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PRAGUE: Czech director Petr Jančárek has received more than 39,000 EUR / 1m CZK, double the funding target of 15,500 EUR / 400,000 CZK, in the first 10 days of his crowdfunding campaign for the doc Havel Speaking, Can You Hear Me?. The film documents the last years in the life of Václav Havel, using 200 hours of original footage from 2009-2011 shot by the director at the request of Havel.

PRAGUE: The Czech comedy Women on the Run by newcomer director Martin Horský is ranked second in the Czech box office with over 890,000 admissions and 5.3 m EUR / 138 m CZK gross in five weeks since its release.

PRAGUE: Forty international TV series and films were shot in the Czech Republic in 2018. With 194.7 m EUR / 5 billion CZK, 2018 became one of the strongest years for foreign productions benefitting from the 20% incentives in the Czech Republic.

PRAGUE: The Czech Film Fund distributed 272,604 EUR / 7.01 m CZK for the development of nine feature films.

PRAGUE: Václav Vorlíček, author of several classic Czech films, especially crazy comedies and fairy tales, has died at the age of 88.

PRAGUE: Robert Sedláček’s Jan Palach won the Czech Film Critics’ Award for best film, while the best director award went to Olmo Omerzu for his road movie Winter Flies / Všechno bude.

Czech cinema enjoyed domestic and international successes of both feature films and documentaries in 2018, with the Czech Film Fund effectively supporting the development and production of numerous quality films (including a strikingly high number of debut features), a growing number of coproductions, returning international film crews shooting on Czech locations and exceptional box office results.

PRAGUE: Toman by Ondřej Trojan tops the 26th edition of the Czech Lion awards with 13 nominations. The winners of the 26th Czech Lion awards, organised by the Czech Film and Television Academy, will be announced on 23 March 2019.

PRAGUE: The new NaFilM National Film Museum located in the very centre of Prague was opened for the public on 15 January 2019.

PRAGUE: The Czech/Slovak drama Jan Palach directed by Robert Sedláček got six nominations for the Czech Film Critics‘Awards. The awards will be announced on 2 February 2019.