BUCHAREST: Internationally acclaimed documentary director Alexander Nanau has turned down the “Cultural Merit” medal from Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on the occasion of Romania’s Day of National Culture celebrated on 15 January 2021. The Emmy-award winning director is protesting the lack of government support for the film industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PRAGUE: The international documentary rough-cut workshop dok.incubator will celebrate its 10th anniversary with three one-week workshops taking place in April, June and September 2021 under the evolving Covid-19 circumstances. The deadline for new applications to participate in the workshops is 27 January, and the no fee early bird deadline is 15 January.

BUCHAREST: Domestic box office in Romania fell by less than 20 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, as the comedy Miami Bici by Jesús del Cerro broke records with 2,382,001 EUR / 11,603,217 RON gross, which is more than double of the result of Oh, Ramona! by Cristina Jacob, the domestic hit of 2019. Miami Bici also tops the general box office. General box office results, however, were hit hard in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

TRIESTE: The 11th edition of the coproduction forum When East Meets West (WEMW), taking place 25 – 28 January 2021, will present 21 film projects from 14 countries.

We are happy to announce that for 2021, Pop Up Residency  partners with New Horizons International Film Festival , Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival, Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival and prepared a special program for the film projects and their filmmakers from Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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The Pop Up Film Residency Visegrad creates a space for the residents to profit from a 3-week long scriptwriting residency in Bratislava where each project gets its own international mentor.

At the same time the residents will work with fellow filmmakers from the Visegrad Countries.

The participating projects from the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland are selected in cooperation with our partners from national projects presented at Budapest Debut Film Forum 2020, New Horizons Studio+ 2020, and the Emerging Producers 2014-2019.

The residencies will take place in Bratislava from 10 – 31 March 2021. 

The Pop Up Film Residency Visegrad is supported by the Visegrad Fund.

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Short films-oriented program with filmmakers from Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic and Greece is approaching the big finale!  

The final workshop of the MIDPOINT Shorts program starts online on Monday, January 11 and runs till Friday, January 15.
8 participants have already experienced two online workshops and individual online consultations that were conducted September – December 2020.

FNE TV spoke to Nataša Bučar in this video podcast shortly before the Slovenian government finally paid the delayed 2020 funding for the Slovenian filmmakers.

PRAGUE: Ten documentaries have been selected to participate in the 10th edition of East Doc Platform, the coproduction, funding and distribution market for documentary filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe, organised by the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF). Another ten films are in the East Doc Market, and five projects are participating in East Doc Interactive. The programme will take place in an extended online format from 6 to 17 March 2021.

PRAGUE: CEE Animation Forum is accepting applications for its 2021 regional pitching, financing and coproduction market through 17 January 2021.

This week True Story, a collaborative project between the Institute of Documentary Film and Film New Europe, speaks to Polish documentary maker Tomasz Wolski about his documentary An Ordinary Country.

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