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.

The 28thedition of the Sibiu International Film Festival will take place in two stages: 27 August –12 September (online & open air) and 11 – 16 October (Astra Film Junior)

A new edition of the most important documentary film festival in Central and Eastern Europe, Astra Film Festival, is being organized in Sibiu to take place this fall. Until April 15th directors and producers of documentaries from around the world are invited to submit their films produced in 2020 and 2021.


FNE continues to report about the critical conditions of cinemas in the region

Updated 4 May 2021




Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • From 21 March 2021
    Cinemas in Republika Srpska closed until further notice
    Cinemas open in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Sale of drinks and packaged food allowed
    Curfew in effect from 21:00
  • On 26 May 2020 cinemas reopened


  • From 1 April 2021
    Cinemas open operate at 30% capacity
  • From 22-31 March 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From February 2021
    Cinemas operate at 30% capacity
  • From 27 November 2020 to 1 February 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From May 13 to 27 November 2020
    Open with 30% capacity
  • From 13 March to 13 May 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • From August 2020
    Cinemas including multiplexes open
  • May 2020
  • Cinemas open
  • March 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • From 8 February 2021
    Cinemas open, capacity limited to 50 people
    Curfew 21:00
  • From 10 January 2021
    Cinemas closed

Czech Republic

  • Cinemas closed and no news on reopening date


  • From 1 March 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From February 2021
    Cinemas open with 50% capacity
    Curfew 21:00


  • From 8 April 2021
    Cinemas Open
  • Cinemas closed and no news on reopening date


  • 30 April 2021
    Cinemas reopen for vaccination or immunity certificate holders when the number of vaccinated people reaches 4 million
    People with immunity certificates don’t have to wear masks for the staff masks are still required
    Cinemas can stay open until 23:00
  • From 11 November 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • 19 April 2021
    Cinemas reopen at 30% capacity and limit of 150 persons
  • From 9 November 2020 to 6 April 2021
    Cinemas closed


  • From 19 April 2021 Cinemas Open
    Capacity 30% and limit of 150 Spectators
  • From 7 November 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • From March to at least 11 April 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From June 2020
    Cinemas open with contact tracing and social distancing
  • From March to June 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • From September 2020
    Cinemas open with 50 persons limit
    Curfew 21:00
  • 13 March to 3 September 2020
    Cinemas closed

North Macedonia

  • From 6 April until at least 20 April
    Cinemas closed due to 20:00 curfew
    Exception Cinplexx multiplex remains partially open
  • From 24 September 2020
    Cinemas open with 30% capacity and mandatory masks
  • 11 March to 24 September 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • 29 May 2021
    All cinemas reopen at 50% capacity
  • 15 May 2021
    Open air cinemas reopen at 50% capacity
  • 20 March until at least 9 April 2021
    Cinemas closed
  • From 15 March 2021
    Cinemas closed in some regions
  • From 12 February 2021
    Cinemas open with restrictions of 50% capacity
  • From November 2020
    Most large multiplex operators have remained closed
  • 7 November 2020
    Cinemas closed
  • March 2020
    First closure of all cinemas


  • 3 May 2021
    Bucharest reopens cinemas as the infection rate has fallen below three cases for 1,000 persons for three consecutive days.
    Cinemas operate 30% of their capacity
    Will operate at 50% when the infection rate decreases below 1.5 cases for 1,000 persons.
    The Ilfov county and Bucharest are the only regions where the incidence is between two and three cases for 1,000 persons
  • From March 2021
    Cinemas closed in most regions of Romania
    Cinemas open at 30% to 50% capacity in regions that meet limits for rates of infection
  • From November 2020
    Most multiplexes have remained closed
  • From 25 January 2021
    Cinemas in Bucharest reopened
  • From 20 October 2020
    Cinemas open at 30% of capacity


  • From September 2020
    Cinemas open with restrictions
    Curfew 21:00
  • From March to September 2020
    Cinemas closed


  • Cinemas closed since Christmas 2020


  • 26 April -2 May 2021
    Cinemas allowed to reopen but few cinema operators agree to open
    Maximum capacity is 10 persons per screen
  • Up to 26 April 2021
    Cinemas closed and no news on reopening

"Life Demands Brave Decisions" –Courageous Selection Highlights Full Diversity of Cinema in Bioscope Section // The Open Frame Award Opens Eyes to Innovative Forms of Cinema 

It is with great regret that the organisers of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film must concede that the current outlook for the cultural sector in April does not, once again, offer the possibility to present a live festival, with in-person screenings and personal encounters between festival attendees. However, cancellation is out of the question for goEast! The Wiesbaden-based festival, hosted by DFF – DeutschesFilminstitut & Filmmuseum, has assembled an extensive online and on-demand programme to continue to serve our fans and supporters. During the festival period from 20 to 26 April 2021, nearly all of the festival films will be available in Germany on demand, via the festival website. To make this possible, the festival is co-operating with the VoD service provider filmwertefor the first time. Accredited guests will receive free access to the film offers. To learn more about how the on-demand programme works, please see the goEast website or consult our programme booklet. 

BRUSSELS: FNE spoke to Tamara Tatishvili - Regional Coordinator and Mentor about the 2021 edition of the SOFA (School of Film Advancement) Tbilisi Workshop 2021. She talks about the lessons learned over the past year of lockdown as the second session goes digital after the event was forced by the pandemic to move online a year ago.  We also hear about how this year’s edition has a distinctly Georgian flavour that even includes a Georgian cooking lesson. SOFA is holding its annual Tbilisi session digitally from 22 to 26 March 2021.

FNE continues to report about the critical conditions of cinemas in the region.

BUDAPEST: HBO Europe has begun filming the eight-part, 40-minute Hungarian dramatic series The Informant, written by Bálint Szentgyörgyi, who also directs alongside Áron Mátyássy and Bence Miklauzic. The series is now in production in Budapest.

Strasbourg, 19.03.2021 - At its 162nd meeting held online, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 24 feature film projects, including 3 documentaries and 3 animation films, for a total amount of €5,822,000.