The North Macedonia Film Agency announced the second deadline decision for production grants for feature, short, animation films and documentaries on 26 March 2021.

PRAGUE: Billionaire and owner of Central European Media Enterprises (CME) Petr Kellner died in a helicopter crash in Alaska on 27 March 2021. Kellner, the wealthiest person in the Czech Republic with an estimated net worth of 19 bn USD, had purchased CME in October 2020.

FNE spoke to one of Georgia’s leading producers Vladimer Katcharava, who heads 20 Steps Productions, about the challenges he has faced during the past year as a producer during the pandemic, as well as the advantages of the SOFA (School of Film Advancement), which held its annual Tbilisi session digitally from 22 to 26 March 2021.

The 25th anniversary Sofia International Film Festival presented in the spring of 2021 a total of 134 films from 53 countries. There are 129 films planned with screenings at the cinemas in Sofia and in other cities, 73 films can be seen ONLINE from everywhere in Bulgaria till April 11th at

The Awards Ceremony took place at Hall 1 (National Palace of Culture) on the 20th of March 2021.

Feature film projects from Bulgaria, Serbia and Ukraine have been selected to participate in MIDPOINT Intensive Sofia Meetings 2021.

Tailored exclusively for the 18th Sofia Meetings (March 17 - 24, 2021) of Sofia International Film Festival, the one-off online program welcomes three feature film projects in development

Bulgarian project LUST by Ralitza Petrova, produced by Poli Angelova will be joined by Serbian FOLK PLAY by writer Bojan Vuletic, director Mirjana Karanovic and producer Snezana van Houwelingen and Ukrainian PHOTOGRAPHERS by director Helga Landauer and producer Regina Maryanovska-Davidzon.

The festival establishes itself as a complex channel of contemporary culture from Central and Eastern Europe to Portugal, putting the spotlight on novel cinematographic trends of countries such as Poland.

Since 2017, BEAST International Film Festival has been proving itself and to the public as an event that shines an important light on the East European cinema landscape. While exploring the Balkans, Baltics, or Post-Communism, BEAST IFF has opened a cultural umbrella covering 21 countries, with a unique focus on diversity bringing new works and talents that represent the latest faces of the New East in cinema.


2nd Industry Days
21- 23 April 2021


In the framework of the 19th Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2021
and in partnership with Thessaloniki International Film Festival Agora

The 2nd edition of Dot on the Μap Industry Days, the co-production, training and networking platform within Cyprus Film Days IFF will be held online between 21-23 April 2021, and launches the application process for accreditations intended for film professionals.

Dot on the Map Industry Days is organised by the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth and the Rialto Theatre in partnership with Thessaloniki International Film Festival Agora. It is supported by the Directors Guild of Cyprus.

The 28thedition of the Sibiu International Film Festival will take place in two stages: 27 August –12 September (online & open air) and 11 – 16 October (Astra Film Junior)

A new edition of the most important documentary film festival in Central and Eastern Europe, Astra Film Festival, is being organized in Sibiu to take place this fall. Until April 15th directors and producers of documentaries from around the world are invited to submit their films produced in 2020 and 2021.


FNE continues to report about the critical conditions of cinemas in the region

Updated 7 April 2021




Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • From 21 March 2021
    Cinemas in Republika Srpska closed until further notice
    Cinemas open in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Sale of drinks and packaged food allowed
    Curfew in effect from 21:00
  • On 26 May 2020 cinemas reopened


  • From 1 April 2021
    Cinemas open operate at 30% capacity
  • From 22-31 March 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From February 2021
    Cinemas operate at 30% capacity
  • From 27 November 2020 to 1 February 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From May 13 to 27 November 2020
    Open with 30% capacity
  • From 13 March to 13 May 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • From August 2020
    Cinemas including multiplexes open
  • May 2020
  • Cinemas open
  • March 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • From 8 February 2021
    Cinemas open, capacity limited to 50 people
    Curfew 21:00
  • From 10 January 2021
    Cinemas closed

Czech Republic

  • Cinemas closed and no news on reopening date


  • From 1 March 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From February 2021
    Cinemas open with 50% capacity
    Curfew 21:00


  • From 8 April 2021
    Cinemas Open
  • Cinemas closed and no news on reopening date


  • From 11 November 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • From 9 November 2020 to 6 April 2021
    Cinemas closed


  • From 7 November 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • From March to at least 11 April 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From June 2020
    Cinemas open with contact tracing and social distancing
  • From March to June 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • From September 2020
    Cinemas open with 50 persons limit
    Curfew 21:00
  • 13 March to 3 September 2020
    Cinemas closed

North Macedonia

  • From 6 April until at least 20 April
    Cinemas closed due to 20:00 curfew
    Exception Cinplexx multiplex remains partially open
  • From 24 September 2020
    Cinemas open with 30% capacity and mandatory masks
  • 11 March to 24 September 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • 20 March until at least 9 April 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From 15 March 2021
    Cinemas closed in some regions
  • From 12 February 2021
    Cinemas open with restrictions of 50% capacity
  • From November 2020
    Most large multiplex operators have remained closed
  • 7 November 2020
    Cinemas closed
  • March 2020
    First closure of all cinemas


  • From March 2021
    Cinemas closed in most regions of Romania
    Cinemas open at 30% to 50% capacity in regions that meet limits for rates of infection
  • From November 2020
    Most multiplexes have remained closed
  • From 25 January 2021
    Cinemas in Bucharest reopened
  • From 20 October 2020
    Cinemas open at 30% of capacity


  • From September 2020
    Cinemas open with restrictions
    Curfew 21:00
  • From March to September 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • Cinemas closed since Christmas 2020


  • Cinemas closed and no news on reopening

"Life Demands Brave Decisions" –Courageous Selection Highlights Full Diversity of Cinema in Bioscope Section // The Open Frame Award Opens Eyes to Innovative Forms of Cinema 

It is with great regret that the organisers of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film must concede that the current outlook for the cultural sector in April does not, once again, offer the possibility to present a live festival, with in-person screenings and personal encounters between festival attendees. However, cancellation is out of the question for goEast! The Wiesbaden-based festival, hosted by DFF – DeutschesFilminstitut & Filmmuseum, has assembled an extensive online and on-demand programme to continue to serve our fans and supporters. During the festival period from 20 to 26 April 2021, nearly all of the festival films will be available in Germany on demand, via the festival website. To make this possible, the festival is co-operating with the VoD service provider filmwertefor the first time. Accredited guests will receive free access to the film offers. To learn more about how the on-demand programme works, please see the goEast website or consult our programme booklet.