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BRATISLAVA: The Czech/Slovak coproduction Masaryk, directed by Július Ševčík, is in postproduction in preparation for a March 2017 premiere. The film, which explores a personally difficult stage in the life of Czech diplomat and politician Jan Masaryk, takes a close look at the Munich Agreement (which annexed portions of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany) and the period preceding WWII.

PRAGUE: Mia Film is handling production services on Heaven and Hell, a two part TV film which is the latest of several German productions shot in the Czech Republic in recent years.

PRAGUE: After nine years of preparations and financing, US based Czech director, screenwriter and producer David Mrnka started shooting his new film titled Milada about Milada Horakova on 5 November 2016.

PRAGUE: The State Cinematography Fund´s Council will redistribute funds saved during the year and increase the financial allocation for documentary films, minority coproductions, film festivals and script development. Most of the increase of 773,501 EUR / 20.9 m CZK will be allotted to production.

PRAGUE: Jan Hřebejk´s latest feature The Teacher / Učitelka, which premiered at this year´s Karlovy Vary IFF, was sold to the US distributor Film Movement, which is planning to release the film in spring 2017, first in the cinema distribution and later as DVD and Blu-ray.

PRAGUE: Czech production company i/o post is developing its third coproduction with Iranian partners. Drama The One of the Whale is the debut feature by Iranian filmmaker Kaveh Daneshmand, who was very recently awarded by Iranian film critics for his short film Occasional Showers.

PRAGUE: Czech State Cinematography Fund gave development grants totalling 285,297 EUR / 710,000 CZK to 15 projects.

PRAGUE: The Czech State Cinematography Fund will allot 738,342 EUR / 19,950,000 CZK to nine minority coproductions. Romania, Latvia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Russia, Croatia and France are among coproduction partners.

PRAGUE: Prague’s city council approved a new film fund called Prague in Film. The annual budget allocated to the fund amounts to 370,096 EUR/10 m CZK.

PRAGUE: Musicians / Muzikanti directed by Slovak director Dušan Rapoš, the author of the cult musical of the 80’s The Fountain for Zuzana, wraps shooting at Těšínské Slezko, on the Czech-Polish-Slovak border, on 9 September 2016.