Jiří Králík, a member of the association's governing council, said the goal is to present the neglected cinematography of the Central European countries to a wider audience and to put contemporary films into distribution in the Czech Republic.
"Everybody wants to see films from the U.S. or France but not from Poland and Hungary, and we find that a very sad situation and want to do something about it," Králík said in a telephone interview with FNE.
Both feature films and documentaries are being screened that were produced in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The Czech repertoire will include Lost Holiday by Lucie Kralova, which won an award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and Move by scriptwriter and director Ivo Trajkov, a Czech-Macedonian co-production.
Králík said the films will then be distributed in the Czech Republic. Some will appear on television or on DVD.
The project is modeled on Project 100, an annual program the association organizes that focuses on distributing films whose quality have been proven by history, as well as successful films in recent festivals.
The association, established in 1993, groups 125 clubs with a total of 22,000 members.