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PRAGUE: The increase in the cap on Czech film incentives is encouraging German productions to shoot in the Czech Republic, Wilma Film producer Filip Herling told FNE.

KARLOVY VARY: Slovenian director Sonja Prosenc, in Karlovy Vary to premiere her first film The Tree in the East of the West competition, spoke with FNE about her next project with the working title History of Love.

KARLOVY VARY: Czech producer Filip Remunda, the former enfant terrible of Czech documentary filmmaking, was in Karlovy Vary to present his upcoming films, the Romany ghetto doc Gajdo and the North Korean doc In the Rays of Sun at Docu Talents from the East, hosted by Jihlava IDFF director Marek Hovorka.

KARLOVY VARY: Slovak director Juraj Lehotsky, whose 2013 film Miracle received the Special Mention when it premiered at the Karlovy Vary IFF last year, was back at the festival this year to pitch his new project Erik about an eight-year-old boy suffering through his parents’ divorce.

KARLOVY VARY: Polish director Tomasz Mielnik has completed shooting on his debut film Journey to Rome, which was presented at the Karlovy Vary IFF Works in Progress.

KARLOVY VARY: Slovak director Ivan Ostrochovsky’s feature film debut project Goat was then popular winner of the 10th edition of Works in Progress Award, presented at the Karlovy Vary IFF on 8 July 2014.

KARLOVY VARY: Slovak documentary director Ivan Ostrochovsky will make his feature fiction debut with a Slovak/Czech road-movie drama lightened by quirky touches, Goat.

KARLOVY VARY: Award-winning Slovak director Mira Fornay, who is serving on the main jury at the Karlovy Vary IFF, is in preproduction with Cook, F**k, Kill (Frogs with No Tongues) for a summer 2015 shoot.

KARLOVY VARY: The Slovak Film Institute (AIC) and the Czech Film Center presented seven projects in development at the annual Pitch and Feedback session at Karlovy Vary IFF (KVIFF) to an especially capable five-member panel.

KARLOVY VARY: SOFA, the School of Film Agents training programme announced the eight participants taking place in the 15-24 August 2014 second edition in Wroclaw.