The Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) has revealed the nominations for the 24th Czech Lion Annual Awards. This year the academics could choose from the 71 feature films, animated films and documentary features which had been distributed in the year of 2016. The films can be awarded the statuette of Czech Lion in 15 statutory categories. The most nominations throughout all the categories have been obtained by the films Masaryk (Prominent Patient), Anthropoid and Učitelka (The Teacher). The awarding ceremony will take place in Rudolfinum on 4th March 2017. The gala evening will be newly hosted by Adela Banášová.

The members of CFTA had been voting about the nominations in the film categories for the 24th Czech Lion Annual Awards by the 13th January 2017. The total number of 122 academics had been choosing from 42 feature and animated films and 29 documentary features. The nominees for the Czech Lion awards are dominated by the biographical drama Prominent Patient directed by Julius Ševčík with its 14 nominations. The film Anthropoid directed by Sean Ellis gained 12 nominations. The third highest number of nominations (9) went to the drama called The Teacher by Jan Hřebejk. It is closely followed by the film I, Olga Hepnarova, which got 8 nominations.

In the category of the best film the following five films have been nominated: Anthropoid (directed by Sean Ellis), I, Olga Hepnarova(directed by Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda), Prominent Patient (directed by Julius Ševčík), The Teacher (directed by Jan Hřebejk) and Family Film(directed by Olmo Omerzu).The Czech Lion Award for the best documentary feature can be awarded to one of these films – Brother Karel (directed by Krystyna Krauze), FC Roma (directed by Tomáš Bojar), Normal Autistic Film (directed by Miroslav Janek), Helena’s Law(directed by Petra Nesvačilová) and Doomed Beauty(directed by Helena Třeštíková and Jakub Hejna).

The awards in the area of television production will be awarded for the second time, this year in two categories. Altogether four broadcasters recommended their deeds – Czech Television, HBO Europe, TV Nova and TV Prima. In each category, three projects with the highest number of votes from the academics will be revealed in the course of February. The winners in the categories of the best television film or miniseries and best television drama series will be announced during the ceremonial gala evening on 4th March.

The category of the best television documentary or series underwent some changes as it has been joined with the category of the best documentary feature. In the selection of the films in this category there are all the films that have been presented to the public during the year of 2017 either by public projections or by television broadcasting. The presidium of CFTA will also present the award for a Unique Contribution to Czech Film during the ceremonial gala evening.

Apart from the revelation of the nominations, the winners in the non-statutory categories were also announced at the CFTA press conference. The award for the best film poster was presented to Lukáš Veverka, the designer of the poster for the film I, Olga Hepnarova. The director Sean Ellis obtained the award of film fans for his film Anthropoid.

The Czech Lion Award for the best actress in a leading role can be obtained by the following actresses – Michalina Olszanská for the film I, Olga Hepnarova, Lenka Vlasáková for the film We Are Never Alone, Vanda Hybnerová for her role in the film Family Film, Eliška Balzerová for the movie Tiger Theory and Zuzana Mauréry for the film The Teacher. The award for the best actress in a supporting role can go to – Klára Melíšková for the film I, Olga Hepnarova, Simona Stašová for the role in the film The Devil’s Mistress, Arly Jover for the movie Prominent Patient, Daniela Kolářová for the movie The Noonday Witch and Zuzana Kronerová for the role in the film Red Captain.

The Czech Lion Award for the best actor in a leading role will belong to one of the following nominees – Ivan Trojan for the film Angel of the Lord 2, Cillian Murphy for Anthropoid, Karel Roden for the role in the film Masaryk, Karel Roden for We Are Never Alone and Jiří Bartoška for the role in the movie Tiger Theory. The winner in the category of the best actor in a supporting role will be one of the following actors - Boleslav Polívka for the role in the film Angel of the Lord 2, Jamie Dornan for Anthropoid, Oldřich Kaiser and Hanns Zischler for their acting performances in the film Prominent Patient or Miroslav Hanuš for We Are Never Alone.

At the gala evening the award for the best director will be obtained by one of these nominees – Sean Ellis for the film Anthropoid, Tomáš Weinreb and Petr Kazda for the movie I, Olga Hepnarova, Julius Ševčík for the directing of the film Prominent Patient, Olmo Omerzu for Family Film or Jan Hřebejk for the film The Teacher.

The ceremonial presentation of the 24th Annual Awards of the Czech Film and Television Academy will take place in Rudolfinum in Prague on 4th March 2017. The gala evening will be newly hosted by Adela Banášová. The whole evening will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. by the CT1 channel.



