dok.incubator workshop has just announced the final selection of talented filmmakers whose projects will be supported in 2021.

PRAGUE: Projects from Hungary and Romania are among the eight projects selected for the dok.incubator rough-cut training workshop 2021.

scene from All Those Sensations in My Belly, The Tower 

The Short Film Competition of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival to screen Marko Dješka’s All Those Sensations in My Belly, while the Graduation Short Film category will feature The Tower by Sunčana Brkulj. In addition, Croatian works scheduled to compete in the Commissioned Films programme. This year’s 45th Annecy edition takes place in hybrid format, 14th – 19th June.

The recently unveiled programmes of the Visions du Réel festival and CPH:DOX International Documentary Film Festival confirm the good condition of Czech documentaries beyond borders of the Czech Republic. In Nyon, Living Water will celebrate its international premiere in the National Competition, and co-production documentary Gorbachev. Heaven takes part in the Grand Angle section. Both films have also been selected for noncompetitive sections of the CPH:DOX. Furthemore, A Marriage will celebrate world premiere within the Hot Docs Canadian EFP programme, and Blix will be pitched at the Hot Docs Forum.


LIMASSOL: Ten films have been selected for the Glocal Images, the main competition of the 19th edition of Cyprus Film Days, while seven projects in development have been selected for the Dot on the Map Industry Days.

WIESBADEN: Sixteen titles have been selected for the Competition for Central and Eastern European feature films and documentaries at the 21st edition of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, which will be held physically and online 20-26 April 2021.

BUCHAREST: Cristina Jacob started shooting a new comedy Stormy Nights in Romania, with actors coming from Italy, England, France, Canada, the USA and Romania. The production was due earlier, but it has been delayed because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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.

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

Estonia

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.

Latvia

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.

Events

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.