At the opening ceremony on Friday night, legendary Estonian actress Elle Kull was awarded PÖFF's Lifetime Achievement Award and Pääru Oja was recognised with the Bruno O’Ya award supporting up and coming actors.

The 25th edition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival began with an opening gala in the Alexela Concert Hall, featuring performances from Holy Motors, and followed by a screening of Ildikó Enyedi’a The Story Of My Wife. The opening film, in a year that features a programme demonstrating the depth and breadth of Hungarian cinema, was attended by director Ildikó Enyedi, producer Monika Mécs and composer Adam Balazs. 

The 18th International Animateka Animated Film Festival is just around the corner. Due to the situation with the pandemic, Animateka will take place between 29.11. and 5.12.2021 both in cinemas and online, on a streaming platform.

The programme is diverse and of high quality and includes 344 short films and 7 feature films. 121 short films will be available on the online platform of the festival, including all films from the competition sections.

Yesterday, the 29th edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography EnergaCAMERIMAGE was officially opened in the CKK Jordanki Festival Centre in Toruń. During the Opening Gala Philippe Rousselot received his overdue 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award and Haley Bennett accepted the New Generation Acting Award. The Festival also screened The Tragedy of Macbeth (dir. Joel Coen, cin. Bruno Delbonnel) and Parallel Mothers (dir. Pedro Almodóvar, cin. José Luis Alcaine).

Pobierz obrazkiPhilippe Rousselot with Lifetime Achievement Award,
photo by Witek Szydłowski

Pobierz obrazkiHaley Bennett with New Generation Acting Award,
photo by Witek Szydłowski

Pobierz obrazkiJoel Coen and Bruno Delbonnel,
photo by Maria Kowalska

Pobierz obrazkiJosé Luis Alcaine,
photo by Krzysztof Wesołowski

Pobierz obrazkiJoe Wright, Head of the Main Competition Jury,
photo by Paweł Skraba

Pobierz obrazkiThe Opening Gala of the 29th edition of EnergaCAMERIMAGE,
photo by Paweł Skraba

29th edition of EnergaCAMERIMAGE will last until November 20th. Follow us for updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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Yesterday, the Slovenian Film Centre, the Directors Guild of Slovenia, and the Ljubljana International Film Festival – Liffe – hosted the central professional event titled Women on the Go.

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Režiserke na ustvarjalni poti_foto Matjaž Rušt

During its first part, we looked at what the “soft” measures to promote gender balance have meant for the Slovenian national film production to date. In her findings, Nika Gričar, an external technical assistant at the Slovenian Film Centre, concluded the following: “The fact that during the Yugoslav period the Slovenian film production failed to produce a single female film director cannot be ignored. Only as late as in 2002, in the independent state of Slovenia, did the first two women finally sign two live-action features: Maja Weiss (Guardian of the Frontier) and Hanna Slak (Blind Spot). 

Deadline: December 15, 2021

After closing the call for the Co-Production Forum with a successful record number of over 430 submissions, WEMW launches a complete programme of Inspirational Labs, a series of mini-workshops meant to stimulate producers to develop new content, explore new business models and discover new markets.

BUCHAREST: The American animated fantasy adventure film The Legend of Ochi directed by Isaiah Saxon and starring Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Finn Wolfhard and Helena Zengel is currently shooting in Romania with Castel Film Studios providing services.

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Two Croatian titles, one of which will appear in the main competition programme, screening at PÖFF Shorts, the short film and animation festival held in Tallinn, Estonia. The festival runs 16th – 24th November, in parallel to the 25th Black Nights Film Festival which will show a minority Croatian co-production The Cars We Drove into Capitalism directed by Boris Missirkov and Georgi Bogdanov. 

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.

Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

08/11: Frances Haugen to MEPs: EU digital rules can be a game changer for the world - European Parliament 

The EU’s future Digital Services Act can set the global standards in transparency, oversight and enforcement, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told MEPs.

Audiovisual Media Services Directive

04/11: Understanding the AVMSD and its new implications for national media law in Europe - European Audiovisual Observatory

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) is one of the keystones of media law in the European Union. It was thoroughly revised and extended in autumn 2018. The European Commission set the deadline for transposition into national legislation as being the 19 September 2020 but the process is still ongoing in a certain number of countries.

Copyright enforcement

12/11: Two-year sentence handed down to eBay fraudster - FACT

Westminster City Council’s Trading Standards team, working in partnership with FACT, have secured a prosecution against an eBay user who was selling internet protocol television (IPTV) devices online. IPTV devices enable users to access broadcasts, such as sporting events and films, which would otherwise require a paid subscription.

Intellectual property rights

11/11: Intellectual property rights: strong protection needed for EU social and economic recovery - European Parliament

While intellectual property (IP) registrations are on the rise, the EU patent systems remain fragmented and gaps in enforcement still need to be addressed, according to MEPs.

12/11: European Commission and European Union Intellectual Property Office commit to closer collaboration on IP for effective exploitation of research results - European Commission

Last week, the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) signed a letter of intent for co-operation on intellectual property (IP) management.


18 November: JURI committee meeting

22 November:  Second European Commission Stakeholders dialogue on access to and availability of audiovisual content across the EU

25 November: Council common approach on the Digital Services Act

30 November: Adoption of Council conclusions on increasing the availability and competitiveness of European audiovisual and media content

1 December: IMCO committee meeting

1 and 2 December: CULT committee meeting

1 and 2 December: JURI committee meeting

8 December: GESAC conference - Rebuilding Europe with Culture

9 December: IMCO committee meeting + vote on the Digital Services Act report

9 December: JURI committee meeting

10 December: Third European Commission Stakeholders dialogue on access to and availability of audiovisual content across the EU

1 January 2022: French EU Presidency of the EU

25/26 January 2022: Presidency conference on AV in Angers

LJUBLJANA: Twenty years after the first films directed by women in Slovenia, “women are increasingly represented in a more balanced manner, especially as directors of debut films, TV films, short films, and as screenwriters,” Nika Gricar from the Slovenian Film Centre told the audience at the panel Women on the Go, presented during the Ljubljana Film Festival, which concludes on 21 November 2021.