The North Macedonia Film Agency distributed 821,950 EUR / 50.5 m MKD for production grants for feature, short, and documentary films within the second grant call of 2021.

The Film Tax Incentive running in Lithuania for the 9th year has yet again broken the records of success – in 2021 the investment has grown significantly, the number of film projects taking advantage of it has increased, as well as the number of international film projects in Lithuania.

The Trieste Award assigned by the jury (Edvinas Pukšta, Dubravka Lakić, Emanuela Martini) to the best feature film in competition (euro 5.000) goes to ÎNTREGALDE by Radu Muntean (Romania 2021) with the following motivation: the most unpredictable film in the International Feature Film Competition smartly changes gears bridging divergent genres and moods, convincingly blending professional actors with unforgettable local amateurs, and tensely driving us to a surprising destination of genuine tranquillity.

Nobel Prize laureate Olga Tokarczuk, laureate of the Golden Bear Adina Pintilie, award-winning theater director Monika Strzepka, winner of the Gdynia’s Golden Lions Agnieszka Smoczynska and program director of the Sundance festival Kim Yutani – these are just a few outstanding figures from a wide group of artists who used to be members of the jury of the New Horizons International Competition. The call for submissions for this year’s edition of the Competition lasts until March 20. The jury will also be excellent this year, more details soon.

Submit your film

What is the New Horizons International Competition?

The NHIC is the core of the New Horizons International Film Festival; it’s a platform where artistic cinema that extends the boundaries set by conventional filmmakers is presented. The competition is meant for films that constantly push the boundaries of “new horizons.” We look for unique and original narratives, documentaries, essays, and animations that experiment with how the film should look like and communicate with its audience, either following or opposing the traditional concepts. We await creations that demand a vastly different perspective – that provoke to think and feel. Recent winners are Theo and metamorphosis by Damien Odoul, The Metamorphosis of Birds by Catarina Vasconcelos, Bait by Mark Jenkin, Holiday by Isabella Eklöf or Western by Valeska Grisebach.

The Competition includes productions that are longer than 60 minutes and have been produced after 1st of January 2021 (that have never been publicly screened in Poland). The festival organizers prefer world, international, and European premieres. The winner of the New Horizons International Competition will be awarded the Grand Prix and a prize of 15,000 EUR. The Festival audience will be offering their award, too. Submissions are now open at nowehoryzonty.pl and will be accepted until 20th of March 2022.

The 22nd New Horizons International Film Festival will be held on July 21-31 in Wroclaw, Poland.

The special hybrid edition of WEMW is about to kick off and, starting today, 900 film professionals from over 60 different countries will have exclusive access to a wide range of activities, from the traditional real-time presentations of selected projects and work-in-progress, inspirational lectures and case studies, to the more unusual Green Lottery, the Creative Europe Desks Quiz Show and a Musical Plant Installation!

But let’s have a closer look at the 2022 programme: 

1. All pitching sessions & showcases & award ceremony

Participants will enjoy the presentation of 12 fiction films (Jan 24) and 10 feature documentaries (Jan 25) during the Co-Production Forum Pitching sessions. During the MIDPOINT Shorts Showcase (Jan 24), professionals interested in short films will be able to discover 4 short international film projects selected and developed by the program MIDPOINT Shorts 2021-2022. 

Three showcases will be dedicated to works in progressLast Stop Trieste (Jan 24) will show 6 documentary projects in a final editing stage; First Cut+ (Jan 25) will present 8 international work-in-progress feature films previously selected in a new programme including tailor-made modules for enhancing their promotion & audience engagement strategies; This is It (Jan 26) will show 9 work-in-progress feature fiction films and hybrid works with a strong visual and artistic approach with Italian majority or minority co-producers. 

2. Panels and collaboration

Thanks to the close collaboration with several major content partners, WEMW has put together a series of sessions tackling different challenging topics. EAVE will lead the session “Future thinking of data analysis in the audiovisual industry”, where different speakers will look at audiovisual data and potential technological tools to better understand them from different perspectives: streamers, indie European industry, the audience potential of our scripts. For the third year the MIDPOINT Institute, key partner of the Cold Open Drama Series Lab, will organize the lecture “Financing Opportunities for Series”. ESoDoc, co-organizer of the first edition of the Inspirational Lab ‘Impact Pyramid’, will curate the keynote “What happens when Impact & Production dance together?”. ACE Producers will “come back to Trieste” to host the “ACE Interview with Ankica Jurić Tilić”, co-founder of the production company Kinorama. Thanks to the new partnership with MEDICI – The Film Funding Journey (organized by FOCAL), WEMW will dedicate the panels IN THE SPOTLIGHT: UK, Ireland & Russia Funding Landscape and Canada Funding Landscape to the 2022 countries in focus. For the very first time genre cinema will break into When East Meets West and the Fantastic Film Forum of the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival will curate the session “Crossing Genre Cinema. New Trends in Contemporary Genre Cinema”. Last but not least, EWA Network and CIRCLE Doc Accelerator will join forces in discussing how to create a fairer, more equitable and inclusive audiovisual industry in the closing panel “Embracing a New Future and Inclusive Future”. This year, in collaboration with the Documentary Association of Europe, WEMW launched the series Tiny Desk Conversations, informal chats to introduce a variety of topics and a few special guests from the 2022 countries in focus. 

