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David Azoulay • President of ESRA – École supérieure de réalisation audiovisuelle - European Film Schools - 12/04/2021
European Film Schools – 12/04/2021
David Azoulay • President of ESRA – École supérieure de réalisation audiovisuelle
Our conversation revolved around the school's primary teaching goals, its degree programmes and the different opportunities it offers to prospective students
Martin Kotík • President, Association of Czech Animation Film - Animation - 13/04/2021
Animation – 13/04/2021
Martin Kotík • President, Association of Czech Animation Film
The current president of the Association of Czech Animation Film breaks down the state of the Czech animation industry today
The 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival launches a podcast competition - Film Festival Trends - 13/04/2021
Film Festival Trends – 13/04/2021
The 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival launches a podcast competition
The Greek festival is introducing a new podcast competition section and invites podcasters from Greece and abroad to submit their works to be featured at the upcoming edition
The German COVID-19 relief fund for filmmaking increases to a total of €100 million - Market Trends - 09/04/2021
Market Trends – 09/04/2021
The German COVID-19 relief fund for filmmaking increases to a total of €100 million
The fund covers both personal risks, such as a confirmed case of COVID-19, and infrastructural ones
Sofia Meetings hosts a new Europa Distribution workshop - Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming - 08/04/2021
Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming – 08/04/2021
Sofia Meetings hosts a new Europa Distribution workshop
The participants at the online meeting discussed the several ideas independent distributors came up with to keep promoting and releasing films during the difficult current situation
Europa Distribution’s workshop is back at Cartoon Movie - Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming - 08/04/2021
Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming – 08/04/2021
Europa Distribution’s workshop is back at Cartoon Movie
The virtual gathering tackled the recent releases of animation films by the participants, during these challenging pandemic times and related restrictions
Goodbye censorship, now is the age of “auto-classification” - Market Trends - 08/04/2021
Market Trends – 08/04/2021
Goodbye censorship, now is the age of “auto-classification”
A new commission will evaluate the correct classification of works by producers or distributors based on the four sections outlined in the 2016 Cinema Law of Italy
The Norwegian Film Institute sets aside up to 20 million Norwegian crowns for a new production guarantee - Market Trends - 08/04/2021
Market Trends – 08/04/2021
The Norwegian Film Institute sets aside up to 20 million Norwegian crowns for a new production guarantee
The film agency has approved “Guarantee 2”, a support scheme aimed at helping film and series productions affected by the travel restrictions and unable to change or postpone their plans
Review: Governance

Review: Governance

An Italian-French co-production available exclusively on Amazon Prime Italy, Michael Zampino signs his name to a solid film noir on the price of power, starring an unscrupulous Massimo Popolizio  

13/04 | Films | Reviews | Italy/France

Martin Kotík • President, Association of Czech Animation Film

Interview: Martin Kotík • President, Association of Czech Animation Film

“We have a number of new animation productions and studios which arose out of nothing but their own desire for existence and creativity”

The current president of the Association of Czech Animation Film breaks down the state of the Czech animation industry today  

13/04 | /Czech Republic

The second Dot.on.the.map Industry Days announces its selected projects

The second Dot.on.the.map Industry Days announces its selected projects

Cyprus Film Days’ co-production, training and networking platform is inviting seven projects from the Mediterranean Basin to be presented while also featuring a series of parallel events  

13/04 | Cyprus Film Days 2021 | Dot.on.the.map Industry Days

Thomas Salvador’s La montagne begins filming in May

Thomas Salvador’s La montagne begins filming in May

The director is also part of the cast of this Christmas in July production that will be sold by Le Pacte, together with Louise Bourgoin, Martine Chevallier and Laurent Poitrenaux  

13/04 | Production | Funding | France

Wallimage supports the feature debut from Delphine Girard

Wallimage supports the feature debut from Delphine Girard

At its 104th session, the Walloon regional investment fund decided to support 10 projects with a total of €1.5 million  

13/04 | Production | Funding | Belgium

Sara Kern starts filming the first-ever Slovenian-Australian co-production, Moja Vesna

