PRAGUE: A new report from the European Audiovisual Observatory ranked the Czech Republic sixth in the number of animated films produced between 2015 to 2019, with an average of four films produced each year. It was the only country from the CEE/Baltic/Balkan region of Europe to break into the top 12.

TBILISI: The German/Georgian coproduction What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? by Alexander Koberidze screens in the main competition of the 21st edition of the Tbilisi International Film Festival, which opened in an online format on 30 November 2020 and runs through 20 December. The films will be screened on the online platform Festival Scope and will be free for the public.

TBILISI: Georgian director Ioseb Bliadze’s debut feature film Otar’s Death screens in the main competition of the 21st edition of the Tbilisi International Film Festival, which opened in an online format on 30 November 2020 and runs through 20 December. The films will be screened on the online platform Festival Scope and will be free for the public.

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.

Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

25/11: Council agrees position on new digital rules - Council of the European Union 

On 25 November 2021, the Council agreed on a general approach for the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA), two key legislative files to help create a safe and open digital space for EU citizens and businesses.

Slovenian Presidency

29/11: Ministers Simoniti and Kustec at the meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council - Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

EU ministers responsible for culture, led by Minister Simoniti, are due to approve conclusions on high-quality architecture and the New European Bauhaus, and on European audiovisual and media content. 

Audiovisual Media Services Directive

25/11: Revised AVMSD Tracking Table - AVMSD has been transposed in the Netherlands - EAO

The table presents a purely informative overview of the process of implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive 2018/1808 into the national legal systems of the 27-EU member states and in the UK. In the case of Belgium, the Flemish, French and German speaking communities were represented separately.

Intellectual property rights

16/11: European Parliament outlines necessary steps in IP reform efforts - European Commission

The European Parliament has adopted with an overwhelming majority a report on the European Commission's "EU Intellectual Property Action Plan". This presents an important step forward in addressing weaknesses in the current intellectual property (IP) system.

Events

1 and 2 December: CULT committee meeting

1 and 2 December: JURI committee meeting

8 December: GESAC conference - Rebuilding Europe with Culture

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

9 December: JURI committee meeting

10 December: Third European Commission Stakeholders dialogue on access to and availability of audiovisual content across the EU

1 January 2022: French EU Presidency of the EU

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

The Slovak-Czech-Ukrainian co-production 107 Mothers by the director Peter Kerekes has won this year's Arab Critics' Awards for European Films, which is being presented for the third time by European Film Promotion (EFP) and Arab Cinema Center (ACC) at the Cairo International Film Festival.

BRATISLAVA: Slovak director Peter Kerekes received the Arab Critics’ Award at the Cairo IFF for the Slovak/Czech/Ukrainian coproduction 107 Mothers. Kerekes received the award virtually at a gala ceremony on 1 December 2021.

LJUBLJANA: The Slovenian project No One Ever Looked at Elephants as You Do won the fifth edition of Animateka PRO Pitch that took place on 30 November as part of the 18th International Animated Film Festival Animateka (29 November – 5 December 2021). The short film is directed by Sandra Jovanovska and produced by Miha Černec for Staragara.

PRAGUE: CEE Animation Forum, the leading animation pitching, financing, and coproduction event in Central Europe, is accepting applications from animated projects in five categories through 16 January 2022. The categories are: features, series/TV specials, short films, student films, and XR projects.