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EU Broadcasting Directive

13/12: Digital Single Market: EU negotiators agree to facilitate access to online TV and radio content across borders – European Commission

The negotiators of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council, have reached a political agreement on the proposed copyright legislation on TV and radio programmes.

EU Budget

12/12: EU budget 2019 approved: focus on the young, innovation and migration – European Parliament

After Council formally approved the conciliation agreement with Parliament on the 2019 budget on 7 December, Parliament approved the budget on Wednesday by 451 votes to 142, with 78 abstentions. It was then signed into law by President Antonio Tajani.

Digital Taxation

13/12: MEPs agree on new rules to tax digital companies’ revenues – European Parliament

The plenary proposed widening the scope of the directives on taxing digital businesses operating in the EU.

Copyright Enforcement

07/12: Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List – EUIPO

The European Commission has published its long-awaited Counterfeit and Piracy Watch-List.

EU Elections

07/12: European Parliament aims to reverse voter apathy with new election awareness campaign – The Parliament Magazine

The European Parliament has launched a new campaign designed to boost voter turnout in the elections next May.

Gender Balance

10/12: EU actions progress -Women in Digital – European Commission

This factsheet gives an overview of all key issues related to the trend in participation of women in the digital sector and the EU actions in progress to address them.

Recent Studies

EAO - Brexit: The impact on the audiovisual sector - December 2018

EAO - YouTube and Facebook together net over 50% of the online video advertising market - December 2018


14/15 January: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive

TBILISI: The Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund distributed 3,188,000 EUR to 11 fiction and one documentary film project, including six projects from CEE countries, at its 153rd meeting held in Tbilisi from 10 to 13 December 2018.

Co-production support - Strasbourg, 17.12.2018 - At its 153rd meeting held from 10 to 13 December 2018 in Tbilisi, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 11 fiction and 1 documentary film projects for a total amount of €3,188,000.

WARSAW: Cold War by Paweł Pawlikowski is among the nine titles shortlisted for the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award. The nominations for the 91st Oscars will be unveiled on 22 January 2019 and the ceremony will be held on 24 February 2019.

SEVILLE: Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War won awards for best European film, director, scriptwriter, actress and editor at the 31st European Film Awards. The European animated feature film award went to Polish majority coproduction Another Day of Life by Raul de la Fuente and Damian Nenow, at the gala organised by the European Film Academy in Seville, Spain on 15 December 2018.

It's a great pleasure to announce the selected 9 feature-length projects and 2 script consultant trainees for the 2019 edition of MIDPOINT Feature Launch.
We can´t wait to welcome projects and participants from Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine already in January 2019, when the first workshop of the program starts in Trieste, Italy!

Check all the selected participants and projects here.

Trieste - December 14, 2018 – 22 film projects from 14 countries will be presented at the ninth edition of When East Meets West, the Italian co-production forum taking place on January 20-22, 2019 in the frame of the Trieste Film Festival. This year WEMW will bring together more than 450 industry professionals from over 35 countries, particularly from the 2019 East & West spotlight territories: Central Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine) and Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands).

The 22 projects in development - 11 long feature documentaries and 11 fiction features - were selected out of 299 submissions from 49 different countries. The final selection will include several debut features such as Methusalem by Floor van der Meulen (9 Days - From My Window in Aleppo, Best European Short Film Award at the 29th European Film Awards) and Victim by Michal Blasko (Atlantis, 2003, premiered at Cinéfondation competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival) but also upcoming films by Vuk Ršumović (Best Film at Venice Critics' Week 2014 with No One's Child) and Federica Di Giacomo (Liberami, Best Film at Venice Orizzonti  2016).  “Once again we would like to thank all applicants who shared their stories with us. And now, like in all past editions, we will do our best to carefully help our selected projects to find the right partners amongst all our invited guests”, remarks Alessandro Gropplero, head of WEMW.

