PRAGUE: The Czech Lion awards of the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) will take place on 5 March 2022. The awards recognise the best achievements of the national film industry.

The Czech Lion awards of the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) will be handed to the film artists in Dvořák’s Hall in Rudolfinum on 5th March 2022. The ceremonial evening will be hosted by the director, actor and presenter Jiří Havelka. The respected director Tereza Kopáčová will become the creative supervisor and the evening will be directed by the proved director Michael Čech. During the awarding of the Czech Lions Rudolfinum will be redecorated by the film architect Petr Kunc. The author of the visual style of the 29th Czech Lion Awards is the graphic designer Jana Krchová. Traditionally the ceremony of the annual 29th Czech Lion Awards will be broadcast live by Czech Television at 20.10 on the CT1 channel.

VILNIUS: Ten films have been selected for the national competition of the Vilnius International Short Film FestivalShort Film Festival, running 12 – 18 January 2022, and another 29 films have been selected for the international competition.

Almost 40 films, taken from 1500 entries, set to enthrall audiences in Lithuanian capital and beyond

Every year the Vilnius Short Film Festival kicks off the cultural and cinematic year in Lithuania, with the 15th edition of the festival taking place right after the winter holidays between 12-18 January 2022. With they find most convenient: virtual or live screenings. With January often a quiet month in terms of cultural events the Vilnius International Short Film Festival will allow Lithuanian audiences to dive headfirst into 2022 and engage with some wonderful films, whether in person or virtually.”

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.