prime time
Prime Time, reż. Jakub Piątek, fot. Tomek Kaczor

Prime Time, Jakub Piątek's debut film produced by Kuba Razowski (Watchout Studio), will have its world premiere in the feature film competition at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was developed as part of the international programme New Horizons Studio+ 2019 organized by the New Horizons Association and Creative Europe Desk Polska. In the summer of 2020, right after the shooting began, fragments of the film were presented to the international industry at the largest industry event in Poland – Polish Days (project organised by NH Association and Polish Film Institute). The film aroused great interest and received one of the main awards – the Screen International Award.

The DAFilms streaming portal is paying tribute to Dušan Hanák, one of the most important Slovak directors, by presenting thirteen digitally restored films in what is the first online retrospective focused on his work. Hanák’s creative start dates to the 1960s, when the Czechoslovak New Wave began to attract interest with the films of Miloš Forman, Věra Chytilová, and Jiří Menzel at the head of the list. He made his first feature-length film – 322 – in 1969, one year after Czechoslovakia was occupied by Soviet-led troops. Despite the exceptional international success of his debut film, his next two works – Pictures of the Old World and Rosy Dreams – were relegated to the censor’s vault for many years. They were not acknowledged until after 1989, when they once again became accessible to public audiences. Originally condemned to be forgotten because of how they depict the raw reality of life under a totalitarian regime, today these films are admired for the filmmaker’s experimentation with documentary methods and how he portrayed life without any embellishment.

This week True Story, a collaborative project between the Institute of Documentary Film and Film New Europe, speaks to Ukrainian filmmaker Simon Mozgovyi about his documentary Salt from Bonneville.

TRIESTE: The Kazakh project A Winner Is Seen at the Start by Zhannat Alshanova won the 5,000 EUR Film Center Serbia Award at the 11th edition of When East Meets West, which concluded on 27 January 2021. The film also received the Pop Up Film Residency Award, and Alshanova was also crowned with the European Women’s Audiovisual Network Award for the Best Woman Director, which was given out for the fifth year at WEMW.

ZAGREB: The regional co-development fund RE-ACT selected eight projects for funding in 2020. The eight projects were chosen out of 55 applications in total and awarded with 10,000 EUR each in the six rounds of funding in 2020.

TV Launch / Series Development

TV Launch is residential “idea-to-market” training program for drama series developed by emerging professionals coming from the Central and Eastern European region.

The program accepts both limited or ongoing long form series

The 9 selected projects go through an intensive 3-module program and are built from the “bottom-up”: the training focuses on defining the series concept and theme, completing the pilot, creating season arc, season outlines, pitching documents and a financing strategy. 

The projects will be showcased and pitched within the Season Finale platform in Tallinn, Estonia, within Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

The best series project receives the HBO Europe Award of 5.000 USD.  

The training also includes online consultations with tutors in between the workshops. 

The program schedule and the form of the organization inevitably depend on the development of the coronavirus pandemic situation.


– teams of writers and producers 

The call for Development Executive participants will not be opened this year, since we will continue with the participants selected for 2020 edition, who could not participate in the training due to program changes imposed by the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions. 


1800 EUR per participant for the whole training.

The tuition, board and accommodation is offered within the participation fee. Travel costs should be covered by the participants themselves. 

The deadline is end of January, so don't hesitate and become a part of the MIDPOINT family!

For more information about the program and access to the application, click here.

Please note that many questions can be answered within our FAQ section.

MIDPOINT TV Launch is realized with the support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Czech Film Fund. It is presented in cooperation with HBO Europe, Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, Series Mania, Czech Audiovisual Producers' Association, Meeting Point Vilnius, New Europe Market, C21 Media, Serial Eyes, MediaXchange and Seriencamp. MIDPOINT Institute operates under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.


MIDPOINT TV Launch partner, C21 Media, offers TV professionals a valuable insight into the European and international TV industry. Subscribe to its content events here.

Sign up for MIDPOINT's newsletter

On Tuesday, 26 January 2021, the shooting of the new Slovenian live-action feature Wake Me by the director Marko Šantić began in Jesenice.

Zbudi me (prva klapa) - foto Zala Opara4.jpgWake Me / Zbudi me

Because of temporary amnesia, the film’s protagonist Rok returns from an idyllic tourist town to the city where he grew up. He does not remember his girlfriend Rina or his problematic past. While striving to protect his younger brother Jure from bad company, he is forced to face his former life yet again.

The director had the following to say about his third live-action feature: “The central topic of the film is memory loss, which serves as a metaphor for the universal repression of a traumatic experience of the broader community. Through the film’s story, the protagonist Rok, portrayed by Jure Henigman, assembles the mosaic of his forgotten past and starts feeling responsible for his past actions. I am happy that we will be able to start shooting despite the pandemic and all of the unfortunate complications in the past year."

Central European Cinema Stand  / January 26, 2021

Dear colleagues & friends!

We are pleased to share with you What's Slovak in Clermont-Ferrand? this year.

Animated short film project Tourists by Mária Kralovič will be presented at the co-production Forum Euro Connection. Moreover, an online discussion with the Czech, Slovak, and Slovenian directors, MEET THE CEC TALENTS will take place on February 1, 2021 at 3:00 pm (CET) in virtual room AGORA.

Thanks to co-operation with Czech Film Center and Slovenian Film Centre, Slovak Film Institute will attend the Short Film Market (Feb 1 – 5, 2021) under the umbrella of Central European Cinema.

Meet Slovak representatives:
Lea Pagáčová (Slovak Film Institute): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Alexandra Gabrižová (Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BUCHAREST: Romania has been seriously affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, which shut down film production and cinemas for several months. The closing of cinemas and the decrease of TV advertisement resulted in a significant decrease of the amount of money for the national Film Fund and, as a consequence, no production grants were allotted for 2020 and most likely won't be allotted for 2021 as well.

Page 7 of 821