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

6 months of editing, marketing & distribution tailor made for your documentary in the rough cut stage

With the upcoming plenary vote, the European Parliament can still turn the Digital Service Act into an opportunity for the EU to play a global role in making the internet a safer space for everyone.

The Czech Lion knows the nominations for the year of 2021, the results were published today by the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA). Altogether 184 academics were choosing from 84 feature actors’ films, documentary features, animated and short films and television works of art that had fulfilled the statutes of the Czech Lion Awards.

Cinema platform CinExpress, with the financial support of the Georgian National Film Center, publishes an electronic magazine, which will be available to a mass audience at the end of January free of charge.

The short animated film Suzie in the Garden by director Lucie Sunková made it to the Generation Kplus Competition section of the 72nd Berlinale. This category dedicated to child audiences offers dozens of short films every year, including animated ones. The last representative of Czech animation in 2020 was the student film Lístek (Leaf), which was directed by Aliona Baranova.

Brussels: Friday 14 January 2022 - The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the industry grouping representing the interests of European cinema trade associations and operators across 39 territories, has today issued a rallying call for all involved in the European and global cinema industry to support the sector as its strong recovery from the impacts of COVID accelerates into 2022.

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 BatmanPink Floyd: The WallCasino 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.

„Creating a space for aspiring filmmakers and film enthusiasts to peek behind the „film curtain“ – behind the scenes of how a film is made – has always been our goal. The pandemic situation has prevented us from realizing this as a live event in recent years, but we believe that despite the recurring adversity we will prepare the next edition during March 2022 at the best possible quality level and in a safe form for every guest and participant“ says event director Jakub Viktorín.

The producer`s role in independent filmmaking

Producer Jim Stark has helped many iconic independent directors and their films come to light. Early in his career, he worked with director Jim Jarmusch on Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Night on Earth (1991), and produced two vignettes from Coffee and Cigarettes (1986). He also collaborated on La Gomera (2019), which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and Foxtrot (2019), which won the Silver Lion at Venice.

The unique atmosphere of the film, enhanced by the sound

Sound engineer Eddy Joseph is the recipient of a BAFTA for sound in the film directed by Alan Parker, Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), and several nominations for Flight 93 (2006), Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and Quantum of Solace (2008). He has more than 70 feature films to his credit, including iconic films such as Batman (1989), Casino Royale (2006) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) among others.

What is the Visegrad Film Forum?

The Visegrad Film Forum is a networking and educational event bringing together film students and professionals from the film industry on an international level. It constitutes a platform for discussion about what goes behind the making of a film and also about current trends in cinema. Over five days, it will offer a rich audiovisual programme of lectures and screenings accompanied by debates with renowned filmmakers.

International participation of partner schools

The Visegrad Film Forum will once again present student projects from partner film schools. The meetings that will follow the screenings will provide a space for students to discuss not only the films, but also the filmmaking conditions and the system of teaching at the selected schools. In addition to the co-organiser, the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, the V4 partner schools will include the Film Academy of Miroslav Ondříček in Písek (FAMO), the Eszterházy Károly University in Eger and the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Four more partner schools will soon be announced by the organisers.

The Visegrad Film Forum (VFF) will be held in parallel with the FEBIOFEST Bratislava International Film Festival, which will take place from 16-22 March 2022. Accreditations purchased at the VFF will also be valid for events organised within the framework of Febiofest. VFF accreditations can be purchased in advance for a discounted price.

Current pandemic measures

The Visegrad Film Forum will take place as an on-site event in compliance with current pandemic measures, which will be closely monitored by the organisers, and all participants will be informed of their development.

The New Horizons Association (the organiser of the Kids Kino IFF, the Kids Kino Industry co-production forum, and the Kids Kino Lab script development workshops) and the South Norwegian Film Centre (Sornorsk filmsenter) present a new programme: Kids Kino Docs. The first call for projects began on 3rd of January and will run until 7th of February, 2022.

The Kids Kino Docs programme is addressed to filmmakers from Poland and Norway who would like to make documentary films and series for young audiences.

Two calls for projects for the new programme will be organised in 2022. Each of them will result in 6 projects selected to take part in 4 workshop sessions in Poland and Norway and will be developed during the 15 months long programme. Additional plans include shooting sessions, film documentations, and online consultations supervised by the leading tutors, Kirsten Bonnén Rask and Paweł Ziemilski, and international guest experts. 

The programme will provide filmmakers with an opportunity to develop their projects in an international community of documentary film professionals. As part of the process, participants will work on a variety of aspects: improving their ideas, collecting documentation, preparing for filming, filming itself, and, finally, editing.

