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Czech producers, distributors, cinemas and festivals are rushing to apply for grants from the newest iteration of the state Cinematography Fund following a European Commission ruling Tuesday approving the system's rules. They have been on hold since the beginning of the year, pending the sanctioning of the new Czech film law, implemented in January.

PRAGUE: The two-month shoot in Prague and Brno of comedy Dedictví or Kurvaseneříka (The Heritage 2) has wrapped, following up on the film's first part

BRATISLAVA: Velvet Terrorists (Zamatoví teroristi), a Slovak /Czech /Croatian coproduction directed by a trio of Slovak directors, Pavol Pekarčík, Ivan Ostrochovský and award-winning Slovak documentary director Peter Kerekes, premieres in the East of the West competition before it opens in cinemas in September 2013. 

BRATISLAVA: Miracle (Zázrak), a Slovak/Czech coproduction by Slovak director and co-writer Juraj Lehotský, will have a theatrical release in Slovakia and the Czech Republic in the fall, following its debut as the opening film of the East of the West competition at the Karlovy Vary IFF.

PRAGUE: Babovřesky produced by Prague based production outfit Nogup, a summer comedy directed by Zdenek Troška, has taken in over 83,360,000 CZK in box office and nearly 615,000 viewers, breaking records and leading the 2013 box office Czech charts. Together with another local hit children’s animated film Lucky Four Serving the King with 26, 550.197 czk, Czech films are holding down the first and third places in the cummunlative box off ice for 2013 so far.

BRATISLAVA: Velvet Terrorists (Zamatoví teroristi), a Slovak /Czech /Croatian coproduction directed by a trio of Slovak directors, Pavol Pekarčík, Ivan Ostrochovský and award-winning Slovak documentary director Peter Kerekes, will open in cinemas in September 2013. 

BRATISLAVA: Miracle / Zázrak, a Slovak/Czech coproduction by Slovak director and co-writer Juraj Lehotský, will have a theatrical release in Slovakia and the Czech Republic in the fall.

PRAGUE: The Czech State Cinematography Fund has announced 23.5 m CZK in grants for eight films, all of which were approved in 2012 for funding that did not materialize.

PRAGUE: Czech producer Viktor Taus, raised on both 35 mm and VHS, developed a desire to create both artistically compelling and commercially successful films.

PRAGUE: The Czech State Cinematography Fund announced the list of projects which passed the “cultural test” for European cultural and production criteria, the first step in the process of applying for the film industry support.