  • Anthropoid – produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Sean Ellis, David Ondříček, Kryštof Mucha
  • I, Olga Hepnarova – produced by Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda, Vojtěch Frič, Marcin Kurek, Sylwester Banaszkiewicz, Marian Urban
  • Prominent Patient – produced by Rudolf Biermann, Julius Ševčík
  • Family Film – produced by Jiří Konečný
  • The Teacher – produced by Zuzana Mistríková, Ľubica Orechovská, Ondřej Zima, Jan Prušinovský


  • Brother Karel – directed by Krystyna Krauze – produced by Barbara Ławska, Hana Třeštíková
  • FC Roma – directed by Tomáš Bojar, Rozálie Kohoutová – produced by Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tereza Polachová
  • Normal Autistic Film – directed by Miroslav Janek – produced by Jan Macola
  • Helena’s Law – directed by Petra Nesvačilová – produced by Klára Žaloudková
  • Doomed Beauty – directed by Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna – produced by Hana Třeštíková


  • Anthropoid – Sean Ellis
  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda
  • Prominent Patient – Julius Ševčík
  • Family Film – Olmo Omerzu
  • The Teacher – Jan Hřebejk


  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Michalina Olszanská
  • We Are Never Alone – Lenka Vlasáková
  • Family Film – Vanda Hybnerová
  • Tiger Theory – Eliška Balzerová
  • The Teacher – Zuzana Mauréry


  • Angel of the Lord 2 – Ivan Trojan
  • Anthropoid – Cillian Murphy
  • Prominent Patient – Karel Roden
  • We Are Never Alone – Karel Roden
  • Tiger Theory – Jiří Bartoška


  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Klára Melíšková
  • The Devil’s Mistress – Simona Stašová
  • Prominent Patient – Arly Jover
  • The Noonday Witch – Daniela Kolářová
  • Red Captain – Zuzana Kronerová


  • Angel of the Lord 2 – Boleslav Polívka
  • Anthropoid – Jamie Dornan
  • Prominent Patient – Oldřich Kaiser
  • Prominent Patient – Hanns Zischler
  • We Are Never Alone – Miroslav Hanuš


  • Anthropoid – Anthony Frewin, Sean Ellis
  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda
  • Prominent Patient – Petr Kolečko, Alex Koenigsmark, Julius Ševčík
  • We Are Never Alone – Petr Václav
  • The Teacher – Petr Jarchovský


  • Anthropoid – Sean Ellis
  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Adam Sikora
  • Prominent Patient – Martin Štrba
  • We Are Never Alone – Štěpán Kučera
  • The Noonday Witch – Alexander Šurkala


  • Angel of the Lord 2 – Jan Mattlach
  • Anthropoid – Richard Mettler
  • Prominent Patient – Marek Opatrný
  • The Teacher – Vladimír Barák
  • Doomed Beauty – Jakub Hejna


  • Angel of the Lord 2 – Radim Hladík jr.
  • Anthropoid – Yves Marie Omnes
  • The Oddsockeaters – Jan Čeněk, Richard Müller
  • Prominent Patient – Viktor Ekrt, Pavel Rejholec
  • The Noonday Witch – Petr Šoupa, Martin Jílek, Viktor Prášil


  • Anthropoid – Robin Foster
  • The Devil’s Mistress – Ondřej Soukup
  • Prominent Patient – Michal Lorenc, Kryštof Marek
  • Red Captain – Petr Ostrouchov
  • The Teacher – Michal Novinski


  • Anthropoid – Morgan Kennedy
  • The Devil’s Mistress – Zdeněk Flemming
  • The Oddsockeaters – Galina Miklínová
  • Prominent Patient – Milan Býček
  • The Teacher – Juraj Fábry


  • Angel of the Lord 2 – Katarína Hollá
  • Anthropoid – Josef Čechota
  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Aneta Grňáková
  • Prominent Patient – Katarína Štrbová Bieliková
  • The Teacher – Katarína Štrbová Bieliková


  • Angel of the Lord 2 – Andrea McDonald
  • Anthropoid – Gabriela Poláková, Linda Eisenhamerová
  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Alina Janerka
  • Prominent Patient – Lukáš Král
  • The Teacher – Anita Hroššová


  • 3rd half – Jiří Volek
  • Benny – Michal Hruška
  • Black Cake – Johana Švarcová
  • Kiev Moscow – Anna Lyubynetska
  • Prison – Damián Vondrášek

