TALLINN: Peeter Rebane’s romantic war drama Firebird / Tulelind had 1,517 admissions in Estonia on its opening weekend. This is the first feature film by the Harvard graduate Peeter Rebane, who also studied at the University of South-California.

WARSAW: Script development workshop Kids Kino Lab is looking for writers, script consultants and a young producer.

The applications for the Kids Kino Lab scholarship programme are open! Apply now and become a part of the Kids Kino Lab family.

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.

Geoblocking

22/10: Media and Audiovisual Action Plan: Commission prepares dialogue on circulation of films, TV series and audiovisual content - European Commission

On 22 October, the Commission has held a high-level roundtable aimed at setting the ambition for the upcoming stakeholder dialogue on improving the access to and availability of audiovisual content across EU Member States.

Media and Audiovisual Action Plan

20/10: European media needs support to recover from pandemic and face future challenges - European Parliament

Parliament voices concerns about attacks on EU media in some member states and calls for urgent action to help news media be fit for the “Digital Decade”.

2022 Commission Work Programme

19/10: 2022 Commission Work Programme: Making Europe stronger together - European Commission

The Commission adopted its 2022 Work Programme, setting out the next steps in its bold and transformative agenda towards a post-COVID-19 Europe that is greener, fairer, more digital and more resilient.

European Council

22/10: European Council conclusions, 21-22 October 2021 - European Council

The attachment presents the conclusions adopted by the Council during the meeting held on 21 and 22 October 2021.

Recent studies:

EAO - Mapping of national rules applicable to video-sharing platforms: Illegal and harmful content online - October 2021

EAO - Unravelling the Digital Services Act package - October 2021

Slovenian Film Centre - Study on accessibility and competitiveness of European audiovisual works from small language environments - October 2021

EUIPO Observatory - 10 years of the EU Intellectual Property Network - October 2021

MUSO - Monthly Film Data Insights - September 2021

Events:

8 November: IMCO committee hearing - Facebook whistleblower Francis Haugen testament

9 November: First European Commission Stakeholders dialogue on access to and availability of audiovisual content across the EU

15 November: CULT committee meeting

15 November: JURI committee meeting

18 November: JURI committee meeting

25 November: Council common approach on the Digital Services Act

30 November: Adoption of Council conclusions on increasing the availability and competitiveness of European audiovisual and media content

1 December: IMCO committee meeting

1 and 2 December: CULT committee meeting

1 and 2 December: JURI committee meeting

9 December: IMCO committee meeting + vote on the Digital Services Act report 

9 December: JURI committee meeting

1 January 2022: French EU Presidency of the EU 

25/26 January 2022: Presidency conference on AV in Angers

NICOSIA: Cyprus plans to increase the cash rebate from 35% on qualifying production expenditures to 40%.

SALAMIOU: Animafest Cyprus, the International Animation Festival of Cyprus, has announced a call for film submissions for the 21st Countryside Animafest Cyprus - Views of the World, which will be held in the village of Salamiou from 10 to 13 August 2022.

PRAGUE: Creative long documentaries, factual series and non-fiction transmedia projects from the CEE region, in development, production and postproduction, can be submitted to the 11th edition of East Doc Platform till 19 November 2021. East Doc Platform will be held from 26 March to 1 April 2022 in Prague within the One World IHRDFF.

Animafest Cyprus, the International Animation Festival of Cyprus, announces the call for film submissions and invites you to enter your films to the following competition categories at the 21st Countryside Animafest Cyprus - Views of the World.