Opening this month, Tallinn Black Nights (PÖFF) launches an online cinema where films can be watched all year round throughout Estonia's territory. The kick-off event will screen five films of the Women's Nights Film Festival, followed by films from the programme of the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival.

CLUJ-NAPOCA: The 20th anniversary edition of the Transilvania IFF, scheduled for a summer run from 23 July to 1 August 2021, is restructuring and expanding its industry programme. The newest addition will be First Cut Lab Cluj, a specialised workshop headed by Matthieu Darras, for feature-length fiction films in the editing phase, which will focus on films from Romania and Moldova. Applications will open in early May.

PRAGUE: The Czech government has issued new restrictions limiting movement within the country in response to its position as the worst affected country in the world. All non-essential travel outside an individual’s district of domicile has been forbidden. Despite the restrictions, foreign film production is continuing without disruption.

PRAGUE: Prague-based animation company Maur Film is working on a full slate of films despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with one feature film awaiting release, one in production, one in development, and six short films coming out by 2022.

TALLINN: The Estonian government will close cinemas based on a new set of restrictions approved on 25 February 2021. Cinemas and other cultural establishments are ordered to close as of 1 March 2021.

PRAGUE: The Zlin IFF for Children and Youth will hold two editions of its 2021 festival. The first part, taking place 28 May – 1 June, in the festival’s traditional time frame, will take place online. The second part will take place in-person on 9 – 15 September.

PRAGUE: The Czech documentary film streaming service DAFilms has launched its first Asian platform, DAFilms Asia.

BERLIN: The East-West coproduction market connecting cottbus and the Cottbus Film Festival hosted its traditional Berlinale brunch in an online format on 24 February 2021, where they unveiled early plans for the 2021 edition.

As is the case every year, in mid-February passed the deadline for submitting films to the Krakow Film Festival. In spite of the pandemic, the film-makers managed to finish their works on time and to send nearly 2,500 documentary, short and animated films from all over the world to Krakow. The director, Krzysztof Gierat, with a team of selectors, will choose the best of them, which will be shown at the cinemas in Krakow and online during this year’s Festival from the 30th of May to the 6th of June.