COVID-19: EU response

07/01: Coronavirus response and recovery: EU support for regions to work together in innovative pilot projects – European Commission

The Commission has announced the winners of a new EU-funded initiative for interregional partnerships in four areas: coronavirus-related innovative solutions, circular economy in health, sustainable and digital tourism, and hydrogen technologies in carbon–intensive regions.

Creative Europe

12/01: Erasmus+, Creative Europe, European Solidarity Corps: Commitee confirms trilogue deals – European Parliament

The Culture and Education committee on Monday confirmed the provisional agreements with Council on Erasmus+, Creative Europe and European Solidarity Corps programmes for 2021-2027.

15/01: Creative Europe: 30 years of support to European films and cultural and creative media works – European Commission

The MEDIA strand of the EU programme Creative Europe, designed to support European film and audiovisual industries, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021. To mark this, the European Commission is launching a campaign to celebrate the 30 years of support, as well as the launch of the new MEDIA programme of Creative Europe, running from 2021 to 2027.

Portuguese Presidency

18/01: Portuguese Presidency Priorities 2021 – The Parliament Magazine

Sharing their views on what to expect as Lisbon takes the EU’s helm are Portuguese MEPs Pedro Silva Pereira, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Maria-Manuel Leitão Marques, Carlos Zorrinho, Sara Cerdas, Nuno Melo, Francisco Guerreiro and Sandra Pereira.

Council of the EU

05/01: Remarks by President Charles Michel at the press conference with Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa in Lisbon – Council of the EU

09/01: The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU kicks off with visit by President of the European Council – 2021 Portugal EU

On 5 January, the Prime Minister, António Costa, welcomed to Lisbon the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, for the first official meeting of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. At the meeting, the two leaders discussed the priorities in the PPEU Programme and the calendar of dossiers to be handled by the Portuguese Presidency until June.


18 – 21 January: European Parliament Plenary

21 January: EU Council meeting on coronavirus coordination efforts

25 & 26 January: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting


for 20 days of editing /marketing /distribution
tailored made for your documentary
in the rough cut stage

dok.incubator workshop 2021 DEADLINE:
January 27th

(early bird deadline with no application fee: January 15th)

Find more info here or meet us and ask our participant Francesco Montagner and his editing tutor Audrey Maurion about their experiences:

this Thursday, January 7th at 3 p.m. on the Zoom

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Audrey Maurion
Director & Editor / Tutor

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.

Francesco Montagner
Director / Participant 2020
with the film “Brotherhood”

“Truly an enriching experience as a documentary maker. Filled with challenges and huge rewards. Undoubtedly it changed my view on the endless possibilities of the editing phase and film promotion.“

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photo: The Metamorphosis of Birds
, dir. Catarina Vasconcelos / Grand Prix winner of the 20th New Horizons IFF

The 21st edition of the New Horizons International Film Festival will take place in Wrocław, from 22nd July to 1st August 2021. The New Horizons International Competition — a platform where artistic cinema that extends the boundaries set by conventional filmmakers is presented — remains the core element of the festival. The competition is meant for films that constantly push the boundaries of “new horizons”. We look for unique and original narratives, documentaries, essays, and animations that experiment with how the film should look like and communicate with its audience, either following or opposing the traditional concepts. We await creations that demand a vastly different perspective – that provoke to think and feel. Recent winners are The Metamorphosis of Birds by Catarina Vasconcelos, Bait by Mark Jenkin, Holiday by Isabella Eklöf or Western by Valeska Grisebach.

Parents often push their children to follow their steps. In this case, the father's obsession with the rally turns the kid into a car tire. Loosely inspired by the director's childhood, Sierra pulls us into the surreal car racing world.

“The idea for the film started to take shape when I rediscovered a 16mm rally-themed puppet film my father had animated in the 70s. I find the rally visually compelling, so I decided to blend two worlds: the surreal world of rally and a personal story. Just in Sierra, I'm taking the protagonist's father's obsession with the rally to the extreme,” explains the director and screenwriter, Sander Joon.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event estimate that 101 833 physical and virtual attendances took place, setting a record for the industry events which saw over 35 000 virtual attendances. Over 1600 professionals were accredited to the events.

As anticipated by the festival’s team, the ticket sales saw a notable drop this year with over 34 000 physical attendances and an estimated 19 000 virtual film viewings*, compared to last year’s 70 000 physical cinema and event attendances. The festival’s new online film-watching platform that was available to accredited viewers across the globe registered 9779 viewings. 

Events at RIGA IFF 2020 brought together many film industry professionals, experts and cinema-goers – both in person and online. As of today, video recordings of the most engaging public discussions, lectures and interviews have been compiled into an archive that can be found on the festival website.

In the autumn of 2021, the festival will once again invite audiences to enjoy an extensive program dedicated to both cinema lovers and industry professionals from 14 to 24 October. RIGA IFF will welcome submissions to its four competition programmes from March 2021.

Trieste, January 12th, 2021 – The “Out of the Box” edition of When East Meets West kicks off in less than two weeks, on January 25th, with a promising double focus on Israel and Italy. After having revealed the Co-Production Forum project selection, WEMW is now proud to announce that Beatrice Fiorentino (Venice International Film Critics’ Week), Anna Ciennik (Les Arcs European Film Festival) and Una Domazetoski (Film Center Serbia) will be the 2021 jury members and will decide the winners of the Co-Production Forum awards, including the WEMW Film Center Serbia Award of 5.000 EUR cash prize. Alongside these last details, WEMW is happy to finally unveil the complete line-up of the two sections targeting films in post-production stage.

Last year, the Covid-19 pandemic hit all creative industries, and animation was no exception. Many domestic and foreign festivals, where premieres take place and distribution cooperation is negotiated, have been cancelled or moved to the online environment. How did Czech animation creators cope with the limitations and new challenges?

Second edition of the program organized in collaboration with When East Meets West will run online January 25–28, 2021.

MIDPOINT Cold Open targets independent producers, with a background in feature film producing, aspiring to shift to high quality television content and offers a diverse selection of 8 participating countries. 

Two Men, a Bike and a Goal. Competition from Ukraine heads west to America to explore the landscape and the inspiration of bringing salt, and a world record for speed, on a Soviet refurbished motorcycle, back from the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, to the homegrown hunger for the sport found in the Ukraine. An invigorating, joyful and expansive film.