KKI Talks in March: Virtual Cinemas and parallel windows

We are delighted to invite you to join us during the upcoming KKI Talks, a series of free monthly webinars for film industry professionals. This time, among our guests are Patrick O’neill from Wildcard Distribution (Wildcard projects includes the animated feature film “Wolfwalkers”, 2021 Oscar nomination), Alex Stolz from usheru.com, a movie marketing and analytics company focused on connecting film companies with their audiences, Eve Gabereau from Modern Films, company which was launched as an alternative to the traditional model of the film value chain to work across borders, media and windows and Maciej Jakubczyk, Head of Education Department of the New Horizons Association, who will tell more about the new New Horizons VOD platform. 

KKI Talks: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN DISTRIBUTION – Virtual Cinemas and parallel windows

22 March, 15:00 - 16:00 CET, online

A shrinking theatrical window has challenged theater operators and intensified an increasingly competitive streaming environment. Theatrical exhibition and distribution will change. During our next KKI Talks we will look at examples of virtual cinema and parallel VoD windows and discuss next goals for content creators in expanding the dissemination of their titles to their audiences.

Meet our panelists:

  • Eve Gabereau, CEO, Modern Films
  • Maciej Jakubczyk, Head of Education Department of the New Horizons Association
  • Patrick O'neill, CEO, Wildcard Distribution
  • Alex Stolz, Founder, Future of Film & Head of Film, usheru.com 

Registration form and more information can be found here: https://www.kidskinoindustry.pl/webinar-registration/

The participation in the webinar is free of charge. The webinar will be held in English.

Kids Kino Industry (international co-production forum) along with Kids Kino.Lab (script development workshop) are the part of the Kids Kino International Film Festival which takes place in September in Warsaw and twenty Polish cities (and online). The Kids Kino IFF, Kids Kino.Lab and Kids Kino Industry are organised by New Horizons Association Educational Department – a non-governmental organisation, founded in 2003 by Roman Gutek. Its main objective is the promotion and popularization of unconventional, artistically challenging cinema.

With a new line up of Kids Kino Industry Talks we plan to maintain an exchange hub and create a creative community, providing keynotes on trends, studies, enlightening panels, and best practice presentations in order to hone the producer’s business decisions for children’s content. Our audience are European content producers and distributors focussing on children and youth. 

Filmmakers and scriptwriters from all three Baltic countries are being encouraged to apply for the BALTIC SHORTS RESIDENCY, the third edition of which will take place in Lithuania from 1-20 June 2021

Now established as an important event on the Baltic film calendar, the BALTIC SHORTS RESIDENCY is an intensive short film script workshop over a three week period that takes place in the Klaipeda region of Lithuania between 1-20 June 2021. The workshop invites three selected participants (one from each Baltic country) to engage in an intense writing process while receiving professional consultation from Wim Vanacker, creative advisor and script consultant. This consultation is currently slated to consist of a three day intensive script workshop at the residency location and 2-3 online sessions.

Five Croatian titles to screen at the Sofia International Film Festival, the first portion of which is held in hybrid format, 11th – 31st March, while the second portion will take place in the second half of 2021.   

Dalibor Matanić’s fiction feature The Dawn will be screening in the regional competition programme, Balkan Competition. The Dawn is the second instalment of Matanić’s The Sun Trilogy (The High Sun, The Dawn, Sunset). Just as he did with The High Sun, Matanić once again wrote the screenplay and directed the film in which he continues to examine the juxtaposition between the most noble and basest of human impulses. Matanić’s latest offering had its world premiere in November 2020, in competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The film is a Kinorama production, along with Ascent Film and RAI Cinema, while Ankica Jurić Tilić acts as producer and Andrea Paris, Matteo Rovere and Ines Vasiljević as co-producers.

BUCHAREST: Cinemas in Bucharest and seven other counties, which include the cities of Timișoara, Cluj-Napoca and Brașov, are closing due to the rate of COVID-19 infections exceeding three cases for 1,000 persons.

VALLETTA: Cinemas in Malta have been forced to close until at least 11 April 2021 as part of new restrictions aiming to curb the increase in COVID-19 infection numbers in the country.

ZAGREB: Animafest Zagreb, which will be held 7 – 12 June 2021, has announced the animated films selected for its competition sections.

WARSAW: FNE has teamed up with the Brussels based team of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) to bring you regular updates on EU cinema policies that impact all industry professionals across Europe. Click here for FNE UNIC EU Cinema Policy Update.

International Union of Cinemas (UNIC)

08/03: UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme: Call for applications open - UNIC

UNIC is delighted to announce that the call for applications for the 5th edition of the UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme is now open.

COVID-19: EU response

10/03: European Commission raises further €9 billion under SURE via second issuance in 2021 – European Commission

The European Commission has issued a €9 billion single tranche bond due in June 2036 under its EU SURE programme to protect jobs and workers, and to mitigate the severely negative socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

09/03: Parliament adopts InvestEU programme for strategic and innovative investments – European Parliament

MEPs adopted the new InvestEU programme, which will mobilise public and private investments and guarantees simplified access to financing.

09/03: Commission welcomes European Parliament's approval of InvestEU – European Commission

The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament's vote, confirming the political agreement on InvestEU reached in December 2020.

03/03: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis on the updated approach to the fiscal policy response to the coronavirus pandemic – European Commission

01/03: Senior MEP voices concern over role EU regions will play in Coronavirus recovery plan – The Parliament Magazine

Specifically, Ferber, a German member, accuses EU Member States of failing to comply with the Parliament’s demand that cities and regions are fully consulted about the way the flagship plan is put into practice at local level.

Digital tax

10/03: Better cooperation between national authorities on taxation of digital trading – European Parliament

MEPs recommended changes to draft legislation aiming to trace and tax the sales that people make through online platforms more effectively.


11/03: State aid: Commission approves €1.1 billion Polish scheme to further support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission has approved a €1.1 billion (PLN 5 billion) Polish scheme to support companies in various sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak.


17 – 18 March: IMCO Meeting

18 March: Transparency of content moderation – EAO Webinar

23-26 March: EUIPO working groups

23 March: Rebuilding Europe: what happens next? Conference

May 2021: Porto Social Summit

The evolution of the Arthouse Exhibition

3 March // 16:00 - 17:00 // via zoom (with pre-registration) and youtube

The film industry is at a point of resetting. This panel, bringing together representatives of the film industry and policy makers, aims at reimagining the industry.

The opening question is how the sector can be reshaped, by looking at collaborative efforts, new projects, as well as at the value of interpersonal connection and digital offers.

It is also an occasion to look at how the arthouse exhibition is staying at top of the game, arthouse cinemas engaging their audiences at their best.

Dear colleagues and friends,

virtual Berlinale and EFM give you an opportunity to meet multiple talented Slovak filmmakers and producers while also catch up with Slovak cinema at market screenings.

Berlinale Talents has two participants from Slovakia, both directors and producers: Barbora Berezňáková and
Matúš Krajňák.

Teodor Kuhn is participating in the scriptwriting training program ScripTeast with his new project Trophy and experienced producer Zora Jaurová is taking part in the 2021 edition of Emerging Producers.

The EFM market screenings schedule includes Bohdan Sláma’s latest film Shadow Country which had its international premiere at last year’s London Film Festival.