BRATISLAVA: The drama Let There Be Light / Nech je svetlo was awarded best feature film at the Sun in a Net Awards 2020, organised by the  Slovak Film and Television Academy . The second feature directed by Marko Škop also received prizes for best director, screenplay, actor and actress in the leading role.

BRATISLAVA: Juraj Lehotský is starting production of his third feature drama Applause / Potlesk.

PIEŠŤANY: Nine feature films have been selected under the auspices of FIPRESCI for Meeting Point Europe, the main competition of the 15th IFF Cinematik Piešťany. The festival will take place in the spa city of Piešťany from 10 to 15 September 2020.

PRAGUE: The Czech Film Fund has distributed 1,148,321 EUR / 30,150,000 CZK in production grants for minority coproductions and documentaries.  A new feature film by the Romanian Radu Jude and a new documentary by Miroslav Janek are among those supported.

The grants announced on 17 July 2020 are the results of the call launched in March 2020.

BRATISLAVA: The Association of Independent Producers has initiated a campaign under the title I am going to the cinema / Idem do kina, that aims to bring viewers and Slovak films back to the cinema. This campaign supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund was created to help cinema operators, distributors and producers to deal with losses caused by the pandemic. Slovakia has one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 infections and death in Europe.

BRATISLAVA: The young talented Slovak filmmaker Tereza Nvotová will go into production with her second fiction feature film The Nigthsiren / Svetlonoc. This Slovak/Czech/French coproduction drama received Eurimages coproduction support, announced on 6 July 2020, and a Eurimages Development Award in 2018.

BRATISLAVA: The fairytale O liečivej vode (The World of Water) directed by Ján Sebechlebský is one of the first films to be shot in Slovakia after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. The Slovak/Czech coproduction is planned to be released on RTVS on Christmas Eve 2020.

BRATISLAVA: Igor Luther, the world-renowned cinematographer of the Oscar-winning film The Tin Drum, died at age 77. He worked with a number of important directors, including Juraj Jakubisko, Vojtěch Jasný, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Helmut Förnbacher, Michael Verhoeven, Ulrich Schamoni, Andrzej Wajda, Volker Schlöndorff, Michael Haneke, and Bernhard Wicki.

BRATISLAVA: Václav Kadrnka is moving into postproduction with the Czech/Slovak coproduction Saving One Who Was Dead / Správa o záchrane mŕtveho. The film received a grant from Eurimages in its latest allocation of funding.