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.

At the 43rd Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the Czech Republic will be represented by three films in the official selection. Washing Machine by Alexandra Májová was selected for the International Competition, Leaf by Aliona Baranova is a part of the Young Audience section, and Plus One by Myroslava Klochko will be screened in the European Short Film Audience Award section. In addition, two Czech projects take part in the Euro Connection programme: About a Cow by Pavla Baštanová and Slovenian-Czech The Tourist by Lun Sevnik.

2021 has brought a major change to the communication and press team of Tallinn Black Nights as Epp Kõuhkna has become the new Head of Press and Communication. The former head, Hannes Aava will continue in a reduced role as a communication consultant.

Epp Kõuhkna is no stranger to the festival, having been responsible for the marketing activities of the Black Nights’ sub-festival Just Film for the past 4 years. She will be taking over the international communication and press organisation, seeking to expand the festival’s international reach and upgrade the press services. Kõuhkna states: ‘I couldn’t be more excited and honored stepping into this new chapter with Black Nights - there is definitely a great amount of work ahead of us and I feel very fortunate to have Hannes’ support along the way.’

Malta experienced a busy year in 2019, with several international shoots on the island and benefiting from its generous 40 per cent cash rebate in expenses. Moreover, strides were made in the production of indigenous film, with several local companies creating original work for the Maltese and foreign markets. Moreover, the Maltese film sector also saw work being distributed abroad, while educational initiatives sought to develop the next generation of local filmmakers. Finally, cinemas and broadcasting channels also experienced buoyancy in terms of audience numbers.

VILNIUS: Producers taking advantage of Lithuania’s eight-year-old Film Tax Incentive received 11.3 m EUR for film production in 2020, according to the Lithuanian Film Centre. International film productions spent almost 27 m EUR in Lithuania during 2020.

FNE asked Milica Božanič how the pandemic has affected foreign and domestic shoots in Serbia and what safety measures have been taken to get production back on course. She also talks about how Serbia is preparing for the challenges the film industry faces in the future.

BUCHAREST: Cinemas in Bucharest are re-opening on 25 January 2020 together with theatres, restaurants and gambling facilities, as the rate of the Coronavirus infections dropped under 3 cases for 1,000 citizens.

TRIESTE: Ivailo Hristov’s feature Fear (Pro Film) will be screened in the main competition of the 32nd Trieste Film Festival, which runs 21 – 30 January 2021 and focuses on films from the CEE, Baltic and Balkan region.

Short Live Action Short INTO THE NIGHT  (Poland) - Oscar Qualifying Short!

Directed by Kamila Tarabura

Female director and female-led production team

Produced by Munk Studio and Papaya Films, Into the Night won “Best Short Live Action Film Award” at the 36th Annual Warsaw International Film Festival, making it eligible for Academy Award consideration.

Logline: The depressed Krysia runs away from a birthday party with a mysterious Majka, who leads her where it can hurt the most.

Synopsis: Krysia, a teenage girl, leaves her home for the first time in weeks after her mother invited her to a party. She does not want to be there, but she always does what others tell her to do. At the party, she runs into Majka. The two girls slip away and set off on a journey that takes on a dizzying pace. The emotionally wounded Majka tests how far she can explore the limits of her sexuality, while Krysia does everything she can to guess her secret. Will this new friendship heal Krysia?

About Director Kamila Tarabura: Born in 1990, director/screenwriter Kamila Tarabura graduated from the Warsaw Film School and The Wajda School. Her short film debut Into the Night won “Best Short Live Action Film Award” at the 36th annual Warsaw International Film Festival, making it eligible for Academy Award consideration. Currently, she is developing her first feature film. She is also working with Nina Lewandowska, the writer of Into the Night, on an original coming of age drama series. Kamila gained her film experience by making short fictional films, commercials and music videos, as well as through her work as an assistant director, which includes the TV series Krew z krwi  (Penoza) by Jan Komasa and the film High Life by Claire Denis. She is interested in themes of family and specifically, the mother-daughter relationship. Her cinematic storytelling focuses on an observation of human nature with a keen eye for unique characters and stories. 

Main Cast:

Krysia - Agnieszka Rajda

Majka - Nel Kaczmarek

Matka - Kamilla Baar

Marcin  - Filip Orliński

Antek  - Krzysztof Oleksyn

Sklepikarz - Piotr Oleksyn

Amelia - Helena Ręczajska

Director: Kamila Tarabura

First Assistant Director (on set): Iwo Barycz

Screenwriter: Nina Lewandowska

Cinematographer: Patryk Kin

Film Editor: Tomasz Mączka PSM

Executive Producers: Papaya Films Sp.z.o.o,  Munk Studio, Kacper Sawicki, Paweł Bondarowicz

Line Producers: Ola Cyganek, Barbara Dobiecka

Supervising Sound Editor: Kuba Pietrzak

Sound Effects Editor: Michał 'Jurgen' Jaroszewicz. Michał Wróblewski, Wojciech Sławacki

INTO THE NIGHT short (@into_the_night_short) • Instagram photos and videos


Czech cinema will enrich this year’s programme of the FIPADOC (January 18-24, 2021) with  4 documentary films and co-productions in four different competitions. Two docs were  selected for the Visegrad Focus. In addition, two projects take part in the International  Pitches and several Czech professionals participate in industry panels.

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