Slovak Duo Heads to Rotterdam

BRATISLAVA: Two young Slovak filmmakers will present their films at the 42nd Rotterdam IFF, opening on 23 January 2013.

Controversial Slovak docmaker Zuzana Piussi hits back with new online doc release

BRATISLAVA: Controversial Slovak film director Zuzana Piussi has launched her new From Fico to Fico (Od Fica do Fica) online after Slovak mulplexes refused to screen the controversial doc which…

Slovakia Announces Grants – the 4th round

Slovak Audiovisual Fund ( announced the projects supported at the fourth round of 2012. The decision was approved by Martin Šmatlák, the Director of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund on 19…

PRODUCTION: Cieslar in Postproduction with English Lingo Colette

BRATISLAVA: Czech director Milan Cieslar is postproduction with the last work by Czech author Arnost Lustig, the screen adaptation of Lustig’s 1992 novel Colette. The film will be Cieslar’s first…

FNE at IFF Bratislava: Documentaries Yield New Crop of Slovak Filmmakers

BRATISLAVA: Slovakia’s emergence as a country of talented documentary filmmakers in the past decade is attracting a young generation of directors and producers to the genre. FNE caught up with…

FNE at Bratislava IFF 2012: Israel, Germany, Slovakia Celebrate Awards

BRATISLAVA: A pair of films from Israel and Germany dominated the awards ceremony of the Bratislava IFF ( on 15 November 2012, and Slovakia recognized its own film industry with…

FNE at BRATISLAVA IFF: Slovak Oscar Hopeful Preps Fifth Boat

BRATISLAVA: Slovak director Iveta Grofova, whose debut feature film Made in Ash was selected as Slovakia 2012 Oscar candidate, will follow up with a fiction film cast with amateur actors…

FNE at Bratislava IFF 2012: MPhilms Premiering Fine, Thanks and Developing 20th Anniversary Film

BRATISLAVA: The young Slovak production house MPhilms ( is completing postproduction on its first feature film Fine, Thanks ahead of a 31 January 2013 premiere, while handling an ambitious and…

PRODUCTION: Slovak Doc Salto Mortale in Postproduction

BRATISLAVA: Slovak director Anabela Žigová is in postproduction with her first full-length documentary, Salto Mortale, scheduled to premiere in 2013.

EMERGING PRODUCER: Slovakia’s Tomas Kaminsky

BRATISLAVA: Slovak documentary producer Tomas Kaminsky tackled the controversial subject of minority issues in his first full-length film, The Gypsy Vote directed by Jaro Vojtek, while infusing it with liberal…

Slovak Documentary Sparks Criminal Prosecution

BRATISLAVA: A Slovak documentary about the Slovak judicial system could lead to the prosecution and a prison term for the film’s

FNE Exclusive Interview with Zuzana Mistrikova, Executive Director of PubRes, Vice President Slovak Film and Television Academy

FNE spoke with Zuzana Mistriková about the current situation of the Slovak film industry three years after the creation of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund ( For Slovak films, 2012 was…

FESTIVALS: Bratislava IFF Upgrades Slovak, Industry Presence

BRATISLAVA: The 14th Bratislava International Film Festival ( which opens on 9 November 2012 and runs through 15 November unveils a new Slovak competition section and increase services for industry…

PRODUCTION: A Step into Darkness Goes into Production

BRATISLAVA: Slovak director Martin Luther (A Path across the Danube) has started shooting his historical drama A Step into Darkness in the western Slovak village of Uhrovec, the site of…

Slovak pubcaster RTVS to lay off 20% of its workforce

BRATISLAVA: Slovak public-service Radio and Television Slovakia ( is preparing to lay-off 20 percent or more of its workforce, RTVS head Václav Mika wrote in a memo to employees.

Oscar double act for Slovakia

BRATISLAVA: Slovakia has entered Made in Ash as its contender for the Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film category, and will also be represented in the short animation category with The…

FESTIVALS: Bells of Happiness Wins Slovak Doc Award at Cinematick Fest

PIESTANY: The Slovak film festival Cinematik ( has given the Film Europe Award for best feature-length Slovak documentary to Bells of Happiness (Zvonky šťastia) by Marek Šulík and Jana Bučka…

FESTIVALS: Cinematik Features Slovak Documentary Competition

PIESTANY: Four long Slovak documentaries will screen in the Cinematik film festival ( documentary competition, taking place 7-13 September 2012 in the Slovak spa resort of Piestany.

FNE IDF DocBloc: Documentary Seminar Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Coproducing Documentaries in Europe seminar, taking place in Slovakia, has been extended until 31 August 2012.

GRANTS: Slovakia Funds 15 Feature Films

BRATISLAVA: Ten Slovak feature films, one TV film, and five Slovak minority coproductions have received production grants from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund (