Prague, 11 April 2011 – The Czech Film Center will be presenting three events at this year’s 24th annual festival of Czech films, Finále Plzeň. In addition to the traditional Panel of Upcoming Feature and Animated Films (April 22), there will also be a showing of Czech Short Films from the collection of Czech Short Films vol. II (April 20). This year, in cooperation with the Czech Film Commission, a Location Tour of Plzeň Region Sights (April 21) will also be held for the first time.

The Czech Film Centre has also been intensively involved in short cinematic work, which can open the gates to the international world of cinema for beginning filmmakers. On Wednesday 20 April from 7:30 p.m. in the Mayor’s Room in Měšťanská beseda there will be a showing of short films from the collection of Czech Short Films Vol. II, which CFC issued at the beginning of this year. This will involve films from the production of the following film schools: FAMU, FAMO Písek, Film School Zlín and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.
Domino / Žofie Zajíčková / Film School Zlín / CZ 2010 / animated / 9 min.
Automatic for the People / Jan Vejnar / FAMO / CZ 2010 / short film / 29 min.
Graffitiger / Libro Pixa / FAMU / CZ 2010 / animated / 10 min.
Father / Viktoria Dzurenková / FAMU / CZ 2010 / short film / 26 min.
Lucas or Curse of the Drowned Cat / Jaromír Císař / AAAD / CZ 2010 / animated / 9 min.

The invited directors and guests will be introduced after the projection of their films. Jan Vejnar and Jaromír Císař have confirmed their participation at this time. CFC’s showing will be followed by a collection of films produced by the Institute of Art and Design of the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň.
The anthological DVD Czech Short Films 2011 Vol. II was released in January 2011 as the second part of an edition of DVDs of short films that CFC started issuing in 2010. This year’s disc is also enhanced with French and German titles, which means a greater opportunity for the films to find a place in foreign festivals. CFC first presented the DVD at the festival and market of short films in Clermont-Ferrand in January, on the basis of which films have already been selected for roughly ten film festivals.

On Thursday, 21 April the CFC and Czech Film Commission will hold a day-long Location Tour of Sights in the Plzeň Region in cooperation with the regional branch of the National Heritage Institute in Plzeň and with the support of CzechTourism. Film professionals will have the opportunity to see historical buildings and get to know the possibilities and conditions for filming in the Kladruby monastery, Horšovský Týn state castle and chateau, Švihov castle and moat and Červené Poříčí state chateau.

On Friday, 23 April from 10:30 a.m. the traditional Panel of Feature and Animated Films will take place in the Small Hall of the Měšťanská beseda. For the tenth time producers, directors and scriptwriters will be presenting a selection of twenty projects. Thus the festival will continue to work as a platform for Czech cinema and the Czech film industry. A Czech-English brochure, which contains a total of 84 projects that are under development, will be available to the visitors of the panel and will subsequently be distributed at all the festivals at which CFC presents Czech cinematography.

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Czech Republic the Guest Country at the Festival of Short Films in Barcelona – the audience will see Švankmajer and films from young authors

My father and I get into an old camper and head for Paris where, 23 years ago, he dispersed his mother's ashes in the Luxembourg Garden. Our trip will take two weeks. We're both documentary filmmakers so we've decided to make a film recording the journey. We stop at camper parks or gas stations for the night. We each have a camera to keep the conditions fair and so we're both the directors and protagonists at the same time. My father is 70, I am 44. We discuss various things - family history, difficult past, my father's divorces. Any question is allowed. The journey is a pretext to get to know each other a little better.

Call for Documentary Projects and Films
June 30, 2011 marks the deadline for the following activities of the INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM:
· EAST SILVER MARKET - supporting sales and international distribution through festival screenings and TV broadcast (October 25 - 30, 2011 in Jihlava, CZE)
The 8th East Silver - the only market for feature and TV documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe accepts completed East European documentaries with English voiceover or subtitles, produced 2010 - 2011. We offer online streaming and hand out the Silver Eye Award to the best documentaries of the market. Online entry form.

