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PRAGUE: The popular Czech actor-turned-director Jiri Madl is completing his second film On the Roof to debut in 2019, a year after originally scheduled.

PRAGUE: A film version of the Czech bestseller The Last Aristocrat, directed by Jiří Vejdělek, is in preproduction for release in 2019.

PRAGUE: Irena Pavlásková is shooting The Prague Orgy, based on the novel by the famous American writer Philip Roth, who died earlier this year. The project with international cast is shot in English.

PRAGUE: The Czech Film Fund has announced its support for minority coproductions in the October 2018 round of grants. The total amount of the allocation for this call was 769,230 EUR / 20 m CZK. Eight projects were supported, out of 25 applying. Among the majority producers of these projects were two each from Poland, Slovakia and Latvia, along with one from Lithuania.

PRAGUE: Anna Herza Tydlitátová from Telekinetic is representing the Czech Republic at Jihlava IDFF's Emerging Producers programme. FNE spoke with Herza Tydlitátová about the current situation for documentary filmmaking in the Czech Republic.

PRAGUE: The Czech Film Fund allotted 1.41 m EUR / 36.6 m CZK for the production of nine long and short animated films and 173,544 EUR / 4.5m CZK as development grants for 14 documentaries.

PRAGUE: The Czech Film Fund supported the production of nine feature films, totalling 65 m CZK / 2.509,168 EUR.

PRAGUE: Two Czech animated minority coproductions have received funding from the Czech Film Fund and Eurimages. News of the support comes on the eve of the beloved Czech animation festival Anifilm, which runs 1-6 May in the South Bohemian town of Trebon.

PRAGUE: The Czech Film Fund has announced grants for thirteen Czech minority coproduction projects of all genres in 2018, as a sign of the growing awareness by Czech filmmakers of the importance of collaborative coproduction arrangements. The total number of projects registered for this call was 29. The fund distributed the entire 30 m CZK / 1.185,771 EUR allocated for this call.

PLZEN: Quartette / Kvarteto by Miroslav Krobot will screen at the 31st edition of the Finále Plzeň Film Festival. The most important Czech national film festival, presenting contemporary Czech and Slovak audiovisual production, will be held from 19 to 24 April 2018.