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EMERGING PRODUCERS 2020, 8th Edition October 24 –29, 2019 / 23rd Ji.hlava IDFF / Czech Republic February 17 – 22, 2020 / Berlin / Germany

Promotional and networking project presenting a new generation of talented European documentary film producers.

The aim of the project is to introduce an up-and-coming generation of talented European producers to professionals from various fields of the film industry. The project creates a platform for meetings of film professionals with an emphasis on documentary cinematography.

The project is organised and curated by Ji.hlava IDFF. The selection of producers will be announced during summer 2019.


- A producer with a several years’ experience in the local market (i.e. not a student or recent graduate) with a capacity for professional growth and with ambitions to be active on the European market - At least one realized film (fiction or documentary, mid-length or feature) which has entered theatrical distribution, has been screened at a festival etc. - Producers from all European countries are eligible. The guest country of the Emerging Producers 2020 edition is Taiwan.

More information at:

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2019 Contact: Jarmila Outratová / Head of Industry Office / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SIBIU: Admissions for the competition sections of the 26th edition of Astra Film Festival are open till 25 March 2019. The most important event dedicated to non-fiction cinema in Romania will take place in Sibiu from 14 to 20 October 2019.

BUCHAREST: The Sisters Brothers by Jacques Audiard won four French César Awards, including best director. The awards were announced on 22 February 2019.

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.

EU Copyright Directive

13/02: Agreement reached on digital copyright rules – European Parliament

Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to a deal reached on copyright rules which also contains safeguards on freedom of expression.

13/02: EU copyright rules adjusted to the digital age – European Council

The EU is amending its copyright legal framework to make it fit-for-purpose in today's digital environment. Representatives of the Romanian presidency of the Council  reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on a draft directive that introduces changes to existing EU copyright rules as part of creating a true EU digital single market.

13/02: Digital Single Market: EU negotiators reach a breakthrough to modernise copyright rules – European Commission

The European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission found a political agreement to make the copyright rules fit for digital era in Europe and bring tangible benefits to all creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, cultural heritage institutions, and citizen.

EU Platform-to-Business Regulation

14/02: Online platforms required by law to be more transparent with EU businesses – European Parliament

EU lawmakers agreed on a set of measures to halt unfair practices in the digital market. More than a million EU enterprises trade via platforms to reach their customers.

14/02: Questions and answers – EU negotiators agree to set up new European rules to improve fairness of online platforms’ trading practices – European Commission

EU Elections 2019

18/02: First seat projections for the next European Parliament – European Parliament

Parliament released the first seat projections, based on a cross-section of national polls, for the composition of the next (9th) European Parliament.

Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU 

12/02: Romanian EU Council Presidency: Presenting a united front – The Parliament Magazine

The Romanian EU Council Presidency comes at a time of multiple challenges for Europe, writes Claudia Ţapardel.


19-20 March: EP Creative Week

25 March: EU SatCab Directive - European Parliament plenary sitting

25-28 March: EU Single Use Plastics Directive - European Parliament plenary sitting

8-12 April: EUIPO Working Group meetings

Al Jazeera Balkans announces a Call to authors and production companies to participate in the second edition of the Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival (AJB DOC), which will take place in Sarajevo from 20th to 24th September 2019. The Festival will focus on documentary films intended for television broadcasting.

Warsaw, 22nd February 2019 - The new Polish 30% cash rebate scheme that was announced last year is active now. The scheme is based on first come, first serve rule and the Polish Film Institute has just begun to accept applications.

After many years of effort by the local film industry, Poland finally got its own incentive scheme. From February 2019 the Polish Film Institute, the main funding body supporting film production in the country, provides access to a generous 30% cash rebate on productions, including feature films, animations, documentaries and series made in Poland.

The scheme is managed by the Polish Film Institute and offers reimbursement of production costs incurred in Poland in the amount of 30% of Polish eligible expenditures. The funds come directly from the state budget and are distributed throughout the year on the first come, first served basis. At least 10% of the annual budget is intended to support animated productions.

Reimbursement is available for feature films, animations, documentaries and series - fiction, animated and documentary. The return is available for the production of Polish and international co-productions and services provided for foreign productions. To apply for support a Polish partner or company registered in Poland is required.

