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COUNTRY REPORT 2016

I Olga Hepnarova by Petr Kazda Tomáš WeinrebThe year 2016 was favorable for Czech cinema from the very beginning. Talented young director Ondřej Hudeček received the Special Jury Award for Best Direction at Sundance Film Festival for his short film Peacock, which was later among the finalists of the Student Academy Awards.

Three Czech feature films were selected for the Berlinale. I, Olga Hepnarova / Já, Olga Hepnarová, the debut feature by Petr Kazda and Tomáš Weinreb opened the Panorama section, Petr Vaclav’s drama We Are Never Alone / Nikdy nejsme sami premiered in Forum, winning the Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury Award, and Petr Oukropec’s family film In Your Dreams! / Ani ve snu!, produced by Negativ in coproduction with Slovakia’s Arina Film Production, Bulgaria’s Chouchkov Brothers and the Czech Television, premiered in the Generation 14Plus section.

Short animated film Happy End by Jan Saska screened in Cannes’ Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and was shortlisted for the Short Animated Film category of American Academy Awards in November 2016.

Three Czech minority coproductions made it to Cannes Official Selection: Personal Shopper by Olivier Assayas, awarded best director in the Competition, biopic The Dancer by Stéphanie di Giusto (both coproduced by Czech Sirena Film) in Un Certain Regard and short animation Superbia by Luca Tóth in Semaine de la Critique. The Dancer was nominated for the César Film Awards in six categories in January 2017.

Czech Film Center played an important role for promoting Czech films at the main festivals, Berlinale and Cannes.

An amendment to the audiovisual law was approved by the Government in May, guaranteeing to the State Cinematography Fund approximately 7.4m EUR / 200m CZK per year from the state budget. The money will primarily be used for the support of production of Czech films and their promotion at home and abroad. The amendment also helps encourage foreign filmmakers to shoot their films in the Czech Republic.

A new film fund was established in Prague in 2016. Prague in Film will provide financial support to feature films made for international distribution as well as to TV productions set to be broadcast by foreign TV channels. The essential condition is that the project portrays Prague as itself (and not as a stand-in for another city). The annual budget earmarked to the Fund amounts to 370,000 EUR / 10m CZK.

PRODUCTIONHappy End by Jan Saska

Czech film production in 2016 resulted in 45 feature films, three long animated films and 30 documentaries longer than 50 minutes.

Feature films’ production includes 16 debut features and 24 coproductions. In addition to majority coproductions with Slovakia as the traditional partner, Czech producers more frequently become minority coproducers of foreign films, thanks to the increased support for minority coproductions granted by the State Cinematography Fund.

The most represented genres among Czech films shot in 2016 are period films, comedies and family films. Several titles produced in 2016 focus on stories and personalities from Czech history. The Teacher / Učitelka (Pub-Res), a Slovak/Czech coproduction directed by Jan Hřebejk and written by his long time film partner Petr Jarchovský, returns to the inglorious normalisation practices in Czechoslovak schools.

I, Olga Hepnarova / Já Olga Hepnarová, directed by Petr Kazda and Tomáš Weinreb and made as a multilateral coproduction between Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and France, builds the psychological portrait of the mass murderer Olga Hepnarová, executed in 1975, by reconstructing the events leading to her disastrous actions.

Masaryk by Július ŠevčíkA Prominent Patient / Masaryk, directed by Július Ševčík and produced by Infilm, follows the Czechoslovak diplomat Jan Masaryk in the difficult times before WWII.

The Devil´s Mistress / Lída Baarová, directed by Filip Renč and produced by NoGup Agency, focuses on the dramatic fate of the famous Czech actress Lída Baarová, who became the mistress of the Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels.

Another important film set during WWII is Anthropoid, which tells the true story of the mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, Reichsprotektor of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. This UK/Czech/French coproduction was directed by British director Sean Ellis and coproduced by Lucky Man Films.

Other important international coproductions shot in 2016 are Tordenskjold & Kold directed by Henrik Ruben Genz, a Danish/Norwegian/Czech/Swedish film coproduced by Czech company Sirena Film, Autumn Memories directed by Ali Fakhr Mousavi, a Czech/ Ukrainian/Iranian coproduction produced by Wilhelm Creative Center, and Codename Holec / Krycí jméno Holec directed by Franz Novotny, an Austrian/Czech coproduction produced by Novotny & Novotny, Filmproduktion and Dawson Films.

The list of the most important international productions shot in the Czech Republic in 2016 includes three international television series: Britannia (a collaboration between Sky and Amazon Studios), History Channel’s project Knightfall and National Geographic’s series Genius. In 330 shooting days these three projects spent in the Czech Republic almost 100 m EUR / 2.7 bn CZK.

The Teacher by Jan HřebejkIn recent years, several German TV productions were shot in the Czech Republic. In 2016 they were: The Glassblower / Die Glasblaserin directed by Christiane Balthasar and The Retribution / Die Vergeltung directed by Esther Gronenborn, both produced for ZDF, and also two films about Martin Luther - Himmel und Hölle, directed by Uwe Janson and produced by UFA Fiction, and Luther, directed by Eric Till and produced by NFP Teleart and Eikon Film.

