PRAGUE: The CEE Animation Workshop has selected three feature-length animated films and six TV projects to participate in its 2021 edition, which begins on 22 February.

The Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) plans to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new summer outdoor edition in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, between July 23 and August 1, 2021.

FNE spoke to Iceland Flim Commissioner Einar Hansen Tomasson about the impact of the pandemic on filming in Iceland. With much of the world shut down for film production in 2020 international productions flocked to Iceland making 2020 a record year for this small island nation. He talks about how Iceland’s remote location allowed the country to put strict controls in place to make shooting in Iceland safe.

WIESBADEN: The 21st edition of the goEast Film Festival, running 20 – 26 April 2021, is accepting applications to its East-West Talent Lab through 1 March.

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Wiesbaden/Frankfurt, 2 February 2021

From 20 to 26 April 2021, goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, organised by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, will be presenting the full creative spectrum of the cinema scenes of Central and Eastern Europe, not only online, but, circumstances permitting, once again where the festival's programming ultimately belongs: in the cinemas and neighbourhoods of the Rhine-Main region. Last year, goEast reacted to the difficult situation for the cultural sector brought on by the spread of Covid-19 with its first hybrid festival programme spread out throughout the entire year. For the 21st edition of goEast, the festival organisers are seeking to make a return to the cinema, under diligent observation of current hygiene protocols. In addition, online event programming will provide as many fans of the often still-underexposed cinema of Central and Eastern Europe as possible with a chance to partake in a (film) cultural experience of a very special kind. 

WARSAW: Poland has announced the reopening of cinemas and theatres starting from 12 February 2021 with a 50 percent seating capacity available. Both have been closed since 7 November 2020, and before that both cinemas and theatres were only allowed to sell 25% of places available, making operation financially unviable for most cinema operators.

FNE TV spoke to Montenegrin filmmaker Ivan Marinovič about how the Montenegro Film Centre has kick-started film production in this small country after its founding just five years ago. He also tells us how fresh ideas from young new Montenegrin filmmakers are starting to have an impact on the international scene.

ZAGREB: The 2nd edition of NEM (New Europe Market) Network selected The Truth and Other Blindspots from Turkish creators Yeşim Özsoy, Melisa Önel, Melisa Üneri, and Uluç Keçik as the winner of its top six TV project pitches.

LIMASSOL: The 11th International Short Film Festival of Cyprus has opened its call for entries for the 2021 edition, to take place 9-15 October.

PRAGUE: The 23rd annual International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World is scheduled to take place 10-28 May 2021, a departure from its usual March timeline.

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