Those interested in the photographic workshop can compete for tickets

COVID-19 - Cultural and creative sectors

17/09: Next Generation EU support should go to hard-hit European culture, say MEPs – European Parliament

Parliament called for direct EU funding to support European culture and creators, who continue to be severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 - EU response

25/09: COVID-19: Council approves €87.4 billion in financial support for member states under SURE – Council of the EU

The Council approved €87.4 billion of financial support to 16 member states in the form of EU loans under SURE – a temporary EU instrument to mitigate unemployment risks during the COVID-19 crisis.

24/09: Why is Parliament calling for new EU revenue-raising powers? – European Parliament

With negotiations underway on the EU’s 2021-2027 budget as well as the €750 billion Covid-19 recovery instrument, one of the main sticking points is the issue of own resources.

21/09: Read-out of the meeting between European Commission President von der Leyen, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her capacity as rotating Presidency of the Council, 21 September – European Commission

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

/09: Guidelines on video-sharing platforms and European works under revised AVMSD – EAO newsletter

On 2 July 2020, the European Commission published two important sets of guidelines pursuant to the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) which extends audiovisual rules to what are termed video-sharing platforms (see IRIS 2019-1/3).

Taxation

25/09: Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on the Commission's decision to appeal the General Court's judgment on the Apple tax State aid case in Ireland – European Commission

Events

30 September & 1 October: EUIPO Observatory Plenary meeting
1 October: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting (including vote on Digital Services Act Report)
1 October: European Parliament ITRE Committee meeting
12 & 13 October: UNIC Cinema Days online
19 October: 18th EFARN (European Film Agency Research Network) meeting
20-22 October: EUIPO Observatory Working Group meetings
28 October: European Internet Forum event on geo-blocking
2 December: European Commission legislative proposal for the Digital Services Act (DSA) - TBC 

Recent Studies

EAO - The European audiovisual industry in the time of COVID-19 - September 2020

EAO - Copyright licensing rules in the European Union - August 2020

MUSO - Has the displaced cinema audience become the new piracy audience? – June 2020  

The 10th edition of EAVE+, takes place from September 22-27, 2020 at the hotel Parc Belle-vue in Luxembourg. We are thrilled to be able to hold the event physically in Luxembourg with a slightly reduced size and with reinforced sanitary safety measures.

8 experienced producers from 6 countries and 6 seasoned industry professionals will gather for 4 days to discuss the structure of their companies, best management practices and new business models.  Find the full list of participants at the end of the press release.

Animated short Arka by Natko Stipaničev and fiction short Tina by Dubravka Turić are screening as part of the Encounters Film Festival competition programme, this year transferred online from Bristol and held 18th Sept–10th Oct. Meanwhile, experimental short Microcassette – The Smallest Cassette I've Ever Seen, directed by Igor Bezinović and Ivana Pipal, screens in competition at the Drama International Short Film Festival, held at locations in the Greek city of Drama and online, 20th–26th Sept. 

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

***ATTENTION: TICKET PRESALE BEGINS ON OCTOBER 1!***

THE PRESS CONFERENCE OF 36. WFF WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23 AT 12.00 NOON IN KULTURALNA, PALACE OF CULTURE –
COME JOIN US!

Taxidermy and fencing masters, charismatic political leaders, famous prisoners, the legendary recording studio, the pole vault champion Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz, and Warwick Thornton on the beach – our documentary section surprises, astonishes, inspires, leaves in awe. We guarantee that you’ll walk out of screenings with eyes wide open in amazement, sometimes with a smile, sometimes just wondering. Extremely strong competition this year!

Preparations of 24th Ji.hlava are in full swing! The packed programme will offer the first and the last film by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, a film portrait of artist Marina Abramović as well as the best doc of Sundance - Epicentro by Hubert Sauper. Women will dominate the music doc section. And the Inspiration Forum will turn its gaze towards Africa, technology and ecology.

The European Film Academy and EFA Productions take great pleasure in announcing the six titles of the second part of this year’s EFA Feature Film Selection.

Although most of the screenings during 36th Warsaw Film Festival are intended for adult viewers, we don’t forget about our youngest audiences! The program of Family Cinema Weekend includes films that can’t really be found in multiplexes – films that are really smart, warm, thoughtful, that encourage spending time in a careful and productive manner, that encourage empathy, sensitivity and appreciation of true family values and friends. At the Festival we also create a very special space for the kids, thanks to which they learn to actively participate in the cultural life of their home city. Come join us!

***ATTENTION: FESTIVAL TICKET PRESALE BEGINS ON OCTOBER 1!***

This autumn, the seventh Riga International Film Festival will take place 15 – 25 October. One of the most important sections of the festival is the feature film competition. Eight distinct, innovative and artistically challenging films from the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries have been selected for the competition this year. Films could be submitted without genre restrictions.

Closing Numbers and Highlights

La Biennale di Venezia is pleased to announce that the Venice Production Bridge (VPB) - the market for selected projects - held from September 3rd to 11th, 2020, during the 77. Venice International Film Festival, has successfully wrapped.

Above all we wish to express our thanks to all of the 1.312 Industry delegates who made the trip to Venice or joined online.