· DOC LAUNCH - supporting festival and theatrical distribution of soon-to-be-released documentaries (October 27 - 28, 2011 in Jihlava, CZE)
The Doc Launch presentation showcases outstanding feature documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe slated for theatrical release. It is designed for documentary projects and rough cuts scheduled for release from November 2011 - October 2012. Application.

September 1, 2011 is our deadline for:

· EAST EUROPEAN FORUM - supporting funding and promotion (October 24 - 31, 2011, Jihlava, CZE)
East European Forum is the largest co-production meeting for creative documentary projects in development and production from Central and Eastern Europe. At the Forum, producers and directors offer their projects for co-production, pre-buy or acquisition. The presentations are followed by Feedback Round Tables where the projects are discussed in detail. Online entry form.

September 30, 2011 is the industry registration deadline for the entire INDUSTRY PROGRAMME:
East European Forum, East Silver Market and the Doc Launch presentation are the central events of the Industry Programme organized in Jihlava by the Institute of Documentary Film since 2001. The Industry Programme includes Industry Screenings, one-on-one meetings at the Project Market, country-themed Co-production Breakfasts, Case Studies, Master Classes, Networking Dinners, Seminars and other forms of support for documentary films. In 2011, the Industry Programme is expected to host around 100 representatives of European and North American broacasters, festivals, distributors, sales agents and film funds. In addition, it will be attended by some 400 filmmakers, producers, representatives of film institutions, organizations and schools. Documentary professionals can register to attend the Industry Programme starting June 2011.

Institute of Documentary Film,,, Školská 12, Prague 1, 11000. More contact details in the relevant sections of our website.


Krakow, 1st April 2011 - National competition of 51st Krakow Film Festival (23rd -29th May) includes 35 titles. The winner of the national competition will be awarded with the Golden Hobby-Horse.

It is for the first time that feature documentaries enter the national competition. Two of them participate also in the international competition: "The Doctors" by Tomasz Wolski, currently in the post-production phase, and "Phnom Penh Lullaby" by Paweł Kloc, which has already been invited to three foreign festivals: in Nyon, Sheffield, and Toronto. Among feature films, there is also "Pomeranian Illusions" by Jacob Dammas and Helge Renner, which may move the audience just like "North from Calabria" did last year.

Marcel Łoziński, a Polish documentary classic, will present his most recent production, "Tonia and her children". - says Krzysztof Gierat,
festival director - This year we will have the opportunity not only to thank him for his regular presence at the Festival, but also to congratulate him on his birthday, a round anniversary coming up. It was after a nomination at our Festival that his "Poste Restante" was awarder with the European Film Award.

Once again, we have the pleasure of watching many talented laureates come back with their new films. Among them, there are Marcin Sauter,
Maciej Cuske, and Wojciech Staroń, whose "Argentinian Lesson" participates also in the international competition. These films comment not only on our Polish reality; filmmakers more and more often turn to the exotic parts of the world. This year, we will visit Cambodia, Argentina, Cuba, Kalmykia and Kyrgyzstan, Syria, and Lebanon. Having taken its rather absurd title from Marcin Świetlicki's song, "Jewish Moon" presents an unexpected spiritual transformation of a young soccer yob, while "Paparazzi" (also in the international competition) is a dynamic story about a photojournalist who, employing a rather particular ethic code, hunts his prey like a hound.

Debuts are also awaiting; they are always mostly anticipated because of the fame of the Polish documentary school. - continues Krzyszof Gierat - I am sure that there are award candidates among the debutants.

What about the fiction film category? Can we expect a fierce competition between two previous laureates of the Festival: Kuba Czekaj and Magnus von Horn? Or maybe they will be beaten by the only woman in this section, Julia Kolberger, or by Maciej Bochniak and Sławomir Shuty, whose insane, and very Krakow-like in its cast, "The Room" will be premiered here?

In the animation category, we will see films both from awarded, well-known filmmakers like Dragon of Dragons laureates - the Quay Brothers and a many times winner in Krakow - Piotr Dumała and from young authors, often still students. A new production from Damian Nenow will be presented by Platige Image studio.

List of films selected for National Competition.


