Black Nights will happen, lockdown or no lockdown! 

Following the events unfolding in the world and the signs of potential COVID-19 resurgence in Europe, we are preparing for all possible scenarios, including making most of the festival and industry features available online.  This includes a new feature: the international press and industry will have online access to films and projects, no matter their geographic location!

The festival dates remain the same taking place from the 13th of November until the 29th of November.

Stay tuned for updates!

The next Polish Film Festival will be held in December 2020 and will present the latest Polish films in three competition sections, decided the Organizing Committee of the Polish Film Festival.

The 45th Polish Film Festival will be held in Gdynia on December 8-12, 2020. The decision was made by the Organizing Committee at the meeting held on August 5, 2020, adopting the new Regulations of the Polish Film Festival.

4th of August, 2020

TETA has selected the writers for the sixth edition of the Pustnik Screenwriters Residency, which will take place 7–14 September 2020. The eight projects have been selected from 110 submissions from 52 countries.

Tim Ellrich – Tal der Könige (Germany)

Cristina Groșan – Meteos (Romania / Hungary)

Mika Gustafson – Sisters (Sweden) 

Mark Noonan – A Hidden Pearl (Ireland)

Răzvan Oprescu – Rehabilitated (Romania)

Zhanna Ozirna – Ground Zero (Ukraine)

Cenón Obispo Palomares & Xeph Suarez – Dancing the Tides (The Philippines)

Léa Triboulet & Iva Brdar – I Will Drink With The Bees (France / Serbia)

COVID-19 - EU response

29/07: Readout of the meeting between European Commission President von der Leyen, European Parliament President Sassoli and German Chancellor Merkel (rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union) – European Commission

27/07: Coronavirus: Commission launches call for innovative response and recovery partnerships between EU regions – European Commission

The aim of the call is to help regions catch the opportunities emerging from the crisis, develop resilience and build on green and digital transformation for the recovery of the most affected sectors, such as health and tourism.

23/07: EU long-term budget deal must be improved for Parliament to accept it – European Parliament

The recovery fund is a “historic move”, but long-term EU priorities such as the Green Deal and the Digital Agenda are put at risk, MEPs say.

21/07: European Council conclusions, 17-21 July 2020 – Council of the EU

On 21 July 2020, the European Council adopted conclusions on the recovery plan and multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027.

23/07: "This is historic. We renewed our marriage vows for 30 years. Europe is there, strong, standing tall" . Report by President Charles Michel at the European Parliament on the Special European Council of 17-21 July 2020 – Council of the EU

21/07: EU summit compromise: positive step for recovery, inadequate in the long-term – European Parliament

Commenting on the conclusions of the 17-21 July EU summit, EP negotiators welcome the recovery fund but warn that their agreement to the long-term EU budget cannot be taken for granted.

24/07: Four days, four nights: A look back on the special meeting of the European Council in July 2020 – EU 2020 DE

The first meeting in person of the Heads of State and Government of the EU since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic turned into a negotiating marathon. Instead of running two days as originally planned, the special meeting of the European Council lasted four days and nights, from 17 to 21 July.

22/07: REACT-EU: Council agrees on its partial negotiating position – Council of the EU

The EU is providing additional funding and flexibility in the use of the structural funds to help member states' recovery efforts following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Conference on the future of Europe 

28/07: Senior MEP urges Member States to ensure that delayed Conference on Future of Europe starts in September – The Parliament Magazine

Mairead McGuinness, a Vice-President of Parliament, wants the Council to draw up its position on the planned conference “as soon as possible.”

