Five Croatian titles to screen at the Sofia International Film Festival, the first portion of which is held in hybrid format, 11th – 31st March, while the second portion will take place in the second half of 2021.   

Dalibor Matanić’s fiction feature The Dawn will be screening in the regional competition programme, Balkan Competition. The Dawn is the second instalment of Matanić’s The Sun Trilogy (The High Sun, The Dawn, Sunset). Just as he did with The High Sun, Matanić once again wrote the screenplay and directed the film in which he continues to examine the juxtaposition between the most noble and basest of human impulses. Matanić’s latest offering had its world premiere in November 2020, in competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The film is a Kinorama production, along with Ascent Film and RAI Cinema, while Ankica Jurić Tilić acts as producer and Andrea Paris, Matteo Rovere and Ines Vasiljević as co-producers.

BUCHAREST: Cinemas in Bucharest and seven other counties, which include the cities of Timișoara, Cluj-Napoca and Brașov, are closing due to the rate of COVID-19 infections exceeding three cases for 1,000 persons.

VALLETTA: Cinemas in Malta have been forced to close until at least 11 April 2021 as part of new restrictions aiming to curb the increase in COVID-19 infection numbers in the country.

ZAGREB: Animafest Zagreb, which will be held 7 – 12 June 2021, has announced the animated films selected for its competition sections.

WARSAW: FNE has teamed up with the Brussels based team of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) to bring you regular updates on EU cinema policies that impact all industry professionals across Europe. Click here for FNE UNIC EU Cinema Policy Update.

International Union of Cinemas (UNIC)

08/03: UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme: Call for applications open - UNIC

UNIC is delighted to announce that the call for applications for the 5th edition of the UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme is now open.

COVID-19: EU response

10/03: European Commission raises further €9 billion under SURE via second issuance in 2021 – European Commission

The European Commission has issued a €9 billion single tranche bond due in June 2036 under its EU SURE programme to protect jobs and workers, and to mitigate the severely negative socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

09/03: Parliament adopts InvestEU programme for strategic and innovative investments – European Parliament

MEPs adopted the new InvestEU programme, which will mobilise public and private investments and guarantees simplified access to financing.

09/03: Commission welcomes European Parliament's approval of InvestEU – European Commission

The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament's vote, confirming the political agreement on InvestEU reached in December 2020.

03/03: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis on the updated approach to the fiscal policy response to the coronavirus pandemic – European Commission

01/03: Senior MEP voices concern over role EU regions will play in Coronavirus recovery plan – The Parliament Magazine

Specifically, Ferber, a German member, accuses EU Member States of failing to comply with the Parliament’s demand that cities and regions are fully consulted about the way the flagship plan is put into practice at local level.

Digital tax

10/03: Better cooperation between national authorities on taxation of digital trading – European Parliament

MEPs recommended changes to draft legislation aiming to trace and tax the sales that people make through online platforms more effectively.


11/03: State aid: Commission approves €1.1 billion Polish scheme to further support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission has approved a €1.1 billion (PLN 5 billion) Polish scheme to support companies in various sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak.


17 – 18 March: IMCO Meeting

18 March: Transparency of content moderation – EAO Webinar

23-26 March: EUIPO working groups

23 March: Rebuilding Europe: what happens next? Conference

May 2021: Porto Social Summit

The evolution of the Arthouse Exhibition

3 March // 16:00 - 17:00 // via zoom (with pre-registration) and youtube

The film industry is at a point of resetting. This panel, bringing together representatives of the film industry and policy makers, aims at reimagining the industry.

The opening question is how the sector can be reshaped, by looking at collaborative efforts, new projects, as well as at the value of interpersonal connection and digital offers.

It is also an occasion to look at how the arthouse exhibition is staying at top of the game, arthouse cinemas engaging their audiences at their best.

Dear colleagues and friends,

virtual Berlinale and EFM give you an opportunity to meet multiple talented Slovak filmmakers and producers while also catch up with Slovak cinema at market screenings.

Berlinale Talents has two participants from Slovakia, both directors and producers: Barbora Berezňáková and
Matúš Krajňák.

Teodor Kuhn is participating in the scriptwriting training program ScripTeast with his new project Trophy and experienced producer Zora Jaurová is taking part in the 2021 edition of Emerging Producers.

The EFM market screenings schedule includes Bohdan Sláma’s latest film Shadow Country which had its international premiere at last year’s London Film Festival.

Two Czech minority co-productions are part of the official Berlinale selection. Six other Czech features and series will be screened at the European Film Market and the Czech Film Fund, represented by its divisions Czech Film Center and Czech Film Commission, will be present at the market with a virtual booth. 

Streaming service DAFilms is partnering up with 11 film festivals from across both American continents this month for a spectacular program of 12 titles hand-picked by festival programmers and directors entitled “Recommended By… Festivals”. These partner film festivals, some of the best-regarded nationally and internationally for non-fiction cinema, themselves chart a course all along the map of the Americas, covering Peru, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, the Yukon in Canada, and the United States. Collectively, their choices reflect and emphasize the great diversity of styles of documentary filmmaking that can be found on the scene today.