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.

Online film and drama series submissions for the programmes of the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival, which will be held from 13th to 20th August 2021, are now open.

Film authors and producers can submit their films / drama series exclusively for the following programmes:

- Competition Programme - Feature Film
- Competition Programme - Documentary Film
- Competition Programme - Short Film
- Competition Programme - Student Film
- In Focus
- Avant Premiere - specialized for regional drama series
- Open Air
- Kinoscope
- Summer Screen
- European Shorts
- Children’s Programme
- TeenArena
- Dealing with the past
- BH Film Programme

Choosing the Baltic countries as the main shooting location is becoming more and more popular. When Christopher Nolan filmed ‘Tenet’ in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, it created a real buzz about the country worldwide. 
Still, not very many people in the film industry know much about Estonia and the Baltics. What are the landscape and locations like? Do people speak English?  What are the benefits of filming in Estonia? 

Allfilm, the production company that has serviced numerous international productions including ‘Tenet’ most recently, have now launched a new website that gives a clear overview of what Estonia has to offer.

With the great industry event e-Meeting Point Vilnius (April 14–16, 2021) just around the corner, we would like to invite all accredited professionals for a special Ben Harris masterclass called The DNA of Television Series, organized in cooperation with MIDPOINT Institute. Ben Harris is the Head of Programme at Serial Eyes and also MIDPOINT TV Launch tutor.

The lecture takes place online on Friday, April 16 at 14:30 CET.

9th CYPRUS FILM DAYS
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2021

16th – 24th April 2021

Rialto Theatre, Limassol & Zena Palace Cinema, Nicosia

The Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2021 co-organised by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth and the Rialto Theatre kickstarts its 19th hybrid edition this Friday 16th April, at the Rialto Theatre in Limassol with online and physical screenings and events. For the first time this year, and due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the Festival launches an online Platform.