To enter the scheme an applicant needs to pass the qualification test and meet minimum spending thresholds. The minimum spending levels are different for different genres – i.e. for feature films the threshold has been set at PLN 2.5 million (approx. EUR 600,000 for those applying in 2019 (increase to PLN 3 million / EUR 715,000 next year and PLN 4 million / EUR 950,000 from 2021), for feature animation on PLN 1 million (EUR 240,000) and documentaries on PLN 300,000 (EUR 70,000). The producers of series need to prepare to spend at least EUR 240,000 per episode in case of fiction live action series; and PLN 1 million (EUR 240,000) per season in case of documentary or animated series. There is a cap per project – PLN 15 million (EUR 3.33 million) and a cap per applicant per calendar year – PLN 20 million (EUR 4.76 million). The reimbursement is paid after the presentation and positive verification of the final report on production or the stage of work covered by the support.

Applications are submitted in Polish and can be made at the earliest 6 months before and at the latest 2 months before the start of the part of the production to which the application relates. The Polish Film Institute takes up to 28 calendar days to assess the application.

In addition to the new incentive scheme Poland offers extensive opportunities for film and TV productions, from a wide range of diverse locations, through an experienced pool of incredible local talents who have been responsible for a wealth of outstanding films including the Oscar nominated “Cold War” by Paweł Pawlikowski or the European Film Awards winner “Another Day of Life” by Damian Nenow and Raúl de la Fuente, up to state-of-the-art facilities and sound stages.

More information about the 30% cash rebate scheme is available at the Polish Film Institute website:  

The 26th edition of Astra Film Festival, the most important event dedicated to non-fiction cinema in Romania, held from October 14th-20th, 2019, awaits its film submissions in the competition sections of AFF 2019, the deadline for submitting entries being March 25th. Nonfiction film professionals have 4 weeks to complete the sign-up process.

An essential part of the East Doc Platform is the presentation Czech Docs... Coming Soon dedicated to Czech documentary projects.

The eight Visegrad Film Forum will welcome the Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa. He has been exceptionally successful in the last year and his films are highly desired by many renowned film festivals.

 Visegrad Film Forum will host top-notch filmmakers from all over the world for the eight time. From the 19th to the 23rd of March they will introduce themselves to the public in an informal atmosphere via lectures and their best-known films.

Controversial filmmaker of a festival favorite?

We are, of course, talking about the ambitious Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa. In a single year, he managed to show three of his films at three A-list festivals. His name started to show up in the news after he shot the documentary Maidan (2004). The feature captures the passionate civil protest against Viktor Yanukovych, the president of Ukraine at the time. Of the countless hours of material, he managed to produce a portrait of an awakening nation with a newfound identity. Later, he stirred the waters again with the feature Austerlitz (2016). In this black and white documentary he visits concentration camps and observes the behavior of tourists that pass through daily.

His last two documentaries have lured the attention of festivals and praise from critics. One of them is Victory Day (2018), that had its’ world premiere at the festival in Berlin and The Trial (2018), that was introduced in Venice.

Apart from documentaries, he has done live-action films My Joy (2010) and a war feature In the Fog (2012), that premiered in Cannes. He was nominated for a Golden Palm in Cannes for the movie A Gentle Creature (2017), that is inspired by the Dostoyevsky novel of the same name. A year later at the same festival he received an award for best director in the category Un Certain Regard for the movie Donbass (2018). The film consists of 13 episodes, each telling a story from the enemy-held area from 2014 to 2015.

Woman behind the camera?

Kirsten Johnson, the director, producer and cinematographer from New York bas more than 40 documentaries under her belt. She worked as a principal cinematographer on the Oscar winning movie Citizenfour (2014) about a former analyst of an American security agency and The Invisible War (2012), documenting sexual abuse in the army, which was Oscar-nominated. Furthermore, she worked as a cinematographer with the director Michael Moore on the documentary about the USA after the 9/11 attacks called Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004). She also contributed to a feature called Risk (2016), that follows the story of Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.

Her own documentary Cameraperson premiered at the Sundance festival in 2016. It connects radical shots from the war in Middle East and her personal childhood materials as well as material from the dying days of her late mother.

Do you know the film schools of the V4 countries?

Visegrad Film Forum brings new chances for film schools of the V4, which is why we continue with the exchanging of partner schools. Students from The Tomas Bata University in Zlín will introduce their films, representing the Czech Republic. Students from WRiTV in Katowice form the Polish delegation. Representing Hungary will be the students of SZFE in Budapest. The home team will be well represented by one of the co-organizers of the event – the Film and TV Faculty VŠMU.

Early bird accreditations valued at 20 EUR (10 EUR for students) are available only until 19.2.2019, after that the price goes up.

Visegrad Film Forum 2019

Date: March 19-23, 2019

Place: Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Venue: Film and TV Faculty VŠMU