"Weeds," an animated short film, has been chosen to be showcased at the official selection of La Cinef at the Festival de Cannes. Directed by Pola Kazak and produced by MAUR film and the Film Academy of Miroslav Ondricek in Pisek (Czech Republic), this graduation work promises to engage audiences with its visually captivating narrative.

The new short film Sauna Day, directed by Anna Hints and Tushar Prakash, was selected to premiere as the first Estonian film in the special programme of La Semaine de la Critique (Critics' Week) at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

The following grants were announced by the Romanian Film Centre (CNC) on 3 April 2024.

BUCHAREST / BEVERLY HILLS: Document 56, a Romanian short feature by Christopher Landry has been chosen by The Beverly Hills Film Festival as an Official Selection for its 24th edition in May.

June 27-29 | Copenhagen | Early Bird until May 26: 590 EUR
We are excited to confirm Releases Marketing Director Phil Guy from MUBI as an expert for our workshop. He will share his insights on how to market films digitally so your film can find its perfect audience. We also welcome back to our workshop Tine Klint from Danish distributor Level K, and Wendy Bernfeld from RightsStuff.

The Erich Pommer Institut (EPI) is thrilled to announce the collaboration between the European Film Business and Law LL.M. | MBA executive master's program at EPI and Alphapanda, a distinguished industry leader in film marketing and distribution. 

Alphapanda is a European digitalmarketingagency for thefilm industry. Since 2011, they have developed an expertise in all areas of film marketing and social media for a variety of films and projects, fromHollywood blockbusters to indie documentaries, from festival darlings to film-related organizations. Their clients include Bankside Films,NEON –Super, Warner, Beta Cinema, Frenetic Films, Filmladen, Curzon,and several independent production, distribution and sales companies.

The Erich Pommer Institut is committed to fostering innovation and excellence in the media and entertainment industry. This partnership with Alphapanda marks a significant step forward in its mission to provide students with high-level educational opportunities and industry connections, as well as to work on developing new marketing and business strategies based on the knowledge acquired during the first year of classes. The program already has the kind support of MUBI and Rushlake Media as partners. 

Katriina Miola, Project Manager of the European Film Business and Law LL.M. | MBA executive master's program: “Building on our existing partnerships with Rushlake Media and MUBI, we are excited to welcome Alphapanda into our growing network of industry collaborators. Alphapanda's expertise in film promotion and distribution is outstanding, making them an ideal partner for our program.” 

Valentina Neumann (Managing Director) & Mathias Noschis (Head of Strategies): “We are very excited to start this partnership with Erich Pommer Institut, which we know from experience is one of the leading training organisations in Europe. Alphapanda has always valued innovation and being as close as possible to the needs of the market. Therefore,being able to collaborate with some participants of the MBA, who are top professionals from all over Europe, will give a real added value to our film marketing offer.”

For more information about the European Film Business and Law Master's Program, please visit the website.

Applications for the 3rdedition of European Film Business and Law LL.M. | MBAare open until July 31 here. Register here for the upcoming online info session on April 10to receive more information on the program.

The master’s is a joint project by the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, University of Potsdam and the Erich Pommer Institut.


Katriina Miola
Project Manager European Film Business and Law LL.M. | MBA
+49 (0) 331769 915-28 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 77th Festival de Cannes will take place this year from 14 to 25 May, 2024. Interest in one of the world's biggest film festivals is greater than ever with more than 2,000 films being submitted. As far as Germany is concerned, a total of 11 productions and co-productions have been selected to screen in Cannes.

The following grants were announced by the National Film Centre of Latvia on 15 April 2024.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND, 26th April, 2024. Independent film production company, Lamb Films, will launch the crowdfunding campaign for their most ambitious project to date. Set in occupied Czechoslovakia, Rozkvet tells the story of a woman’s struggle to save her family from Nazi oppression. The film aims to shed light on the lesser known history of the persecution faced by the Roma/Romani people. The team believe that the production presents a unique opportunity for an authentic portrayal of the Romani people, who remain underrepresented in mainstream media and, when they are, it is often in a negative light, perpetuating racial stereotypes.

8th Young Horizons Industry, international co-production forum for films and series for young audiences announced a new partnership with Animond, the first European private investment fund for development and production of animation.