Sara Kern starts filming the first-ever Slovenian-Australian co-production, Moja Vesna

The filmmaker behind the 2017 Venice Orizzonti short-film winner Good Luck, Orlo! is shooting her first feature, starring Gregor Baković and Claudia Karvan, in Melbourne  

13/04 | Production | Funding | Slovenia/Australia

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Film Reviews

The Salt in Our Waters - by Rezwan Shahriar Sumit
The Salt in Our Waters
by Rezwan Shahriar Sumit
Bangladeshi filmmaker Rezwan Shahriar Sumit's first feature is a straightforward and warm film dealing with the themes of authority, personal freedom, religion and climate change
Governance - by Michael Zampino
Governance
by Michael Zampino
An Italian-French co-production available exclusively on Amazon Prime Italy, Michael Zampino signs his name to a solid film noir on the price of power, starring an unscrupulous Massimo Popolizio
Prime Time - by Jakub Piątek
Prime Time
by Jakub Piątek
Jakub Piątek’s drama, shown in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition, is all about waiting – but this time for some chairman, instead of Godot
The First 54 Years  – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation - by Avi Mograbi
The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation
by Avi Mograbi
BERLINALE 2021: Celebrated Israeli documentarian Avi Mogbrai returns to Berlin with a bleak, talking heads-driven study of Israeli military policy
Courage - by Aliaksei Paluyan
Courage
by Aliaksei Paluyan
BERLINALE 2021: Aliaksei Paluyan’s powerful documentary shot in Minsk during the anti-government protests captures the sheer horror of living a life under tyranny
The Father - by Florian Zeller
The Father
by Florian Zeller
Anthony Hopkins gives a tour-de-force performance in Florian Zeller's adaptation of his own play
Another Round - by Thomas Vinterberg
Another Round
by Thomas Vinterberg
Thomas Vinterberg finds his funny bone again with an excellent concept movie in which getting drunk is a cure-all
The Swarm - by Just Philippot
The Swarm
by Just Philippot
Awarded Critics’ Week’s 2020 label, Just Philippot’s first feature film is causing a sensation everywhere it goes ahead of its cinema release in France, Spain and China, and elsewhere via Netflix
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Interviews

Frédéric Zeimet • Creator of W.
Frédéric Zeimet • Creator of W.
His detective web-series W., taken from the word "Wëssen" (“knowledge” in luxembourgish), has proven so popular, that a second season is now being prepared
Paula Ďurinová • Director of Insides
Paula Ďurinová • Director of Insides
The Slovak documentarian discusses her forthcoming feature debut, revolving around collective anxiety, utopian and safe spaces, and intimacy
Tomáš Krupa • Director of We Have to Survive
Tomáš Krupa • Director of We Have to Survive
The Slovak documentarian is preparing an ambitious project addressing the necessary adaptation and transformation of life in the wake of climate change
Cecilia Dazzi • Actress
Cecilia Dazzi • Actress
The Italian actress will be part of the jury for the Oltre il Limite Aquila Reale d'Oro Official Selection at the brand-new Italian festival, set to unfold from 24 August to 2 September
Mathieu Turi • Director of Meander
Mathieu Turi • Director of Meander
Claustrophobics beware, as the French director invites you on a journey into a tight, enclosed space
Julien Becker • Co-director of An Zéro – Comment le Luxembourg a disparu
Julien Becker • Co-director of An Zéro – Comment le Luxembourg a disparu
The co-director of this film, which imagines the impact of a nuclear catastrophe on the territorial and cultural integrity of Luxembourg, tells us about its genesis
Liza van der Smissen and Nicole Lieberman • Founders, Female Film Club
Liza van der Smissen and Nicole Lieberman • Founders, Female Film Club
The Female Film Club is here to provide an extra push for the female and non-binary international film community
Guillaume Calop • Associate manager and co-founder, FestiCiné
Guillaume Calop • Associate manager and co-founder, FestiCiné
We found out more about the only management software conceived and designed by festival organisers, which is now used by more than 60 film festivals in Europe and abroad
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