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BRATISLAVA: Slovak short documentary About My Sister by Barbora Sliepková was awarded best film at the 24th edition of MFFK Febiofest. Special mentions went to Polish films Lockjaw by Kordian Kądziela and Three Conversations on Life by Julia Staniszewska. The festival took place in Bratislava from 2 to 8 March 2017.

BRATISLAVA: Political thriller Kidnapping by Mariana Čengel Solčanská had the strongest opening weekend in the Slovak history. The film released on 2 March 2017 attracted 67,369 cinemagoers.

BRATISLAVA: Several distributors were interested at the Berlinale’s EFM in Iveta Grófová’s second feature film Little Harbour, which won Berlinale‘s Generation Kplus prize. Paris-based sales agent Loco Films hopes to start selling this Slovak/Czech coproduction before Cannes.

BRATISLAVA: The 24th edition of MFFK Febiofest is ready to run from 2 to 8 March 2016, with more than 100 films and the short film competition „In the Middle of Europe“. After Bratislava, the festival will travel to eleven cities across Slovakia.

In 2016 Slovak films continued to gather international and domestic success, powered by documentary film production, genre-bending feature films and award-winning coproductions. The Slovak Audiovisual Fund (AVF) had a budget of 7.5 m EUR in 2016, which is the biggest budget in its history.

BRATISLAVA: Four international projects registered for the 20% cash rebate at the Slovak Audiovisual Fund in 2016. Among them are Lionsgate’s Robin Hood: Origins directed by Otto Bathurst and Consider Yourself starring Geoffrey Rush. The estimated budget for these five projects is 4.5 m EUR.

BRATISLAVA: Marta Ferencová’s romantic comedy All or Nothing / Všetko alebo nič set an opening record in Slovak cinemas with 64,931 admissions. The script was penned by Eva Urbaníková based on her bestseller published in 2007.

BRATISLAVA: Mátyás Prikler’s second feature film, Power, closed the development stage and will have the principal photography in the winter 2017/2018. The film is a Slovak/Czech/Hungarian coproduction and stars the Hungarian director and actor Kornel Mundruczó, alongisde popular Czech actor Jan Tříska.

BRATISLAVA: Rastislav Steranka is replacing Alexandra Strelková as head of promotion at the Slovak Film Institute. Steranka will be internationally introduced during the European Film Market at Berlin International Film Festival 2017.

BRATISLAVA: Slovak Audiovisual Fund (AVF) will increase funding up to 7m EUR in 2017, representing a 12% increase compared to 2016. Also, international projects benefitting of the 20% cash rebate, will receive up to 4.5m EUR in 2017.