Zagreb Film Festival initiates an internet platform for the promotion of Croatian short film –

A unique online platform for the promotion of Croatian short film – ( – was launched on Wednesday at the Urania Center – a space of creation. 

An in-kind contribution of 100 thousand PLN for the production of two best projects, professional software or 2-week artist residency in Argentina. These are some of the prizes for the 15 finalists of ANIMARKT Pitching 2020, who will have an opportunity to present their projects during the world’s only event dedicated to the stop motion animation industry. Submissions are now accepted.

Prague, 2 AprilAt five minutes to twelve… literally. That is precisely the time when the jurors made their final decisions regarding the winners of this year’s One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Just after that, the festival had to be interrupted. Nonetheless, the awards will find their recipients despite the government-ordered restrictions. The festival organisers, working in collaboration with Mall TV, decided to arrange an online awards ceremony. The winners were announced on Thursday, 2 April. A recording of the live broadcast is available on the following website. But that’s not the end of the festival. According to Ondřej Kamenický, the festival’s director, “We had to interrupt the part of the festival held in Prague, and the regional festivals will not take place at all according to the original schedule. However, if the situation allows, we will try to organise the regional festivals this autumn.

European film distributors, represented by Europa Distribution - the Network of independent Publishers and Distributors and FIAD - the International Federation of Film Distributors’ Associations, need urgent support during the Covid-19 crisis to avoid a long-term catastrophe, not just for the film industry and employment  as a whole but for the EU’s commitment to cultural diversity.

We hope this finds you optimistic in these complicated times — and at home, protecting everyone’s safety. Many of you may have been wondering what will happen to this year’s Transilvania International Film Festival.

Only one week left to submit new documentary projects for CEDOC MARKET (Central European Documentary Co-production Market) co-production market by Doc Lab Poland, held as part of KFF Industry during the jubilee 60th Krakow Film Festival. You can submit until April 15th! All the meetings at this year's market will be held online.

How to make a film character roll their eyes in a characteristic way? What should a shrew's fur be made of to make it look natural? What one is supposed to do to make works on the puppet's animation not only showy, but also effective? If creators of animated films want to ask specific questions related to mastering solutions, they may do so by talking to recognised practitioners as Tim Allen or Magdalena Bieszczak as part of the ASK: Animation Support Kit. This debuting program for professionals was developed by MOMAKIN. Recruitment for consultations and workshop on animatic has just started.

This document provides the basic methods for establishing technical and organizational measures for contagion prevention.

Each filming is different, hence specific risk-based measures need to be established BEFORE it begins. This measures are implemented according order № RD-01-262/14.05.2020. of the Bulgarian Health Authorities.
Order №1/05.01.2018 pub. in NN 7/2018 of the Bulgarian Health Authorities 

COVID-19 - Cultural & creative sectors

22/06: Long-term EU budget: MEPs slam cuts to culture and education – European Parliament

The Culture and Education Committee criticised the cuts to education and cultural programmes made by the Commission in its new proposal for the 2021-2027 budget.

03/07: European Cultural Creators Friendship Group Manifesto – Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG)

The group of 15 deputies, formed in February after the failure of the culture intergroup, published its manifesto on July 1. Adopted on June 3, it includes the promise of legislative proposals to better protect creators.

01/07: Open Letter to the EU Commission and the Member States, demanding support for the Cultural and Creative Sectors, particularly cultural creators, affected by the COVID-19 crisis - Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG)

COVID-19 - EU response

02/07: Statement by President von der Leyen on reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package – European Commission

‘Reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package is the EU's highest priority for the coming weeks’, says in the statement.

30/06: Financing the recovery must not burden the next generation – European Parliament

Ahead of the start of the German Council Presidency and of the 17 July European Council, Budgets Committee Chair Van Overtveldt set out Parliament’s position on the long-term EU budget.

02/07: Investment Plan for Europe exceeds €500 billion investment target ahead of time – European Commission

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group have delivered on their pledge to mobilise €500 billion in investment under the Investment Plan for Europe. Some 1,400 operations have been approved under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), using a budget guarantee from the European Union and own resources from the EIB Group. They are expected to trigger close to €514 billion in additional investment across EU countries and to benefit some 1.4 million small and mid-sized companies.

01/07: Commission launches Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation – European Commission

The Youth Employment Support package is built around four strands that together provide a bridge to jobs for the next generation: a reinforced youth guarantee, vocational education and training, a renewed impetus for apprenticeship, additional measures to support oyuth employment.

02/07: State aid: Commission prolongs EU State aid rules and adopts targeted adjustments to mitigate impact of coronavirus outbreak – European Commission

The European Commission has prolonged the validity of certain State aid rules which would otherwise expire at the end of 2020. In this context, and to take the effects of the current crisis into due consideration, the Commission, after consulting Member States, has decided to make certain targeted adjustments to the existing rules with a view to mitigate the economic and financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak on companies.

29/06: State aid: Commission expands Temporary Framework to further support micro, small and start-up companies and incentivise private investments – European Commission

The amendment extends the Temporary Framework to enable Member States to provide public support under the Temporary Framework to all micro and small companies, even if they were already in financial difficulty on 31 December 2019.

EU Digital Services Act (DSA)

30/06: Digital Services Act – deepening the internal market and clarifying responsibilities for digital services: Feedback from Google – European Commission

Google welcomes the opportunity to submit feedback to the Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment.

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

03/07: Commission takes further steps to promote European audiovisual works and protect vulnerable viewers – European Commission

The Commission adopted guidelines to help Member States implement the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive. The guidelines will offer a practical tool to ensure the promotion of European works in media content, thereby supporting cultural diversity and greater choice for European consumers. They will also help better protect users of video-on-demand and video-sharing platforms, particularly minors, against hate speech and harmful content.


7 July: Press conference by Commissioner Paolo GENTILONI on the Summer Forecast

8-10 July: European Parliament Plenary sitting, Brussels

8 July: CW! Meeting with Vice-President Vestager’s Cabinet

9 July: TBC new EU Council budgetary proposal

9 July: EUROGROUP video conference

10 July: Video conference of economic and financial affairs ministers

15 July: Postponed CJEU opinion on the YouTube copyright case

15/07: Audiovisual working group (Council)

15/07: AV coalition meeting with Commissioner Breton's cabinet

17-18 July: EU Council Summit

8 September: Digital Services Act consultation deadline

The following grants were announced by the Bulgarian National Film Center on 30 June  2020.