadline for film registration is July 20th, 2021.
You can upload the works on the festival's website.


The max length of the film should be 30 minutes (with English titles).
The competition will include short films of any genre, including animated and documentary films.
The winner will be awarded a unique prize of the SIFF - Goddess Dali.
The short film Jury: The head of Jury –Paolo Bertolin, Jury- Ana Urushadze , Levan Koghuashvil.
Online Master classes will be conducting: Paolo Bertolin, Christophe Leparc.
Georgian producer Vladimer Katcharava and Georgian director Levan Kokguahsvili will also conduct Master classes at Svaneti International Film Festival in Mestia.
Pitching forum will be conducting: Vladimer Katcharava. The deadline for the feature length project submission is 25 July. This year for the pitching Georgian projects are eligible.

VILNIUS: The first Baltic Women in Film Mentorship Programme for women from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia has opened a call for its eight-month 2021-2022 programme.

CLUJ-NAPOCA: Radu Muntean’s seventh feature film Întregalde will screen in the Romanian Days section at the 20th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) right after its world premiere in the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight. TIFF takes place in Cluj-Napoca from 23 July to 1 August 2021.

CLUJ-NAPOCA: Andrei Huțuleac’s debut feature #dogpoopgirl will screen in the Romanian Days competition at the 20th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), which takes place in Cluj-Napoca 23 July-1 August 2021. The film received the Golden George for Best Film, the Silver George for Best Actress (Andreea Grămoșteanu) and a Special Mention from the Russian film critics at the 43rd Moscow IFF 2021.

CLUJ-NAPOCA:  Marian Crișan’s fourth feature film The Campaign / Berliner will screen in the Romanian Days programme at the 20th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), which takes place in Cluj-Napoca from 23 July to 1 August 2021.