After eight years of the Visegrad Film Forum and facing various challenges that are mainly related to making our guests and visitors satisfied, it’s about time we have to make a tough decision. Based on the current situation in Europe and Bratislava a.k.a. the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we’ve decided to cancel the current edition of our event, which was to be held on March 10-14. We will let you know whether we will cancel VFF completely or just put it off to a later time.
BRATISLAVA: The Visegrad Film Forum, due to take place 10-14 March 2020 at the Film and TV Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, has been cancelled by the organisers due to concerns over the Corona virus outbreak.
The international industry event that was scheduled to take place March 30 – April 1 has been cancelled to protect the safety of participants amid coronavirus threat. The decision was also brought on by travel restrictions across Europe.
Meeting Point – Vilnius (MPV), which takes place during Vilnius IFF, attracts hundreds of European film industry professionals. Unfortunately, many of them must now cancel their plans due to international travel restrictions caused by coronavirus. This means that filmmakers who were selected to pitch their projects during MPV will not receive desirable consideration from sales agents and other decisionmakers.
“The number of applicants for the Coming Soon session doubled compared to last year. We feel enormous responsibility for our filmmakers and aim to provide their projects with well-deserved attention from agents, distributors, producers and institutions. Regretfully, the travel restrictions impede our ability to do so,” said Alessandra Pastore, head of MPV.
The industry event has received a lot of attention in 2020, forging significant international partnerships with renowned film organizations.
“This edition of MPV was on track to be our best. It was granted Eurimages patronage, the European Film Forum was scheduled to close out the conference, the Innovation Day Lab focusing on Baltic distributors and movie theatres was set up in cooperation with Europa Cinemas, discussions for producers were planned with the help of the European Film Academy. This situation is truly unfortunate,” said Algirdas Ramaška, CEO of Vilnius IFF.
Moreover, filmmakers from countries with significant coronavirus outbreaks will not be presenting their work at Vilnius IFF.
“In order to ensure the safety of our viewers, we have come to a mutual agreement with filmmakers who reside in coronavirus hotbed areas to cancel their visits. During the festival, premises will be ventilated and disinfected. Festivalgoers will receive refunds if screenings are canceled,” assured Ramaška.
PRAGUE: The organisers of the One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague have decided to interrupt the festival with immediate effect. The 2020 edition started on 5 March 2020 and was due to run in Prague and 35 other cities till 14 March 2020.
The organisers of the One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival regret to announce that because of the most recent decree issued by the government of the Czech Republic, they are interrupting the festival with immediate effect. This measure applies to all screenings and accompanying events, the afternoon school screenings, and the regional festivals. According to Ondřej Kamenický, the festival’s director: “After thoroughly discussing and analysing the entire situation, we have agreed to interrupt the festival at this point. We are thereby respecting the measures implemented by the Czech Minister of Health and the National Security Council. At the moment, we are discussing the possibility of resuming the festival in the autumn.” If the future situation allows, we will resume the festival in several months. This would mean that films may once again be raining down on Prague in six months.
As of 10 March, in accordance with the position of Government of the Czech Republic and extraordinary measures introduced in connection with the spread in the Czech Republic of the disease COVID-19 caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest is cancelled until further notice. The Prague IFF – Febiofest plans to move one of the biggest film events in Prague and the Czech Republic to another date in 2020.
VILNIUS: Meeting Point Vilnius, which was scheduled to take place 30 March – 1 April 2020 has been cancelled to protect the safety of participants amid coronavirus threat. However, the Vilnius International Film Festival - Kino Pavasaris will take place as planned from 19 March to 2 April 2020.
CANNES: Macedonian Teona Strugar Mitevska, Romanian Marian Crișan and Serbian Pavle Vučković are among the 15 directors whose new projects were selected for the 16th edition of Cannes Cinefondation L’Atelier (14-21 May 2020).
At the 27th Czech Lion Awards held March 8 in Prague, The Patined Bird picked up eight prizes including Best Film and Best Director. Owners won three, Old-Timers succeeded twice.
A black and white war drama The Painted Bird scored eight times during the 27th Czech Lion Awards ceremony bringing to its director-producer Václav Marhoul two major prizes for Best Film and Best Director, and non-statutary award for An Extraordinary Audiovisual Achievement.
The film also received awards for Best Cinematography (Vladimír Smutný), Best Film Editing (Luděk Hudec), Best Sound (Pavel Rejholec) Best Stage Design (Jan Vlasák) Best Costume Design (Helena Rovná) and Best Makeup and Hairstailing (Ivo Strangmüller).
Best Documentary Award went to Over the Hills, directed by Martin Mareček and produced by Petr Oukropec (Negativ), Tereza Polachová, Hanka Kastelicová (HBO Europe).
A comedy-drama Owners was honored with 3 prizes on Saturday evening. Jiří Havelka received the prize for Best Screenplay, and actresses Tereza Ramba, Klára Melíšková won Best Actress In a Leading Role and Best Actress In a Supporting Role, respectively.
The male actor prizes went for Old-Timers' Jiří Schmitzer (Best Actor In a Leading Role) and Jaroslav Mrkvička (Best Actor In a Supporting Role). According to the Czech Film and Television Academy, Best Music was composed by Ivan Acher, Michal Novinski (The Watchmaker's Apprentice).
You can read more about the Czech Lion Awards 2019 and check the full list of winners HERE.
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