First call for projects: 3rd January – 7th February 2022.
Read more about the programme: https://kidskinoindustry.pl/kids-kino-docs/

Our Tutors:
Kirsten Bonnén Rask has 40+ years of experience as a script consultant, in parallel to being a decision maker, teacher and project developer. Her services span all production types and formats, with multiple best script/film awards. Kirsten has also worked with Lars von Trier, Lone Scherfig and Bille August just to mention some. During the 40+ years she has read and advised on many hundred stories – shorts, series, features, documentaries. Kirsten is also a tutor at Kids Kino Lab programme.
Paweł Ziemilski, graduate of Film Directing at Lodz Film School, DOK PRO at Wajda School and Sociology at Warsaw University. Paweł is a film director, producer and co-owner of MX35 studio. His films ("In Touch", "Urban Cowboys", "Rogalik") received wide publicity at numerous film festivals around the world and won prestigious prizes (IDFA, Thessaloniki IFF, ZagrebDox, Oberhausen ISFF). Paweł is also a lecturer at The Polish National Film School in Łódź where he runs an experimental documentary lab.

Kids Kino Docs is an extension of the Kids Kino Lab script development workshops, where documentary productions were developed alongside feature and film and series projects. The goal of the new programme is to create a space dedicated to documentary films and series for young audiences.

Kids Kino Docs together with KidsKino Industry and Kids Kino Lab are the industry events accompanying Kids Kino IFF. Every year, selected film and series projects for young audiences take part in the Kids Kino Lab script development workshop, to be later presented alongside other projects at the Kids Kino Industry co-production forum. The forum is aimed at creating a space to connect filmmakers and their potential business partners to co-work on a project.

The New Horizons Association is a non-governmental organisation whose main objective is to promote and popularise unconventional ambitious arthouse cinematography through organisation of film festivals (New Horizons IFF, American Film Festival, Kids Kino IFF) and educational programmes (The New Horizons of Film Education) as well as running a cinema in Wrocław (Kino Nowe Horyzonty) and film distribution.

The Kids Kino Docs programme is co-financed by the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

After the last successful ‘out of the box’ edition, the new generation of WEMW will mix the warm, professional and playful atmosphere of all the previous on-site and online editions. WEMW 2022 will be a hybrid space designed to bridge the distance between real experience and virtual reality, a universe where hybrid connections will mingle with virtual meetings and real emotions.

Get your ONLINE ACCREDITATION and have direct access to an outstanding selection of projects and to a rich series of lectures and panels. Once again our brand-new digital platform will grant easy access to more than 500 decision makers and producers from all over the world and for the first time we will provide a hybrid match-making service to facilitate connections amongst all attendees.

The WEMW Digital Universe will create a unique experience for all our online participants and will offer a wide range of business, networking and entertaining opportunities such as:

  • attending the full WEMW industry programme, including the EAVE, MIDPOINT Institute, ACE Producers lectures and the panels dedicated to our 2022 East & West focus
  • taking part in a full afternoon dedicated to genre production run in collaboration with the Fantastic Film Forum
  • joining our pitching sessions & request one to one meetings with the Co-Production Forum and Shorts selected projects
  • subscribing to the blind dates with our decision makers and to the boosted ‘out of the box’ casual programme
  • meeting sales, commissioning editors and festivals in informal and cosy sessions
  • having instant video chats and interact directly with other attendees whenever, wherever
  • watching a special selection of the Trieste Film Festival screenings;
  • testing your luck with the WEMW lottery and subscribing to the WEMW Quiz Show!

ACCREDITATION FEES & DEADLINES
As for the second consecutive year there will be no possibility to get an accreditation to physically attend our market, we have opted to have one special fee for everyone for the whole duration of the accreditation campaign: 45 EUR.

You will be able to get your accreditation from Wednesday Jan 5 until Tuesday Jan 25 (or until sold out). Please note that due to the limited number of online accreditations, they will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

In order to request your accreditation you need to create your personal account following this link. Once you access your account you simply have to fill in the online form with your personal company info to be published in our industry guide and pay by credit card at the moment of your request.  You will be notified by e-mail about whether your accreditation has been granted or declined. Accreditation is personal and non-transferable.

Starting from next week you will be able to find a weekly updated list of confirmed attendees on www.wemw.it

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WEMW is organized once again by the FVG Audiovisual Fund in collaboration with the Trieste Film Festival, EAVE, Creative Europe Desk Italy and thanks to the precious and constant support of Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, MIC -Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI – Central European Initiative, Film Center Serbia and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.