Almost 40 films, taken from 1500 entries, set to enthrall audiences in Lithuanian capital and beyond

Every year the Vilnius Short Film Festival kicks off the cultural and cinematic year in Lithuania, with the 15th edition of the festival taking place right after the winter holidays between 12-18 January 2022. With they find most convenient: virtual or live screenings. With January often a quiet month in terms of cultural events the Vilnius International Short Film Festival will allow Lithuanian audiences to dive headfirst into 2022 and engage with some wonderful films, whether in person or virtually.”

Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

25/11: Council agrees position on new digital rules - Council of the European Union 

On 25 November 2021, the Council agreed on a general approach for the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA), two key legislative files to help create a safe and open digital space for EU citizens and businesses.

Slovenian Presidency

29/11: Ministers Simoniti and Kustec at the meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council - Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

EU ministers responsible for culture, led by Minister Simoniti, are due to approve conclusions on high-quality architecture and the New European Bauhaus, and on European audiovisual and media content. 

Audiovisual Media Services Directive

25/11: Revised AVMSD Tracking Table - AVMSD has been transposed in the Netherlands - EAO

The table presents a purely informative overview of the process of implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive 2018/1808 into the national legal systems of the 27-EU member states and in the UK. In the case of Belgium, the Flemish, French and German speaking communities were represented separately.

Intellectual property rights

16/11: European Parliament outlines necessary steps in IP reform efforts - European Commission

The European Parliament has adopted with an overwhelming majority a report on the European Commission's "EU Intellectual Property Action Plan". This presents an important step forward in addressing weaknesses in the current intellectual property (IP) system.

Events

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

The Slovak-Czech-Ukrainian co-production 107 Mothers by the director Peter Kerekes has won this year's Arab Critics' Awards for European Films, which is being presented for the third time by European Film Promotion (EFP) and Arab Cinema Center (ACC) at the Cairo International Film Festival.

Between November 9-12 SOFA – School of Film Advancement held it’s very first Alumni workshop. Focusing on Female Leadership and Sustainability, the workshop took place virtually in the Polish Capital, Warsaw and alongside with keynotes, one-on-one meetings and a film screening, it offered intercultural exchange and networking for it’s participants.

- German film Dear Thomas wins the Official Selection - Competition
- A second German film Other Cannibals picks up best First Feature
- Lithuania’s Runner wins in the Baltic Competition
- The Moths, from Poland, is the Rebels with a Cause winner

On November 25, Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event, celebrating its 20th edition this year, rewarded the best projects after a seven-day summit full of presentations, networking, panel discussions and meetings with more than 550 guests onsite and 150 online, from all around the globe.

TBILISI: Nine titles have been selected for the Georgian Full-length Fictions Competition of the 22st edition of the Tbilisi International Film Festival, which will take place in person from 5 December to 12 December 2021.

Nine titles have also been selected for the Georgian Documentaries Competition, while the Georgian Shorts + Animation Competition was completed with 18 films.