BRUSSELS: FNE spoke to Tamara Tatishvili - Regional Coordinator and Mentor about the 2021 edition of the SOFA (School of Film Advancement) Tbilisi Workshop 2021. She talks about the lessons learned over the past year of lockdown as the second session goes digital after the event was forced by the pandemic to move online a year ago.  We also hear about how this year’s edition has a distinctly Georgian flavour that even includes a Georgian cooking lesson. SOFA is holding its annual Tbilisi session digitally from 22 to 26 March 2021.

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

BUDAPEST: HBO Europe has begun filming the eight-part, 40-minute Hungarian dramatic series The Informant, written by Bálint Szentgyörgyi, who also directs alongside Áron Mátyássy and Bence Miklauzic. The series is now in production in Budapest.

Strasbourg, 19.03.2021 - At its 162nd meeting held online, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 24 feature film projects, including 3 documentaries and 3 animation films, for a total amount of €5,822,000.

WARSAW: SOFA School of Film Advancement helmers Nikolaj Nikitin and Oliver Baumgarten speak to Irena Gruca-Rozbicka (SOFA 2019/2020) about the launch of her project CREW UNITED POLSKA and how the SOFA training helped her to realise the project in this difficult year of COVID-19. SOFA is holding its annual Tbilisi session digitally from 22 to 26 March 2021.

WIESBADEN: The 21st edition of goEast – Festival of Central and East European Film will be held online 20 – 26 April 2021. The festival is working with a VoD provider to make its films available to audiences in Germany and to accredited guests.

The National Film Centre of Latvia announced the following grants on 22 March 2021.

STRASBOURG: The Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund awarded 5,822,000 EUR to 24 film projects at its 162nd meeting ending on 19 March 2021. The list of awarded projects included seven with participation from FNE partner countries.

BUCHAREST: Romanian director and producer Ioana Mischie together with writer and actress Ioana Flora explore contemporary challenges of womanhood in the creative web-documentary series FRAGILE, whose first five episodes will screen free of charge on the official platform of the project www.fragile.live on 23 March 2021. This is the first Romanian film project whose key team consists only of women.

The following Croatian minority coproduction grants were awarded by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre in March 2021