VALLETTA: A Vipers’ Pit, a feature film directed, produced and shot by Martin Bonnici, will hit the Maltese cinemas later in 2021. The premiere had been initially set for the spring of 2021, but was postponed due to the pandemic situation.

FNE spoke to Tonia Mishiali, the Co-Artistic Director of the Cyprus Film Days about this year’s edition, which will be one of the first film festivals in Europe this year to screen films in cinemas. She talks about the challenges of putting together this year’s event, which takes place from 16 to 24 April in Cyprus after last year’s festival had to be cancelled because of the pandemic.

PRAGUE: The 23rd One World Festival will take place online from 10 May to 6 June 2021. A total of 101 films will be available online for the Czech audience.

WARSAW: Submissions are now open for the 5th edition of Kids Kino Industry, the industry segment of the Kids Kino IFF, which will take place 29 September - 2 October 2021 in a formula which is yet to be decided (online, physical or hybrid).

PRAGUE: The 9th edition of CEE Animation Forum is ready to kick off online on 26 April 2021 with 42 animated projects in development, which will be presented in the pitching competition till 29 April 2021, and an industry programme from 4 to 9 May 2021.

The submissions for the 2021 Kids Kino Industry, international co-production forum and networking event, are now open! We’re looking for new diverse, forward-thinking film and series ideas for today’s platform agnostic and savy generation of viewers to be presented in front of Decision Makers and Investors.

The CEE Animation Forum is an international event aiming to support film professionals while helping them develop the pitch presentation of their animation projects in development, and to provide them with opportunities to grow their visibility and access to international markets. Due to the present Covid-19 situation, the upcoming edition of the CEE Animation Forum will take place online in two parts. The traditional pitching competition, newly expanded to 5 categories, will be held April 26 – 29, and the additional industry programme May 4 – 6.

The premieres of the most interesting Polish documentary, short and animated films, returns of the award-winning film-makers and the latest debuts, the award for the contribution to the development of international cinema for Piotr Dumała – in the programme of the Krakow Film Festival there is always a special place for the productions of Polish film-makers, who tell the stories about Poland and the world in an original and uncompromising way.

BRUSSELS: Animation professionals from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia can apply for a scholarship to Cartoon Digital Online till 26 April 2021.

FNE spoke to Gvantsa Garmelia Marketing Co-Director for Cavea Georgian cinemas about the challenges Georgian cinemas are facing as they struggle to re-open. Georgian cinemas re-opened on 8 April after being closed for over a year by the pandemc and suffering millions of EUR in losses.