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10/03: Coronavirus: MEPs call for solidarity among EU member states – European Parliament

Parliament discussed the COVID-19 outbreak with the Commission and the Croatian presidency last week, underlining the need to slow down the spread across Europe.

13/03: COVID-19: Commission sets out European coordinated response to counter the economic impact of the Coronavirus* - European Commission

The Commission presented an immediate response to mitigate the socio-economic impact of  the COVID-19 outbreak, centred on a European coordinated response.

13/03: European Coordinated Response on Coronavirus: Questions and Answers – European Commission

12/03: State aid: Commission approves €12 million Danish scheme to compensate damages caused by cancellations of large public events due to COVID-19 outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission has found a DKK 91 million (€12 million) Danish aid scheme to compensate organisers for the damage suffered due to the cancellation of large events with more than 1,000 participants due to the COVID-19 outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules.

13/03: Parliament mobilised to channel EU funds to those affected by Coronavirus pandemic – European Parliament

The Regional Development Committee is ready to find the most efficient way possible to allow the Corona Response Investment Initiative to be adopted and swiftly implemented.

13/03: Corona virus: Consequences for Creative Europe programme and related activities – European Commission

Important notification regarding the Creative Europe Programme and the measures to contain the Corona virus.

EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027

11/03: Long-term budget: EU needs proper funding to tackle crises, say MEPs – European Parliament

The EU should have the financial means to tackle challenges such as coronavirus or migration, said MEPs in a plenary debate on the EU long-term budget.

Recent Studies:

EAO - Admissions to European films outside Europe dropped by 15% in 2018 due to lack of European blockbusters in China - March 2020

UK IPO - Online Copyright Infringement Tracker - February 2020

EAO - Artificial Intelligence in the audiovisual industry - February 2020

EAO - Territoriality and financing of audiovisual works: latest developments - February 2020

O&O - The impact of potential changes to European geo-blocking regulation on sport - January 2020

The Agora Doc Market was successfully completed online for the first time in its history, after the postponement of the 22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, due to the coronavirus.

Vilnius IFF is adapting to the latest measures enacted by the Lithuanian government to combat the spread of coronavirus, including the cancellation of all public events. The festival will take place March 19–April 2 as scheduled, with more thanhalf of its programmemoving to streaming platforms, making Vilnius IFF the first digital festival in Lithuania. 

Tallinn Black Nights programmer Laurence Boyce has joined colleagues from festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno and many others to support the launch of MY DARLING QUARANTINE, an online short film festival designed to raise money in light of Coronavirus.

TALLINN: Tallinn Black Nights' programmer Laurence Boyce, his colleagues from Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno and many others support the My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival (MDQSFF). This online festival launched on 16 March 2020 will donate half of the money from the viewers to Médecins Sans Frontières, and half to a cause that will help cultural workers affected by the COVID-19 outburst.

PRAGUE: Olha Zhurba’s project Roma (working title), a coproduction between the Ukraine, the Netherlands and Denmark, received the East Doc Platform Award at the 9th edition of East Doc Platform (7-13 March 2020).

PRAGUE: MIDPOINT has decided to postpone its activities planned for April and early May 2020. Their new dates will be announced soon.

Film production, cinemas and festivals are being shut down as the Coronavirus spreads across Europe.

THESSALONIKI: The Italian/French project A Steady Job directed by Mattia Colombo and Gianluca Matarrese, received the Thessaloniki Pitching Forum Award at Agora Doc Market. The industry section of the 22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival was held online as the festival, which was set for 5-13 March 2020, was postponed.