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The Crossing / Přes hranici

We would love to inform to you that the feature animated film THE CROSSING / Přes hranici was awarded at ZLIN FILM FESTIVAL yesterday – Special Jury Prize in a Feature Films in the Youth Category (Niklas Teng – Chairman of Jury)!!!

The largest and the oldest film festival of its kind in the world featured this year 280 films from 45 countries around the world. In the international competition of feature films for youth, the audience discovered the feature film The Crossing which was made with the significant participation of Czech creators.

The French director Florence Miailhe, in her feature debut, inspired by her grandmother's sketchbook, opted for a very ambitious technique of oil painting on glass. The Czech crew, headed by the animator Lucia Sunkova, made nearly 40% of all animations in the film in 18 months of shooting using this technique, which was created by director and painter Florence Miailhe.

Although the Czech premiere of the film is scheduled on November 25, festival-goers have already been able to watch this art-house work. “It is the first full-length film to be made with this animation technique and we are pleased that the audience is taking a strong experience from the screening. We are all the more pleased with the Zlin Film Festival prize because the film has succeeded in the category dedicated to youth. Even though the story is sad but beautiful at the same time, the young visitors were able to find this power in the film and perceive it," explains co-producer Martin Vandas (MAUR film).

Martn Vandas Zlin award

The next festival stop will be the Haifa International Festival in Israel, Spanish festival in San Sebastian, followed by the Bucheon IFF in South Korea, German DOK Leipzig or the BFI Film Festival.

The audience was really enthusiastic and we have a great start for our planned theater release in France in September (Gebeka), in the Czech Republic in November (Pilot Film) and Germany in January.

Please find more details about the film and the crew on the website.

Connecting cottbus, the East-West co-production market at the FilmFestival Cottbus, presents this year’s selection of projects in development and works in progress. 

On 3-5 November, the 23rd edition of connecting cottbus (coco) will take place as a hybrid event with online and on-site components and we look forward to welcoming industry guests in Cottbus physically this year. As we continue to monitor the pandemic situation, more details about the programme will be available in the upcoming weeks.

The Czech Film Fund distributed 474,000 EUR / 12 m CZK as production grants for documentaries on 8 September 2021.


BATUMI: Nine titles have been selected for the International Feature Films Competition of the Batumi International Art house Film Festival, running 18-24 September 2021.

An international jury headed by the Georgian director Lana Ghoghoberidze will award five prizes, including the Grand Prix. The competition line-up includes films from Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania and Poland.

Seven titles have been selected for the International Documentary Films Competition, where the jury is chaired by Georgian film director Vakhtang Kuntsev-Gabashvili.

Twenty Five films will compete in international short films competition, where the Jury is headed by Georgian film maker Dato Janelidze

Slovak-Czech-Ukrainian drama 107 Mothers has been honored with the Best Screenplay Award of the Orizzonti Competition within the 78th Venice International Film Festival's awards ceremony. On Saturday, the prize was handed over to Ivan Ostrochovský (also the producer) and Peter Kerekes (also the director and a co-producer) who joined forces and wrote the script about difficult conditions in women’s correctional facilities together. 107 Mothers was made in co-production with established Czech companies endorfilm and Hypermarket Film and it was supported by the Czech Film Fund.

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Us Against Us (Andra Tarara, Romania), Night Nursery (Moumouni Sanou, Burkina Faso), Wolves at the Border (Martin Páv, Czech Republic) and Milkless (Lidia Ilie, Romania) are the big winners of AFF2021.

Best directors: Olga Lucovnicova („My Uncle Tudor”) – Romania Section and Maja Novaković („Then Comes the Evening”) – DocSchool Section

Ten awards were offered at the Astra Film Festival at the end of eight days in which the audience had the opportunity to participate in 200 cultural events. The jury, made up of cultural personalities from Romania and abroad, had to evaluate 41 films entered in the four competition sections - most of them presented in Sibiu in national or world premiere. The best film of the Romania Section was awarded to `Us against us` (directed by Andra Tarara - Romania, 2021).

