Croatian minority co-production Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn directed by Radu Jude has won the main award at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival. The film, which had its world premiere in Berlinale’s main competition programme, is a co-production between Romania, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic and Croatia. The Croatian co-producer is Kinorama, with Ankica Jurić Tilić as co-producer.   

The 27th Sarajevo Film Festival will pay tribute to director Wim Wenders and honour him in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the art of film. The acclaimed director will be presented with the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award and honoured with a retrospective of his selected works in the Festival’s “Tribute to” Programme.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival aka PÖFF has announced dates for its 25th-anniversary edition and opens submissions for the main festival and sub-festivals PÖFF Shorts and Just Film.

The 25th edition of Tallinn Black Nights and the Youth and Children's Film Festival Just Film will run from the 12th until the 28th of November, while the International Short Film and Animation Festival PÖFF Shorts will take place from the 16th until the 24th of November. The festival’s industry platform Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event will run from 19th until the 26th of November.

TALLINN: The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival launched a year-around online cinema on 6 March 2021. The launch began with the screening of five films of the Women's Nights Film Festival, followed by films from the programme of the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival.

PRAGUE: The Karlovy Vary IFF has delayed the 55th edition of the festival until 20 – 28 August 2021.

WARSAW: The London-based sales agency One Eyed Films has announced its acquisition of Carol of the Bells, a Ukrainian/Polish coproduction set around WWII.

WARSAW: The 2021 edition of DOC LAB POLAND, organised by the Wladyslaw Slesicki Film Foundation, will present 21 projects in two industry sections. The first session in 2021 will be held in April in Warsaw (online or in a hybrid mode), and the second one with pitchings DOCS TO START, DOCS TO GO! and individual meetings is planned offline at the Krakow Film Festival (30 May – 6 June) as part of the KFF Industry.

BERLIN: The International Federation of Art House Cinemas CICAE is accepting applications for the 18th Art Cinema = Action + Management international training course for independent cinema exhibitors.

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

25/02: Sassoli on the pandemic: “There can be no return to how things were before” – European Parliament

David Sassoli called on EU leaders to continue the common approach to Covid-19 vaccines in a speech to the European Council.

25/02:  Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the videoconference of the members of the European Council – Council of the EU

22/02: Economic policy priorities for a post-pandemic recovery – European Parliament

A high-profile panel warned of the economic difficulties stemming from the pandemic, whilst noting that this crisis could offer the chance to rebuild EU economies.

16/02: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the informal ECOFIN press conference – European Commission

Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive

17/02: TDM exceptions and trust in AI - Kluwer Copyright Blog

Will the text and data mining (TDM) exceptions, introduced in arts 3 and 4 of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM Directive) and currently being implemented by the EU Member States, serve its purpose of promoting the development of AI technologies or will they remain (another) set of meaningless black letter rules?

16/02: Five considerations for the transposition and application of Article 17 of the DSM Directive - IPKat

Nearly two years have passed since the adoption of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market 2019/790 (DSM Directive). As it was probably bound to happen, the discussion of its content – notably of its Article 17 – is no less heated now than in 2016-2019, that is the period between the release of the Commission’s original Proposal and the adoption of this piece of EU copyright legislation.

Czech Republic

24/02: State aid: Commission approves €115 million Czech rent compensation scheme to support businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission approved an approximately €115 million (CZK 3 billion) Czech scheme to support retail businesses and service companies which are using rented premises and whose activities were limited or not allowed to be carried out in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

Estonia

26/02: Commission proposes to provide €230 million to Estonia under SURE – European Commission

The European Commission has today presented a proposal to the Council for a decision to grant €230 million in financial support to Estonia under the SURE instrument.

Poland

22/02: Poland Proposes Advertising Revenues Levy – Film New Europe

The Polish government has proposed a levy on advertising revenues aimed mainly at multinationals operating in Poland that pay only a small fraction of their revenues in the form of corporate income tax. The tax will not apply to smaller, local or regional media.

Recent studies:

European Parliament - Cultural and creative sectors in post COVID-19 Europe - February 2021

Events:

1 – 5 March: Berlinale’s European Film Market

4 March: ITRE Committee on the Digital Services Act

8 – 11 March: European Parliament Plenary

10 March: Virtual stakeholder meeting on the new Creative Europe MEDIA

11 March: European Audiovisual Observatory Advisory Board meeting

12 March: Informal video conference of Home Affairs Ministers

15 March: Eurogroup

15 -16 March: CULT Meeting

17 – 18 March: IMCO Meeting