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Slovak Audiovisual Fund's Production and Development Grants for 2018

Slovak Audiovisual Fund's Production and Development Grants for 2017

EU Copyright Directive

26/02: Copyright: MEPs back provisional agreement – European Parliament

The Legal Affairs Committee approved the reform of EU copyright rules provisionally agreed with EU Ministers.


07/03: Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments by Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sky on cross-border pay-TV services – European Commission

The European Commission has made commitments offered by Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sky legally binding under EU antitrust rules. These commitments address the Commission's concerns regarding certain clauses in these studios' film licensing contracts for pay-TV with Sky UK.

Circulation & Promotion of European Films

26/02: European movies on the move: ten actions for better circulation across Europe – European Commission

The Open Method of Coordination (OMC) group of experts on circulation of films has published a paper featuring good practices and recommendations to enhance the circulation of European films across the EU.

Gender Balance

08/03: Public Consultation – Gender equality in the EU – European Commission

The Commission is launching a public consultation to gather opinions from all interested groups about the current situation regarding gender equality in the EU and the priorities for the next 5 years.

07/03: Statement by the European Commission on the occasion of International Women's Day 2019 – European Commission

“Women remain underrepresented in politics. In the upcoming European elections, we would like to see more women across the EU not only voting, but standing and succeeding as candidates. The Commission also calls for more women to be represented in the highest level of all EU institutions, including as Commissioners”, states the European Commission Statement.

2019 European Elections

05/03: Party leaders to join ECR group after EU elections – The Parliament Magazine

Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, who leads French party Debout la France, and Thierry Baudet, who leads Dutch party Forum for Democracy, both signed declarations with ECR co-leader, Ryszard Legutko.


/03: New Audiovisual Code – EAO Newsletter  

The new law replaces an earlier Audiovisual Code from 2006 (see IRIS 2006-9/27). It brings national legislation more into line with the AVMS Directive, especially in the fields of the protection of minors, the protection of consumers (commercial communications), incitement to hatred, events of major importance, the right of reply, material scope, jurisdictional issues, non-linear audiovisual media services, and the promotion of European works.

Studies & Data

/03: EFARN Film Research Library: Studies & data from the European film agencies – EFARN


14 March: EAO Advisory Committee Meeting 
25-28 March: EU Single Use Plastics Directive - European Parliament plenary sitting
27 March: EU SatCab Directive - European Parliament plenary vote (TBC)
27 March: 28 Shades of AVMSD - A Changing and Challenging Digital Market 
27/28 March: EU Copyright Directive - European Parliament plenary vote (TBC)
8-12 April: EUIPO Working Group meetings
23-26 May: EU Elections

WARSAW: FNE has teamed up with the Brussels based team of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) to bring you regular updates on EU cinema policies that impact all industry professionals across Europe. Click here for FNE UNIC EU Cinema Policy Update.

PRAGUE: The French film Heart of Stone by Claire Billet and Olivier Jobard was awarded best film in the main competition of the 2019 One World International Human Rights Film Festival, held in Prague from 6 to 17 March 2019.

PRAGUE: The Serbian/Croatian coproduction Museum of the Revolution by Srđan Keča was awarded the East Doc Platform Award and also the IDFA Forum Award at the 8th edition of East DocPlatform. The biggest platform for Central and East European documentaries was held in Prague from 9 to 15 March 2019.

VILNIUS: Debut projects from the Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania and Romania are among the 17 projects selected for the 10th edition of Meeting Point Vilnius, set to take place during the 24th Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris from 2 to 4 April 2019.

The Official Selection of the Annecy Festival 2019 was announced. There are 13 short films from Central and Eastern Europe in the competition.

