At the 43rd Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the Czech Republic will be represented by three films in the official selection. Washing Machine by Alexandra Májová was selected for the International Competition, Leaf by Aliona Baranova is a part of the Young Audience section, and Plus One by Myroslava Klochko will be screened in the European Short Film Audience Award section. In addition, two Czech projects take part in the Euro Connection programme: About a Cow by Pavla Baštanová and Slovenian-Czech The Tourist by Lun Sevnik.

2021 has brought a major change to the communication and press team of Tallinn Black Nights as Epp Kõuhkna has become the new Head of Press and Communication. The former head, Hannes Aava will continue in a reduced role as a communication consultant.

Epp Kõuhkna is no stranger to the festival, having been responsible for the marketing activities of the Black Nights’ sub-festival Just Film for the past 4 years. She will be taking over the international communication and press organisation, seeking to expand the festival’s international reach and upgrade the press services. Kõuhkna states: ‘I couldn’t be more excited and honored stepping into this new chapter with Black Nights - there is definitely a great amount of work ahead of us and I feel very fortunate to have Hannes’ support along the way.’

Short Live Action Short INTO THE NIGHT  (Poland) - Oscar Qualifying Short!

Directed by Kamila Tarabura

Female director and female-led production team

Produced by Munk Studio and Papaya Films, Into the Night won “Best Short Live Action Film Award” at the 36th Annual Warsaw International Film Festival, making it eligible for Academy Award consideration.

Logline: The depressed Krysia runs away from a birthday party with a mysterious Majka, who leads her where it can hurt the most.

Synopsis: Krysia, a teenage girl, leaves her home for the first time in weeks after her mother invited her to a party. She does not want to be there, but she always does what others tell her to do. At the party, she runs into Majka. The two girls slip away and set off on a journey that takes on a dizzying pace. The emotionally wounded Majka tests how far she can explore the limits of her sexuality, while Krysia does everything she can to guess her secret. Will this new friendship heal Krysia?

About Director Kamila Tarabura: Born in 1990, director/screenwriter Kamila Tarabura graduated from the Warsaw Film School and The Wajda School. Her short film debut Into the Night won “Best Short Live Action Film Award” at the 36th annual Warsaw International Film Festival, making it eligible for Academy Award consideration. Currently, she is developing her first feature film. She is also working with Nina Lewandowska, the writer of Into the Night, on an original coming of age drama series. Kamila gained her film experience by making short fictional films, commercials and music videos, as well as through her work as an assistant director, which includes the TV series Krew z krwi  (Penoza) by Jan Komasa and the film High Life by Claire Denis. She is interested in themes of family and specifically, the mother-daughter relationship. Her cinematic storytelling focuses on an observation of human nature with a keen eye for unique characters and stories. 

Main Cast:

Krysia - Agnieszka Rajda

Majka - Nel Kaczmarek

Matka - Kamilla Baar

Marcin  - Filip Orliński

Antek  - Krzysztof Oleksyn

Sklepikarz - Piotr Oleksyn

Amelia - Helena Ręczajska

Director: Kamila Tarabura

First Assistant Director (on set): Iwo Barycz

Screenwriter: Nina Lewandowska

Cinematographer: Patryk Kin

Film Editor: Tomasz Mączka PSM

Executive Producers: Papaya Films Sp.z.o.o,  Munk Studio, Kacper Sawicki, Paweł Bondarowicz

Line Producers: Ola Cyganek, Barbara Dobiecka

Supervising Sound Editor: Kuba Pietrzak

Sound Effects Editor: Michał 'Jurgen' Jaroszewicz. Michał Wróblewski, Wojciech Sławacki

INTO THE NIGHT short (@into_the_night_short) • Instagram photos and videos

Czech cinema will enrich this year’s programme of the FIPADOC (January 18-24, 2021) with  4 documentary films and co-productions in four different competitions. Two docs were  selected for the Visegrad Focus. In addition, two projects take part in the International  Pitches and several Czech professionals participate in industry panels.

Today the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) announced the nominations for the 28th annual awards of the Czech Lion. Altogether 190 academics voted about 87 feature films, documentary features, animated and short films as well as television works of art that had fulfilled the statutes of the Czech Lion Awards. The most nominations and also almost the same amounts of them have gone to the films Shadow Country, Havel and Charlatan. From this year on, further categories have been opened to television projects and thanks to that for example the miniseries Actor has obtained 7 nominations. For the first time the CFTA also introduced the categories for animated and short films and here most of the nominations have gone to the young generation of filmmakers who are still studying. Altogether 27 titles will fight for the Czech Lion awards in 19 statutory categories in the final round of voting.

Dear colleagues & friends!

This year’s edition of International Documentary Festival Fipadoc in Biarritz, France is focusing on Visegrad countries. Learn more about the program which includes Slovak films and works-in-progress and multiple panel discussions about documentary output and film industry in V4 countries.

Even though the festival screenings in Biarritz are postponed, the Industry Days run online on January 18 – 22, 2021.

Industry Days

International Pitches

The 30th FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) presented 150 films within four competitions and eleven other sections from December 8 to 31, 2020 during its nationwide digital anniversary edition. In conclusion, the festival organisers recorded 13,600 individual accesses to the films of the programme as well as almost 5,600 views of the free digital (live) content, such as talks with filmmakers, panels and talks. The 31st FilmFestival Cottbus will take place from November 2 to 7, 2021. 

Five Croatian films to screen in different sections of the 32nd Trieste film Festival, taking place online, 21st – 30th January. In addition, a series of Croatian projects will be presented in industry sub-programme When East Meets West.  

Croatian titles at 32nd Trieste Film Festival 

Ivan Ramljak’s documentary feature Once Upon A Youth will screen in 32nd Trieste Film Festival documentary film competition. Italian viewers will be able to watch it online, on 24th January. In December 2020, Ramljak’s documentary feature debut won the Jury Grand Prize at Poitiers Film Festival in France and was awarded Best Balkan Documentary at DokuFest, where it had its world premiere last year. 

dok.incubator workshop
last chance to apply!

Wednesday, January 27th


and develop your rough cut into a high-quality cinematic feature with 21 internationally recognized experts

dok.incubator 2021 editing tutors:

Joëlle Alexis /BE/

Joëlle has been working on full length documentaries for over 20 years and her works have been selected by Cannes, IDFA, Sundance and many other festivals. More recently, Joëlle has been the editing consultant on documentaries needing an extra hand and gives international masterclasses.

Chris Wright /UK/

Editor and documentary-maker based in Berlin. His credits include awarded Thomas Heise's ‘Heimat is a Space in Time’, and ‘Taming the Garden’ selected for Sundance 2021 competition. He teaches the documentary course at the German Film and Television Academy (dffb) and works as editing consultant on documentaries and fiction films.

Thomas Krag /DK/

Thomas has been editing film and tv series, short films and documentaries for 25 years. He collaborated with Lars von Trier and many other Danish, as well as Swedish directors. Thomas is currently working as supervising editor and tutor, giving master classes at film schools.

Audrey Maurion /FR/

Audrey has been working as a freelance editor for feature and documentary films since 1995. She currently worked as co-writer and editor on a documentary mini-series for Arte and PBS about the Tiananmen massacre. In recent years Audrey has been editing consultant for various documentaries in South Africa.

More information here.

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Let’s kick off the 2021 with a webinar focused on streaming platforms: "UNRAVEL STREAMERS – What producers need to know". KKI Talks are here to help you find the best streaming platform for your content. As usual the session will be run on ZOOM, January 25th, 3:00-4:00 PM CET.