BEST FILM POSTER – non-statutory award

  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Lukáš Veverka –winner
  • Prominent Patient – Rudolf Biermann, Julius Ševčík
  • The Noonday Witch – Petr Skala
  • The Teacher – Michal Tilsch
  • The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street – Tereza Kučerová, Jakub Suchý

AWARD OF FILM FANS – non-statutory award

  • Anthropoid – directed by Sean Ellis (winner)
 Czech Lion

The Czech lion is a prestigious film award that has been presented since 1993. The films are assessed based on the voting of the members of the Czech Film and Television Academy. The press conference with the announcement of the nominations for the 24th Czech Lion Annual Awards will be held on 18th January 2017. The ceremonial gala evening will take place on Saturday 4th March 2017 in the Dvořák’s Hall of Rudolfinum and it will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. by the Czech Television CT1 channel.

About the Czech Film and Television Academy:

The Czech Film and Television Academy was founded in 1995 and in 2013 it was transformed into a registered association. Its main aim is to support and promote Czech cinematographic art in the Czech Republic as well as abroad and create conditions for the development of Czech film. Since 1993 it has been awarding the most prestigious Czech film award – the Czech Lion Award and nominates Czech films or documentary features for foreign film awards. At the moment the CFTA consists of 277 members.

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PRAGUE: Editors, directors and producers are invited to apply to dok.incubator workshop 2017. DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1

dok.incubator rough-cut workshop invites you to work with top internationally-active mentors for 6 months. Throughout the postproduction period, you will focus on editing and building a sophisticated tailor-made marketing and distribution strategy. dok.incubator is an opportunity to get a new perspective on your film and to ensure that your unique story will be rich and relevant to a worldwide audience.

The workshop is divided into three week-long residential sessions:

1st - 6th May – Třešť, Czech Republic // ROUGH-CUT
26th June – 2nd July (TBC) – Smolenice, Slovakia // FINE CUT
18th – 25th of September – Malmö, Sweden // NEAR PICTURE LOCK

Two films from dok.incubator 2016 will compete in the Sundance World Documentary Competition, including ‘The Good Postman’ by established Bulgarian director Tonislav Hristov.  Tonislav has directed eight films but ‘The Good Postman’, which premiered at IDFA, is his biggest success yet.

What people are saying about the workshop

‘We had no film yet, no money, and all three of us lived in different continents. We would probably have given up without dok.incubator.’ – Ramzy Haddad, producer of ‘The Workers Cup’ (also premiering at Sundance)

‘It is like a good film: an emotional, physical and mental roller-coaster. DOK Incubator is like a boot camp that would be not only recommended but compulsory for every filmmaker.’ – Balazs Simonyi, director of ‘ULTRA’

‘dok.incubator was a great experience.  It was lots of fun – we met good people and most importantly, professionals, who will help you to finish your film!’ -  Tonislav Hristov, director of ‘The Good Postman’

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Digital Single Market
11/01: Copyright rules fit for a Digital Single Market – EPP website
On January 11, MEPs discussed the modernisation of the EU copyright with stakeholders at a hearing organized by the EPP group. 

International Union of Cinemas - UNIC
16/01 UNIC released its Cinema Innovation Report exploring innovation and change in the European cinema. The report – Innovation and the Big Screen – can be found here
15/01: UNIC Cinema Innovation – Interview with Maddy Probst, Watershed / Europa Cinemas – Celluloid Junkie

Celluloid Junkie has partnered UNIC to highlight innovation in the European cinema sector through a series of interviews, excerpts and examples.In the first interview, CJ spoke to Maddy Probst, the Cinema Programme Producer for the Watershed, in Bristol, UK, as well as VP of Europa Cinemas, to find out some context on innovation around the European cinema scene.

European Parliament  
13/01: European Parliament elections on 17 January: All you need to know – EP website
MEPs elect on Tuesday 17 January Parliament's new president to replace Martin Schulz who is stepping down after five years.
16/01: Election of members to standing committees and sub-committees – EP website
At the start of the second half of its 8th legislative term – January 18 and 19, the European Parliament will decide on the composition of its standing committees and subcommittees during its constituent plenary session in Strasbourg.

Presidency of the EU
9/01: Malta presidency in full swing – Presidency website
The priorities of the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Maltese ministers at a series of meetings taking place in January.

13/02: European Film Forum, Berlinale 
02/03: EUIPO Conference on Copyright Enforcement, Malta 
15-16/06: Digital Assembly, Malta - more information here 

Trieste, January 16th, 2017 – Everything is set for the seventh edition of When East Meets West starting on Sunday, January 22,nd with a new East & West double focus on the Baltic countries and France. After having revealed the pitching forum project selection, WEMW announces the final line up of the two side sections for films in post-production stage.

