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COVID – 19: Cultural and Creative Sectors

19/03: Include Culture in Your National Recovery Strategies and Reactivate Cultural Life - UNIC

Following the open letter published by 110+ pan-European networks on 30 October 2020 “Make culture central in the EU recovery”, the group comes together again to reiterate their call to the national governments and the European Commission.

COVID-19: EU response

25/03: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the videoconference of the members of the European Council – European Commission

25/03: Post-pandemic Europe: High-level expert group advises to learn from innovation and boost key ecosystems – European Commission

In their second Policy Brief ‘Transformation post-COVID: Mobilising Innovation for People, Planet and Prosperity’, the independent ESIR expert group proposes a ‘protect-prepare-transform’ design approach that focusses on applying key learnings from the pandemic and ensuring transitions that are just and that embody the European Commission’s new social, green, and digital pathways for an innovative and resilient post-pandemic Europe.

25/03: MEPs clear another hurdle for the COVID-19 recovery plan – European Parliament

MEPs approved three laws on implementing the EU’s Own Resources system, paving the way for its reform and the introduction of new sources of EU revenue.

25/03: Statement of the members of the European Council – Council of the EU

Following the informal video conference on 25 March 2021, the members of the European Council adopted a statement on COVID-19, single market, industrial policy, digital and the economy, the Eastern Mediterranean and Russia.

16/03: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the informal ECOFIN press conference – European Commission

16/03: Commission disburses further €9 billion under SURE to seven Member States – European Commission

The European Commission has disbursed today €9 billion to seven EU Member States in the fifth instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument. This is the second disbursement in 2021. As part of today's operations, Czechia has received €1 billion, Spain €2.87 billion, Croatia €510 million, Italy €3.87 billion, Lithuania €302 million, Malta €123 million and Slovakia €330 million.

Council of the EU

25/03: Remarks by President Charles Michel following the video conference of the members of the European Council of 25 March 2021 – Council of the EU


25/03: Estonian Government Supports Cultural Sector With 42 m EUR – Film New Europe

The Estonian government has announced a 42 m EUR support package for the struggling cultural sector. The film sector will receive 5.3 m EUR, of which 3.3 million EUR is earmarked for cinemas and film distributors. The remaining 2 m EUR goes to film productions.


17/03: Commission approves €3 million Latvian scheme to support cultural institutions affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The aim of the scheme is to mitigate the sudden liquidity shortages that these companies are facing due to the restrictive measures implemented by the Latvian government to limit the spread of the virus. The support will take the form of direct grants. The measure is open to companies active in the country's cultural sector.


31 March: Virtual Talk "Capital Markets Union: Financing the post-Covid recovery"

26 May: EU Copyright Law: State of Play and Future Directions – Conference
May 2021: Porto Social Summit

PRAGUE: The Finale Plzen festival of Czech and Slovak films will be held 24 – 29 September 2021, instead of its traditional April dates.

The North Macedonia Film Agency announced the second deadline decision for production grants for feature, short, animation films and documentaries on 26 March 2021.

PRAGUE: Billionaire and owner of Central European Media Enterprises (CME) Petr Kellner died in a helicopter crash in Alaska on 27 March 2021. Kellner, the wealthiest person in the Czech Republic with an estimated net worth of 19 bn USD, had purchased CME in October 2020.

FNE spoke to one of Georgia’s leading producers Vladimer Katcharava, who heads 20 Steps Productions, about the challenges he has faced during the past year as a producer during the pandemic, as well as the advantages of the SOFA (School of Film Advancement), which held its annual Tbilisi session digitally from 22 to 26 March 2021.

The 25th anniversary Sofia International Film Festival presented in the spring of 2021 a total of 134 films from 53 countries. There are 129 films planned with screenings at the cinemas in Sofia and in other cities, 73 films can be seen ONLINE from everywhere in Bulgaria till April 11th at online.siff.bg

The Awards Ceremony took place at Hall 1 (National Palace of Culture) on the 20th of March 2021.

Feature film projects from Bulgaria, Serbia and Ukraine have been selected to participate in MIDPOINT Intensive Sofia Meetings 2021.

Tailored exclusively for the 18th Sofia Meetings (March 17 - 24, 2021) of Sofia International Film Festival, the one-off online program welcomes three feature film projects in development

Bulgarian project LUST by Ralitza Petrova, produced by Poli Angelova will be joined by Serbian FOLK PLAY by writer Bojan Vuletic, director Mirjana Karanovic and producer Snezana van Houwelingen and Ukrainian PHOTOGRAPHERS by director Helga Landauer and producer Regina Maryanovska-Davidzon.

The festival establishes itself as a complex channel of contemporary culture from Central and Eastern Europe to Portugal, putting the spotlight on novel cinematographic trends of countries such as Poland.

Since 2017, BEAST International Film Festival has been proving itself and to the public as an event that shines an important light on the East European cinema landscape. While exploring the Balkans, Baltics, or Post-Communism, BEAST IFF has opened a cultural umbrella covering 21 countries, with a unique focus on diversity bringing new works and talents that represent the latest faces of the New East in cinema.


2nd Dot.on.the.map Industry Days
21- 23 April 2021


In the framework of the 19th Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2021
and in partnership with Thessaloniki International Film Festival Agora

The 2nd edition of Dot on the Μap Industry Days, the co-production, training and networking platform within Cyprus Film Days IFF will be held online between 21-23 April 2021, and launches the application process for accreditations intended for film professionals.

Dot on the Map Industry Days is organised by the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth and the Rialto Theatre in partnership with Thessaloniki International Film Festival Agora. It is supported by the Directors Guild of Cyprus.