The COVID 19 pandemic has urged the Cannes Film Festival to hold Marche du Film online for the first time from 22 to 26 June. The North Macedonia Film Agency is presented at the virtual film market with an e-pavilion. 

The Agency will present eight features at the virtual film market, as well as the latest catalogs with all the new film projects from 2019 and 2020 and films in development. 

This year, the North Macedonia Film Agency will yet again present the opportunities and advantages ensured by the cash rebate measure as well as invite the global film community to shoot films in North Macedonia.

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival has taken on a global initiative for the protection of films and festivals in the digital era, starting a plea for using geoblocking technology in online film festivals. The plea has already been signed by 18 big film festivals from all over the world.

VENICE: Two Romanian projects and one coproduction from Cyprus have been selected for the seventh edition of the Venice Gap-Financing Market, taking place 4 – 6 September 2020.

BRNO: The EKOFILM IFF has announced that 133 films from 39 countries have been submitted for the competition section of the 46th edition of the festival, running 14 – 17 October 2020 in Brno. EKOFILM IFF is organised and financed by the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic and screens films on current environmental topics.

East Silver Market is accepting applications for rough cut state projects through 31 July 2020.

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.

COVID-19 - Cultural & creative sectors

18/06: Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture – UNIC

As the EU has started discussing the proposed recovery plan, 99 organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors are uniting their voices to alert EU leaders: our sector needs strong and systemic support measures to recover from this crisis.

08/06: Cinemas, COVID-19 and the EU Recovery Plan – UNIC blog

With the cinema sector one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis, it’s crucial that both European and national decisionmakers put the industry front and centre in terms of support mechanisms and funding opportunities.

COVID-19 - EU response

19/06: Sassoli calls for action on recovery: "Our citizens expect bold action" – European Parliament

Parliament President David Sassoli urged EU leaders to take action on Europe’s recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. Sassoli addressed heads of state and government at the start of a video conference of the European Council on 19 June to discuss the recovery plan and the EU’s next long-term budget.

19/06: COVID-19: Easing rules to encourage banks to lend to companies and households – European Parliament

On 18 June, Plenary approved the “quick fix” to the capital requirement regulation (CRR) to temporarily ensure favourable conditions for banks. This will support credit flows to companies and households and absorb losses, mitigating the economic consequences of the COVID-19 lock-down.

09/06: Q&A : Next Generation EU - Legal Construction – European Commission

08/06: Coronavirus: EU grants €314 million to innovative companies to combat the virus and support recovery – European Commission

The Commission announced that it has awarded nearly €166 million, via the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot, to 36 companies set to combat the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, over €148 million will be granted to another 36 companies set to contribute to the recovery plan for Europe, bringing the total investment from Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, to €314 million in this round.

European Parliament Plenary

17/06: Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the preparations for the European Council of 19 June 2020, and the negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom – European Commission

EU Digital Services Act (DSA)

05/06: Amendments on JURI DSA Draft Report (1-229 & 230-490) – European Parliament

Conference on the Future of Europe

18/06: Conference on Future of Europe should start “as soon as possible in autumn 2020” – European Parliament

Parliament urges the Council to “promptly come forward with a position on the format and organisation of the Conference” for citizens’ voices to be heard.


26 June: United for a new Future – Creatives Unite conference

1 July: Start of the German Presidency of the EU

15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

Recent studies:

PEC - Digital Culture - Consumer Tracking Study (Wave 4 of 6) - May 2020 
Renaissance numérique - Réguler les plateforms numériques: Pourquoi? Comment? - May 2020


Dear Friends,

We hope you are in a good health and humor!

After the successful online edition of WiP we have a plan for the Feature Films Pitching presentations. It will happen online in the period 3th - 8th July. Pitchings and individual meetings 3th/4th/5th July.

Some of the additional professional events will be also part of the programme.

The pdf version of the catalogue will be available shortly so you can check the selected projects and industry representatives.

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First Cut+, the new program created for boosting the competitiveness and marketability of feature films that previously participated in First Cut Lab, is gearing up for its second edition that will take place from July 6th to 9th 2020 during Karlovy Vary’s Eastern Promises, now online. First Cut+ consists in the promotion of a portfolio of 16 fiction feature films at the stage of post- production, predominantly from countries with a low production capacity (at least 75% of the films) and with a focus on Central & Eastern Europe. The range of films is large: both debut & experienced directors, small and larger budgets. 8 projects have already been presented in Trieste last January for the first session, now an additional 8 new projects will be unveiled. First Cut+ is the only new action that received financial support from the Access to Markets scheme of Creative Europe’s MEDIA program in 2019.

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