Playing with the light? Visual concept of the 24th Ji.hlava unveiled

The visual design for the twenty-fourth festival edition was a challenge. We don’t want to pretend that this year’s edition will be the same as the previous ones. The contrast of black and white, the concept of black and deeper black creates ambiguous metaphoric environment. “You can easily imagine: / Full moon, / Vinyl record hole, / Light at the end of the tunnel“ writes the visual artist Juraj Horváth in his poem that traditionally accompanies his festival design.

East West Index: Results of an exclusive documentary festival survey

Which regions are underrepresented in the programming of film festivals and why? This was the main focus of a debate organised by the Ji.hlava IDFF at the Marché du Film. Several hundred film professionals watched an online live stream, the recording of which you can now watch here. You can also check out the interesting results of the East-West Index survey, recently conducted at 11 festivals across the globe. This initiative seems to have opened an important discussion, and we would be curious to hear your feedback and inputs here.

On site, in person and on the big screen: goEast 2020 presents postponed festivalOn site, in person and on the big screen: goEast 2020 presents postponed festivalsections at DFF cinema in Frankfurt // “Film Heritage in Transition” Symposium shedslight on a turbulent era with gripping imagery from 24 to 27 July 2020 // goEastPORTRAIT of Radu Jude brings the Romanian director’s oeuvre to the cinema screen

EU Summit – Recovery plan & Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-27

15/07: "A deal is essential. Now is the time" - Invitation letter by President Charles Michel to the members of the European Council ahead of their meeting on 17-18 July 2020 – Council of the EU

20/07: Special European Council: “There is much goodwill.” – EU2020DE

The Special European Council has once again been extended, with EU heads of state and government continuing their talks in Brussels on Monday. The focus remains on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the recovery fund to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 - Creative & cultural sectors

17/07: Open letter: A call to invest in all our creative futures - UNIC website

On 14 July, an open letter from by 45 European celebrated cultural figures was published ahead of the crucial EU leaders' meeting on the EU budget and recovery plan taking place from 18-18 July.

EU Summer 2020 Economic Forecast

07/07: Summer 2020 Economic Forecast: An even deeper recession with wider divergences – European Commission

The EU economy will experience a deep recession this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite the swift and comprehensive policy response at both EU and national levels. Because the lifting of lockdown measures is proceeding at a more gradual pace than assumed in our Spring Forecast, the impact on economic activity in 2020 will be more significant than anticipated.

Taxation

15/07: Fair and Simple Taxation: Commission proposes new package of measures to contribute to Europe's recovery and growth – European Commission

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Tax Package to ensure that EU tax policy supports Europe's economic recovery and long-term growth. The Package is built on the twin pillars of fairness and simplicity. Fair taxation remains a top priority for the European Commission, as a means of protecting public revenues, which will play an important role for the EU's economic recovery in the short-run and prosperity in the long-run.

15/07: The General Court of the European Union annuls the decision taken by the Commission regarding the Irish tax rulings in favour of Apple - CJEU

EU Platform to Business Regulation

10/07: New EU rules and guidance for a fairer online economy – European Commission

The Commission publishes a set of resources to help traders, online platforms and search engines get the most out of the new Platform to Business rules, which apply from this Sunday, 12 July. In addition, three progress reports prepared by the expert group for the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy are published for feedback. The reports will inform the broader work of the Commission on online platforms and in particular on the upcoming Digital Services Act package.

EU State Aid decisionsEU State Aid decisions

08/07: State aid: Commission approves German fund to enable up to €500 billion of liquidity and capital support to enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
08/07: State aid: Commission approves €6.2 billion Italian grants scheme to support small businesses and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak – European Commission
06/07: State aid: Commission approves Latvian fund to enable €100 million of liquidity and capital support to large enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

Events

17-20 July: EU Council Summit (EXTENDED)8 September: Digital Services Act consultation deadline

SARAJEVO: Sarajevo Film Festival’s Co-production Market has unveiled the complete 2020 selection. The first part of the selection was announced in May.

CLUJ-NAPOCA: The much awarded first documentary by Radu Ciorniciuc Acasă, My Home will screen in the Romanian Days competition at the 19th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), running in Cluj-Napoca from 31 July to 9 August 2020. This Romanian/Finnish/German coproduction was awarded the Cinematography Award in the World Cinema – Documentary competition at the Sundance FF 2020.

CLUJ-NAPOCA: So, What’s Freedom?, the sophomore feature by the Romanian-born US  based writer/director Andrei Zincă will screen in the Romanian Days section at the 19th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), running in Cluj-Napoca from 31 July to 9 August 2020. The film is a Romanian/USA coproduction.

FNE has teamed up with Films in Frame to bring you exclusive interviews and insights into the Transilvania Film Festival 2020. For the Films in Frame interview with Oana Giurgiu, Executive Director and Dorina Oarga, Head of Industry at TIFF, click HERE.

CLUJ-NAPOCA: Twelve first and sophomore features by directors from around the world have been selected for the main competition of the 19th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival. The festival was postponed from its initial dates to 31 July - 9 August 2020 and will take place exclusively in the open-air.

BUCHAREST: The DoP/producer/director Liviu Mărghidan is currently in production with his third feature film as a director. Refuge (working title) is an adventure drama whose shooting entails a high degree of risk but which is a balance of his passion for cinema with a passion for climbing. The shooting takes place at an altitude ranging from 1,600 to 2,000 meters with two children in the cast.

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