3. Round tables with decision makers & producers from the 2022 spotlight territories

The 2022 edition will also feature a rich programme entirely dedicated to producers attending the market. Producers interested in deepening their knowledge on editorial line of doc & fiction sales, commissioning editors as well as training initiatives will have at their disposal 7 hours between Jan 24 and 25, and 32 decision makers in the section WHO IS WHO | Meet the Decision Makers. While as part of the 2022 East & West countries in focus, participants will have the chance to attend special lectures and round-tables dedicated to this year’s spotlight countries: Russia, UK, Ireland, Canada and USA. A wide range of topics will be addressed by local key players and producers.  

4. Out of the box

To counterbalance these industry activities, WEMW has teamed up with several friends from the industry and, after the success of the 2021 edition, is about to launch a completely renewed out of the box programme where registered producers will be able to do magic tricks together with festivals, markets and sales representatives during The Magic Co-Production, learn more about their hopes and dreams in The Magic Wishlist, and take part in this year’s Quiz Show dedicated to the Creative Europe Desks’ secrets. Widely successful in 2021, we are glad to bring back the Fortune Teller Corner where film issues are solved with the help of a tarot deck. 

This year, even more than for the last ‘out of the box’ edition, contents and formats have gone hand in hand with a very simple underlying idea: new generation, same heart!

Register now at live.wemw.it

Kids Kino Docs is a new development programme addressed to filmmakers from Poland and Norway who would like to make documentary films and series for young audiences. Application deadline is 7.02.2022.

Kids Kino Docs is much more than a script development programme, participants under guidance of leading tutors will not only focus on developing the story but will work on different aspects of production.

During the 15 months long programme, our tutors, Kirsten Bonnén Rask and Paweł Ziemilski, and international guest experts, will also help the filmmakers in a process of collecting documentation, preparing for filming, filming itself, and, finally, editing.

As a result, the participants should finish the programme with a well-developed story and part of the shooting material ready, with an editing process started.

Additionally, participants will have a chance to get partial support for the project’s development including documentation, editing, or shooting.

APPLY HERE: https://kidskinoindustry.pl/kids-kino-docs/

The second day of the Malta Film Week, themed ‘It’s About the Economy, Creating Careers’, started with a panel discussion with Maltese Government executives and professionals where the best strategies to push the local audiovisual industry were discussed. The main objective is to strengthen the domestic tv and film industry by education, training and funding to expand internationally after.

Amongst those participating in these sessions, there were Minister for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government Jose Herrera, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection Ronald Mizzi, Film Commissioner Johann Grech, amongst other professionals.

Minister for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government Jose Herrera said that Malta offers a unique and particular environment for the Film Industry at large. He said that Malta has attracted film producers for decades, since it offers a unique and particular environment, including unique heritage, traditions, and buildings.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection Ronald Mizzi said that the Malta is not only home to great people and talent but also home to great infrastructure with training institutions and education. 

Film Commissioner Johann Grech, highlighted that the Malta Film Commission is committed to keep creating opportunities for the generations to come. He stressed that the Malta Film Commission is committed to support further local co-productions and also to increase funding opportunities for Maltese producers working on foreign productions.

During the panels that followed, a discussion was held related to the current financial incentives and schemes relating to the Film Industry. During the panel discussion, it was mentioned that the Government of Malta has recently updated its cash rebate to 40% of eligible expenditure. Feature film, Television film or Television Series or Mini-Series, Animation, Creative documentary, Transmedia and Cross-media productions are all eligible for the incentives, provided that they are all or partially produced in Malta. Local Film Incentives, such as incentives from Screen Malta were also discussed in detail during the panel discussion.Day 2 was concluded with a Masterclass session entitled, “The Art and Business of Film Production, where veteran Hollywood producer Craig Baumgarten offered his insight into the complex world of producing film content for the international market.a style="background-color: initial; font-style: italic;" onclick="window.open('/a href="/><br /></a></p>"

This Monday, on the first event of the Malta Film Film week, a Vision for the Film Industry, entitled ‘2030 Vision – A Stage for Everyone’s stories’ was launched.

During his speech, Film Commissioner Johann Grech said that the Malta Film Week is a first for the Film Industry in Malta.

“The Malta Film Week and the Malta Film Awards generated quite a debate nationwide. I don’t remember this kind of debate and engagement before in the film industry, the Film Commissioner said.

