JIHLAVA: The Ji.hlava IDFF has announced the names of the eighteen Emerging Producers who will take part in the 10th edition of the promotional, educational and networking programme organised by the festival. The programme includes two workshops: in October 2021 in Jihlava and in February 2022 in Berlin.

A united group of Baltic short film organizations - Lithuanian Shorts, 2ANNAS Riga International Short Film Festival, SHORT RIGA at Riga International Film Festival, PÖFF Shorts (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival) and the Estonian Short Film Center - have banded together to showcase a number of new shorts and talk about the fact that – despite their relatively small sizes – the countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are making their mark on the international scene.

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Ponta Lopud Event, launched as a new creative hub, in which 15 young but already experienced directors and actors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, North Macedonia and Kosovo, had the opportunity to learn, work and gain new experiences within a masterclass led by Oscar winner Pawel Palikowski. Ponta Lopud Festival took place from 1 to 5 July on the island of Lopud in Croatia, organized by Riva film and Dubrovnik PartneR in cooperation with the Sarajevo Film Festival and its Industry Department CineLink.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), the European Film Academy (EFA) and FIPRESCI will work together to promote European Discovery nominated directors as part of PÖFF’s new Discovery Campus, starting from November 2021. The EFA and FIPRESCI bestow the European Discovery Award – Prix FIPRESCI on the best Debut Film every year within the framework of the European Film Awards. This new collaboration will see the nominees join a dedicated sub-programme at PÖFF’s Discovery Campus, as well as allowing the directors to participate in existing talent strands. Matthijs Wouter Knol, CEO and Director of the European Film Academy, commented: “Putting an extra spotlight on debut films and the filmmakers behind them is the idea behind the European Discovery Award – Prix FIPRESCI. This wonderful initiative will help us to give these filmmakers more visibility in the weeks prior to the annual European Film Awards. We are looking forward to building this programme together with the colleagues in Tallinn and at FIPRESCI, the latter co-hosting an online talk with the European Film Academy next January, featuring the award winner of the European Discovery Award – Prix FIPRESCI 2021.”

Ten projects in development will be presented to industry professionals (producers, distributors, sales agents, representatives of film funds & more) at the Transilvania Pitch Stop (TPS) this year. The 8th edition of the program includes the presentation of projects in front of potential partners and financiers on the 29th of July, during Transilvania International Film Festival.

10 July 2021 – Polish Film Institute, Independent Film Foundation and ACE Producers sign partnership in Cannes have signed a 5-year partnership to organize the ACE Financing Strategies Workshops and the related ACE Training Days Poland in Warsaw from 2021 to 2025.

The goal of this long-term partnership is to make a lasting impact on the international professional network and knowledge of local producers, and further strengthen Poland’s international recognition as a top, highly qualified co-production partner.

RIGA: The Lativan production company Forma Pro Films plans to open one of Europe’s largest LED Unit studios in Riga in August 2021. The new space will encompass 1,500 square metres, with a virtual production facility utilising real-time rendering, live camera tracking hardware and LED screens.

TALLINN: The Baltic Event Co-Production Market is accepting applications for the 2021 edition, which takes place during the Black Nights Film Festival.

TALLINN: Script Pool Tallinn has opened submissions for the 2021 edition, which takes place as part of the Future to Film programme during the Black Nights Film Festival.