Prague, April 4 2012 - The Czech Film Center has prepared several activities for this year’s Finále Plzeň - the festival of Czech films. The traditional presentation of Upcoming feature and animated films, which the Czech Film Center (CFC) is organizing for the 11th time, will take place April 27. The presentation is the most detailed and comprehensive overview of Czech films of various genres in progress and is accompanied by the release of a detailed catalogue.

CFC celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and is significantly enriching its activities within the framework of this year’s Finále Plzeň. CFC focuses on the constant support and presentation of Czech cinema, especially abroad; the significant support of the presence of domestic films and filmmakers at international festivals; and connecting Czech filmmakers, producers and distributors with foreign partners.

Within the newly introduced Industry Days at Finále Plzeň, three thematic panels are scheduled for April 26 and 28. This year’s focus is on Polish cinematography and contacts between Czech and Polish filmmakers, producers, distributors and cultural professionals. Czech and Polish representatives will discuss the topics of financing, laws and inter-regional cooperation as well as new forms of film distribution. The panels are kindly supported by Polish Film Institute and CzechTourism agency.

The Long Night of Short Films, which has a shorter but equally interesting tradition, will take place April 26 at Měštanská beseda. Young directors will present six selected short films from the recently released DVD, Czech Short Films 2012, Vol. 3.

Czech Film Center Events

Presentation of Upcoming feature and animated films

Producers and other members of creative teams will present about 20 new domestic feature and animated films that have not yet been released. The presentation will include the traditional catalogue of works in progress, the new edition of which will be presented to the public for the first time at Finále Plzeň. The catalogue is divided into three phases: projects in development, in production and in post-production. Beginning this year, the catalogue will also include new categories of information.

Date: April 27, 10am-2pm

Place: Malý sál, Měšťanská beseda

Moderator: Tomáš Baldýnský (publicist and screenwriter)

Presenting: Producers will present their projects (approximately 20) in seven-minute blocs

Target audience: Producers, journalists, foreign guests of the festival

Panel I: Polish experience and Czech expectations: Financing Polish and Czech cinematography today

Panelists will discuss a new Czech audiovisual law and the current law on the Czech State Fund as well as the experiences of the Polish Film Institute, which was established seven years ago by a new Polish law on cinematography.

Date: April 26, 10am-12pm

Place: Taneční sál, Měšťanská beseda

Moderator: Tomáš Baldýnský (publicist and screenwriter)

Panelists: Jacek Bromski (director, chairman of the Filmmakers’ Association, tbc), Agnieszka Odorowicz (director of the Polish Film Institute, tbc), Tereza Csesany Dvořáková (member of the Council of the State Fund for Support and Development of Czech cinematography, Pavel Berčík (producer, Evolutions Film)

Target audience: New members of the Council of the State Fund, producers, journalists, festival guests

Panel II: Support of film production in regions and possibilities of using film to market destinations

The panel will present several years of experience among regional film offices and funds in Poland and will discuss the opportunities and interest of regions in the Czech Republic. Regional support of film production is common in European countries – film offices offer logistical support, and films with a regional aspect are subsidized through regional funds. There are 11 regional and municipal funds and offices in Poland which provided film productions approximately CZK 61 million (EUR 2.5 million) in support in 2011, in addition to logistical support.

Date: April 26, 2pm-4pm

Place: Taneční sál, Měšťanská beseda

Moderator: Ludmila Claussová (Czech Film Commission)

Panelists: Rafał Bubnicki (Lower Silesia Film Fund), Monika Głowacka (Łódź Film Commission), Adéla Koudelová/Hana Cívelová (City of Ostrava, Dept. of Economic Development), Alena Horáková (Destination Management Agency East Bohemia)

Target audience: Representatives of regions, towns and districts; destination agencies, producers, journalists, festival guests


Panel III: Ways to attract viewers, or How to survive as a distributor at present

The role of film distributors is changing. Presenting in cinemas is no longer enough. Distributors also co-produce, handle international sales, run cinemas and organize festivals. Participants of the panel will discuss possibilities and new approaches of Czech and Polish distribution companies.

Date: April 28, 10am-12pm

Place: Taneční sál, Měšťanská beseda

Moderator: Dominika Prejdová (Czech Center Warszaw)

Panelists: Jakub Duszyński (distributor, Gutek film), Přemysl Martínek (distributor Artcam), Petr Zelenka (director and screenwriter).

Target audience: Distributors, producers, journalists, festival guests

Long Night of Short Films

For the third time, the Czech Film Center presents a series of short films at Finále Plzeň, including a selection of six titles from the new DVD, Czech Short Films 2012, Vol. 3. The DVD presents all genres and film schools in Prague, Písek and Zlín. The filmmakers will present their films in person in Plzeň. A collection of films from the Institute of Art and Design at the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň will follow the CFC program. In the evening, audience members will have an opportunity to speak with the young filmmakers about their work and current Czech film.

