BUCHAREST: Eugen Jebeleanu's first feature Poppy Field / Câmp de maci has been sold by the German sales agent Patra Spanou Film to Film Movement for North American distribution. This gay-themed drama was produced by ICON production, the company behind Andrei Ujică’s The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu.

FNE asked Paris based Aksel Ustun how actors and filmmakers have been impacted by the pandemic and what the government is doing to support performers who have been unable to work in theatres and in film. He also talks about how the pause in production has given filmmakers time for reflection and finding new creative directions.

The Krakow Film Foundation, the organiser of the 61st Krakow Film Festival announces the first films of this year’s programme! Among the many surprising debuts and long-expected international premieres, there are also 3 remarkable documentary films, which were awarded at the most important film festivals in the world: Sundance, IDFA and Berlinale. 

BRATISLAVA: The 10th edition of MIDPOINT Intensive SK has chosen four Slovak projects to participate in its development programme, which will take place online from 30 March to 2 April 2021. Two guest projects have been invited to participate in the final day.

WARSAW: Kids Kino Industry, which has been holding a year-long series of free monthly webinars, will look at the topic of the digital transformation in distribution through virtual cinemas and parallel windows.

LIMASSOL: The 19th edition of Cyprus Film Days will take place in Limassol and Nicosia from 16 to 24 April 2021. The festival was cancelled in 2020.

RIGA: The Riga International Film Festival, which will take place 14 – 24 October 2021, has opened submissions for all six of its competition sections. Submissions will be free of charge until 17 April.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic SOFA – School of Film Advancement will hold its Tbilisi workshop for the second time in a digital form. With the experience of three online  workshops in 2020, SOFA is putting a great effort in preparing the best possible digital  performance for their participants and guests. 

The March 22-26 workshop will focus on marketing and finance strategies of the  participants’ projects. SOFA has prepared a wide range of lectures, keynotes and “one-on one” meetings fitted to the participants’ individual needs. Since the workshop cannot take  place in Georgia, the team made an effort to bring the experience of this wonderful country  and its culture closer to digital life.

The central TV industry event will be held

from the 6th until the 9th of September 2021, mostly outdoors

The longtime tradition of B2B gathering of TV professionals in Dubrovnik continues in September this year. Although the initiative plans were for June, the 8th TV market NEM Dubrovnik 2021 will be held at the end of the summer, from the 6th till the 9th of September 2021. The location of the event is a well-known Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, but also other Dubrovnik locations that will not leave the visitors indifferent.

The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) is opening submissions for features, shorts, and music videos to its six competition sections. All submissions will be free of charge for one month, until 17 April. The festival will take place this autumn from 14 to 24 October.

The festival’s main award

The RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition is the festival’s central event. This year, it will once again bring together current, artistically outstanding films from the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries that expand the language of cinema. A jury of international film professionals will award the winner of this competition with the RIGA IFF “Rooster”, a bronze statuette in eight parts as well as a cash prize.

A wider film programme for the youngest audience members

The popular KIDS WEEKEND section has now become KIDS’ REEL. It has not only outgrown its weekend slot, but now also incorporates two international competitions. The films selected for the feature and the short competition will be judged by members of the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA), and the winners will be nominated for ECFA awards. The nomination gives these films the chance to win the award for best European short or feature film.

SHORT RIGA – creative short films from around the world

The eighth RIGA IFF continues to look for brilliant and creative short films for the SHORT RIGA International, National and Baltic Music Video competitions.

Films selected for the SHORT RIGA International and National competitions will also compete to receive a nomination for a European award. This section of the festival is looking for short films in different genres from all over the world that will not only compete for the RIGA IFF “Silver Grass Snake” award and a cash prize, but also for a nomination for the European Film Academy’s (EFA) European Short Film 2021 award.

The BALTIC MUSIC VIDEO Competition (BMV) section is unique in the region and continues to prove that music videos are an independent, exciting and creative format in their own right. The section will feature works that broaden the understanding of the language and possibilities of music videos. The competition screening will be attended by filmmakers, an international jury and audience members who will weigh in on the winner of the third RIGA IFF “Silver Grass Snake” award.

Further information about submission regulations and deadlines can be found on enter.rigaiff.lv

The Riga International Film Festival will take place for the eighth time in 2021. Over the years, it has become one of the most important international film events in Latvia and the Baltic region, with broad, high-quality programming intended for both audiences and film professionals.

RIGA IFF is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation, the National Film Centre of Latvia and the Riga City Council.