Short Films in Competition

Acid Rain
d. Tomasz POPAKUL, p. ANIMOON SP. Z O.O., Zofia JAROSZUK, Poland, 2019, 26 min 16 s

A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts
d. Lucija MRZLJAK, Morten TSINAKOV, p. EESTI JOONISFILM, Kalev TAMM, ADRIATIC ANIMATION, Drasko IVEZIC, Croatia, Estonia, 2018, 15 min 03 s 

d. Piotr MILCZAREK, p. Piotr FURMANKIEWICZ, FUMI, Mateusz MICHALAK, Poland, 2019, 5 min

d. Kristjan HOLM, p. KARABANA, Kristjan HOLM, Estonia, 2019, 9 min

Deep Love
d. Nykyta LYSKOV, p. TTM, Andriy GRANICA, Ukraine, 2019, 13 min 58 s


d. Nadja ANDRASEV, p. Pierre BAUSSARON, MIYU PRODUCTIONS, Pierre REYNAL, József FÜLÖP, SALTO, Orsolya SIPOS, France, Hungary, 2019, 12 min 41 s

> The project was pitched at VAF Třeboň 2017.

The Juggler
d. Skirmanta JAKAITE, p. ART SHOT, Agne ADOMENE, TRIPODE PRODUCTIONS AND PERSPECTIVE FILMS, Delphine SCHMIT, Lithuania, France, 2018, 11 min 05 s

Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild WolvesToomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves

> The project was pitched at VAF Třeboň 2018.

Perspectives Short Films in Competition

From Under Which Rock Did They Crawl Out
d. Daniel SULJIC, p. ZAGREB FILM, Sanja BORCIC, Croatia, 2018, 5 min 27 s

Winter in the Rainforest


Imbued Life 

d. Ivana BOSNJAK, Thomas JOHNSON, p. BONOBOSTUDIO, Vanja ANDRIJEVIC, Croatia, 2019, 12 min 15 s

Young Audiences Short Films in Competition

The Kite
d. Martin SMATANA, p. BFILM, LTD., Peter BADAC, Czech Republic, 2019, 13 min 10 s
> The project was pitched at VAF Třeboň 2017

Discover the complete list of selected short films here.

The nominee of other categories will be announced shortly: Short films, TV and commissioned films, graduation films: end of March, Feature films: end of April and VR Works: end of April.

It is with great pleasure that the animation film professionals from Central and Eastern European countries – united under the CEE Animation brand – have again accepted the generous offer of Creative Europe MEDIA to be part of their Umbrella Stand at MIFA in Annecy and present the industry, studios, institutions, authors and festivals of the Central and Eastern European animation.


Yes, it's true - we have opened the film submission for the 23rd edition of Black Nights and both of our sub-festivals - youth and children's festival Just Film and animation and short film festival PÖFF Shorts!

We had over 2400 feature-length and over 4000 short and animation submissions last year. Let's see if we can top this!

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will run from the 15th of November until the 1st of December.





Wondering what happened next to the films that were screened at the last edition of Black Nights? We'd like to share some updates from the international festival circuit regarding the alumni of our last year's competition programmes.

The Grand Prix and Best Music award winner Wandering Girl (Colombia-France) by director Ruben Mendoza has just opened Colombia's Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias, having also played at Miami and Havana, screening next at Malaga film festival. The film was praised in Tallinn by the jury led by Andrea Pallaoro and critics writing for magazines such as VarietyThe Hollywood ReporterScreen Daily and Cineuropa.

Another favourite of the jury and critics, Cronofobia (Switzerland) by Francesco Rizzi that played in the First Feature Competition where it won the Special Jury Prize, went on to win the best director and script awards at Max Ophüls festival and has been selected to several well-known festivals, including Hongkong IFF. Read the reviews in Screen Daily and Variety.



Film still: The Little Comrade

We are extremely glad to have screened so many nominees of the Estonian Film and Theatre awards of 2019, including all the Best Film nominees Take it or Leave itThe Little Comrade and Eia's Christmas Mission that had its world premiere as the opening film of the children's and youth film festival Just Film. We are also rooting for the Best Documentary entry Ahto. Chasing Dreams that was awarded the Best Estonian Film award at the last edition of Black Nights.


17 debut film projects will be presented at the Coming Soon sessions during the 10th edition of Meeting Point – Vilnius (MPV). The international audiovisual event will take place April 2–4, during VIFF Kino Pavasaris.

11 fiction and 6 documentary in development features by debuting filmmakers will be presented to a jury comprising of film producers, agents, distributors and festival representatives during special Coming Soon pitching sessions on April 3.

“We are absolutely delighted to have received many applications from all around Europe. This year, we have chosen 17 feature films that cover various stories, narratives and genres. Moreover, I am very pleased that 7 of the selected features are directed by women and 13 are produced by them,” says MPV coordinator Alessandra Pastore.

The lineup includes films from Albania, Italy, Czech Republic, Latvia, Moldova, Hungary, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Poland, France, Lithuania, Sweden, Germany, Romania and Brazil.

From comedies to dark psychological thrillers

The Coming Soon pitching sessions will include Jonid Jorrgji’s comedic road movie imbued with Albanian culture The Lions Heading Venice. The film analyses the concept of faithfulness and the creativity that emerges in liminal situations. Debuting director Antontio Lukich will present a mixture of comedy and drama in his first feature My Thoughts Are Silent. Co-produced with Alla Belaya and Dmytro Sukhanov, the story depicts a man who feels trapped and is eager to escape Ukraine. Most of the film’s comic relief comes from the contrast between its main characters, the introverted son and his extroverted mother.

Another entry comes from Poland, directed by Daria Woszek and produced by Marcin Lech. Marygoround uses dark humour to dissect societal norms, traps and a woman reborn. Vlada Senkova’s first feature Thrillseekers combines comedy and drama to portray three reckless young people willing to risk it all to make money. The sessions will also include The Last Bus, directed by Nandor Lorincz and Ballint Nagy, which was already awarded at the Transilvania Pitch Stop. The film is based on real-life events that prompt a discussion about sexual assault and its impact on the family unit.

Also selected is Marta Ribero’s sensual Portuguese coming of age story Undergrown, produced by Joana Peralta. Dorian Boguta will present his first feature, a psychological thriller Legacy produced by Oana Giurgiu and Hai Hui Entertainment. According to the director, the feature portrays many of his own experiences.  Kasia Hertz will pitch Batrachomyomachia, the story of a fictional town of Tluszcza, located somewhere in the outskirts of Eastern Europe, between the past and the future. Throughout the film, the director asks deep-rooted questions about an invasion of The Other.

Karolis Kaupinis is going to pitch his first feature film Nova Lituania. Produced by Marija Ruzgutė, the film depicts an interwar Baltic geographer and a prime minister planning to save their homeland as World War II approaches. In the end, the most pressing question is whether they should save themselves or others? Another Lithuanian director Marat Sargsyan will present The Flood Won’t Come, a magical realism tale that erases any constraints and analyses the games that people and the authorities play with each other. Austėja Urbaitė’s debut feature The Family, co-produced with France, examines what constitutes a family and love, digging deeper into womanhood and maternal feelings.


This year, 6 feature documentaries will be presented during Coming Soon sessions. Lucia Kašova’s The Sailor offers a haunting observation of loneliness and strong will. Director and producer Dragosh Turea will pitch his debut documentary The Soviet Garden that took almost ten years to film. The director investigates a secret scientific experiment that might have taken place in Moldova.  Liene Linde and Armands Začs from Latvia will come to pitch their documentary 36 Months, which captures the entire period of pregnancy and the transformations that take place within women’s lives and bodies.

Andrej Andrejevic Jr. Tarkovskij, the son of Andrej Tarkovskij is going to present an in-development documentary about his father Tarkovskij – Printed Time. The feature examines the great film director ’s entire life, starting with his early childhood.  Another entry comes from well-known Lithuanian director Vytautas Puidokas. Co-produced with Brazil, El Padre Medico reveals the story of Alexander Ferdinand Bendoraitis, who has spent his life living in a Brazilian jungle pretending to be a European missionary, philanthropist and doctor. In his feature documentary Soviet Man, Ivo Briedis tries to deconstruct and understand the concept of the Soviet man with the help of stories told by the last Soviet and first post-Soviet generations. The film is co-produced with Latvia, Lithuania and Czech Republic.

As one of the most important parts of MPV, Coming Soon sessions provide young and debuting filmmakers with a platform to present projects that are still in development. Some of the projects will receive best pitch prizes, including Marché du Film industry workshop and producers network accreditations, a post-production award established by the Vilnius Film Cluster as well as a special Baltic View prize.

Meeting Point – Vilnius is organized in the framework of Vilnius International Film Festival, supported by Lithuanian Film CentreLithuanian Council of Culture, the City of Vilnius and Creative Europe Desk Lithuania, and in collaboration with Vilnius Film ClusterMAIA WorkshopsConnecting Cottbus, ICO-Independent Cinema Office, Baltic Pitching Forum, Film Fest Portugal, Marché du Film, Golden Apricot Film Festival, Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” industry, Estonia Creative Europe Desk, Latvia Creative Europe Desk.

The complete list of projects

  1. 36 Months, directed by Liene Linde and Armands Začs, produced by Guntis Trekteris, Ego Media, Latvia;
  2. Batrachomyomachia, directed by Kasia Hertz, produced by Wrota Podlasia and Jan Szewczyk, DFFB, Germany/Poland;
  3. El Padre Medico, directed by Vytautas Puidokas, produced by Paulius Juočeris, Mauricio Filho, Gabija Siurbytė, Iron Cat, Lente Viva Filmes, Dansu Films, Lithuania/Brazil;
  4. Legacy, directed by Dorian Boguta, produced by Oana Giurgiu, Hai Hui Entertainment, Romania;
  5. Marygoround, directed by Daria Woszek, produced by Marcin Lech, Jan Pawlicki, Dagmara Molga, Janusz Bielecki, Jutrzenka Studio, Solopan, All Muses, Poland;
  6. My Thoughts Are Silent, directed by Antonio Lukich, produced by Alla Belaya, Dmytro Sukhanov, Toy Cinema, Ukraine;
  7. Nova Lituania, directed by Karolis Kaupinis, produced by Marija Razgutė, M-Films, Lithuania;
  8. Soviet Man, directed by Ivo Briedis, produced by Elina Gedina-Ducena and Gints Grūbe, co-producers Jurga Gluskinienė, Jitka Kotrlova, Mistrus Media, Monoklis, Frame Films, Latvia/Lithuania/Czech Republic;
  9. Tarkovskij – Printed Time, directed by Andrej Andreejevic Tarkovskij Jr., produced by Dimitry Klepatski, Paolo Maria Spina, Peter Krupenin, Klepatski Films, Revolver, Hobab Prod, Russia/Italy/Sweden;
  10. The Family, directed by Austėja Urbaitė, produced by Živilė Gallego, Murielle Thierrin, Fralita Films, Aldabra Films, Lithuania/France;
  11. The Flood Won’t Come, directed by Marat Sarksyan, produced by Ieva Norvilienė, Tremora, Lithuania;
  12. The Last Bus, directed by Nandor Lorincz and Balint Nagy, produced by Agnes Pataki and Monika Mecs, M&M Films, Hungary;
  13. The Lions Heading Venice, directed by Jonid Jorgji, produced by Elkjana Gjipali, Lukas Mracek, EJF Production, Blue Hills Picture, Albania/Czech Republic;
  14. The Sailor, directed by Lucia Kašova, produced by Nazarij Klujev, TOXPRO, Slovakia;
  15. The Soviet Garden, directed by Dragos Turea, produced by Dragos Turea, co-producer Marian Crisan, Parmis Film Studio, Rova Film, Moldova;
  16. The Thrillseekers, directed by Vlada Senkova, produced by Larisa Oleinik, Viktor Labkovich, DOKA, Pervaja Kinovideo Company, Belarus/Russia;
  17. Undergrown, directed by Marta Ribeiro, produced by Joana Peralta, Videolotion, Portugal;