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PRAGUE: TV film The Glassmaker/Die Glasbläserin by Christine Balthasar, a German/Czech coproduction made for ZDF, is currently shooting in Czech Republic.

PRAGUE: The State Cinematography Fund  announced its short term plan for 2016. The total funding will reach 13 m EUR / 350 m CZK in 2016, compared to 8 m EUR / 220 m in 2015. The increase is due to recent additional allocations from the state budget.

PRAGUE: Czech production designer Martin Kurel is the first Czech to receive the French national film award César. Xavier Giannoli‘s period drama Marguerite, nominated in 11 categories, received four awards for leading actress, production design, costumes and sound.

PRAGUE: Small Czech cinemas, which were almost sentenced to death, have gone through surprising development thanks to their digitalisation. Their income reached its highest level in 14 years, which was, according to the Union of Film Distributors, 15.8 m EUR / 427 m CZK .

PRAGUE:Filip Renč’s film The Devil´s Mistress produced by NoGup, about the 1930’s Czech film star and mistress of Joseph Goebbels Lída Baarová, is proving a success in Czech cinemas despite receiving mixed reactions from film critics.

PRAGUE: The Czech/French coproduction Skokan directed by Petr Vaclav is in postproduction. The film produced by Jan Macola of Mimesis Film and coproduced by French Cinema Defacto was partially shot during the 2015 Cannes IFF, using the Cannes festival Palais and surroundings.

PRAGUE: An important anniversary of Czechoslovak legionnaires inspired Czech director Petr Nikolaev to pay a tribute to them with an epic feature film. The Czechoslovak Legionnaires Community approached Petr Nikolaev after he directed a WWII film in 2011.

PRAGUE: Czech director Bohdan Sláma has begun shooting of his Czech/Slovak/French coproduction Ice Mother/Bába z Ledu in Plzeň and Hradec Králové. The film is produced by Pavel Strnad and Petr Oukropec from Negativ with a budget of approximately 1,3 m EUR.

PRAGUE: Film director and screenwriter Ladislav Helge, one of the members of the Czech New wave, passed away at 88 on 31 January 2016.

PRAGUE: Lost in Munich by Petr Zelenka won in the best film, best director and best scriptwriter categories of the 6th edition of Czech Film Critics’ Awards on 23 January 2016.