Following the great success of the first two editions, Last Stop Trieste, the work in progress section run together with the Trieste Film Festival, will present 5 creative documentaries to an exclusive panel of 40 international sales agents, festival programmers and TV commissioning editors. The LST international jury composed by Rudy Buttignol (Knowledge Network), Catherine Le Clef (CAT&Docs) and Claudia Schreiner (MDR) will deliver the HBO Europe Award, a cash prize of 2.000 EUR, and the Flow Digital Cinema Award, a full digital cinema package sponsored by Flow Postproduction.

First Cut Lab, the workshop for films in editing phase, has selected 3 long feature fiction films from Estonia, Slovenia and Ukraine with the main goal of fostering their artistic, sales and festival potential. To this aim, the producer/director teams invited to the lab will receive tailor-made advices from a consulting editor and ten international experts.

Alongside the pitching forum and the two side sections, WEMW will feature a rich programme including the “WEMW Coproduction Day” organized in cooperation with the Creative Europe Desks from France, Italy and the Baltic States; EAVE will lead the session “Shake up in the Digital Marketplace”, a plenary for film producers who can no longer question whether to distribute their films on the internet but only how; furthermore, the panel “How to Attract New Funding Players”, in cooperation with the French Embassy in Italy, will tackle the possibility to re-think the European funding model; finally, thanks to the partnership with the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, WEMW will host the session “Women in the European Film Industry - Success Stories and Challenges”.

Within the extensive network of 2017 partners, WEMW is pleased to announce the brand new partnership with Festival Scope Pro, the B2B platform for film professionals where it is possible to find the complete WEMW project selection and the directors' previous works.

The 5 documentaries presented at Last Stop Trieste and the 3 long feature fiction films chosen for First Cut Lab are:



Director: Arūnas Matelis
Producer: Algimantė Matelienė 
Company: NOMINUM
Country: Lithuania

Director: Pietro Jona, Stefano Cravero Producer: Enrica Capra
Country: Italy

Director: Boris Mitic
Producer: Boris Mitic
Country: Serbia, Croatia

Director: Łukasz Borowski
Producer: Zuzanna Krol
Country: Poland

Director: Balázs Simonyi
Producer: László Józsa, Bálazs Simonyi
Country: Hungary, Greece



Director: Martti Helde
Producer: Elina Litvinova
Country: Estonia

Director: Gregor Božic
Producer: Marina Gumzi
Country: Slovenia

Director: Marysia Nikitiuk
Producers: Igor Savychenko, Roman Klympush
Country: Ukraine

Amra Baksic Camo SCCA/PRO.BA
Paolo Benzi OKTA FILM
Didar Domeheri MANEKI FILMS
Benjamin Mirguet MÔMERADE
Thomas Pibarot LE PACTE
Giovanni Pompili KINO PRODUZIONI
Riina Sildos AMRION
Marie-Pierre Valle WILD BUNCH
Meinolf Zurhorst ZDF


WEMW is organized by the FVG Audiovisual Fund together with the Trieste Film Festival, in collaboration with EAVE, Maia Workshops, Creative Europe Desk Italy, EURIMAGES, and the support of Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, MiBACT - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI - Central European Initiative and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The 2017 focus is realized thanks to the support of CNC - Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Estonian Film Institute, Lithuanian Film Centre and National Film Centre of Latvia, and the cooperation of the Creative Europe Desks of Estonia, France, Latvia and Lithuania.

The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has launched the celebrations of its 25th anniversary this year. Kicking off with a brand new logo, the Observatory’s reports on the audiovisual industries in Europe, website and databases will all be given a radical re-design in the course of this year.

The new logo was unveiled yesterday evening at the Observatory's New Year's Reception by Catherine Trautmann representing the City of Strasbourg and newly elected President of Eurimages, and Polish Ambassador to the Council of Europe, Janusz Stańczyk.

