BUCHAREST: Romanian actor Rareș Abraham is currently in postproduction with his debut feature Friday the 3rd / Vineri 3, which he also wrote, produced and shot in Cluj-Napoca from 15 to 27 February 2021.

STRASBOURG: The three films nominated for the 2021 LUX Audience Award – collective by Romanian director Alexander Nanau, Corpus Christi by Polish director Jan Komasa and Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg, are available online in the LUX Audience Week from 10 to 16 May 2021. Two out of the three titles are from FNE partner countries.

BUCHAREST: The 14th edition of One World Romania, which was due 21-30 May 2021, has been postponed to 11-20 June 2021 in a physical format and 21-27 June 2021 online.

The National Film Centre of Latvia announced the following grants on 5 May 2021.

Today marks the start of the 23rd edition of the One World International Human Rights Film Festival throughout the Czech Republic. This years slogan – “Connection Lost” – refers to one of the phrases most frequently encountered by people meeting with the use of the technological options offered by the internet. “It is a message informing us of a weak connection or other technical difficulties that negatively affect our technology-based communication. At the same time, these words perfectly describe the situation that many people have found themselves in during the pandemic,” explains Festival Director Ondřej Kamenický. One World will screen 101 documentaries from 50 countries, and viewers can look forward to more than 40 discussions within the One World Live programme. The complete programme is accessible at: www.oneworld.cz/2021/program 

BUCHAREST: The TV series Django directed by Francesca Comencini and starring Matthias Schoenaerts starts shooting in Romania on 10 May 2021. The Sky TV and Canal + series is serviced in Romania by Frame Film.

RIGA: Applications for the 25th edition of the Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries are welcome till 11 June 2021. The most important documentary training and pitching event in the Baltic countries is scheduled to take place in a hybrid formula 1 – 12 September 2021, with the industry events held mostly online.

Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (BSD) is the most importantdocumentary training and pitching event in the Baltic countries, taking place in Riga, Latvia. The 25th edition is scheduled to take placein a hybrid form from 1 – 12 September 2021, with the industry events held mostly online. The call for projects is open now and will close on 11 June.

The documentary film THIS RAIN WILL NEVER STOP (Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, Qatar, 2020, directed by Alina Gorlova) is the winner of the Golden Lily (endowed with 10,000 euros in prize money), the main award at the 21st edition of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden. The international jury chaired by Saodat Ismailova explained its selection in a statement praising Alina Gorlova for her daring use of cinematic stylistic elements to focus attention on a man who finds himself trapped in worlds of conflict in Syria and Donbass.  “Gorlova's vision, outwardly stoic and full of empathy, pushes at simple boundaries by using image and sound as sensory experience", as the jury expounded on its decision.

At the Annecy International Animated Film festival (https://www.annecy.org/programme/index:film-20210714), the jury selected film program from over 3,000 films from 95 countries. Among the favorites is Mariam Kapanadze's debut, 14 minute animated film "Abandoned Village"  Official selection, in the Perpectives short films section.

The film will be present at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival for the second time. In 2016, the first Georgian French Swiss coproduction "The Pocket Man" (https://vimeo.com/207443131) was shown. 

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