The successful cooperation with filmmakers from Scandinavia continued in 2016 with Borg, directed by Janus Metz Pedersen and produced bySF Film Production together with Tre Vänner Produktion AB, and Norwegian fantasy film The Ash Lad, directed by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose and produced by Maipo Film and Subotica Limited. The Czech producer for both projects is Sirena Film.

Hong Kong’s film The Adventurers, directed by Stephen Fung and starring Jean Reno, was also shot in the Czech Republic in 2016, with Mannix Pictures, Gravity Pictures and Czech company Milk & Honey Pictures producing, as well as The Ring (Red Chillies Entertainment), a Bollywood romance directed by Imtiaz Ali and starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharmaand, which was shot mainly in Prague with the Czech company Punk Film servicing.

Czech Republic’s landscape draws projects from around the world, and the nearly one century-old Barrandov Studio in Prague, which hosts one of the largest costume and prop rental houses in Europe, attracts big and small productions with its experience and expertise.

The Glassblower by Christine BalthasarDISTRIBUTION

There are 45 distribution companies on Czech Republic’s market, nine of them with a market share of over 1%.

Cinemart, the leading distributor of US films from 20thTwentieth Century Fox, Universal and Paramount Pictures, has the biggest attendance market share – 35.7 %, and the highest number of releases - more than 57 last year.

Cinemart is followed by Falcon with 31.6% attendance market share, the distributor and coproducer of high-profile Czech films considerably contributing to the high attendance of domestic films in the Czech Republic.

Number three is Freeman Entertainment with 12.9 % attendance market share, followed by Bontonfilm with 6.3% (Bontonfilm mostly handles domestic and art house titles) and Bioscoop/AQS with 3.2 %.

Some Czech distributors use day-and-date releases and VOD platforms for European art house titles on a regular basis. The most active distributors in this area are Film Distribution Artcam and Aerofilms.

Thirty Czech cinemas are members of the Europa Cinemas network and are entitled to use the MEDIA programme’s support for distribution of European films.

Several Czech films were sold to distribution companies in other territories. Anthropoid was sold to Slovakia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Argentina, Estonia, Turkey.

I, Olga Hepnarova was sold to the US, UK, Brazil, Taiwan, Russia and CIS, Poland, France, Slovakia, while Devil´s Mistress was acquired worldwide by Netflix

Angel of God 2 by Jiří StrachEXHIBITION AND BOX OFFICE

In 2016 distribution reached a remarkable increase in both cinema admissions and box office, with 15.6 m admissions (compared to 12.96 m in 2015), and over 74 m EUR / 2 bl CZK gross (compared to 61.8 m EUR / 1.67 bl CZK gross in 2015).

The average ticket price remained the same as in 2015 at 4.76 EUR / 128.73 CZK.

In 2016 domestic films’ share reached almost 30%, with the fairy tale Angel of the Lord 2, directed by Jiří Strach and produced by Marlene Film Production, topping the charts. The film distributed by Falcon reached 913,767 admissions and 4.08 m EUR / 110.4 m CZK gross.

Total admissions top ten is topped by The Secret Life of Pets (with 511, 000 admissions, 2.5 m EUR / 67, 5 m CZK gross) , Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (457,891 admissions, 2.45 m EUR / 66.25 m CZK gross) and Bridget Jones´ Baby ( 395, 000 admissions, 2.07 m EUR / 56 m CZK gross).

Among the most successful Czech distribution titles were also Devil’s Mistress / Lída Baarová with 414,732 admission and 1.96 m EUR / 53.14m CZK gross, and Radek Bajgar‘s Tiger Theory, with almost 386,000 admissions and 1.65 m EUR / 44.56 m CZK gross.

There were 345 new releases in Czech cinemas in 2016, of which 79 were Czech titles, including newly restored old Czech films.

A total of 27 multiplexes with 229 screens and 40,882 seats were operating in the Czech Republic in 2016. Multiplex theatres’ market share in the box office was 72.08 % in 2016 (65.42 of total attendance). The largest multiplex theatre operator is Cinema City, followed by Cine Star.

The Devils Mistress by Filip RencGRANTS AND NEW LEGISLATION

Czech Republic’s State Cinematography Fund remains the main tool for public support for cinematography. The funding is granted in the areas of development, production, distribution, promotion, technological development, publications, education and training, festivals and events, protection, preservation and access to film heritage. The Fund also supports activities of film offices in the Czech Republic, helping Czech and foreign filmmakers to film in various regions of the country.

In 2016, the State Cinematography Fund issued a total of 35 calls for domestic grants (compared with 29 calls in 2015), with the total allocation of 12.95 m EUR / 350 m CZK (compared to 8.14 m EUR / 220 m CZK in 2015); 10.06 m EUR / 272 m CZK was earmarked for Czech film development and production of all film genres. The Fund announces calls for subsidies for minority coproductions twice a year with an allocation of 1.48 m EUR / 40 m CZK (compared with 1.03 m EUR / 28 m in 2015).