The screening will take place on April 26 from 8pm at Taneční sál of Měšťanské beseda.

Czech Short Films 2012 was released in January as the third edition of the DVD of selected works, which CFC launched in 2010. With the addition of Spanish subtitles, this year’s DVD is accessible in four languages, giving it a greater opportunity of being used by international festivals. CFC presented the collection for the first time at the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand in January, thanks to which approximately 20 international festivals have already expressed interest in the films.

Short Films presented in Plzeň:

Písně kosmické (Cosmic Songs)/ Katarína Dědičová / live action / FAMO / 10 min.

A film about the desire to answer the question whether life really exists in the universe, and also about such worldly emotions as love and friendship.

Blízký přítel (Close Friend) / Pavel Soukup / animated / Academy of Arts (VŠUP) / 6 min.

An animated film about a lonely old woman, her very strange friend and even stranger decision.

5 Kč (5 Crowns) / Marek Ciccotti / documentary / FAMO / 14 min.

A documentary probing the territory of public toilets and their women caretakers in areas of Prague’s metro.

Neplavci (Non-swimmers) / Jakub Šmíd / live action / FAMU / 23 min.

This graduation-thesis documentary tells the story of a vacation at a deserted recreational center, where nothing happens at all. During the long wait, however, it is possible to experience a bitter summer love.

Jáma (The Hollow) / Jiří Stejskal / documentary / Tomas Bata University in Zlín / 23 min.

A documentary depicting the life of a Ukrainian family who does not comply with today’s way of life. Where the old meets the new, where something unique transforms, a conflict arises.

Dezert (Dessert) / Anna Mastníková / animated / VŠUP / 4 min.

A short animated film about three forms of love in which partners cut down, flirt with and eat one another. In the leading roles, spaghetti and whipped cream in a special restaurant…

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The winner of the festival's Grand Prix is The Good Son (Hyvä poika) by the Finnish director, Zaida Bergroth. The thrilling family drama has won against 11 other films competing in the New Europe Competition.

The jury especially praised the fast tempo of the film, marvelous camerawork, and exquisite acting performances. The jury members declared that “it is an unusual picture which says something crucial about our times” and that it “managed to combine a serious topic with humor”.


The Grand Prix of the 19th IFF Prague – Febiofest will be presented by Miroslav Ondříček, the honorary chairman of the jury, during the festival's Closing Night on the 30th of March 2012 in Hall no.10 in Cinestar Andel. The evening will culminate in awarding the Polish-French director, Agnieszka Holland, the Kristian Award for her Contribution to World Cinema. The award will be presented by Dagmar Havlova. (Apart from directing Vaclav Havel's plays, Agnieszka Holland directed a TV film based on his play, Largo Desolato, in France in 1991. Together with another prominent personality of the Polish cinema, Andrzej Wajda, they signed the petition to the Czech government to name Prague airport after Vaclav Havel). Her latest film In Darkness, which competed for this year's Oscar, will have its exclusive Czech pre-premiere in Hall no.7.


The other films in the competition weren't left far behind. The winner, The Good Son, got 60 votes, Loverboy and Twilight Portrait also placed well. The members of the jury remarked that “all the films in competition touch some important social theme”, and that the questions of morals and choice in life return to the contemporary European cinema, thus making the process of choosing the winner of the Grand Prix difficult.


Synopsis of The Good Son: An actress named Leila leaves the city with her two sons in order to avoid the tabloids. While the younger son, the reclusive Unto, wanders the neighborhood with his camera, the older Ilmari is annoyed by any “intruder“ who would threaten the relationship with his beloved mother. When mother's new lover begins to stay with the family, Ilmari's “protective tendencies“ become increasingly more dangerous. Director Zaida Beregroth focuses on a psychological portrait of the unhealthy relationship of a son and his mother. The picture was awarded the Gold Hugo at last year's IFF in Chicago (New Directors Competition).

{mosimage}The Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) announced over 31 million PLN (7.5 million euros) in film funding for the first grants round of 2012. Among the 11 films receiving funding is the highly anticipated Lech Walesa biopic directed by Andrzej Wajda.

{mosimage}Warsaw: The Polish Film Academy have announced the nominees for the prestigious Polish Eagles Awards (www.pnf.pl). Nominations are for the best Polish films of 2011 in 15 categories.

Join us in September 2012 - send your film to Hungary's leading international film festival! Entry regulation here, entry form here. Application deadline: May 31, 2012.

The 10th February has been announced to be the deadline for submitting films to the selection of the 52th Krakow Film Festival. This year it will take place between 28th May and 3rd June. The above mentioned deadline applies to films made after August 31st 2011. Films which were made before that date were due for submission until November 30th 2011.

Krakow Film Festival presents documentary, feature and animated films in three competitions:
national competition open to films made in Poland with a running time of:

· documentary films – up to 60 minutes ,

· documentary films – over 60 minutes,

· animated films – up to 30 minutes

· feature films – up to 30 minutes;
international short film competition open to documentary, animated and feature films with a running time up to 30 minutes;
international documentary film competition open to documentaries with a running time of:

· 30 to 60 minutes – medium-length documentaries,

· more than 60 minutes – feature-length documentaries.

