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KARLOVY VARY: Film production in the Czech Republic rose 23% in 2013, to more than 5 billion CZK with most of the increase due to foreign film production which rose 82% to 2.84 billion CZK.

KARLOVY VARY: The Czech Minister of Culture Daniel Herman was in Karlovy Vary to announce new funding for the digital restoration of Czech films. Funding is expected to be in the range of 2 m CZK per year for the next three years.

KARLOVY VARY: Three CEE films are among the ten films in the official selection for the LUX Prize, announced on 6 July 2014 at the Karlovy Vary IFF (KVIFF).

KARLOVY VARY: Animated director Jan Balej gave industry pros the first look at the upcoming animated puppet film Little from the Fish Shop which has completed the production phase after 410 days of shooting.

KARLOVY VARY: Slovak director Matej Mináč in in preproduction with Never Give Up, a hybrid fiction/documentary comedy about a film that was never made.

TRENCIANSKE TEPLICE: Petr Vaclav’s The Way Out won the main prize of the 22nd Art Film Fest which returned to its home base in the small Slovak spa resort after a year in the larger neighbor city of Trencin.

PRAGUE: The Czech parliament has approved raising the cap on film incentives from to 800 m CZK. The cap had been set at 500 m CZK.

PRAGUE: The Red Captain, a Czech/Slovak/Polish detective thriller directed by Michal Kollar, will go into production on 21 July 2014.

WARSAW: After completing production in late May, the Polish/Czech/Slovak psychological thriller Red Spider has moved into postproduction through October 2014.

PRAGUE: The Czech/Polish/Slovak genre-bending documentary Gottland based on the best-selling Polish book will launch a limited events-themed release in August 2014.