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Czech Participation at 2012 Festival de Cannes

Press releases 2012-05-02

Prague, April 30, 2012 – Director Michaela Pavlátová is the second confirmed Czech producer to participate in the official programme of the Cannes International Film Festival. Her animated film Tram, a Czech-French co-production, will be presented in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs selection.

Czech cinematography will be represented at the approaching Cannes film festival and film market in several activities. The Czech Film Center is the official representative of Czech cinematography at the film market and will again take up its traditional place among the pavilions of the leading international film nations in the Village International. The Czech representation will provide visitors with current information about Czech films, the infrastructure of the Czech film industry, Czech experience with and opportunities for international co-productions, and services for international film productions.

As in past years, the Czech Republic will share a pavilion with Slovakia, but this year in a new location (Pavilion 132).

Also this year, the Czech Republic has a representative in annual Producers on the Move event in Cannes, organized by European Film Promotion, of which the Czech Film Center is a member.

Young filmmakers taking part in Producers on the Move spend three days introducing themselves and their current projects to other participants and to international professionals in informal meetings, pitching forums and round tables. For this first time, the event this year includes one-to-one meetings with European producers. The event aims to introduce promising producers and offer them opportunities to present themselves at the international film market and find partners for new co-production projects.

Producer Ondřej Zima of Evolution Films, which he co-founded in 2006, is the Czech Producer on the Move 2012. Zima began as a production assistant (Peace To Their Soul, Shark In The Head) then as a production manager on several features and shorts (Bubblebath Is Best, Short Long Journey, Suchá Hora). His first features as producer were The Baluty Ghetto (2008) and Frankie Is A Womanizer (2008), followed by Czech-Slovak co-production Lóve (2011) and Don’t Stop (2012). He has also released several short- and medium-length films and served as executive producer on the successful TV show Okresní prebor and its feature adaptation, Sunday League. He is currently preparing the features Hotel Prague (director Zdeněk Viktora) and Raportér (director Jakub Sommer) and the documentary Sexuální výchova v Čechách (director Dagmar Smržová).



Czech films in Cannes – Two Czech films will screen at the Festival de Cannes this year.

Tambylles is the work of director Michal Hogenauer, a graduate of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Hogenauer’s film will screen Friday, May 25, in the Cinéfondation student competition selection. Tambylles is a dramatic story about a young man with criminal past who is looking for a new path in life. The Czech Film Center is financially supporting the promotion of the film at Cannes.

The top three winners of the Cinéfondation competition will receive cash awards of €15,000, €11,500 and €7,500 for their next films. The top film will be presented at the Cannes International Film Festival. Zuzana Kirchnerová Špidlová’s short film Bába won the Cinéfondation competition in 2009. Other FAMU graduate films to screen in Cinéfondation in the past include Cagey Tigers (2011, dir. Aramisova) and Naus (2008, dir. Lukáš Glaser).

Director Michaela Pavlátová’s short film Tram will screen in Quinzaine des réalisateurs. A Czech-French co-production between Negativ and Sacrebleu Productions, the film tells a slightly erotic story about the fantasies of a tram conductor. The film is the pilot for Sacrebleu’s Sexperiences story project.

The Czech Film Center invites journalists in Cannes to visit the new Czech-Slovak pavilion, No. 132, in the Village International.



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