International Union of Cinemas (UNIC)

27/10: 2020 UNIC Annual Report now available! – UNIC website

The report details key cinema trends across the 38 territories UNIC represents, alongside the usual update on cinema-going last year and policy developments at EU level, as well as some information on UNIC and the work we do here in Brussels.

COVID-19: Creative & cultural sectors (CCS)

3/11: European Cinema Body demands further public funding support for cinemas during COVID-19 – UNIC website

Following recent decisions requiring the closure of cinemas across a number of European countries in response to ‘spikes’ in COVID-19, European trade body the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) has today renewed its call to national governments, the European Commission and the European Parliament to provide further public funding support to the sector to ensure that cinemas are able to survive the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis.

30/10: Inclusion of culture in the Recovery & Resilience Facility - Letters from the cultural & creative sectors – UNIC website

10 organisations have written to the European Commission and National Governments to call for culture to be an integral part of their national recovery and resilience plans and for the cultural and creative sectors to receive at least 2% of the Recovery and Resilience Facility budget, as called for by the European Parliament in its recent Resolution on the “Cultural Recovery of Europe”.

COVID-19: EU response

30/10: Remarks by President Charles Michel after the video conference of the members of the European Council on 29 October 2020 – European Council

29/10: InvestEU Fund: boost for sustainable, innovative and social investment – European Parliament

InvestEU aims to be a fund that provides support to EU investors by integrating and simplifying the financing, offered under a single budgetary guarantee scheme.

29/10: Covid-19: 10 things the EU is doing for economic recovery – European Parliament

Find out what the EU is doing to help Europe get back on its feet following the devastating economic effects brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

29/10: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the EU Leaders' videoconference on COVID-19 – European Commission

28/10: 2021 EU budget must focus on supporting a sustainable recovery from the pandemic – European Parliament

The main focus of the 2021 budget should be to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and support the recovery, building on the Green Deal and digital transformation.

28/10: EU budget talks: Council rejects Parliament’s breakthrough proposal – European Parliament

EP negotiators made a breakthrough proposal on the critical issue of how to count the costs of common debt in the next long-term EU budget. Council has rejected it blindly.

Copyright enforcement

/10: Report and study on the memorandum of understanding on online advertising and intellectual property rights – EAO newsletter

/10: CJEU: Opinion on copyright infringements through framing – EAO newsletter

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

/10: (SI) Slovenia’s draft AVMS law introduces obligations to invest in European works – EAO newsletter


3 November: Video conference of the Eurogroup

4 November: Video conference of economics and finance ministers

9 November: AV coalition meeting with German Presidency

20 November: EFADs roundtable

2 December: European Commission legislative proposal for the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan - TBC

10 December: EAO elections for the Advisory Board

Recent studies

EAO - The number of European films making it from cinema to VOD is 2.6 times higher than the number of US films – November 2

Association of Independent Producers together with Creative Industry Forum, based on the data provided by individual segments of the Slovak audiovisual industry, have published an Overview of financial consequences of COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures for the sector of audiovisual production assessing the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the audiovisual production and film distribution sectors in Slovakia in 2020.

WIESBADEN: The 20th edition of the goEast Festival of Central and Eastern European Film will offer selected works from its programme on-demand from 5 to 11 May 2020.

The 9th East Doc Platform will be held 7 - 13 March 2020.

See an overview of the new edition of East Doc Platform, that will take place in Prague from 3 to 8 March 2018.

A living legend of cinema and one of the most intensely celebrated beauties of the world, Sophia Loren comes for the first time ever to Romania, as a special guest of the Transilvania International Film Festival. Sex symbol of the 50s - 70s, with a huge international popularity, Sophia Loren will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the closing gala of the 15th edition, on June 4, at the National Theatre in Cluj, Romania. On June 3, at 18:30, at the Students' Culture House, the actress will attend a special screening in her honor.

CANNES: Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev’s new project Compatibility is set to go into production in November of this year after Germany’s Aktis Film Production agreed to coproduce the project together with Bulgaria’s Argo Film.

The fifth edition of the festival is going to draw to Katowice the producers from all over the world. They will track new film industry tendencies, discuss regional film funds and explore locations of Silesia.

Sarajevo Film Festival is proud to announce call for entries for CineLink co-production market 2014.

FNE spoke to Susan Wendt head of sales at TrustNordisk, Denmark and recently elected head of the sales agents’ organisation Europa Internationa,l about why they are teamed up with Europa Cinemas in Athens this year and how films from CEE can attract a sales agent.

Click HERE for the link to the video

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