PRODUCTION: Petr Vachler Preps the Meaning and Mystery of Life

PRAGUE: Director/screenwriter Petr Vachler is preparing a feature documentary on the mystery of existence based on the hypothesis that we might grasp the meaning of life while still living.

FNE IDF Doc Bloc: Ex Oriente Workshop Opens in Jihlava

JIHLAVA: Ex Oriente continues it partnership with the Jihlava IDFF, but with a lower profile, offering a week-long workshop that begins on 22 October 2012. Click HEREto read full article…

FNE at Jihlava IDFF: Jihlava Sets Documentary Competitions

JIHLAVA: Eleven films will compete in the Czech Joy section of the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival ( taking place 23-28 October 2012.

OBITUARY: Czech animator Bretislav Pojar

PRAGUE: Cannes winning Czech animator Bretislav Pojar has died, just days after celebrating his 89th birthday.

FNE Doc Bloc: Nobel Prize Winner at Jihlava

JIHLAVA: Chinese novelist and filmmaker Gao Xingjian, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, will be a guest at the 2012 Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, 23-28 October.

FNE-IDF DocBloc: Czechs Unveil New Documentary Catalogue

PRAGUE: The 2012 catalogue of Czech documentary films in development, production or postproduction has been released along with data on the top documentaries in domestic release.

CME Promotes Mocanu, Budinschi of PRO TV

PRAGUE: Central European Media Enterprises ( announced the appointment of Constantin Mocanu, General Director of PRO TV, to the position of Senior Vice-President Head of Voyo. PRO TV Head of…

Alois Nebel Nominated for EFA Award

PRAGUE: The Czech film Alois Nebel is one of three contenders for the European Film Academy’s ( 2012 animated feature film award.

OBITUARY: Radoslav Brzobohaty

PRAGUE: Czechoslovak actor Radoslav Brzobohaty died 12 September 2012, just one day short of what would have been his 80th birthday.

FNE Europa Distribution: Distributor of the Month. Czech Republic – Ivo Andrle, Aerofilms

FNE together with Europa Distribution have launched its new Distributor of the Month series. In recognition of the hard work and excellence of European distributors and the common problems they…

Koliha to Head Czech Kids Channel

PRAGUE: Petr Koliha, artistic director of the Zlin children’s film festival (, will take on the position of director of Czech TV’s ( new children and youth channel as of…

FNE at Venice IFF 2012: Czech coproduction starring Gerard Depardieu gets Venice slot

PRAGUE: The Man Who Laughs which was shot entirely in the Czech Republic has nabbed a Venice IFF Out of Competition slot. Directed by Jena-Pierre Ameris and starring Gerard Depardieu…
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PRODUCTION: The Down’s Detective to begin Shooting in the Czech Republic

PRAGUE: Norwegian director Bard Breien (The Art of Negative Thinking) will begin the shooting The Down’s Detective, a Norwegian-Czech-Danish-German coproduction, on 29 August 2012 in the Czech Republic. The film…

Czech Tax Rebate Round Opens

PRAGUE: The Czech Ministry of Culture ( is accepting applications for the fall round of tax rebates.

Czech Grants for 2012

PRAGUE: The Czech State Fund for Support and Development of Czech Cinema has selected 63 films to receive production and development grants in 2012. They include a number of high…

FNE IDF DocBloc: Soilmania

PRAGUE: Director Dora Kapralova is in production with Soilmania, a feature length Czech-German coproduction filmed in Czech, German, and English.

CME Posts Q2 2012 Losses

Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (CME, showed declines in net revenues and operating income for both its second quarter and its six-month results.

Eighteen Producers Selected for New Jihlava Project

PRAGUE: The Jihlava IDFF ( announced the names of 18 documentary producers who will participate in the first Emerging Producers platform.

FNE IDF DocBloc: Kesaj Tchave

PRAGUE: Czech company Fresh Films is planning an April 2013 premiere for Rozalie Kohoutova's Roma-themed documentary Kesay Tchave.

Film New Europe - Step In - Locarno: Country Report: Czech Republic

The first half of the 2012 has been a crucial period for the Czech film industry as it awaits the new Film Act to be approved in the parliament. Czech…