PRAGUE: The Czech State Cinematography Fund has announced 23.5 m CZK in grants for eight films, all of which were approved in 2012 for funding that did not materialize.

PRAGUE: Czech producer Viktor Taus, raised on both 35 mm and VHS, developed a desire to create both artistically compelling and commercially successful films.

PRAGUE: The Czech State Cinematography Fund announced the list of projects which passed the “cultural test” for European cultural and production criteria, the first step in the process of applying for the film industry support. 

PRAGUE: FNE spoke with Karel Zýka, the new Executive Director of the Audiovisual Producers' Association of the Czech Republic, about his plans for the association and the future of filmmaking in the Czech Republic.

PRAGUE: Director Viktor Tauš has begun editing Klauni (Clownwise) based on a script by Peter Jarchovský and starring an international cast.

PRAGUE: Milan Cieslar has finished shooting his romantic war film Colette based on the book of the same name by Pulitizer Prize nominated Czech writer Arnost Lustig who also co-wrote the script.

PRAGUE: The new Czech Cinematography Fund has reopened the application period for rebate incentives, extending it through 22 March 2013.

PRAGUE: Director Jiří Chlumský has completed production on the romantic comedy Martin a Venuše (Martin and Venus).

PRAGUE: Many small-town cinema houses in the Czech Republic may have to close in 2013 because they lack the finances to go digital.

PRAGUE: Preproduction on the TV series and feature film historical epic drama 1864 is underway in Prague for an April 2013 start of filming.