Along with the Film Center Serbia Development Award (cash prize of 5.000 EUR), the EAVE European Producers Workshop scholarship, the Cannes Producers Network Prize and the Flow Postproduction Award (15.000 EUR in post-production facilities), all fiction projects will compete for one brand new prize: the Pop Up Film Residency Award, a 3-week residency with the guidance of international mentors. Finally, we are pleased to continue the partnership with EWA so to offer once again the European Women’s Audiovisual Network Award, a cash prize for the best female director.

In addition to the 22 projects selected for the pitching forum, WEMW will invite two additional guest projects previously presented at Baltic Event and DOCSP Brazil.

Together with the showcase of projects in development, the programme of When East Meets West 2019 will include the work in progress section for documentaries Last Stop Trieste, the workshop for long feature fiction films in editing phase First Cut Lab, the work in progress section for films produced or co-produced by Italian companies This is IT and a rich programme dedicated to the co-production opportunities with the 2019 spotlight territories. It is still possible to request an online accreditation to participate in the coproduction forum and all detailed info about the programme and confirmed participants are on www.wemw.it

The 22 projects selected for WEMW 2019 are:

ALL-IN by Volkan Uce – Cassette for timescapes (Belgium)                       

BIGGER THAN TRAUMA by Vedrana Pribačić – Metar60 & Slavica Film (Croatia)

BLACK SALT by Marjoleine Boonstra – Volya Films (Netherlands)

BROTHERHOOD by Francesco Montagner – nutprodukce (Czech Republic)

DANIELS INFERNO by Egil Håskjold Larsen – Yellow Log (Norway)

HER/HIS by Anna Kazejak – Lava Films (Poland)

LE PARADIS C'EST ICI by Giovanni Troilo – Bright Frame (Italy)

LIVING by Vuk Ršumović – BaBoon Production, Art&Popcorn (Serbia)

METHUSALEM by Floor van der Meulen – Keplerfilm (Netherlands)

NAFSI AFRICA by Nika Šaravanja – Playtime films (Belgium)

ONE OF US by Ergys Meta – Erafilm (Albania)

PRISON MAMA by Attila Till – Laokoon Filmgroup (Hungary)

PURE UNKNOWN by Mattia Colombo – Jump Cut (Italy)

THE LAST NOMAD by Petar Glomazić – Cut-Up (Montenegro)

THE MIRACLE by Bartłomiej Żmuda – Projekcja Identyfikacja (Poland)

THE PALACE by Federica Di Giacomo – Dugong (Italy)

THE SILENT TREATMENT by Caroline Strubbe – Minds Meet (Belgium)

THE ZIMOV HYPOTHESIS by Denis Sneg – Ethnofund (Russia)

VICTIM by Michal Blasko – nutprodukcia (Slovakia)

WHAT WILL THE TITLE BE? by Kata Oláh – Makabor Studio (Hungary)

WHO DO YOU LOVE THE MOST, BABY? by Tonia Noyabrova – ESSE Production House (Ukraine)

YEAR OF A WIDOW by Veronika Liskova – Artcam Films (Czech Republic)

The 2 guest projects are:

MY GRANDPA MADE PORN by Julio Adamor – Oka Comunicações (Brazil)

(N)OSTALGIA by Vicki Thornton – a_BAHN (Luxembourg) 


WEMW is organized by the FVG Audiovisual Fund and the Trieste Film Festival in collaboration with EAVE, Maia Workshops, Creative Europe Desk Italy, EURIMAGES and the support of Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, MiBAC - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI - Central European Initiative and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The 2019 East & West focus is in cooperation and with the support of all Central Eastern European and Benelux national funds.

TRIESTE: A total of 22 projects from 14 countries have been selected for the 9th edition of When East Meets West, the Italian coproduction forum taking place on 20-22 January 2019 within the Trieste Film Festival.

BELGRADE: The German/Serbian coproduction I Was at Home, but / Ich war zuhause, aber by acclaimed German director Angela Schanelec was selected for the Competition of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (7-17 February 2019).

Slovenian documentary The Last Ice Hunters, which captures the vanishing world of the Inuit communities of Eastern Greenland, got two awards at the Autrans International Mountain Film Festival.