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MADE IN ASH

47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival announced its Competition Programme, and we are happy to have the World Premiere of the film MADE IN ASH as the opening film of the EAST OF THE WEST Competition.

MADE IN ASH (orig. Až do mesta Aš, SK - CZ 2012, 84 min., aka Town of Ash) is a debut feature film by young Slovak filmmaker Iveta Grofová, as taken from KV IFF website:

Noteworthy social drama about a Romany girl named Dorota, who leaves her native Slovakia after graduating from high school for a job in the Western Bohemian town of Aš. Thanks to authentic shots and the use of non-actors, the director achieves marked rawness and maximum punch.

World Premiere of the film / Opening of East of the West Competition: Saturday, June 30 - 4:30 p.m - PUPP Cinema

THE SUN IN A NET

In addition, we are happy to announce a very special screening of one of the treasures of the Slovak cinema, THE SUN IN A NET by Štefan Uher, to commemorate the film´s 50th anniversary. The gala premiere of the film in a digitally restored copy/DCP will be part of the section Out of the Past dedicated to bringing the best classic films to contemporary audiences.

Premiere of the restored version of the film: Sunday, July 1 - 4:30 p.m. - PUPP Cinema

THE SUN IN A NET (orig. Slnko v sieti, CS 1962), written by Alfonz Bednár, directed by Štefan Uher, with the excellent cinematography of Stanislav Szomolányi, is considered the beginning of the New Wave in Slovak and Czech cinema and is a breakthrough pioneering achievement for Slovak, and the Czechoslovak cinema. In the period of a relative relaxation of the Communist regime, the film brought a new way of film narration (breaking up the traditional linear story narration into smaller episodes and motifs), a new, analytical view of reality focusing on people and their emotions as well as on the historical and social backgrounds. The film was restored by the Slovak Film Institute (National Film Archive) within the Project of the Systematic Restoration of Audiovisual Heritage, and will be presented from a DCP.

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Within the INDUSTRY DAYS of the festival, new platform for films in development from Slovakia and the Czech Republic will be introduced, with project presentation schedule for Tuesday, July 3, 10:30 at "Becherova Villa", provided in partnership with Barrandov Studios. More information will follow.

More information to Slovak participation at the festival will follow shortly, and we hope to meet with many of you in Karlovy Vary and enjoy and celebrate the Slovak presence there.

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The Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HOFF, www.hoff.ee), the exclusive genre film festival in the Baltics has become the latest member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF). Following the announcement by the Federation Board, HOFF will assume the duties as Adherent Member of the Federation as of next edition in April 2013.

The European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF) is a network of more than 20 film festivals in 16 countries dedicated to promote the originality and creativity of the European fantasy film industry and annually gathers the audience of over 600 000 spectators. HOFF, now in its 8th edition, held in the city of Haapsalu, Estonia, once a renown summer retreat of the Russian Czars, now a picturesque town on the western coast of the Baltic sea, will be standing in line with established genre events such as Sitges, Brussels and Neuchatel. The regional members of the Federation include respected events in Lund (Sweden) and Espoo (Finland). The goal of the EFFFF is to introduce and nourish European fantasy, sci-fi and horror cinema in the world dominated by US genre films. For doing so, all members of the Federation present an international competition program, the Méliès d'Argent. The nominees run for the competition for the most remarkable European Fantastic and Short Film, the Méliès d'Or - Best European Fantastic Film, awarded at the annual gala presently held in Sitges.

"Joining the Méliès' federation could be compared to the Michelin star rating of the haute cuisine testifying to the high level of organization and programming of HOFF that we have been dedicated for years. Méliès' membership is not exclusively tied to the budget nor the audience numbers, as besides cutting edge programming and execution, the festival has to serve as a gateway to the region as well as contribute to the federation by industry and territorial expertise - and I'm happy that HOFF fills this role perfectly", comments the founding Festival Director Sten Saluveer

"The rapid increase in international publicity and trust from the industry that goes along with Méliès helps to ensure that Haapsalu would host greater genre stars and films, an attractive competition and the prize laden audience award. We are determined that the fans of HOFF and filmmakers will be delighted by a new chance for the films to run for the award of best European fantastic film", comments the just inaugurated Fest head Maria Reinup.

"We are very happy to include Haapsalu Intl. Horror and Fantasy Film Festival as an adherent member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation. They will be a great addition to our team of festivals and will play an important part in promoting European genre films in the Baltic region", said Christian Hallman, coordinator of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation.

The 2012 edition of HOFF presented 19 features with the audience record of over 2800 visitors. The highlights of the program, IRON SKY (Finland, 2012) and SLEEP TIGHT (Spain, 2011) are contenders to the Méliès d'Or Award for the Best European Fantastic Feature Film 2012.

Note to editors:

The Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF, www.hoff.ee) is an international genre film festival organized by Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (NGO Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival or PÖFF, www.poff.ee ) - one of the largest and most known art house film festivals and organizations in North-Eastern European region, the city of Haapsalu and Haapsalu Culture Center.

Press inquiries and clarifications:

Maria Reinup

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The new short film by Rudolf Smid, ‘The Chronicle of Oldrich S.", has been selected for the
prestigious American documentary film festival SilverDocs in Silver Spring, Maryland. This is a
great honor for a Czech animated documentary, which only started screening at international
festivals in February 2012.

SilverDocs Documentary Film Festival is organized by the American Film Institute and the Discovery
Channel. It is the largest documentary event of the year in the United States with over 27,000 visitors
and industry professionals each year, showcasing more than two hundred new documentaries from
around the world, (including films from Central and Eastern Europe). This makes Silverdocs the best
festival for the North American premiere of ‘The Chronicle of Oldrich S.'

Because of its connection to the Discovery Channel the festival has had guests such as Jonathan
Demme, Al Gore, Alex Gibney, and Martin Scorsese. The special guests for this year's festival will be
the American filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky.

And don't forget, ‘The Chronicle of Oldrich S.' is a hit on the international festival scene. It was
nominated for Silver Eye ,Jihlava 2011; selected for the SXSW Film Festival 2012 in Austin,
Texas; received the special jury award at the Docudays festival in Kiev; received the IFAF AniFest
main prize for short film; selected for the Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart; selected for the DOXA festival
Vancouver; andselected for the DocAviv festival in Tel Aviv, 2012.

In the upcoming months, the film will be screened at the 52nd Krakow Film Festival in Poland, the Huesca
Film Festival in Spain and as mentioned above, the Silverdocs festival in June.

‘The Chronicle of Oldrich S.' was produced by Anima and AniFest.

Contact: Jakub Hora/AniFest
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