Cel mai bun film noi impotriva noastraCel mai bun film_noi împotriva noastră - The best movie_Us against us

The award for Best Director of the Romania Section was given to Olga Lucovnicova, author of the film `My uncle Tudor` (Belgium, Hungary, Portugal - 2021). The best documentary in the New Voices in Documentary Cinema Section was awarded to a production from Burkina Faso, `Night Nursery` (directed by Moumouni Sanou, 2021). The best documentary of the Central and Eastern Europe Section was awarded to `Wolves at the Border` (directed by Martin Páv - Czech Republic, 2021). The production `Milkless` (directed by Lidia Ilie - Romania, 2021) was awarded best documentary of the DocSchool Section.

For the fourth year in a row, Slovenian Film Days will take place from 13 to 17 September at the Agora-Savaria cinema in Sombotel, Hungary.

The event will open with the award-winning film Consequences by the director Darko Štante. The film was produced by the Temporama production company and saw regular distribution in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States of America. Consequences focuses on the 18-year-old boy Andrej, who ends up in a youth education centre. He has to fight for his place in a group of boarders led by Željko, who soon takes the newcomer under his wing. Under the pressure of the new environment, Andrej has to ensure that his secret does not come to light. The film won four Vesna Awards at the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film: the Best Director Award for Darko Štante, the Best Leading Actor Award for Matej Zemljič, the Best Supporting Actor Award for Timon Šturbej, and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film. It also received the Slovenian Film Critics’ Jury Award. In addition to the two protagonists mentioned above, the film also features Gašper Markun, Lovro Zafred, Rosana Hribar, Dejan Spasić, Blaž Setnikar, Iztok Drabik Jug, and Lea Cok. At the opening ceremony, the audience will also be addressed by the Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia, Metka Lajnšček.

On Tuesday, 14 September, My Last Year as a Loser, the first film by the director Urša Menart, will be screened. When the twenty-nine-year-old art history graduate ends up on her disappointed parents’ couch without any money, work, or company, she realises that it will be harder to grow up than she has expected. The film stars Eva Jesenovec, Živa Selan, Saša Pavček, Branko Završan, Špela Rozin, Jurij Drevenšek, Tina Potočnik Vrhovnik, Lara Vouk, Aljaž Jovanović, Timon Šturbej, Matic Lukšič, and Vladimir Kusić. Urša Menart’s feature debut received the Vesna Award for Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress in Portorož, as well as a special jury mention at the LIFFe. It was produced by the Vertigo production house.

The Slovenian Film Days in Hungary will be concluded with a live-action feature I Act, I Am, written and directed by Miroslav Mandić. The film is a triptych about what it means to be an actor and focuses on the boundaries between the actor and the character. The situations, shot in an observational documentary style, emphasise the social atmosphere of three cities: the stories take place in Sarajevo, Ljubljana, and Zagreb. Starring Luna Zimić Mijović, Gregor Zorc, Goran Bogdan, Lana Barić, Mojca Funkl, Amar Čustović, Sabrina Noack, Dario Varga, Primož Bezjak, Olga Pakalović, Senad Bašić, Nina Vodopivec, Ivana Roščić, and Mediha Musliović. The film was produced by the Filmostovje production company. In 2019, its director received the Štiglic Gaze Award, a prize awarded annually by the Directors Guild of Slovenia.

The entrance to all screenings is free, and the films will be screened in the Slovenian language with Hungarian subtitles.

Slovenian Film Days are organised by the Department of Slavic Studies at the ELTE University Center Savaria, the Centre for Slovenian as a Second and Foreign Language, the Slovenian Film Centre, the Agora-Savaria cinema, the Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia in Szentgotthárd, the National Slovenian Self-Government, the Sombotel Slovenian Self-Government, and the Union of Slovenians in Hungary. The films were previously screened in Budapest at the Toldi Cinema, which has been presenting Slovenian films for the fifth year in a row.

All of the films were co‑financed by the Slovenian Film Centre.