1. "Phnom Penh Lullaby", dir. Paweł Kloc, 97'
2. "The Doctors", dir. Tomasz Wolski, 82'
3. "Pomeranian Illusions", dir. Jacob Dammas, Helge Renner, 70'
4. "Tonia and Her Children", dir. Marcel Łoziński, 57'
5. "Downtown", dir. Piotr Śliwowski, Marta Dzido, 54'
6. "Argentinian Lesson", dir. Wojciech Staroń, 52'
7. "Agnieszka Is Not Here", dir. Paweł Jóźwiak-Rodan, 52'
8. "Planet Kirsan", dir. Magdalena Pięta, 51'
9. "Scrap Odyssey", dir. Łukasz Gutt, Paweł Ferdek, 48'
10. "Kwiekulik", dir. Joanna Turowicz, Anna Zakrzewska, 48'
11. "Far From the City", dir. Maciej Cuske, 45'
12. "Jewish Moon", dir. Michał Tkaczyński, 45'
13. "Paparazzi", dir. Piotr Bernaś, 30'
14. "Bon Apetit", dir. Kuba Maciejko, 31'
15. "My Father Lazaro", dir. Marcin Filipowicz , 29'
16. "Hakawati", dir. Marcin Sauter, 27'
17. "Hermits", dir. Kacper Czubak, 26'
18. "Decrescendo", dir. Marta Minorowicz, 22'
19. "Rescued", dir. Wojciech Szumowski, 22'
20. "Returns", dir. Krzysztof Kadłubowski, 7'


1. "The Lost City of Świteź", dir. Kamil Polak, 26'
2. "Maska", dir. Bracia Quay, 24'
3. "Paths of Hate", dir. Damian Nenow, 10'
4. "Dr Character presents", dir. Piotr Dumała, 8'
5. "Talk to Him", dir. Agata Prętka, 7'
6. "Two Steps Behind...", dir. Paulina Majda, 7'
7. "The Gallery", dir. Robert Proch, 5'
8. "Shivering Trunks", dir. Natalia Drożyńska, 3'


1. "Without Snow", dir. Magnus von Horn, 30'
2. "I Won't Be Here Tomorrow", dir. Julia Kolberger, 28'
3. "Twist & Blood", dir. Kuba Czekaj, 30'
4. "The Room", dir. Maciej Bochniak, Sławek Shuty 30'
5. "Glasgow", dir. Piotr Subbotko, 30'
6. "Normal People", dir. Piotr Złotorowicz, 25'
7. "Heroic Parrot with The Dog", dir. Marcin Sławek, 12'

Polish films selected for international competitions
Documentary competition: "The Doctors", dir. Tomasz Wolski, "Phnom
Penh Lullaby", dir. Paweł Kloc, "Argentinian Lesson", dir. Wojciech
Staroń and short film competition: "Without Snow", dir. Magnus von
Horn, "Paparazzi", dir. Piotr Bernaś, "Decrescendo", dir. Marta
Minorowicz, i "Talk to Him", dir. Agata Prętka.

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Investors tune in to KINO POLSKA TV S.A.

Kino Polska TV S.A., producer and distributor of film channels, said on Thursday that individual investors' share allocation will be reduced by about 91 percent in the company's first public offer.

Last week Kino Polska TV S.A. had priced its initial public offering at 9,50 zlotys per share, valuing its entire share sale at 38 million zlotys.

For the time being, Kino Polska TV S.A. is owner of Kino Polska TV which occupied the second place between most popular movie channels in Poland last year. Moreover, the Warsaw-based company also produces and distributes stations of the FilmBox group in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary. It is also the owner of a majority share in, a film portal which has been awarded by the Polish Film Institute for its contribution to the development of Polish cinematography. Last year debuted on the New Connect market.

Kino Polska TV S.A. is offering 4 million new shares in the IPO in the following series:
1,000,000 New Shares for the Small Investors Tranche (TMI)
3,000,000 New Shares for the Large Investors Tranche (TDI)

New investors will get about 28 percent of the firm after the IPO. Kino Polska TV S.A. will use the funds to develop its offer and invest in its infrastructure introducing new thematic channels.

