VALLETTA: A spate of international productions have been filming in Malta, despite the COVID-19 pandemic which has left other areas of the island’s economy shuttered. They are expected to inject 7 m EUR into the economy.

TALLINN: Popular Estonian director René Vilbre is set to direct the crime drama Who Shot Otto Mueller?, the first original Viaplay production from Estonia. Tallinn-based Cuba Films is producing.

WEMW and ROSKINO launch within KEY BUYERS EVENT a new programme for international projects looking for Russian minority co-production.

After the very successful ‘out of the box’ edition, WHEN EAST MEETS WEST is moving the first steps towards the 2022 edition and for the first time it will dedicate a special focus on Russia!

Thanks to the partnership with ROSKINO, a state body representing the Russian industry of audiovisual content in the international markets, the next edition of WEMW will offer a wide overview of Russian projects and talents, as well as the funding measures recently adopted by Russia to boost international co-productions.

Ost-Kiosk Outdoor Encounters and Streaming Instead of Caligari Screenings: goEast Brings Central and Eastern European Cinema to Online Audiences and Select Open-Air Events to the Rhine-Main Region

After the first hybrid baby steps last year at goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, hosted annually by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, the festival is poised to take an extensive foray into cyberspace this year. Almost all of the 92 films from 38 countries originally planned for an in-person version of the festival will be available for the German festival audience on-demand, including 32 German and two international premieres. In between films, the festival organisers are inviting virtual attendees to stop by the Ost-Kiosk in front of Wiesbaden's Nassauischer Kunstverein, in order to experience a tiny bit of festival flair in person again – while observing proper hygiene protocols and social distancing.

The American Film Festival has named Urszula Śniegowska as its new director while Marcin Pieńkowski will take over as director of the New Horizons International Film Festival. Both new directors assumed the functions from festival founder, Roman Gutek, who remains president of the New Horizons Association and who will continue his involvement in programming both events.

Three Estonian co-productions are set to premiere at this years’ Moscow International Film Festival. Directorial debut features Goodbye, Soviet Union by Lauri Randla and Firebird by Peeter Rebane are chosen for the programme „Russian Trace“. The former had it’s world premiere at the A-list Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, followed by screenings at Tromsø IFF and Cleveland IFF, the latter had its start at London’s oldest LGBTQ+ film festival BFI Flare. Winner of the Baltic Film Competition at Tallinn Black Nights, director Veiko Õunpuu’s The Last Ones, is screening in the „Masters“ programme at Moscow.

WIESBADEN: Alina Gorlova’s documentary This Train Will Never Stop, a coproduction between the Ukraine, Latvia, Germany and Qatar, received the Golden Lily for Best Film at the 21st edition of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, which was held physically and online 20-26 April 2021.

For the first time Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) is joining the well established Marché du Film showcase "Goes to Cannes" with an aim to present 5 international film projects in post-production stage at the Marché du Film in July.

LOS ANGELES: Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland was awarded Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress at the 93rd Academy Awards, which took place in Los Angeles on 26 April 2021. My Octopus Teacher and Another Round are the winners in the Documentary Feature and International Film categories, where collective by Alexander Nanau and Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić were also nominated.

BERLIN: The European Film Academy has opened submissions for the European Film Awards 2021. The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2021.