France Honors Karlovy Vary's Eva Zaoralova

PRAGUE: The Karlovy Vary festival's former artistic director was feted this week when the French Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Pierre Lévy, conferred upon Eva Zaoralova the second grade of…

FNE Europa Distribution: Distributor of the Month: Premysl Martinek: Czech Republic

FNE together with Europa Distribution ( continues its Distributor of the Month series. In recognition of the hard work and excellence of European distributors and the common problems they face,…

Simultaneous VOD and Cinema Release for New Hrebejk Film

PRAGUE: Czech director Jan Hrebejk‘s new Fassbinder inspired feature Waste, City and Death (Opad, Mesto, Smrt) will have its premiere on 22 November 2012 in Prague cinemas and at the…

FNE IDF Doc Bloc: IDF Sends CEE Docs to IDFA

PRAGUE: Documentary films and projects from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Georgia, and Slovenia are among the 14 titles that the Institute of Documentary Film is sending to the 2012…

PRODUCTION: I, Olga Hepnarova in Preparation

PRAGUE: Czech filmmakers Tomas Weinreb and Petr Kazda are preparing with their first feature I, Olga Hepnarova which they will co-direct and coproduce through Black Balance (, the company they…

Czechs expect approval of new cinematography law despite veto

PRAGUE: Despite a veto by Czech President Vaclav Klaus earlier this week of a new law redefining support for audiovisual production and cinematography Czech industry professionals have assured partners that…
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Czech Company Endorfilm With Ambitious Coproduction Slate

PRAGUE: Jiři Konečný and Endorfilm ( are preparing a new project with Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu. The project follows their successful cooperation on A Night Too Young/ Prílis mladá noc.

Czech TV, Prima To Launch New Channels

PRAGUE: Czech Television ( will begin broadcasts of its new children’s channel in mid-2013, Czech TV general director Petr Dvořák announced.

FNE IDF Doc Bloc: IDF Looks Back at Jihlava 2012

JIHLAVA: IDF recaps its activities at the 2012 Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival.

Czechs Unite Film Institutions

PRAGUE: The Czech National Film Archives will become the parent organization of the Czech Film Center (, the Czech MEDIA Desk (, and the Czech Film Commission ( as of…

CME Sees Continued Loss in Q3

PRAGUE: Leading CEE TV and media company Central European Media Enterprises (CME, announced third quarter 2012 net revenues of US$ 140.1 m, compared to US$ 165.5 m in the…

PRODUCTION: Mythmaking in Postproduction

JIHLAVA: Jan Gogola, Jr.'s new documentary is an intimate portrait of the contemporary Czech artist Kateřina Šeda who is binding ordinary people through projects combining art and social initiative. Jiři…

Czech Film Promoters Unveil Strategy to Boost Coproductions

PRAGUE: The Czech MEDIA Desk ( and the Czech Film Center ( are launching new strategies to help Czech filmmakers increase the scope of coproductions.

Czechs Limit TV Ad Volume

PRAGUE: The Czech Senate has passed a bill that controls the volume of advertising on TV.

FNE at Jihlava IDFF 2012: Serbian Mirage Wins Jihlava European Competition

JIHLAVA: Serbian director Srdjan Keča’s film Mirage ( won the Best CEE Documentary Film at the 16th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (, which concluded 28 October 2012.

FNE Exclusive: Q & A with Hana Rezkova of the Institute of Documentary Film

JIHLAVA: FNE asked Hana Rezková about new trends in the documentary market and the projects the IDF ( runs not only at Jihlava IDFF but throughout the year.

FNE at Jihlava IDFF 2012: Visegrad Public TV Stations Look at Doc Coproduction Options

JIHLAVA: The heads of the public TV broadcasters from the four Visegrad countries – Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary - met this week during the Jihlava International Documentary Film…

FNE at Jihlava IDFF 2012: Emerging Producers Connects Documentary Filmmakers

JIHLAVA: Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (23-28 October 2012, has launched a new platform for documentary producers under the title Emerging Producers.

FNE IDF Doc Bloc: Ex Oriente at Jihlava IDFF

IDF's Ex Oriente programme features two master classes on its closing day in Jihlava.

FNE at Jihlava IDFF 2012: TV Documentary Coproduction Funding Just Beginning in CEE

JIHLAVA: Central European documentary filmmakers are beginning to see some coproduction funding sources in TV stations across the region, but most will have to look westward for their budgets.