"In the near future we are planning to offer Kino Polska HD, a channel that will enable the reception of Kino Polska Television channels in High Definition and Kino Polska Muzyka which will feature the history of Polish popular music", said Piotr Reisch, President of Kino Polska TV S.A. Management Board. "In addition, we are currently working on extending our premium services with new television channels from the FilmBox group: FilmBox Action, FashionBox as well as FightBox".

Press and investor relations:

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The winners of 16th Vilnius international film festival were announced during the official closing ceremony in the evening of March 31 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

A film by Romanian director Bogdan George Apetri „Outbound" (Periferic) was announced the winner of competition programme „New Europe - new names". The statue and the monetary prize by Vilnius city was awarded to film‘s associate producer Mihaela Popescu.

The special mention was given to Turkish actor Bartu Kucukcaglayan for his role in film „Majority" (Cogunluk). Second special mention was given to the actors of Slovak film „The House", the prize was awarded to the director of the movie Zuzana Liova.

The jury of competition programme was headed by director Milcho Manchevskij, other members were: Nadya Turyncev, producer, Alante Kavaitė, director and script writer, Gary McVey, director of American cinema foundation and Fred Kelemen, director and cinematographer.

CICAE jury also evaluated the films of competition programme and decided that the best film to fit into European independent film theatres is the film „On the path" (Na putu) by Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic. The award was given to Croatian actress Zrinka Cvitesic. The members of CICAE jury, who came to Vilnius, are - Tejinder Jouhal from Institute of Contemporary art (ICA) London, Peter Muscatics, communication director of Hungary's leading international film festival CineFest and Christopher Gatt, General Manager of St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Malta.

16th Vilnius international film festival‘s audience award went to Canadian drama „Incendies", by Denis Villeneuve. The audience in Vilnius liked this film so much, that all the screenings of this film were a sold-out and not even four additional screenings were enough.

For the first time this year the audience voted for best Lithuanian movie. The audience decided, that the best Lithuanian movie this year is „Knygnešys" (Book smuggler) by Jonas Trukanas.

The best debut Lithuanian director was awarded for the second year and this time the award went to Mantas Kvedaravičius and his documentary "Barzakh".

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Telewizja Polska (TVP), Poland's esteemed public broadcaster, will bring a strong lineup of fiction production and TV series to MIPTV, taking place 4-7 April 2011 in Cannes. Located in the Festival Palace at Stand 01.11, TVP's sales team will offer its fresh TV series Instinct and Twisted Fortune, and some of Poland's most outstanding film productions from the past year, including Made in Poland, Flying Pigs, and the Montreal Film Festival awarded film Venice.

Krakow, 31st March 2011 - There are 39 films competing in the International Short Film Competition at the 51st Krakow Film Festival, which is held from May 23rd to May 29th. The short film category is one of the festival's three competitions of equal rank, and its winner is awarded the Golden Dragon prize.

This year there are three hundred representatives of the documentary, fiction, and animation genre taking part in the oldest competition of Krakow Film Festival. The accepted films must have been no longer than thirty minutes. Although statistically the documentary film is the most frequent winner, this year the battle within the fiction film category will be particularly fierce. Daniel Mulloy, the winner of the Golden Dragon in 2007 whose shocking "Dad" divided the festival audience, is now back in the competition with his new film "Baby". There is also an American comedy with Anthony Hopkins. On the other side of the emotional pole is the Lithuanian depiction of the tragedy that took place in a small Austrian town, where a monster-father imprisoned his daughter and their five consecutively born children ("Our Father").

Paradoxically, Poland is represented by a Swede, outstanding Magnus von Horn ("Without Snow"), the two-time winner of our festival, who was last time awarded the Silver Hobby-Horse in 2009 for his "Echo"- adds Krzysztof Gierat, the Festival director. The fiction film category is complemented by the intriguing and entertaining films playing with the conventions of the genre cinema („Hasaki Ya Suda" and „Prunelle and Melodie").

The documentary section powerfully demonstrates the cultural diversity of the world. Although we have a very European slant this year, you will find a wealth of more exotic cinema at the competition. From Cuba we have the enigmatic "Raul's World", and from India "At the Stairs", which shows us the cremation grounds where widows who have escaped suttee - the ritual suicide after husband's death, are awaiting Moksha - liberation from the cycle of life and death. Two documentary films from Poland will have their world premiere in Krakow, along with "Without Snow" by von Horn. We will also show "Paparazzi" by Piotr Bernaś, an extravagant portrayal of celebrities' most hated profession, as well as "Decresendo" a cheerful story of a rest home by Marta Mironowicz who won of major prizes in Lipsk and Clermont-Ferrand for "A Piece of Summer".