EU State aid decisions

27/07: State aid: Commission approves € 866 million Czech scheme to support businesses affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission 

23/07: State aid: Commission approves €2.6 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission 

Recent studies 

EAO - Copyright licensing rules in the European Union - August 2020MUSO - Has the displaced cinema audience become the new piracy audience? – June 2020 


31 August: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

1 September: European Parliament ITRE Committee meeting

2 September: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

2 September: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting

8 September: Digital Services Act consultation deadline

10 September: Copyright Article 17 consultation deadline

14 September: European Parliament Plenary session, Strasbourg

17 September: European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) advisory board video-conference

Brussels: 5 August 2020 – The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the body representing cinema trade associations and operators across 38 European territories, has issued the following statement:

As European cinema operators finally emerge from a period of extended closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak and work hard to welcome audiences back, the focus of the entire industry must be on ensuring that recovery can happen and that audiences return to enjoy the unique experience of watching films on the big screen.

While many on the distribution side have indicated that ‘we are all in this together’, recent events make it clearer than ever that this sentiment must be backed by actions as well as words.

Specifically, new content must be released in cinemas first and observe a significant theatrical window, both elements being essential for the survival and health of every part of the European (and indeed global) cinema industry.

A ‘cinema first’ strategy for film releases – accompanied by a significant period of theatrical exclusivity – is a proven business model, and crucial for ensuring that audiences can enjoy a diverse range of films. This system was the foundation for a record-breaking 2019, with 1.34 billion admissions and €8.7 billion earned at the box office in Europe alone.

The entire sector faces unprecedented challenges. More than ever, decisions across the industry need to be made with a long-term perspective. If our studio partners oblige cinemas to wait until the sector emerges from the crisis in the U.S. before supplying new content, it will prove too late for many European cinemas and their dedicated workforce.

All who depend on the success of the film industry should commit to ensuring the future health of the whole sector. By doing so, they will ensure that the wider film industry and European cinemas – from one-screen independents to art-houses and multiplexes – will recover and return from this crisis stronger and more resilient than ever.

About UNIC

The Union Internationale des Cinémas/International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) represents the interests of cinema trade associations and cinema operators covering 38 countries in Europe and neighbouring regions.

The first production grants in 2020 were announced by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre mid-July 2020.

When East Meets West,
CineMart and New Nordic Films

are happy to announce
brand new partnership
with Marché du Film Online

For the very first time, Marché du Film will showcase a line-up of 20 international projects previously presented in one of three markets, and will offer them a series of Co-Production Speed Meeting Sessions with potential co-producers, decision makers and financiers.

The preparations for the 5th edition of the European Arthouse Cinema Day are running and REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Join us next November 8th! Now more than ever we need you all reunited and together to increase the importance and visibility of arthouse cinemas in your communities and to highlight the work you all do and your everyday commitment to championing demanding and original programming for all audiences.

Fill in the form to confirm your participation in the event (if your cinema has already participated in the past, select it from the available list ) or to register if it is the first time taking part in the initiative. The form is available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian - choose the language on the website's menu on top-right. Take also the opportunity to share with us your  wishes, ideas and comments for this new edition.


To exchange ideas with your fellow exhibitors about what you can do on this day, please join the dedicated Facebook group!

For additional information please contact:
Olimpia Pont Cháfer, Project Manager - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Polish Days – the most important industry event of New Horizons IFF, co-organized by the Polish Film Institute and The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has just ended.

Over 170 guests from Poland and abroad watched the latest Polish projects in all stages of production, including completed films and fragments of films in postproduction as well as took part in presentations of projects in development online. The best projects were awarded.

Screen International’s Best Pitch Award, which includes the coverage of the lifecycle of the winning project in the Works in Progress showcase, went to Prime Time directed by Jakub Piątek (production: Watchout Studio). Screen International will follow the winning film throughout its production and release phases. 

Balcony Movie. Step into My Frame, dir. Paweł Łoziński

The Institute of Documentary Film launches the East Doc Series – a brand new programme for documentary series focused on consultations and networking, connecting three European film markets. The first session will take place online as part of Baltic Sea Docs (September 2 & 7 – 8, 2020), the second part will be held within East Doc Platform in Prague (March 6 – 12, 2021), while the final session will take place at Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle (June 21 – 24, 2021). The call for the first session is open until August 10, 2020.