We extended our deadline, so you have one more week to apply to BDC Discoveries. New Deadline – 19th March 2021.

After the challenging 2020, we are eager to continue supporting projects from the Balkans in 2021!

2020 was not easy for all of us. But we remained strong and tried to continue working on our documentaries in the best possible manner. BDC Discoveries conducted successful online edition and we are very grateful to the dedicated participants, who stayed with us.

One more year has passed and it was definitely a challenging one! We hope you stayed healthy and that you are ready to embrace the new 2021, bringing new beginnings and opportunities to all. What we are eagerly looking forward to in 2021 is the 11th edition of Docu Rough Cut Boutique, organized in a hybrid format with online activities and, if possible, also residential training. Our team is very eager to see your upcoming documentaries and offer tailor-made training to five projects from the region of South-East Europe. The workshop will take place in three parts and in order to apply, you have to submit a minimum of 60 minutes material.

Short, Shorter, Anarchic – The RheinMain Short Film Award and Anarcho Shorts at goEast  // Propulsive Balkan Beats // Experimental Film Master Class with Péter Lichter and  Márió Z. Nemes

Wiesbaden/Frankfurt, 4 March 2021

YELLOW CAT (Zheltaya Koshka, Kazakhstan/France, 2020), directed by long-time festival  friend Adilkhan Yerzhanov, has been selected as the opening film for this year's edition of  goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film (running from 20 to 26 April). The  festival, hosted annually by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, is proud to present  the German premiere of this tragicomic road movie revolving around Kermek, who is  released from prison thanks to a shady deal. In the grim reality of life on the outside, Kermek  seeks escape in cinema, spurred on by the dream of creating his own movie theatre in the  mountains where he can finally leave behind his former life of crime for good. However, to  his dismay he discovers that his ticket to freedom is entangled with a gangster boss who he  must now pay back through loyal service. 

After the latest decision of the summit between Federal Chancellor Merkel and the Head of  States of Germany (March 3, 2021) on how to proceed in the corona pandemic, there is a  prospect for cinema openings that goEast will use as a guideline. The festival organisers  continue to pursue a hybrid festival planning and hope for in person events if the incidence  values correspond. A solid Online and an on Demand programme is being prepared independently of these developments.

Echoes of Ji.hlava extended to New York, Belgium, France

The Echoes of Ji.hlava IDFF are starting this week in the Czech Republic with an online showcase featuring over forty selected titles from the festival’s 2020 edition, plus a couple of new titles. This year, the Echoes will again have their international extension – a selection of remarkable documentaries, including a number of awarded titles at the 24th Ji.hlava will be accessible also for audiences in Belgium (March 11–17), France (March 18–25), and New York (March 19–25). The Echoes of Ji.hlava are organized in cooperation with the Czech Centres network and will include Q&As with the filmmakers (Ai Weiwei, and others), masterclasses as well as debates with guests of Ji.hlava’s Inspiration Forum. All content will be available free of charge at Dafilms.com and geo-blocked for the respective territories.

TBILISI: The SOFA – School for Film Advancement’s Tbilisi Workshop will be held online for the second year, from 22 – 26 March 2021.

LOS ANGELES: Romanian majority coproduction collective by Alexander Nanau nabs two nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards in the Documentary Feature and International Feature categories. Bosnian majority coproduction Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić is also nominated in the International Feature category. Bulgarian Maria Bakalova got a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm by Jason Woliner, while Polish DoP Dariusz Wolski is nominated in the Best Cinematographer category for News of the World by Paul Greengrass.

VILNIUS: Directors and writers are invited to apply for the third edition of the Baltic Shorts Residency, taking place 1 – 20 June 2021 in Lithuania.

FNE spoke to the head of the Slovak Film Commission Zuzana Bieliková about how the pandemic has impacted foreign productions shooting in Slovakia and how the Slovak Audiovisual Fund has supported filmmakers and cinemas with special measures during the pandemic.

PRAGUE: The CEE Animation Forum announced the 42 animated projects that will be presented in the 26 – 29 April 2021 pitching competition and at the Anifilm IFAF on 4 – 9 May.

BUCHAREST: Radu Jude's satire Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn has been sold to 15 territories so far, including North America, where it will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures. The film was awarded the Golden Bear at the 71st edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, which took place online 1-5 March 2021.