GDYNIA: Zieja, Robert Gliński’s wartime drama about the legendary Warsaw priest Jan Zieja, with Andrzej Seweryn starring in the lead role, screens in the main competition of the Gdynia Polish Film Festival, taking place online 8 – 12 December 2020.

WARSAW: Triple Trouble / Tarapaty 2 directed by Marta Karwowska, the sequel to the Polish hit live action children film Double Trouble / Tarapaty, screens in the main competition of the Gdynia Polish Film Festival, taking place online 8 – 12 December 2020.

GDYNIA: The Polish drama Speedway / Żużel directed by Dorota Kędzierzawska and produced by Arthur Reinhart for Kid Film, screens in the main competition of the Gdynia Polish Film Festival, taking place online 8 – 12 December 2020.

BELGRADE: The historical drama Dara in Jasenovac / Dara iz Jasenovca directed by Predrag Antonijević is Serbia's candidate for the 93rd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the best international feature film category. This is the first feature film dealing with the extermination camp of Jasenovac, known as the Balkan's Auschwitz, during the WWII.

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.

COVID -19: EU Response

25/11: MEPs call on EU leaders to end MFF deadlock without giving in on rule of law – European Parliament

EP group leaders and the Commission advise Hungary and Poland to take the EU to Court on rule of law, instead of penalising EU citizens by blocking the budget.

25/11: Streamlining public procurement within the EU for more efficient public spending – Council of the EU

The Council adopted a set of conclusions centred on how efficient public procurement rules and practices, combined with increased public spending, can accelerate the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and lead to a sustainable and more resilient EU economy.

Copyright enforcement

24/11: EUIPO IP Perception study 2020 – EUIPO Observatory

To what degree are intellectual property rights respected, and in what form? The EUIPO tracks this through a series of wide-ranging and in-depth surveys, published at regular intervals, which – taken together – provide a full picture of the evolution of citizen perception of intellectual property rights in the EU.

EU Geo-blocking Regulation

30/11: Commission publishes its short-term review of the Geo-blocking Regulation – European Commission

The European Commission published the conclusions of its first short-term review of the 2018 Geo-blocking Regulation, which prohibits unjustified geographical restrictions in the sale of goods and services within the EU. This review includes the Commission report and the accompanying Staff Working Document (SWD).

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

23/11: Audiovisual Media: Commission opens infringement procedures against 23 Member States for failing to transpose the Directive on audiovisual content – European Commission

The European Commission launched infringement procedures against 23 Member States and the United Kingdom for failing to enact the new rules governing EU-wide coordination of all audiovisual media, both traditional TV broadcasts and on-demand services, and video-sharing platforms. These new EU rules aim to create a regulatory framework fit for the digital age, leading to a safer, fairer and more diverse audiovisual landscape.

Action Plan on Intellectual Property

26/11: Creativity Works! welcomes the IP Action Plan – Creativity Works!

Creativity Works!, a leading European coalition of the creative and cultural sectors, welcomes the 25 November Action Plan on Intellectual Property as a way of “making the most of the EU’s innovative potential”.

25/11: Commission adopts Action Plan on Intellectual Property to strengthen EU's economic resilience and recovery – European Commission

The Commission published a new Action Plan on Intellectual Property to help companies, especially small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), to make the most of their inventions and creations and ensure they can benefit our economy and society.

Accessibility

10/11: Open for feedback: Accessible web & digital content for people with disabilities – review of EU rules – European Commission

The Web accessibility directive aims to make public-sector websites and mobile applications in the EU more accessible to the public, particularly people with disabilities.

Events

1 December: Council of the EU - Culture and AV Ministers meeting

1 December: European Parliament ITRE Committee meeting

1 December: European Parliament JURI/FEMM Committee meeting

2 December: European Parliament CULT Committee meeting

2 December: European Parliament IMCO Committee meeting

2 December: European Commission Media and Audiovisual Action Plan – TBC

3 December: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting

4 December: European Parliament Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG) event

7 December: European Parliament JURI Committee meeting

9 December: European Commission proposal for the Digital Services Act package

10 December: European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) elections for the Advisory Board & workshop on inclusion and diversity

10-11 December: European Council Meeting

10 December: Know Your Business Customer: Protecting European consumers and businesses from online harms, webinar

14 December: Creative Europe trilogue

BRNO: EKOFILM has moved most of its competition films online, following the closing of cinemas due to the declaration of a State of Emergency in the Czech Republic.

TRIESTE: The coproduction forum When East Meets West (WEMW) has extended its deadline for four 2021 programmes until 4 December 2020.

After the successful world premiere in Japan, the Georgian animated film "Abandoned Village" is preparing for the European premiere.

TALLINN: Ten projects received awards at the Industry @ Tallinn & Baltic Event ceremony held on 26 November 2020. More than 850 guests attended the week of online presentations, with Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia and Croatia taking home seven prizes.

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