TBILISI: The SOFA – School for Film Advancement’s Tbilisi Workshop will be held online for the second year, from 22 – 26 March 2021.

LOS ANGELES: Romanian majority coproduction collective by Alexander Nanau nabs two nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards in the Documentary Feature and International Feature categories. Bosnian majority coproduction Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić is also nominated in the International Feature category. Bulgarian Maria Bakalova got a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm by Jason Woliner, while Polish DoP Dariusz Wolski is nominated in the Best Cinematographer category for News of the World by Paul Greengrass.

VILNIUS: Directors and writers are invited to apply for the third edition of the Baltic Shorts Residency, taking place 1 – 20 June 2021 in Lithuania.

FNE spoke to the head of the Slovak Film Commission Zuzana Bieliková about how the pandemic has impacted foreign productions shooting in Slovakia and how the Slovak Audiovisual Fund has supported filmmakers and cinemas with special measures during the pandemic.

PRAGUE: The CEE Animation Forum announced the 42 animated projects that will be presented in the 26 – 29 April 2021 pitching competition and at the Anifilm IFAF on 4 – 9 May.

BUCHAREST: Radu Jude's satire Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn has been sold to 15 territories so far, including North America, where it will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures. The film was awarded the Golden Bear at the 71st edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, which took place online 1-5 March 2021.

The Echoes of the 24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival will kick off online this Thursday for audiences in the Czech Republic. Selected films will then be available also to viewers in Belgium, France and New York. This year’s Ji.hlava documentary spring will offer award-winning films, discussions with filmmakers and masterclasses. The Echoes are held in partnership with Czech Centers network.

VALLETTA: Luzzu, the low budget Maltese film by Alex Camilleri, has secured distribution in major territories, including the USA, the UK, France, China, Spain, Scandinavia, Portugal, Greece, the former Yugoslavia, and Eastern Europe.

PRAGUE: The Ji.hlava IDFF is expanding its post-festival online showcase Echoes of Ji.hlava, to reach audiences in Belgium, France, and New York, in addition to its Czech component.

Feature Films supported by the Czech Film Fund on 9 March 2021