FNE Podcast: Visegrad YR 2021: Patrycja Blindow: Kino Żeglarz

FNE’s Georgian correspondent Alexander Gabelia spoke to Patrycja Blindow, who together with two other women runs the oldest studio cinema in Poland Kino Żeglarz. She talks about how they survived the pandemic with the help of crowdfunding and how the cinema has made a strong comeback during the recovery thanks to strong support from the local community.


Watch the recording of the FNE YR2021 Warsaw Kids Industry Livestream

The livestream took place on 29 September 2021 when distributors and exhibitors from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic discussed how the cinema industry is recovering, shared their experiences, and looked at how solutions and lessons learned can cross borders.


FNE Visegrad 2021: Q&A with Daniel Ratuszniak, Director of New Horizons Cinema in Wrocław

WARSAW: Daniel Ratuszniak, Director of the New Horizons Cinema in Wrocław, the leading Polish art house cinema, talks to FNE about the state of Polish cinemas as they are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.


FNE Visegrad YR2021: Q&A with Frédéric Berardi, Head of The Board of Kino Świat and CFO at CANAL+ Polska

WARSAW: Frédéric Berardi, Head of The Board of Kino Świat, the leading Polish distributor, and CFO at CANAL+ Polska, talks to FNE about the Polish cinema industry recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.


FNE Visegrad YR2021: Polish Exhibition: Cinema Operators Making Up for Lost Time

WARSAW: Facing the threat of the fourth nationwide lockdown in the autumn of 2021, Polish cinema operators are eager to make up for lost time and to not repeat the losses from 2020.


Czech Republic Increases Budget for Production Incentives by 12 m EUR

PRAGUE: The Czech Government has decided to supplement the annual production incentives budget, which used to be around 31.5 m EUR / 800 m CZK, with another 12 m EUR / 300 m CZK. As a result, the total production incentives budget for 2021 increased to 43.5 m EUR / 1.1 billion CZK.


FNE Podcast: Visegrad YR 2021: Agnieszka Dziedzic: Producer, Founder and Co-owner of Koi Studio

FNE’s Georgian correspondent and film critic Alexander Gabelia spoke to producer Agnieszka Dziedzic, founder and co-owner of a production company Koi Studio, a member of the Polish Guild of Producers, and a board member of the Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber, about the challenges she has faced as a producer during the pandemic, as well as on the challenges and activities of the film industry, on site as the Polish film industry begins to recover from the pandemic.


FNE Podcast: Visegrad YR 2021: Barbara Orlicz-Szczypuła: Head of Programming at Krakow Film Festival

FNE correspondent and film critic Alexander Gabelia spoke to Barbara Orlicz-Szczypuła head of programming at Krakow Film Festival. One year after the festival had to go online Krakow FF which took place from 30 May to 6 June 2021 became one of the first events in the region to go live again with cinema screenings and networking cocktails to bring filmmakers together again.

The 2021 Year of Recovery for Film in Visegrad Countries (YR2021) project brings together filmmakers and cultural professionals across the V4 to cooperate in the recovery of the film industry which has been badly damaged by the COVID pandemic and to reconnect with cinema audiences across the region and across borders. We want to share the lessons learned about reaching audiences online and the advantages of hybrid events in creating new connections across the Visegrad region.