KARLOVY VARY: Director/producer Marek Mackovic is in postproduction with his debut film Okhwan, Mission Impossible, a road movie documentary about a South Korean bicycling the world.

KARLOVY VARY: Popular Czech musican Ondrej Havelka will direct his debut film Hastrman, based on his adaptation of a Czech book. The project at the third annual Pitch and Feedback forum of upcoming Czech and Slovak films organized at the Karlovy Vary IFF.

KARLOVY VARY: Director/scriptwriter Jan Kobler makes his feature film debut with The Beauteous, a drama about two young gay men who meet and separate on a single night.

KARLOVY VARY: The heads of the public TV stations in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland are using Scandinavia as a model for developing series coproduced by the Visegrad countries.

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.

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