Every year, the Krakow Film Foundation Programme Council grants the Dragon of Dragon award for the exceptional contribution to the development of international cinema. At the 61st Krakow Film Festival, on the 1st of June, the award will be given to Piotr Dumała – the international master of animated film and the creator of original film techniques.

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn has been awarded the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival. It was announced by the Competition jury earlier today in a video presentation. Romanian-Luxembourgish-Czech-Croatian drama, directed by Radu Jude, was made with a contribution of Czech producer Jiří Konečný of endorfilm, and supported by the Czech Film Fund.


ABOUT THE FILM 

The film tells a story of Emi, a school teacher who finds her career and reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is leaked on the Internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender to their pressure. Radu Jude delivers an incendiary mix of unconventional form, irreverent humour and scathing commentary on hypocrisy and prejudice in our societies.

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Charlatan is the main winner of the Czech Lion Awards 2020. A drama, directed by Agnieszka Holland and produced by Šárka Cimbalová & Kevan Van Thompson, won Best Feature Film, Best Director and three more categories. Six Czech Lions belong to Shadow Country, Best Documentary Feature award went to Caught in the Net and the very first ever Best Animated Film is A Colourful Dream.

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The Metamorphosis of Birds, dir. Catarina Vasconcelos

The 21st edition of the New Horizons International Film Festival will take place in Wrocław, from 12 to 22 August 2021. The New Horizons International Competition — a platform where artistic cinema that extends the boundaries set by conventional filmmakers is presented — remains the core element of the festival. The competition is meant for films that constantly push the boundaries of “new horizons”. We look for unique and original narratives, documentaries, essays, and animations that experiment with how the film should look like and communicate with its audience, either following or opposing the traditional concepts. We await creations that demand a vastly different perspective – that provoke to think and feel. Recent winners are The Metamorphosis of Birds by Catarina Vasconcelos, Bait by Mark Jenkin, Holiday by Isabella Eklöf or Western by Valeska Grisebach.

This year’s 55th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will take place from 20 to 28 August 2021.

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the Czech Republic, the organizers of the Karlovy Vary IFF have decided to move the date of this year’s festival. Moving the festival’s dates back by seven weeks will offer the best chance of holding this cultural event closer to the extent that audiences and festivalgoers have become accustomed to.

FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) and the East-West co-production market connecting cottbus (coco) celebrated the official kick-off of the new festival year with the #digital East European Brunch. The international industry meeting was combined with a preview of the upcoming festival.

Cozy get-togethers, interesting conversations, delicious appetizers: that's how we know and love the East European Brunch. Due to the current situation, however, this year's brunch presented itself in a new guise. "The exchange within the film industry is of very great importance, here foundations are laid, projects are developed further and experiences are shared. We wanted to offer this opportunity to our guests this year as well," explains FFC and coco managing director Andreas Stein. 

We extended our deadline, so you have one more week to apply to BDC Discoveries. New Deadline – 19th March 2021.

After the challenging 2020, we are eager to continue supporting projects from the Balkans in 2021!

2020 was not easy for all of us. But we remained strong and tried to continue working on our documentaries in the best possible manner. BDC Discoveries conducted successful online edition and we are very grateful to the dedicated participants, who stayed with us.

One more year has passed and it was definitely a challenging one! We hope you stayed healthy and that you are ready to embrace the new 2021, bringing new beginnings and opportunities to all. What we are eagerly looking forward to in 2021 is the 11th edition of Docu Rough Cut Boutique, organized in a hybrid format with online activities and, if possible, also residential training. Our team is very eager to see your upcoming documentaries and offer tailor-made training to five projects from the region of South-East Europe. The workshop will take place in three parts and in order to apply, you have to submit a minimum of 60 minutes material.

Short, Shorter, Anarchic – The RheinMain Short Film Award and Anarcho Shorts at goEast  // Propulsive Balkan Beats // Experimental Film Master Class with Péter Lichter and  Márió Z. Nemes


Wiesbaden/Frankfurt, 4 March 2021

YELLOW CAT (Zheltaya Koshka, Kazakhstan/France, 2020), directed by long-time festival  friend Adilkhan Yerzhanov, has been selected as the opening film for this year's edition of  goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film (running from 20 to 26 April). The  festival, hosted annually by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, is proud to present  the German premiere of this tragicomic road movie revolving around Kermek, who is  released from prison thanks to a shady deal. In the grim reality of life on the outside, Kermek  seeks escape in cinema, spurred on by the dream of creating his own movie theatre in the  mountains where he can finally leave behind his former life of crime for good. However, to  his dismay he discovers that his ticket to freedom is entangled with a gangster boss who he  must now pay back through loyal service. 

After the latest decision of the summit between Federal Chancellor Merkel and the Head of  States of Germany (March 3, 2021) on how to proceed in the corona pandemic, there is a  prospect for cinema openings that goEast will use as a guideline. The festival organisers  continue to pursue a hybrid festival planning and hope for in person events if the incidence  values correspond. A solid Online and an on Demand programme is being prepared independently of these developments.

Echoes of Ji.hlava extended to New York, Belgium, France

The Echoes of Ji.hlava IDFF are starting this week in the Czech Republic with an online showcase featuring over forty selected titles from the festival’s 2020 edition, plus a couple of new titles. This year, the Echoes will again have their international extension – a selection of remarkable documentaries, including a number of awarded titles at the 24th Ji.hlava will be accessible also for audiences in Belgium (March 11–17), France (March 18–25), and New York (March 19–25). The Echoes of Ji.hlava are organized in cooperation with the Czech Centres network and will include Q&As with the filmmakers (Ai Weiwei, and others), masterclasses as well as debates with guests of Ji.hlava’s Inspiration Forum. All content will be available free of charge at Dafilms.com and geo-blocked for the respective territories.