TREBON: The 4th edition of the Czech festival of animation, Anifilm (3-8 May 2013) takes a giant step forward with the launch of the Visegrad Animation Forum on May 5th, with some 200 international guests expected to attend the festival, the forum, or both.

PRAGUE: Georgia will present five projects at the 2013 edition of Open Doors coproduction lab taking place 10-13 August at the Locarno film festival.

PRAGUE: Two Hungarian programmes and two Czech programme are among the nominees for the 2013 awards of the 53rd Monte Carlo Television Festival, taking place 9-13 June 2013.

TEPLICE: The main jury of the 12th edition of Anifest which closed on 1 May 2013 chose not to award a prize in the Best Animated Feature Film category. Jury members told FNE it was “an ethical decision.” 

PRAGUE: An apparent natural gas explosion in central Prague on 29 April 2013 near FAMU film school, resulting in a reported 40 injuries, has closed down the school for the remainder of the week.

PLZEN: Soon-to-be FAMU graduate Tomas Vach charmed the audience of industry professionals at the Czech Film Center presentation of upcoming films at the Finale Plzen with his pitch of a Czech-German comedy, Julius Schmitke, now in production.

PLZEN: Festival director Ivan Jachim was unfortunately sidelined due to illness for the duration of the 26th Finale Plzen festival of Czech films which concluded on 27 April 2013. 

TREBON: Two American films, two Spanish films and one Czech films are among the ten film selected to compete in the adult animation and the children’s animation sections at the 4th edition of Anifilm, running 3-8 May 2013 in the South Bohemian spa town of Trebon.  

PLZEN: Fair Play, a Communist era sports drama written and directed by Andrea Sedlackova, completes filming on Monday, 30 April 2013, and moves into postproduction on Tuesday.

PLZEN: Regional filmmaking in the Czech Republic is bursting with new-found interest from local city and district offices gearing up to establish local film commissions and even provide funding grants.

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