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KARLOVY VARY: Silvia Costa, Member of the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament Member and Rapporteur for Creative Europe told a packed room of industry professionals that she will spend the next two weeks fighting against proposed draconian cuts to the cultural budget. “Culture and creativity are really very endangered,” she said.

PRAGUE: Jiri Balvin has been selected as the new Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic.

TRENCIN: Film Funds from Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have been invited to participate in a first gathering of the four Visegrad funders.

TRENCIN: Slovakia’s oldest and largest festival, Art Film Fest, set itself on course for future expansion by moving from the rural spa village of Trencianske Teplice with its limited cinema halls to the university city of Trencin for its 21stedition, which concluded on 26 June 2013.

TRENCIN: Miner’s Bread (Banicky Chlebicek), the full-length documentary debut by Roman Fabian, had a double premiere at the 21st edition of Art Film Fest, with both a limited online launch and its cinema premiere.

TRENCIN: Just three and a half years since it first began giving out grants for film production, Slovakia’s Audiovisual Fund has reshaped the future of the Slovak film industry.

PRAGUE: The Batumi International Art-house Film Festival (BIAFF) will host two film workshops during the festival, which runs 15-22 September 2013.

Three Slovak coproductions will have their world premieres in competition at the 48th Karlovy Vary IFF, running 28 June – 6 July 2013.

PRAGUE: French star Audrey Tautou will open the 48th Karlovy Vary IFF (28 June – 6 July 2013) with the festival premiere of Mood Indigo presented by director Michel Gondry, and Hollywood star John Travolta will receive the festival’s Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at a gala screening of Killing Season.

PRAGUE: Czech Film Center director Jana Cernik will be leaving her post on 3 July 2013.