The Film Commissioner described the Malta Film Industry as an industry which keeps moving forward, even during hard times. He labelled the Maltese Film Industry as one which is growing everyday, creating more jobs, and having an ever-growing number of stakeholders.

The Film Commissioner highlighted the vision of the Government of Malta and the Film Commission for the years to come.

“Our vision is about people who want to work in the film industry. Our action plan is about creating those opportunities.

Its about securing people’s jobs, creating careers. Building better a sustainable film industry.”

The Vision 2030 will result in a number of economic benefits resulting in increased capacity, creative and technical talent development, the creation of more jobs and more economic benefits for Malta, higher employment income for Maltese workers, better working conditions in a more structured and established industry, and higher gross value added for the Maltese economy.

This is the real value we want. A strong, resilient film industry, where it becomes the stage of opportunity, for the generations to come.

Malta is renowned as an ideal film making destination within the global film sector, with versatile locations, the world renowned water tanks, excellent crews, a professional and highly respected workforce, and a strong cash-rebate programme for international productions.

Film Commissioner Johann Grech highlighted that although there are encouraging results, there is certainly much more to do for Malta to remain amongst the top countries in Europe for film making. In the coming years, incentives for local producers will be strengthened, as they will get to benefit from the cash rebate programme when producing for the local market.

“We will be helping the local indigenous sector, improving the production value of their works, ensuring that the local workforce from producers, directors, writers, technical crew, and front of camera are paid fairly for their work.”

He mentioned that local producers have the potential to co-produce with our European counterparts and beyond and thus, the co-production fund shall not be limited only to co-producing in Malta but also to local co-producers producing abroad. These incentives, will provide Maltese producers the opportunity to access even larger pools of production financing.

Amongst other things, the Film Commissioner mentioned that the Malta Film Commission will be working with all stakeholders, and the Film Week is an opportunity to star having serious conversations about different aspects of the Malta Film Industry, including training facilities and incentives, further promotion about Malta as a destination and its locations and further programmes to promote the local industry.

The Film Commissioner pledged that the Malta Film Commission will keep committed to create opportunities for all, create further career opportunities, and work towards having a better and more sustainable film industry.

Visegrad Film Forum has announced the names of the first two guests. Renowned filmmakers Jim Stark and Eddy Joseph who have collaborated with world-class directors on dozens of notorious films such as Batman, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Casino Royale or Coffee and Cigarettes will visit Bratislava to share their expertise in informal lectures. After a two-year break, the Visegrad Film Forum will take place as an on-site event on 15-19 March 2022 at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and at the Lumière Cinema in Bratislava.

Digital Services Act

13/01: Digital Services Act: Time to end the Digital ‘Wild West’ says Arba Kokalari – The Parliament

EPP Group Shadow Rapporteur says MEPs must seize the opportunity of upcoming DSA plenary vote to create a more innovative, competitive and safer European digital market.

Creative Europe

13/01: Creative Europe: Increased budget in 2022 to support cultural and creative sectors – European Commission

The Commission has adopted the 2022 work programme of Creative Europe, which will be followed by the launch of the relevant calls for proposals. With a budget of around €385 million, nearly €100 million more compared to 2021, Creative Europe strengthens its support to creative and cultural partners taking due account of the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the growing global competition.

Audiovisual Media Services Directive

10/01: Updated tracking table by the European Audiovisual Observatory - EAO 

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) was last revised in autumn 2018. The European Commission set the deadline for transposition into national legislation as being the 19 September 2020. The following table shows the actual state of play in each EU Member State.

Intellectual Property Rights

10/01: €47 million fund to protect intellectual property of EU SMEs in their COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions – European Commission

The Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched the new EU SME Fund, which offers vouchers for EU-based SMEs to help them protect their intellectual property (IP) rights.

French Presidency of the EU

07/01: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Macron on the presentation of the programme of activities of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU - European Commission

01/01: Programme of the Presidency -  UEFRANCE22

France has published its programme for the next six months. The programme details the priorities and guidelines for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2022.

European Parliament

03/01: Coming up in 2022: digital issues, green transition, health - European Parliament

Digital issues, public health and the road to climate neutrality are among the main topics on Parliament's agenda for 2022. Find out what to expect.

Recent studies

EUIPO - Online Copyright Infringement in the European Union: Music, Films and TV (2017-2020), Trends and Drivers - December 2021

EAO -  Animation films and TV series in Europe - December 2021

Events

January/February: Fourth meeting of the European Commission Stakeholders dialogue on access to and availability of audiovisual content across the EU (final date tbc)

25 January: Presidency conference on audiovisual in Angers  ““Independence in Support of Creativity” - Audiovisual and Cinema Conference” – more information here

26-27 January: JURI committee meeting

3-4 February: UNIC Cinema Days

14 February: European Commission Film Forum on sustainability and AV - more details to follow