SARAJEVO: Talents Sarajevo, a programme for young film professionals from Southeast Europe and the South Caucasus, is accepting applications through 17 May 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.

COVID-19 - Cultural & Creative Sectors

UNIC is collecting detailed information on the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the cinema industry across the 38 territories it represents – please see public version here.

The research includes detailed information on national closure processes, support mechanisms, measures relating to employment, taxation, rent and related costs, campaigns and opening strategies.

21/04: UNIC welcomes the new resolution adopted by the EU Parliament - UNIC

In an extraordinary Plenary held on 16 and 17 April in Brussels, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the EU coordinated action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. The resolution, among others, makes two direct references to the creative and cultural sectors having suffered from the impact of the crisis.

21/04: EU funds must reach media and creative sector, say MEPs – European Parliament

The European Union must do more to help those struggling sectors to get back on their feet, stress the members of the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee, in a letter to Commissioners Thierry Breton and Mariya Gabriel.

17/04: “Creative communities and governments need to act urgently to address the impact of Covid-19” a ResiliArt debate organised by UNESCO and CISAC heard – CISAC

CISAC joined forces with UNESCO to hold an inaugural “ResiliArt” debate on April 15th to mobilise the creative community and governments in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.   A panel of renowned creators, led by CISAC President Jean-Michel Jarre, discussed the devastating impact on culture, the need for unity among creators and the urgency of government strategies in responding.

COVID-19 – EU

21/04: More ambition needed for EU recovery instruments, says majority of MEPs – European Parliament

During the hearing in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, numerous MEPs called for stronger measures to be put forward, arguing that the ones currently on the table consisted mostly of loans which would leave those countries most hit by the Coronavirus heavily indebted and increase economic divergence in the Eurozone.

24/04: Speech of Commissioner Breton at the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy – European Commission

24/04: Von der Leyen announces Global Response and calls for united world front against coronavirus – European Commission

The European Union will spare no effort to help the world come together against coronavirus, said Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, at the joint press conference with a number of world leaders, which the World Health Organization hosted on 24 April.
Statement here. Q&A here.

EU Council Summit

23/04: Conclusions of the President of the European Council following the video conference of the members of the European Council, 23 April 2020 – Council of the EU

EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027

27/04: Q&A on the EU's long-term budget (Multiannual Financial Framework, MFF) – European Parliament

Slovakia

24/04: Commission supports Slovakia’s cultural industries – European Commission

The European Commission has been providing tailor-made strategic advice to Slovakia through the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) to support the development of cultural industries and foster their contribution to Slovakia’s economy.

Latvia

Riga Municipality Allocates Money for Riga Film Fund – Film New Europe

The Riga Municipality has allocated 800,000 EUR for the Riga Film Fund in its 2020 budget. The funds will be available for foreign and national coproductions shot in Latvia.

Events:

29-30 April: Commissioner Dombrovskis Participates in the videoconference of the ECB Governing Council
30 April: Commissioner Thierry Breton holds a videoconference with members of the European Digital Rights
6 May: Commission to present Coronavirus recovery plan
Mid-May: EU consultation on Digital Services Act postponed
15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

BRATISLAVA: The Slovak Association of Independent Producers estimates that the Slovak audiovisual sector will suffer a decline of nearly 59 m EUR due to the fallout from the Covid-19 crisis.

SOFA helmers Nikolaj Nikitin and Oliver Baumgarten talk about how SOFA is holding its training sessions online during the COVID-19 crisis. They also share the beginnings of SOFA and how the project with sessions in Tbilisi, Warsaw and Vilnius is helping kickstart projects that are developing new ways to connect European films and audiovisual content to audiences. The project is supported by German Federal Foreign Office, the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the EU, the Lithuanian Film Centre, Fundacja Współpracy Polsko-Niemieckiej and the Polish Film Institute.

BRATISLAVA: Film Europe has announced the launch of a VoD platform, Edisonline, as the final part of its expansion of Edison Filmhub. The company is also donating a percentage of subscription fees for the support of cultural institutions affected during the Covid-19 crisis.

BUCHAREST: The Transilvania IFF has announced that it plans to expand its streaming platform TIFF Unlimited, which was launched during its past edition in June 2019.

ZAGREB: The 30th World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb 2020, which was set to take place 8-13 June, has announced its postponement.

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