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PRAGUE: The MIDPOINT programme, which supports young professional writers, producers and directors in developing their films, toasted its first film to be screened at the Berlinale.

PRAGUE: Public broadcaster Czech TV Children Channel CT :D has topped the European kids TV ratings chart, after just five months on the market.

PRAGUE: Spirit of 45, the latest documentary by British director Ken Loach about post-war euphoria’s effect on British society, has been released under the day-and-date scheme in the Czech Republic.

After a year of negotiations, Jiří Vejdělek, the director of the hit Czech comedy Women in Temptation (2010) has sold the English language remake rights to British producer Gareth Unwin from Bedlam Productions. 

PRAGUE: Agnieszka Holland’s acclaimed film version of Burning Bush won six awards, including Best film of 2013, at the fourth Czech Critics Awards on 25 January 2014.

PRAGUE: Four films lead the nominations for the Czech Lion Awards. Burning Bush received 14 nominations, followed by 12 nominations for Like Never Before, and 11 each for Revival and Delight.

PRAGUE: Leading young Czech and international actor Jiří Mádl (Borgia, Four Suns, Colette) is finishing work on his debut film as a director and scriptwriter, the ultra-low budget To See a Sea.

 PRAGUE: Director of the State Cinematography Fund Helena Bezděk Fraňková announced that 500 million CZK (18 224 000 EUR) of film incentive funds will be available available for 2014.

PRAGUE: Film Distributor Artcam has launched a project called “Delam kino” (I Make My Own Cinema) as an alternative distribution for quality films which are difficult to find regular cinemas.

PRAGUE: Czech filmmakers hope the new project 31s will open up a new source of income from voluntary online payments for digital copies of their films.