PRAGUE: CEE Animation Forum is accepting applications for its 2022 Workshop through 15 November 2021. The programme is now open to professionals from all EU member states.

BERLIN: Quo Vadis, Aida? by Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić has been nominated for four 2021 European Film Academy Awards, including European film and European director. Compartment No. 6, a Finnish/Russian/Estonian/German coproduction, received three nominations. The film most recently won the Audience Award at the 2021 FilmFestival Cottbus.

VILNIUS: Gentle Warriors directed by Marija Stonyte screens in the New in Lithuanian Film programme at the 2021 edition of Scanorama, which runs 4 – 14 November 2021. The film was produced by Moonmakers’s Giedre Zickyte, a past participant of the Emerging Producers programme at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival.

BUCHAREST: The Romanian Film Centre (CNC) has announced that it will make available one of the two cinemas of the Romanian Film Archive in Bucharest, the Union Cinema, for the premiere and theatrical screenings of domestic short films.

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The 31st FilmFestival is coming to an end and celebrated the grand cinema finale of Eastern European cinema in Cottbus with the award ceremony. After a year's physical break, a high-quality programme consisting of 170 films was shown in seven venues and on ten screens, traditionally, in the first week of November. The main prize for the best film went to 107 MOTHERS by Peter Kerekes. Jan P. Matuszyński's meticulous political analysis LEAVE NO TRACES wins the special prize for best director. Levan Tediashvilis' authentic portrayal of a sacrificing father in BRIGHTON 4th by Levan Koguashvili wins the prize for Outstanding Individual Performance and thus closes the Feature Film Competition. TECHNO, MAMA by Saulius Baradinskas is a tour-de-force of visual energy and wins the main prize in the Short Film Competition. The social critique COMRADE POLICEMAN by Assel Aushakimova shows the limits and consequences of press freedom and system pandering and wins the Special Prize among the short films. The coming-of-age story YOUTH TOPIA by Dennis Stormer and Marisa Meier won the U18 Youth Film Competition. The opening film and winner of the "From Cottbus to Cinema" award, ABTEIL Nr. 6, by Juho Kuosmanen, also cleaned up among cinema enthusiasts and won the audience award.

VILNIUS: Lithuanian director Andrius Blaževičius’s second feature film Runner, a Lithuanian/Czech coproduction, which was previously titled Paralysis, screens in Scanorama’s New in Lithuanian Film section at the festival which runs 4 – 14 November 2021.

AWARDS AT THE 25TH JI.HLAVA


The award for the most notable international documentary film was granted to Lines by Barbora Sliepková, the best Czech documentary is Brotherhood by Italian director Francesco Montagner. The award for the best Central and East European documentary went to Romanian film You Are Ceaușescu to Me by Sebastian Mihăilescu. The Jury of the Testimonies section appreciated How to Kill a Cloud by Finnish director Tuija Halttunen. The award for original approach went to Chinese director Rikun Zhu for his film No Desire to Hide. The best experimental documentary film is In and Out a Window by Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie and Beautiful Solution by Eliška Cílková was named the best Czech experiment.  The Contribution to World Cinema award was granted to Czech director Jana Ševčíková. See all awards and jury statements here

COTTBUS: Five projects from FNE partner countries were among the six coco Works In Progress projects showcased at the 23rd edition of connecting cottbus (coco), the East-West coproduction market at FilmFestival Cottbus, held in a hybrid format 3-5 November 2021.