VALLETTA: The Arts Council Malta (ACM), the Mediterranean island’s national agency overseeing public funding for the creative and cultural sector, has pledged support to 26 non-Governmental organisations – including film bodies – with an investment of 1,020,000 EUR per year, through their currently active partnership agreements.

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First Cut Lab Poland is a programme designed for two or three Polish long feature fiction films in editing phase, supported by the Polish Film Institute. This year workshop will take place from 24 - 27 July 2020 in Wrocław during New Horizons International Film Festival in the frame of the industry event Polish Days.

As the film industry's most important event, the very word "Cannes" electrifies filmmakers all around the world. And little has changed in these difficult times - we still expect cinematic revelations to premiere there.

The first step on the way to greatness may be Marché du Film, the largest film fair in Cannes, taking place online this year.

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These grants were announced by the Georgian National Film Center (GNFC) on 15 June 2020.

STRASBOURG: Data released by the European Audiovisual Observatory shows that the box office rose in most CEE territories, although admissions showed mostly modest gains, and some losses.

Ex Oriente will host three days of online open programmes via Zoom, 23 - 26 June 2020.

For the third time, SOFA – School of Film Advancement will provide participants with the chanceFor the third time, SOFA – School of Film Advancement will provide participants with the chanceto pitch their projects in front of experienced private investors and representatives of Europeanpublic film funds. Originally planned to be hosted again in Vilnius, Lithuania, the workshop willexceptionally be realized online from June 15-20, 2020 due to the measures to control the spreadof the Coronavirus. Also in this new constellation, the reshaped “eVilnius” workshop will presentits participants and their cultural projects direct access to potential financing partners from thepublic and private sector.

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President of Germany Steinmeier meets CICAE President Christian Bräuer

The President of Germany and his wife Elke Büdenbender met with CICAE president Christian Bräuer in Berlin. The meeting took place at the initiative of the President on June 9 at the Kino International. Also present was film director Andreas Dresen.

The head of state took an hour and a half to talk about the concerns and challenges facing the industry. As he is passionate about cinema and culture, he took a stand right at the beginning of the Corona pandemic and pointed out the situation of artists and cultural infrastructure. He also expressed on this occasion that he believes that culture is food in a literal sense.

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival has already begun planning for its 61st edition. The Festival’s team is in constant collaboration with the medical authorities, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the City of Thessaloniki and the Region of Central Macedonia, monitors the COVID-19 situation and is preparing for three scenarios.

KVIFF Eastern Promises unveils the projects that will be showcased during the online Industry Program.

KVIFF Eastern Promises Industry Days unveils 41 selected film projects, which will be presented at Works in Progress, First Cut+ Works in Progress, Docs in Progress, Works in Development - Feature Launch and Eurimages Lab Project Award. Presentations of projects to industry professionals will take place on Monday, July 6, Tuesday, July 7, and Wednesday, July 8, and the most promising projects will receive awards of the total value of 165.000 EUR.

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