FNE spoke to Gvantsa Garmelia Marketing Co-Director for Cavea Georgian cinemas about the challenges Georgian cinemas are facing as they struggle to re-open. Georgian cinemas re-opened on 8 April after being closed for over a year by the pandemc and suffering millions of EUR in losses.

Online film and drama series submissions for the programmes of the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival, which will be held from 13th to 20th August 2021, are now open.

Film authors and producers can submit their films / drama series exclusively for the following programmes:

- Competition Programme - Feature Film
- Competition Programme - Documentary Film
- Competition Programme - Short Film
- Competition Programme - Student Film
- In Focus
- Avant Premiere - specialized for regional drama series
- Open Air
- Kinoscope
- Summer Screen
- European Shorts
- Children’s Programme
- TeenArena
- Dealing with the past
- BH Film Programme

Choosing the Baltic countries as the main shooting location is becoming more and more popular. When Christopher Nolan filmed ‘Tenet’ in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, it created a real buzz about the country worldwide. 
Still, not very many people in the film industry know much about Estonia and the Baltics. What are the landscape and locations like? Do people speak English?  What are the benefits of filming in Estonia? 

Allfilm, the production company that has serviced numerous international productions including ‘Tenet’ most recently, have now launched a new website that gives a clear overview of what Estonia has to offer.

With the great industry event e-Meeting Point Vilnius (April 14–16, 2021) just around the corner, we would like to invite all accredited professionals for a special Ben Harris masterclass called The DNA of Television Series, organized in cooperation with MIDPOINT Institute. Ben Harris is the Head of Programme at Serial Eyes and also MIDPOINT TV Launch tutor.

The lecture takes place online on Friday, April 16 at 14:30 CET.


16th – 24th April 2021

Rialto Theatre, Limassol & Zena Palace Cinema, Nicosia

The Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2021 co-organised by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth and the Rialto Theatre kickstarts its 19th hybrid edition this Friday 16th April, at the Rialto Theatre in Limassol with online and physical screenings and events. For the first time this year, and due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the Festival launches an online Platform.

SOFIA: First time director Orlin Milchev completed the shooting of his feature film The Art of Falling, produced by Pavlina Jeleva through Geopoly with the support of the Bulgarian National Film Center. This is the first Bulgarian feature film that started preproduction and completed shooting in the first quarter of 2021.

VALLETTA. The Maltese Film Commission and the island’s Ministry of Tourism have opened a call for applications for the Screen Malta film fund scheme, offering development, production and distribution grants to local producers. Screen Malta has a yearly budget of 600,000 EUR. This is the second year the scheme has been run in the current format, having replaced the Malta Film Fund in mid-2020.

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.

NICOSIA: The Ghosts of Monday by Italian director Francesco Cinquemani, produced by Cypriot Altadium Group and starring Julian Sands, is currently in postproduction with the premiere set for the autumn of 2021. This is the first horror film shot on location in Cyprus.

PRAGUE: The Crème de la Crème 2021 French Film Festival launched by Film Europe Media Company and the French Institute in 2014 is held online in Slovakia and the Czech Republic from 12 to 18 April 2021. The 2020 edition of the festival was cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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