FNE at DISCOP Budapest 2011: Slovakia

BRATISLAVA: While locally produced content enjoys comparatively high viewership in Slovakia, domestic TV channels’ foreign sales and cross-border coproduction activities are still in their infancy, with neighbouring Czech Republic holding…

Slovak Cinema at Cannes

BRATISLAVA: The Slovak Film Institute (www.aic.sk) announced a wide-ranging presence during the Cannes Festival and the film market, ranging from young talents to closing night film stars. Slovakia presents two…

PRODUCTION: Slovak/Russian Baluansky in Preproduction

BRATISLAVA: Baluďanský, a Slovak-Russian full-length documentary written and directed by František Palonder (My Father Gulag), is in preproduction with filming to start in summer 2011. The production is scheduled for…

RTVS to Lay Off Over 400 Employees

BRATISLAVA: Slovak public-service Radio and Television of Slovakia (www.rtvs.sk) plans to scrap 408 jobs over the next twelve months, with the first pink slips to be delivered in just a…

EFP Producer on the Move: Michal Kollár

Slovakia's Michal Kollár, taking part in the 2011 European Film Promotion's Producer on the Move presentation in Cannes, describes himself as "quasi-schizophrenic" as he alternately acts as producer, director and…

Markíza Begins Broadcasting in 3D

BRATISLAVA: TV Markíza, Slovakia's leading private broadcaster, launched a 3D version of its entire content on 11 April 2011. The station is using telecommunication operator Orange Slovakia to provide the…

PRODUCTION: Apricot Island Premieres in Slovakia

BRATISLAVA: Slovak director Peter Bebjak's debut feature, Apricot Island, will hit Slovak cinemas on 14 April 2011 after four years in production.

Slovakia to Retain License Fee until 2013

BRATISLAVA: Licence fees for the Slovak public-service broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (www.rtvs.sk) will remain in force until at least January 2013, Slovak Culture Minister Daniel Krajcer announced. The…

PRODUCTION: Jakub Kroner’s Lóve in Postproduction

BRATISLAVA: The 24-year-old Slovak director/writer Jakub Kroner (Bratislavafilm) is in post-production with his sophomore effort, Lóve (Slovak slang for ‘money'), the story of a young gangster who tries to change…

Slovak TV Cancels Production Contracts

BRATISLAVA: The management of the newly-created Radio and Television of Slovakia (www.rtvs.sk), Slovakia' public broadcaster, has announced it will cancel a number of outsourcing contracts between Slovak Television (www.stv.sk) and…

PRODUCTION: The Corpse Must Die Delays Premiere

BRATISLAVA: The Corpse Must Die, screenwriter Jozef Paštéka's directorial debut,is set to hit Slovak cinemas after its September premiere. Initially, the opening night was scheduled for 31 March 2011, but…

Slovak TV Goes Digital

BRATISLAVA: Slovakia's transition from analogue television broadcasting to digital technology was launched on 8 March 2011. The last analogue transmitter is expected to be switched off by the end of…

Slovak AV Fund Appoints New Board President

BRATISLAVA: The Slovak Audiovisual Fund (www.avf.sk) has announced the appointment of Zuzana Gindl-Tatárová as president of its board. She was elected from among nine board members at the February 2011…

Slovak TV and Radio Names New Director

Miloslava Zemková was elected the new director of Slovak public TV and Radio, a position which was created by the merger of Slovakia's public TV and public radio. She was…

FNE at Berlinale 2011: First Slovak Film in Berlin in 20 Years

BERLIN: The House directed by Slovak director Zuzana Liova which screens in the Forum is the first Slovak feature film to screen in one of the main programmes of the…

FESTIVALS: Slovakia Boasts Berlin Presence

Slovakia makes a strong showing at the 2011 Berlinale with two films in the Forum section, participation in the Central European Stand (with Slovenia and Czech Republic) at the European…

Czechs, Slovaks Buy into TV Poker

Slovak poker ace Dag Palovič is one of the main stars of a made-for-TV poker competition produced by leading Czech commercial channel Nova TV.

Slovak Public TV and Radio Merged

The Slovak government merged public broadcasters Slovak TV (www.stv.sk) and Slovak Radio as of 1 January 2011 in an effort to control financial difficulties at Slovak TV.

Slovak Grants Announced

The Slovak Audiovisual Fund announced grants totaling 520,000 euros for fiction films and 82,100 euros for documentary films, along with 28,700 euros for other film projects.

FESTIVALS: Darras Departs Bratislava Festival

Matthieu Darras has left his position as artistic director of the Bratislava Film Festival (www.iffbratrislava.sk), it was announced on 13 December 2010. Darras, a French film critic and festival programmer,…