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Dear colleagues and friends,

We would like to inform you about the upcoming first edition of FILM MUSIC CONTEST, international competition of original film and TV music that will take place April 2 – 4, 2019 in Košice, Slovakia.

FILM MUSIC CONTEST is the first ever international competition of film and TV music in Slovakia designed for composers, musicians, bands, producers, feature and short film makers, video artists and graphic designers from all over the world.

The FMC project has launched at the 71st Festival de Cannes/Marché du Film, where it was met with great interest and positive reactions from the professionals in audiovisual industry and where it formed first international partnerships.

The main goal of the project is to offer professionals as well as young aspiring artists an opportunity to showcase their work, take part in an international competition and vie for prizes worth up to 10 000€ in total.

You can submit your work via online form into three different categories:

Ø  Music Competition

Ø  Film Competition

Ø  Graphic Competition

The submission deadline for all three competitions is March 10, 2019.

The winners will be announced during a Gala-event taking place April 2 – 4, 2019 in the historical town ofKošice in the East Slovakia, accompanied by concerts and film screenings. An international jury of film and music experts will choose the winners.

The FMC jury members are Vlado Meller (USA), master of music mastering and two-time GRAMMY Award winner,Rudolf Geri (SK), renowned film music composer and artistic director of music company Gedur, and Paul Wiffen (UK), musician, pianist, sound designer and music programmer.


More information about the project here:

The Czech and Film Television Academy (CFTA) has published the nominated television projects that reached the three highest positions in the voting of the academics in the two television categories. In the category of the best television film or miniseries the following three miniseries got the most votes: Dukla 61, Methanol and Redl.  The series Dubbing Street, Professor T. and Rabies have been nominated in the category of the best television drama series. Unlike the films that enter the competition for the Czech Lions automatically providing they have fulfilled the conditions of the statutes, the broadcasters themselves have to register their projects for the two television categories. This year the following subjects submitted their projects: Czech Television, TV Nova and FTV Prima. The winners in the film as well as television categories will be announced during the ceremonial gala evening of the 26th annual Czech Lion awards in Rudolfinum on Saturday 23rd March 2019.

In January the CFTA revealed the nominations in the film categories where the film Toman directed and produced by Ondřej Trojan is in the best position with its 13 nominations. Ten nominations were received by two films – The Hastrman directed by Ondřej Havelka and the film Winter Flies directed by Olmo Omerzu. These three films are followed by the films Golden Sting by Radim Špaček with 9 nominations, Jan Palach by Robert Sedláček with 8 nominations and Insect by Jan Švankmajer with 5 nominations. Now the academy is revealing the projects that can obtain the awards for television production in two categories on the 23rd March 2019.

Three television broadcasters nominated their projects this year – Czech Television, TV Nova and FTV Prima and the academics were choosing from those in a one-round voting. In the category of the best television film or miniseries among the first three most successful projects there are three television miniseries Dukla 61 (Czech Television, directed by David Ondříček), Methanol (Czech Television, directed by Tereza Kopáčová) and Redl (Czech Television, directed by Jan Hřebejk). In the category of the best television drama series the most votes were obtained by the series Dubbing Street (Czech Television, directed by Petr Zelenka), Professor T. (TV Nova, directed by Tomáš Mašín and Michal Blaško) and Rabies (Czech Television, directed by Tomáš Bařina).

The winners of the film as well as television categories will be announced at the Czech Lion ceremonial gala evening that will take place in Prague’s Rudolfinum on Saturday 23th March 2019. The gala evening will be newly hosted by Václav Kopta and it will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. by the CT1 channel.


For the first time this year the CFTA gives the fans of Czech film an opportunity to watch the films nominated for the year of 2018 either in the cinema or online. The CineStar network of multiplex cinemas will hold a festival of the films that have been nominated for the Czech Lion awards all over the Czech Republic from 2nd to 19th March and the best films of last year will return to the cinemas then.  

People will also be able to watch the nominated films online on the website Thanks to the cooperation with the films will be available from 18th to 31st March. Apart from the films that have been nominated this year the website also offers an ever growing collection of Czech films that were either nominated or got the Czech Lion award in the past years.



Dukla 61 – miniseries, directed by David Ondříček, produced by Michal Reitler, screenplay by Jakub Režný and Matěj Podzimek                                       

Methanol (Metanol) – miniseries, directed by Tereza Kopáčová, produced by Michal Reitler, screenplay by Lenka Szántó and Matěj Podzimek                                  

Redl (Rédl) – miniseries, directed by Jan Hřebejk, produced by Jan Štern, screenplay by Miro Šifra     



Dubbing Street (Dabing Street) – directed by Petr Zelenka, produced by Kateřina Ondřejková, screenplay by Petr Zelenka
Professor T. (Profesor T.) – directed by Tomáš Mašín and Michal Blaško, produced by Matěj Chlupáček, Maja Hamplová and Bernd Alexa, screenplay by Petr Jarchovský, Michal Samir and Evita Naušová
Rabies (Vzteklina) directed by Tomáš Bařina, produced by Josef Viewegh, screenplay by Jan Stehlík

Czech Lion

The Czech Lion is a prestigious Czech film award that has been presented since 1993. Films are evaluated based on the voting of the members of the Czech Film and Television Academy. The ceremonial gala evening will take place in Dvořák’s Hall of Prague’s Rudolfinum on Saturday 23rd March 2019 and it will be broadcast live by Czech Television on CT1 at 8 p.m.

About the Czech Film and Television Academy:

The Czech Film and Television Academy was founded in 1995 and in 2013 it was transformed into a registered association. Its main aim is to support and promote Czech cinematographic art in the Czech Republic as well as abroad and create conditions for the development of Czech film. The CFTA awards the most prestigious Czech film award – the Czech Lion and nominates Czech films or documentary features for the awards of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The CFTA consists of 306 members at the moment.

EP Legal Affairs committee vote on the Copyright Directive

Brussels, 26th February 2019

Today, the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee adopted the provisional agreement on the Copyright Directive by 16 votes in favour and 9 against. As representatives of hundreds of thousands of authors, including film/TV directors, writers, literary translators, composers, songwriters, and screenwriters in Europe, we welcome this strong, cross-party support leading to the final adoption of the Directive.

We warmly thank all the MEPs who supported the Copyright Directive and in particular those who fought hard to strengthen the authors’ bargaining power and improve their remuneration. Today’s vote sends a positive and historical signal to all citizens who want to write, compose, create and be fairly remunerated for their work.

We now encourage all Members of the European Parliament to formally adopt the Copyright Directive without further delay.


The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA)

The European Writers Council (EWC)

The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA)

The Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE)

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The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 27 European countries. With 57 member organizations across Europe, the Alliance speaks for the interests of music creators of art & classical music (contemporary), film & audiovisual music, as well as popular music.


EU Transparency Register ID: 71423433087-91

EWC, founded in 1977 in Germany and newly constituted in 2006 in Brussels as an international non-profit organisation, the European Writers’ Council is the federation of 45 European national organisations of professional writers and literary translators in all genres in 34 countries. EWC’s members represent more than 160,000 authors in the book sector.


EU Transparency Register ID: 56788289570-24

The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), founded in 1980, represents film and TV directors at European level, with 35 directors’ associations as members from 29 countries. We speak for more than 20,000 European screen directors, representing their cultural, creative and economic interests.


EU Transparency Register ID: 29280842236-21


The Federation of Screenwriters Europe is a network of national and regional associations, guilds and unions of writers for the screen in Europe, created in June 2001. It comprises 25 organisations from 19 countries, representing more than 7,000 screenwriters in Europe.


EU Transparency Register ID: 642670217507-74

STRASBOURG: The European Audiovisual Observatory has released a mapping report commissioned by EFAD’s, addressing the need for comparative data and analysis on the different initiatives and rules in support of the promotion of European works.

Download it free here. European Audiovisual Observatory figures show that European films make up 27.5% of the European film market compared with 66.2% for US movies. European TV series episodes represent 19% of subscription VoD catalogues and 24% of titles available on transactional VoD. Europe has been making a concerted effort to boost its TV and film content in European markets since the late eighties. Almost thirty years on, a whole range of measures exists to tip the playing field in favour of the next Borgen, or the next Amélie Poulain or the next Cold War, whatever they may be. The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg has just released a brand new mapping report which compares the various measures aimed at promoting European film and TV programmes in Europe.

SOFIA: Twelve films have been selected for the International Competition of the 23rd edition of Sofia International Film Festival and will compete for the Grand Prix Sofia – City of Film Prize, provided by the Sofia Municipality. The most important film festival in Bulgaria will be held this year from 7 to 17 March, with additional screenings in Plovdiv, Burgas and Varna till 28 March 2019.

This year, Europa Distribution goes back to Bordeaux to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its collaboration with Cartoon Movie. Since 2009, thanks to this partnership, hundreds of independent film distributors have had the possibility to attend one of the most important market and pitching event for European animated films.

WARSAW: The awarded Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska is currently shooting her first English language film, The Other Lamb. The film is an Irish/US/Belgian coproduction by Academy Awarded producers David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox of Whiplash.

SARAJEVO: Admissions are open for the second edition of Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival. The festival will focus on documentaries intended for television broadcasting and it will take place in Sarajevo from 20 to 24 September 2019.

The FilmFestival Cottbus and connecting cottbus kick off a festival year full of innovations

The FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) and the East-West co-production market connecting cottbus (coco) celebrated the official start of a new festival year with their traditional East European Brunch at the 69th Berlinale. The international industry meeting serves as stage for presenting the GWFF Promotion Prize and the Special Pitch Award, as well as a preview of the upcoming 29th edition of the festival (5 to 10 November 2019), which has some innovations in store.

FFC Programme Director Bernd Buder announced at the East European Brunch in the Representation of the Federal State of Brandenburg to the Federation in Berlin, that films from Finland, Greece and Turkey will enrich the festival programme as of this year. "We want to highlight the cultural and historical connections that exist between the countries that have been present at the FFC so far and those that are now being added," explained Bernd Buder. "Expanding the geographical diversity allows us to take a new and closer look at Eastern Europe and its eastern neighbours.“

Once again, an expert team of curators will be responsible of selecting the films for the FFC programme. From this year on, Nikolaj Nikitin will join the team. Since 2002 he has been a delegate of the Berlinale for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Baltic States, the Caucasus republics, Central Asia, Mongolia, Finland, Norway and Sweden. In 2013 Nikitin also initiated "SOFA – School of Film Agents", a training project for film mediators. 
"I look forward to joining the renowned FFC team," says Nikolaj Nikitin. "Over the years, I have closely observed the development of this highly professional festival with a clear profile and for me it is one of the most important, focused meeting points between East and West, not only in the German-speaking area but also in a pan-European context.“

Larisa Glebova from Russia received the EUR 4,500 Promotion Prize of the Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrechten mbH (GWFF). Dr. Gertraude Müller-Ernstberger, Managing Director of GWFF, presented the prize to the 23-year-old production student from the St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television. Glebova produced BEDROOM TOWN (Director: Stanislav Malkov), which screened in the short film competition of the FilmFestival Cottbus in 2017. 

The Special Pitch Award went to Sergey Dvortsevoy. This award enables the Russian director to participate in the 21st East-West co-production market connecting cottbus, where he will pitch his new project. At the 28th FilmFestival Cottbus, Dvortsevoy won the Main Prize for Best Film and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury with his film AYKA. 
The 21st East-West co-production market connecting cottbus will take place from 6 to 8 November 2019. Important industry representatives such as film producers, sales agents and distributors from all parts of Europe will come together to inform themselves about new ideas and trends in international co-productions and to promote exciting film projects in their initial stage as well as works in post-production. For the first time there will be an additional official preparation day, where the project participants will receive intensive, tailor-made feedback and advice about pitch, financing, sales and marketing.

About the FilmFestival Cottbus 
The 29th FilmFestival Cottbus will take place from 5 to 10 November 2019. In four competitions and numerous side sections, the FFC will show around 200 films competing for prize money of more than EUR 80,000 and the coveted prize sculpture LUBINA (Sorbian: the Lovely). 
Over 22,000 spectators attended the Festival of Eastern European Film in Cottbus in 2018.
The 29th FilmFestival Cottbus is decisively supported by the Federal State of Brandenburg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, the city of Cottbus, the Federal Foreign Office and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

For further information as well as for broadcast- and print-quality images, please contact our PR and Marketing Manager Anne-Kathrin Rensch.

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Photos of the East European Brunch can be found on the website of the FilmFestival Cottbus: