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For the 22nd edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS (Feb 8 – 11, 2019) – EFP’s high profile programme for internationally most promising European acting talents at the Berlin International Film Festival – the EFP member organisations have nominated 29 European actresses  and actors of which 10 will be selected by an expert jury. The nominees have qualified for this important stepping stone in their career by already starring in their first leading roles and receiving awards for their performances or their films in their home countries. Most importantly, they also carry a strong screen presence and the special quality it takes to step out into the international film market.

EU Copyright Directive

14/11: EU Council poised to insist on mandatory upload filters – MEP Julia Reda

The closed-door trilogue efforts to finalise the EU Copyright Directive continue. The Presidency of the Council, currently held by Austria, has now circulated among the EU member state governments a new proposal for a compromise between the differing drafts currently on the table for the controversial Articles 11 and 13.

Competition

06/11: Mergers: Commission approves Disney's acquisition of parts of Fox, subject to conditions – European Commission

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of parts of Fox by Disney, both US based global media companies. The decision is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Disney.

09/11: Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on commitments offered by Disney in pay-TV investigation – European Commission

The European Commission is inviting comments from interested parties on commitments offered by Disney to address competition concerns relating to contractual clauses preventing the cross-border provision of pay-TV.

Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

06/11: Less hate speech and more European content on video streaming services: Council adopts new EU rules – Council of the European Union

As a result of updates by the EU to its rules for audiovisual media services, traditional television and new services such as on-demand broadcasting will compete on a level playing field. Video sharing platforms will also for the first time be subject to rules ensuring that viewers, and in particular minors, will be better protected from violent or harmful content or hate speech.

EU Budget

14/11: Long-term EU budget : MEPs lay down funding priorities for post-2020 budget – European Parliament

In a vote on Wednesday, MEPs confirmed their position on the next EU long-term budget, including a precise breakdown of the amounts for each EU programme.

European Elections

08/11: Manfred Weber elected as EPP candidate for the President of the European Commission - EPP Group

The Congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) today elected  Manfred WEBER as the EPP’s candidate for President of the European Commission, ahead of the May 2019 European Parliament elections.

07/11: Progressives unite behind Frans Timmermans – S&D Group

After Frans Timmermans was endorsed as the PES Common Candidate by fellow Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič, the president of the S&D Group Udo Bullmann hosted an exchange with Frans Timmermans at the S&D Group meeting yesterday, with the participation of Maros Šefčovič and PES president Sergei Stanishev. The meeting was a clear sign that progressives are up and ready for the 2019 campaign.

Lux Film Prize

14/11: Winner of the Lux Film Prize: “This is about a woman who wants to save the world” (video) – European Parliament

Woman at War has won this year’s Lux Film Prize. In an interview, director Benedikt Erlingsson talked about climate change and the challenges it poses to democracy.

Events

27 November: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive
27-30 November: EUIPO Working Group Meetings, Warsaw
3-4 December: Trilogue - EU Copyright Directive
14 December: UNIC Paris Meeting

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.

Ex-Oriente presented six days of training and workshops in Jihlava.

PRAGUE: World on Fire, a seven-part series for BBC One, is currently filming in Prague through Czech Anglo Productions, using Czech film incentives.

SARAJEVO: The newly expanded DOCU Rough Cut Boutique, organised by the Balkan Documentary Center and the Sarajevo Film Festival, is accepting applications through 1 February 2019.

New edition, new structure of the workshop

The following grants were announced by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre on 13 November 2018.

BUCHAREST: Moromete Family: On the Edge of Time / Morometii 2 by Stere Gulea debuted in the number two spot in Romania, with nearly 71,000 admissions on its opening weekend.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces the lineup of the Baltic Competition programme, brought back to life after a seven year hiatus. Three out of the 11 films announced are having their international premieres in Tallinn.

Estonia will be represented by three films. The feature-length animation Captain Morten and the Spider Queen, an Estonian-Belgian-Irish-UK co-production by director Kaspar Jancis, which premiered at Animafest Zagreb this summer. The film, dubbed by renowned actors such as Brendan Gleeson and Ciarán Hinds, presents a tale of a young boy who learns to take control over his life when he is shrunk to the size of an insect and has to sail his own toy boat through a flooded café.

The feature-length debut by Liina Triškina-Vanhatalo, Take it or Leave it, is Estonia’s candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. The story, striking acutely at several social cords of Estonian society, follows a struggling construction worker who unexpectedly has to take on the role of a single father. The film has been produced by Ivo Felt who received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Tangerines in 2014.

Director Moonika Siimets offers a moving perspective on Stalinist terror through a child’s perspective in The Little Comrade, that was warmly received by local audiences and those at Busan IFF, winning the Public Choice Award.

Latvia’s documentary To be Continued, chronicles three children with different social backgrounds during their first year in school, it is the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Another documentary Bridges of Time, co-produced with Lithuania and Estonia, studies the poetical world created by the new wave of documentary filmmakers in the Baltic countries during the 1960’s.

The feature films from Latvia include Bille, set at the end of 1930’s, the childhood years of the writer Vizma Belševica, that will have its international premiere at Black Nights, and Foam at the Mouth, a tale about an ex-cop whose new project involving three service dogs goes awfully wrong.

Lithuania is represented by four films. Making its international premiere, Ashes in the Snow presents a tale of a group of people deported to the Siberian taiga during the Stalinist repressions of 1941. The other titles are Summer Survivors, a tale of an ambitious young psychologist who accepts to transport two patients to a seaside psychiatric unit that premiered at Toronto IFF, Breathing into Marble that arrives from a busy festival run that included Karlovy Vary and Busan IFF, and the documentary 100 Years Together, following several Lithuanians celebrating the country’s centenary. The film won the Public Choice Award at Vilnius IFF.

100 Years Together / 100 metu kartu, Lithuania, Director Edita Kabaraitė  - International Premiere
Ashes in the Snow, Lithuania-USA, Director Marius Markevičius - International Premiere
Bille /Bille, Latvia-Lithuania-Czech Rep, Director Ināra Kolmane  - International Premiere
Breathing into Marble / Kvėpavimas į marmurą, Lithuania-Latvia-Croatia, Director Giedrė Beinoriūtė
Bridges of Time / Laika tilti, Latvia-Lithuania-Estonia, Director Kristīne Briede ja Audrius Stonys
Captain Morten and the Spider Queen / Kapten Morten lollide laeval, Estonia-Belgium-Ireland-UK, Director Kaspar Jancis
Take it or Leave it / Võta või jäta, Estonia, Director Liina Triškina-Vanhatalo
The Little Comrade / Seltsimees laps, Director Moonika Siimets (Eesti)
Foam in the Mouth / Ar putām uz lūpām, Latvia-Poland-Lithuania, Director Jānis Nords
To be Continued / Turpinājums, Latvia, Director Ivars Seleckis
Summer Survivors / Išgyventi vasarą, Director Marija Kavtaradzė (Leedu)