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.

KARLOVY VARY: "Karlovy Vary is the central point" in the CEE region for French film promotion company Unfrance, Isabelle Giordano, CEO of Unifrance told FNE.

KARLOVY VARY: The 24th Cottbus IFF running 4-9 November 2014 continues its string of boundary breaking themed content with a Gay Film/LGBT focus on CEE films.

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.

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