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PRAGUE: Petr Zelenka’s Lost in Munich leads the nominations for the 23rd Czech Lions with 15 nods followed by Jan Prušinovský’s Snake Brothers with 12 nods. The ceremony will take place on 5 March 2016.

It has been a busy year for Czech cinema. Karlovy Vary International Film Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, Czech films were invited to many international festivals and many of the brought home awards, talented new filmmakers emerged.

PRAGUE: The new feature length documentary by Helena Třeštíková Lída Baarová - Doomed Beauty has finished production and will be premiered 7 January 2016 by Aerofilms.

PRAGUE: The Czech State Cinematography Fund decided to support production of eight Czech feature films, out of 15 applying projects.

PRAGUE: The Zookeeper´s Wife, a historical film produced by Universal Pictures through local Czech Anglo Productions wraps shooting on 26 November 2015. The story is based on the book by Diane Ackerman taking place during the WW2 in the Warsaw Zoo where the director and his wife are hiding Jewish citizens in abandoned buildings of the Zoo.

PRAGUE: HBO Europe started shooting an eight part series titled Pustina / Wasteland, a dramatic story of a village community on the verge of decline which is hit by a series of mysterious and shocking events. The scriptwriter is Štěpán Hulík the winner of Czech Lion for the best screenplay for the acclaimed series and film Burning Bush directed by Agnieszka Holland and also produced by HBO.

PRAGUE: An extremely popular Czech romantic comedy series Poets / Básníci with Pavel Kříž and David Matásek in the lead roles will, after 12 years, get a continuation. The series started back in the times of Czechoslovakia. The previous parts were made in the years 1982, 1984, 1987, 1993 and 2004.

PRAGUE: M-appeal, a Berlin based international sales company, have acquired the Czech/Slovak coproduction Home Care.

PRAGUE: Prague-trained and based Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu, winner of the 2012 Czech Critics “Discovery of the Year”  award, screens his second feature Family Film in the main competition of the Cottbus Film Festival, which runs through 8 November 2015.

PRAGUE: Former Czechoslovak intelligence agent, foodblogger, refugees at the Macedonian border, revival bands, Generation Y, and children from educational institutions. These are just some of the protagonists of the forthcoming Czech Television documentaries which will be released in cinemas.