Susanne Nikoltchev, the Observatory’s Executive Director, looked forward to « an exceptionally dynamic and fruitful 25th anniversary » for the new-look Observatory. The ambitious programme for 2017 includes a public conference on “Key trends from the audiovisual market and regulation” on the 16th of Marchin Strasbourg, the Observatory’s traditional must-attend Cannes workshop during the first week end of the Cannes Film Market and the Observatory’s now well established Brussels conference in autumn of this year. New reports on subjects as diverse as the panorama of TV and ondemand services in Europe, media ownership, the future of advertising or indeed copyright will be published by the Observatory in the course of the year. Nikoltchev saw the 25th anniversary of the Observatory as a chance to boost the Observatory’s role as « the absolute reference for market and legal analysis of the audiovisual industries in Europe ». She particularly looked forward to working with the 2017 Polish Presidency, a founding member of the Observatory and « staunch supporter » of its work. She paid tribute to the 2016 Czech Presidency and thanked Lenka Holubová Mikolášová (left) of the Czech Ministry of Culture for her “unflagging energy” during 2016.

The Observatory’s Polish Presidency for 2017 will be represented by the Polish National Broadcasting Council – the KRRiT. Halina Rostek (right), Deputy Director of the Department of Strategy in the KRRiT’s Office will head up the Observatory’s Polish Presidency for 2017. A public conference on media literacy in Warsaw is already announced for the 8th of June as part of the Polish Presidency’s activities. The European Audiovisual Observatory was created in 1992 in order to reply to a growing political and industrial demand for reliable intelligence on the film and television industries in Europe. 25 years on, it boasts 40 member states and the information it produces (available in the form of reports, databases, on-line services and conferences), covers the fields of cinema, television, on-demand services and media legislation in its 40 member states.

TRIESTE: Ten films will vie in the feature film competition of the 28th edition of Trieste Film Festival, set to take place from 20 to 29 January 2017.

WARSAW: The Adventures of the Mathematician / Przygody matematyka directed byThorsten Klein and produced by Germany’s Dragonfly Films in coproduction with Poland’s Shipsboy, is currently in the casting stage for the lead role in Warsaw. The film will tell the story of the prominent Polish mathematician Stanislaw Ulam.

WARSAW: Jan Matuszynski’s drama The Last Family won distribution in France, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Austria at the second edition of Scope100, an initiative of the French digital cinema platform Festival Scope.

The 22nd edition of Vilnius Film Festival Kino Pavasaris will bring filmgoers the diversity of Romanian cinema – this year’s partner country. The six selected films showcase the masters of Romanian New Wave, as well as directors with their own unique identity, all depicting their country in a new light.
 More than 10 years have passed since the world first took notice of New Wave cinema coming out of Romania. The new phenomenon was realist, minimalist, low-budget, didn’t shy away from the country’s historical background, and had a unique sense of humor. Romanian directors have no intention of stopping their winning streak, as illustrated by the new films included in this year’s festival.
 Cristi Puiu and Cristian Mungiu, who are widely considered to be the founding fathers of New Wave, will return to Vilnius after successfully premiering their new films at last year’s Cannes. Their works are master classes in directing, with the subtleties of realism delivered by skillful actors.
 Puiu’s Sieranevada takes places almost entirely in a Soviet-era apartment. A large family gathers for a traditional Orthodox dinner to commemorate the passing of their patriarch. Everything does not go off without a hitch, as conflicts, misunderstandings and grievances arise.
 Mungiu’s Graduation demonstrates how far parents are willing to go in order to ensure their children’s success. Compromises, corruption and markings of the former political regime make this a thrilling drama, which earned Mungiu the Best Director award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
 Adrian Sitaru returns to Vilnius with The Fixer, after screening his first feature film Illegitimate here last year. His new film examines the ethical line walked by an ambitious journalist looking to advance his career.
 Dogs, the debut film from Bogdan Mirică, represents a new kind of film in Romanian cinema. It follows a young man who is thrust into the deadly machinations of his deceased grandfather’s rivals in rural Romania. Critics have compared this suspenseful film to the cult No Country for Old Men.
 Radu Jude’s Scarred Hearts is an intelligent drama that is melancholic and funny at the same time. The film takes place in a sanatorium on the shores of the Black Sea, back in 1937. Even though the setting may appear somber, the patients prove they can still enjoy their lives and even fall in love. Jude’s last film, Aferim!, earned him the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2015 Berlinale.
 Comedy Two Lottery Tickets from Paul Negoescu, is a low-budget road film that follows three friends in search of their lucky, but unfortunately misplaced, lottery ticket.
“The Romanian Embassy is honoured to be the official partner of Vilnius Film Festival in 2017. This is a recognition of Romanian cinema and an opportunity for Lithuanian audiences to get better acquainted with our films,” said Dan Adrian Balanescu, Ambassador of Romania.
 The 2017 Vilnius Film Festival will take place from March 23 to April 6.