The requirement of a Polish premiere applies only to submissions for the international documentary competition. In the case of other competition, i.e. the Polish and the international short films competition, it is not required. Nevertheless, preference in selection is given to the films that have not been released in Polish cinemas or screened at any festival in Poland before the 52nd Krakow Film Festival.

Polish producers submit their films only to the national competition. The Selection Committee decide about Polish films which will participate in the international competitions.

THE REGULATIONS and FILM ENTRY FORM are available at: www.krakowfilmfestival.pl

Traditionally, the oldest Polish film festival will be accompanied by the Industry Zone with the Krakow Film Market (this time from 29th May till 3rd June), the pitching "Dragon Forum" (between 31st May and 4th June), conferences, seminars and workshops.



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The second session of Polish Academy of Document organized in the framework of the cultural program of Poland’s presidency in EU is taking place in Minsk between 8th and 12th November during the IFF Listapad.

We propose the workshops for young filmmakers, which will be conducted by renowned tutors:

The films of the Art of Document will be screened in „Center-Video” Cinema. You can watch a.o.:

Apart from that we invite you for Master Classes, Case-studies, Q&A sessions and the Conference of Belorussian and Polish Documentarians.
The full program is available on website: www.dragonforum.pl.

You can also take part in the workshops as observer (accreditation here). To participate in the Conference, please fill in the accreditation here.
Dear fans of the documentary films, see you in Minsk!

Moscow Selection:

The selection results for documentary film projects for the session in Moscow (6-10 December) will be announced soon. Watch www.dragonforum.pl and Facebook.

Dragon Forum Team

Documentary and Fiction Feature Projects

Between October 27 - 31, EEFA Training Network is organizing the third workshop of this year, Management of Film Production Workshop in Kyiv, in partnership with Molodist International Film Festival.

After two workshops dedicated to the craft of scriptwriting for seven documentary and eight fiction features from European and Non-European countries, it is time for the producers of these fifteen projects to benefit from the teachings of our experts, lead by Head of Studies Catherine Buresi, Co-director of the Berlinale European Film Market: Content Expert Jacques Laurent, co-founder of Télévision Du Monde and Capnetwork Belgium, and Production Expert Patrice Vivancos, from the MEDIA European Audiovisual Programme.

This session of workshops is the first one to bring together all the projects participating at EEFA Training Network this year and will focus on working with international budget models for the developing of feasible financing plans and efficient, realistic estimating of production budgets. The trainers will interact with the participating producers both in group sessions and in one to one meetings, and will discuss key aspects of film production such as the complexity of financing, the multiplicity of funds and the necessity for the producers to have the right information and tools for accessing the sources of finances, possibilities to access funds, networking at markets and co-production meetings, successful pitching.

Evenings will be dedicated to business activities, networking and viewings at the Molodist International Film Festival.

Apart from the projects currently in training, Romania was chosen to organize a case study viewing with internationally awarded films produced by an EEFA 2010 graduate producer: Daniel Badea, founder of Temple Film Production Company. Daniel Badea graduated EEFA 2010 programme with the feature fiction film “Little Spartan”, directed by Dragos Iuga. Starting September, Daniel Badea is also EEFA 2011 Financial Coordinator.

East European Film Alliance is a consortium of eleven countries coordinated by the Romanian Film Sector and has for 2011 the following partners: Ukraine, Moldova, Croatia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

The initiative is supported this year by MEDIA Mundus.

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CATALIN LEESCU

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Financial Coordinator

DANIEL BADEA

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Online Manager

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"Argentinean Lesson" by Wojciech Staron got the Silver Dove Prize at the prestigious 54. DOK Leipzig in Germany. It's been the film's international premiere.



"Argentinean Lesson" has been produced by the Staron Film and TVP1. The film's visual aesthetics, its rhythm and composition parallel a narration of a fiction film, while it shows a process of a slow integration of a 8-year-old boy into the completely strange cultural environment. The main character is the director's son who comes to Argentina from Poland with his mother, a teacher of Polish, and befriends a Argentinean girl. This friendship brings a new set of problems to his world.

DOK Leipzig took place between October 17 - 23, and presented 12 films in the main competition. Grand Prix - the Golden Dove Prize went to the Mexican film "The Tiniest Place" by Tatiana Huezo, presenting the long-term social consequences of the revolution in the El Salvador, while the Special Jury Mention has been granted to the next Polish production: "Phnom Penh Lullaby" by Paweł Kloc.



Soon, the "Argentinean Lesson" will be also shown in the International Competition of the next outstanding event - Festival dei Popoli in Florence, whose 52nd edition starts on November 12.




more information about the festivals:

http://www.dok-leipzig.de/
www.festivaldeipopoli.org