While choosing films for the animated film section we have aimed at showing its adundant diversity - says Krzysztof Gierat - There will be short and amusing films from the Russian school of animation, and philosophical German films, along with Portuguese poetry and animated documentaries. A big favourite last year was "Millhaven" by Bartek Kulas which features a soundtrack by Nick Cave, but this year we are going ahead with "Stones", the animated Czech musical about love and crime!'

The results for national competition will be published on 1st April, the results for documentary competition could be found on the website

The list of films selected for the international short film competition

1. „Bread for Bird", dir. Aleksandra Strelyanaya, Russia 26'
2. „Playground", dir. Susanna Helke, Finland 30'
3. „Out of Round - What is Behind?", dir. Jaro Vojtek, Slovakia 30'
4. „At the Stairs", dir. Rajesh S. Jala, India 30'
5. „Raul's World", dir. Jessica Rodríguez, Zoe Miranda, Cuba 20'
6. „Czech Post-War History", dir. Jaroslav Kratochvíl, Czech Republic 9'
7. „Photographer's Wife", dir. Philip Widmann, Karsten Krause, Germany 29'
8. „I'm Never Afraid!", dir. Willem Baptist, Netherlands 20'
9. „Stranger", dir. Christophe Hermans, Belgium, 12'
10. „I Will Forget This Day", dir. Alina Rudnitskaya, Russia 25'
11. „Night Falls on the Menagerie", dir. Nicolas Philibert, France 11'
12. „Paparazzi", dir. Piotr Bernaś, Poland 30'
13. „Decrescendo", dir. Marta Minorowicz, Poland 22'

14. „Baby", dir. Daniel Mulloy, UK 25'
15. „1994", dir. Kaveh Tehrani, Norway 29'
16. „The Quartet", dir. Sarah Arnold, France 15'
17. „The Third Rule", dir. Aundre Johnson, USA 15'
18. „Our Father, dir. Marius Ivaskevicius, Lithuania 28'
19. „Prunelle and Melodie", dir. Simonet Mathieu, France 32'
20. „Hasaki Ya Suda, dir. Cédric Ido, France 24'
21. „Yuri Lennon's Landing on Ralpha 46", dir. Anthony Vouardoux, Germany / Switzerland 15'
22. „Battle for Britain", dir. Alex Helfrecht , UK 13'
23. „I", dir. Rafael Wolf, Switzerlanda 12'
24. „The Birthday Circle", dir. Philip Lepherd , UK 5'
25. „Casus Belli", dir. Yorgos Zois, Greece 11'
26. „Without Snow", dir. Magnus von Horn, Poland / Sweden 30'

27. „Journey To Cape Verde", dir. José Miguel Ribeiro, Portugal 17'
28. „Sticky Ends", dir. Osman Cerfon, France 6'
29. „1989. When I Was 5 Years Old", dir. Thor Ochsner, Denmark 10'
30. „One More Time!", dir. Ekaterina Ovchinnikova, Tatiana Okruzhnova, Alina Yakhyaeva, Nataliya Pavlycheva, Mariya Arkhipova, Russia 3'
31. „Stones", dir. Katarina Kerekesova, Slovakia 26'
32. „I Have Fear", dir. Mariola Brillowska and her students, Germany 15'
33. „Lowdown Empire", dir. Polina Grinberg, USA 13'
34. „Once Only", dir. Nuno Amorim, Portugalia 6'
35. „Swings and Milkshakes", dir. Fernando Mendes, Erick Ricco, Brasil 10'
36. „The Renter", dir. Jason Carpenter, USA 9'
37. „Sunday 2", dir. Jochen Kuhn, Germany 11'
38. „Women's Day Gift", dir. Mihail Dvorjankin, Russia 8'
39. „Talk to Him", dir. Agata Prętka, Poland 7'

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