WARSAW: One of the most significant measures instituted by the Polish Film Institute during the pandemic was the reduction of the threshold for Polish eligible costs for coproduction of feature films in 2021 necessary to qualify for the cash rebate for shooting in Poland. This measure has had an important impact allowing more productions to qualify for the rebate and enabling more regional coproductions to work with Poland, and it encouraged producers in neighbouring countries to look again at Poland.

BUCHAREST: Bucharest reopens cinemas, theatres, concert halls and indoor restaurants as the infection rate has fallen below three cases for 1,000 persons for three consecutive days.

CLUJ-NAPOCA: The 20th Transilvania International Film Festival, which will be held in Cluj-Napoca 23 July-1 August 2021, invites filmmakers to submit their projects to Transilvania Pitch Stop (TPS) until 3 June 2021.

TRIESTE: Applications for the 2021 edition of First Cut Lab RE-ACT, a workshop designed for feature films in the editing phase from Croatia, the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Serbia and Slovenia, are welcomed till 15 May 2021.

Transilvania International Film Festival (July 23h – August 1st 2021) invites filmmakers to submit their projects to the newest edition of Transilvania Pitch Stop (TPS). The industry event will take place between July 29th – 31st 2021 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

LIMASSOL: Lives of Hamid by the French director Jonathan Millet was awarded Best Project at the 2nd edition of Dot on the Map Industry Days, which was held in the framework of the 19th edition of the Cyprus Film Days.

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.