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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
Igor Stankovic • Distributor, MCF Megacom - Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming - 15/04/2021
Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming – 15/04/2021
Igor Stankovic • Distributor, MCF Megacom
The CEO of the Serbian distribution company offers us some insight into their diversified business model and the importance of film festivals
Alessandro Raja  • CEO and co-founder, Festival Scope - Film Festival Trends - 14/04/2021
Film Festival Trends – 14/04/2021
Alessandro Raja • CEO and co-founder, Festival Scope
A privileged observer of the film festival landscape, the CEO and co-founder of Festival Scope offers his insights on the future of online and hybrid film festivals
Screen Ireland’s Talent Development Academy for Animation to be led by Animation Ireland - Animation - 13/04/2021
Animation – 13/04/2021
Screen Ireland’s Talent Development Academy for Animation to be led by Animation Ireland
The national audiovisual agency’s new initiative will commit to nurturing diverse and regional talent, and creating opportunities on the national level
Pierre-François Piet • Distributor, Ad Vitam - Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming - 13/04/2021
Distribution, Exhibition and Streaming – 13/04/2021
Pierre-François Piet • Distributor, Ad Vitam
The CFO of the French company discusses the challenges of the market, building a brand and supporting films beyond its theatrical release
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
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
Alessandra Alessandri • Coordinator, Master in Series Development, Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti - Series - 12/04/2021
Series – 12/04/2021
Alessandra Alessandri • Coordinator, Master in Series Development, Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti
Training a key, competitive and strategic professional figure for the global market, a “Development Executive”, is the objective of the Italian Master course organised in Milan with Netflix’s backing
Review: Hotel Poseidon

Review: Hotel Poseidon

Presented in a world premiere at the BIFFF, the first feature film by Belgium’s Stef Lernous takes the viewer on a creepy and off-the-wall hallucinogenic trip  

15/04 | BIFFF 2021

Animated series Klincus enters into production

Animated series Klincus enters into production

Co-directed by Ernesto Paganoni and Federico Milella, and co-produced by Italy, Luxembourg and Ireland, the series will consist of 26 episodes, each lasting 26 minutes  

15/04 | Production | Funding | Italy/Luxembourg/Ireland

The European film industry strives to find its way through the new waves of the coronavirus

The European film industry strives to find its way through the new waves of the coronavirus

We present an overview of the film events affected by the new measures announced by national governments to contain the fresh surge in the COVID-19 pandemic  

15/04 | Europe

Alessandro Raja  • CEO and co-founder, Festival Scope

Interview: Alessandro Raja • CEO and co-founder, Festival Scope

“I think that the majority of festivals will develop their own online strategy and be somehow hybrid”

A privileged observer of the film festival landscape, the CEO and co-founder of Festival Scope offers his insights on the future of online and hybrid film festivals  

14/04 | /Europe

David Herdies and Georg Götmark  • Directors of Bellum – The Daemon of War

Interview: David Herdies and Georg Götmark • Directors of Bellum – The Daemon of War

“People blame the drones but it's not the drones – it's us”

The Swedish directors know their technology, but focus on the human aspect of war  

14/04 | Visions du Réel 2021

Jieun Yi  • Cinematographer

Interview: Jieun Yi • Cinematographer

“I like the role I have as a cinematographer and I want to make films with others, not alone”

The cinematographer, who studied at the Babelsberg‘s Konrad Wolf Film University, talks about working with German independent filmmakers  

14/04 | /Germany

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Film Reviews

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
Hotel Poseidon - by Stef Lernous
Hotel Poseidon
by Stef Lernous
Presented in a world premiere at the BIFFF, the first feature film by Belgium’s Stef Lernous takes the viewer on a creepy and off-the-wall hallucinogenic trip
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 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
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
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Interviews

Pierre-François Piet • Distributor, Ad Vitam
Pierre-François Piet • Distributor, Ad Vitam
The CFO of the French company discusses the challenges of the market, building a brand and supporting films beyond its theatrical release
Martin Kotík • President, Association of Czech Animation Film
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
Cinzia TH Torrini • Director of Fino all’ultimo battito
Cinzia TH Torrini • Director of Fino all’ultimo battito
The Italian director talks about the lengthy filming process involved in the TV medical thriller series, caused by the introduction of Covid-safe compliance
David Azoulay • President of ESRA - École supérieure de réalisation audiovisuelle
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
Alessandra Alessandri • Coordinator, Master in Series Development, Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti
Alessandra Alessandri • Coordinator, Master in Series Development, Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti
Training a key, competitive and strategic professional figure for the global market, a “Development Executive”, is the objective of the Italian Master course organised in Milan with Netflix’s backing
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
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
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