BUCHAREST: The Romanian Film Centre (CNC) has announced that it will make available one of the two cinemas of the Romanian Film Archive in Bucharest, the Union Cinema, for the premiere and theatrical screenings of domestic short films.

5 NOVEMBER 2021 // NEWSLETTER

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The 31st FilmFestival is coming to an end and celebrated the grand cinema finale of Eastern European cinema in Cottbus with the award ceremony. After a year's physical break, a high-quality programme consisting of 170 films was shown in seven venues and on ten screens, traditionally, in the first week of November. The main prize for the best film went to 107 MOTHERS by Peter Kerekes. Jan P. Matuszyński's meticulous political analysis LEAVE NO TRACES wins the special prize for best director. Levan Tediashvilis' authentic portrayal of a sacrificing father in BRIGHTON 4th by Levan Koguashvili wins the prize for Outstanding Individual Performance and thus closes the Feature Film Competition. TECHNO, MAMA by Saulius Baradinskas is a tour-de-force of visual energy and wins the main prize in the Short Film Competition. The social critique COMRADE POLICEMAN by Assel Aushakimova shows the limits and consequences of press freedom and system pandering and wins the Special Prize among the short films. The coming-of-age story YOUTH TOPIA by Dennis Stormer and Marisa Meier won the U18 Youth Film Competition. The opening film and winner of the "From Cottbus to Cinema" award, ABTEIL Nr. 6, by Juho Kuosmanen, also cleaned up among cinema enthusiasts and won the audience award.

VILNIUS: Lithuanian director Andrius Blaževičius’s second feature film Runner, a Lithuanian/Czech coproduction, which was previously titled Paralysis, screens in Scanorama’s New in Lithuanian Film section at the festival which runs 4 – 14 November 2021.

AWARDS AT THE 25TH JI.HLAVA


The award for the most notable international documentary film was granted to Lines by Barbora Sliepková, the best Czech documentary is Brotherhood by Italian director Francesco Montagner. The award for the best Central and East European documentary went to Romanian film You Are Ceaușescu to Me by Sebastian Mihăilescu. The Jury of the Testimonies section appreciated How to Kill a Cloud by Finnish director Tuija Halttunen. The award for original approach went to Chinese director Rikun Zhu for his film No Desire to Hide. The best experimental documentary film is In and Out a Window by Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie and Beautiful Solution by Eliška Cílková was named the best Czech experiment.  The Contribution to World Cinema award was granted to Czech director Jana Ševčíková. See all awards and jury statements here

COTTBUS: Five projects from FNE partner countries were among the six coco Works In Progress projects showcased at the 23rd edition of connecting cottbus (coco), the East-West coproduction market at FilmFestival Cottbus, held in a hybrid format 3-5 November 2021.

COTTBUS: Peter Kerekes’s hybrid film 107 Mothers, which weaves documentary into fiction, won the Main Prize of the 31st Cottbus Film Festival, which concluded on 7 November 2021.

COTTBUS: The Best Pitch Award of the East-West co-production market connecting cottbus (coco) went to the Polish project She presented by director Agnieszka Zwiefka and producer Izabela Igel from Harine Films.

TALLINN: The government of Estonia announced on 5 November 2021 that it is granting an exemption from any additional health restrictions to the Tallinn Film Festival. The festival begins on 12 November and runs through 28 November.