Digital Services Act

13/01: Digital Services Act: Time to end the Digital ‘Wild West’ says Arba Kokalari – The Parliament

EPP Group Shadow Rapporteur says MEPs must seize the opportunity of upcoming DSA plenary vote to create a more innovative, competitive and safer European digital market.

Creative Europe

13/01: Creative Europe: Increased budget in 2022 to support cultural and creative sectors – European Commission

The Commission has adopted the 2022 work programme of Creative Europe, which will be followed by the launch of the relevant calls for proposals. With a budget of around €385 million, nearly €100 million more compared to 2021, Creative Europe strengthens its support to creative and cultural partners taking due account of the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the growing global competition.

Audiovisual Media Services Directive

10/01: Updated tracking table by the European Audiovisual Observatory - EAO 

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) was last revised in autumn 2018. The European Commission set the deadline for transposition into national legislation as being the 19 September 2020. The following table shows the actual state of play in each EU Member State.

Intellectual Property Rights

10/01: €47 million fund to protect intellectual property of EU SMEs in their COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions – European Commission

The Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched the new EU SME Fund, which offers vouchers for EU-based SMEs to help them protect their intellectual property (IP) rights.

French Presidency of the EU

07/01: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Macron on the presentation of the programme of activities of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU - European Commission

01/01: Programme of the Presidency -  UEFRANCE22

France has published its programme for the next six months. The programme details the priorities and guidelines for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2022.

European Parliament

03/01: Coming up in 2022: digital issues, green transition, health - European Parliament

Digital issues, public health and the road to climate neutrality are among the main topics on Parliament's agenda for 2022. Find out what to expect.

Recent studies

EUIPO - Online Copyright Infringement in the European Union: Music, Films and TV (2017-2020), Trends and Drivers - December 2021

EAO -  Animation films and TV series in Europe - December 2021


January/February: Fourth meeting of the European Commission Stakeholders dialogue on access to and availability of audiovisual content across the EU (final date tbc)

25 January: Presidency conference on audiovisual in Angers  ““Independence in Support of Creativity” - Audiovisual and Cinema Conference” – more information here

26-27 January: JURI committee meeting

3-4 February: UNIC Cinema Days

14 February: European Commission Film Forum on sustainability and AV - more details to follow

6 months of editing, marketing & distribution tailor made for your documentary in the rough cut stage

PRAGUE: The East Doc Platform, organised by the Institute of Documentary Film and One World film festival, has announced the full selection of projects to participate in its 11th edition, running 26 March - 1 April 2022.

With the upcoming plenary vote, the European Parliament can still turn the Digital Service Act into an opportunity for the EU to play a global role in making the internet a safer space for everyone.

LOS ANGELES: Three minority coproductions from Estonia, Poland and North Macedonia have been selected for the Academy Awards International Feature shortlist. One Polish film and one Romanian minority coproduction are among the titles selected for the Live Action Short Film shortlist.

PRAGUE: The Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) has announced the nominations for the 29th annual Czech Lion awards. Occupation and Zátopek scored thirteen nods each, followed by The Man with Hare Ears, Bird Atlas and Emma in Love, with eleven, nine and eight nominations respectively. A total amount of 25 films will vie in 19 categories.

The Czech Lion knows the nominations for the year of 2021, the results were published today by the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA). Altogether 184 academics were choosing from 84 feature actors’ films, documentary features, animated and short films and television works of art that had fulfilled the statutes of the Czech Lion Awards.

Cinema platform CinExpress, with the financial support of the Georgian National Film Center, publishes an electronic magazine, which will be available to a mass audience at the end of January free of charge.

TRIESTE: The 33rd edition of the Trieste Film Festival, running in person this year on 21 – 30 January, has announced its competition programme lineup.

TRIESTE: When East Meets West kicks off on 24 January 2022 in the frame of the Trieste Film Festival, in a unique hybrid format combining digital connections and real emotions.

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