The project Il Boemo by Petr Vaclav, produced by Mimesis Film, was granted the highest support ever – 850,000 EUR / 23 m CZK.

Among other important feature films supported in 2016 were: Garden Store/Family Friend / Zahradnictví/Rodinný přítel by Jan Hřebejk (Fog´n´Desire films, 222 000 EUR), Barefood on Stalks / Po strništi bos by Jan Svěrák, produced by Biograf Jan Svěrák (259,000 EUR), Švejk (629,000 EUR), directed by Bohdan Sláma and produced by Infinity Prague, and The Painted Bird / Nabarvené ptáče by Václav Marhoul (550,000 EUR), produced by Silver Screen.

Since the introduction of the new law in 2013, the State Cinematography Fund has also administered the Czech incentives scheme. The incentives are granted in the form of a 20% cash rebate on Czech production costs and 66% on the withholding tax on nonresident labor costs paid in the Czech Republic. The incentives are available for feature films, TV series, animated and documentary films. Maximum eligible costs are set at 80% of the total budget.

The pre-condition of eligibility for the incentive is the minimum volume of Czech cost:

555,000 EUR / 15 m CZK for feature, animated or TV film (minimum runtime 70 min.)
74,000 EUR / 2 m CZK for theatrical documentary (minimum runtime 70 min.)
295,000 EUR / 8 m CZK for TV episode (minimum runtime 30 min.)
147,500 EUR / 4 m CZK for animated episode (minimum runtime 4 min.)

Since the rebate was introduced in 2010, the Czech government has paid out more than 93 m EUR / 2.53 bn CZK in rebates to a total of 186 film and TV projects. Currently, rebates of 35m EUR / 956 m CZK are allocated to 54 projects.

We Are Never Alone by Petr VaclavThe amendment to the audiovisual law, approved in May 2016, came into effect 1 January 2017. An improved incentives scheme was introduced, which makes the system more flexible for film productions. The rebate will no longer be subject to a yearly cap. Producers will be able to register at any time during the year and immediately receive a registration certificate.

Upon receiving the registration certificate, the applicant can apply for the rebate. Rebates will be allocated throughout the year, depending on the beginning of production, and producers will be able to receive their grants in two parts, first upon the completion of shooting in the Czech Republic and the second part after the completion of all Czech production.

Large amounts of incentives were allotted in 2015/2016 to: Knightfall, directed by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner, andproduced by A+E Studios (6. 96 m EUR / 188.2 m CZK), Britannia, directed by Kari Skogland and produced by Amazon Studios (6.2 m EUR / 167.3 m CZK), Underworld V, directed by Anna Foerster and produced by Lakeshore International (4.67 m EUR / 126.3 m CZK), Zookeeper´s Wife, directed by Niki Caro and produced by Scion Films, UK (1.96 m EUR / 53.1 m CZK), The Last Visa, directed by Quing Hua and produced by Omnijoi Group (China) (1.1 m EUR / 30.2 m CZK), Jan Žižka, directed by Petr Jákl and produced by JBJ Film (1.32 m EUR / 35.8 m CZK).

The National Film Archive handles both domestic and international sales of films made in Czechoslovakia before 1991 and produced by Barrandov and Zlín film studios (both state owned at the time).

Czech Film Center is in charge of the promotion of Czech films abroad and it is the official national representative of Czech cinema and film industry at key film festivals and markets. Czech Film Commission is the official film office supporting and promoting audiovisual production in the Czech Republic. Both institutions were part of The National Film Archive until the end of 2016 but are now joining the State Cinematography Fund.

Normal Autistic Film by Miroslav JanekTV

There are four major TV groups in the Czech Republic: the public TV Czech Television, CET 21 (NOVA group), Prima group and Barrandov TV.

Companies are introducing new channels in order to compensate for the declining audience of flagship stations. Czech Television currently runs six channels: CT1, CT2, CT24, CT sport, CT:D and CT Art.

NOVA group channels include NOVANOVA CinemaFanda TVSmichov TVTelka TV, NOVA Sport and NOVA Sport 2.

Prima group consists of Prima FamilyPrima COOLPrima LOVEPrima ZOOM, new channel Prima MAX, and is also planning to launch Prima Comedy Central.

TV stations also increased the number of programmes available on the internet, bringing them to a larger audience. TV NOVA has its video library Voyo.cz, Prima group runs PrimaPlay.cz , while the Czech TV offers its programmes via iVysílání.cz.

The market for TV advertising is dominated by Nova and Prima (90%), while advertising on the Czech Television is limited by the law to a minimum. Television is traditionally the strongest advertising medium in the country.

Television stations play a large role in the production of quality content for local film and TV. Czech TV has become a permanent partner of Czech filmmaking, with its in-house production sector Film Center coproducing many feature films, including already mentioned high profile films We Are Never Alone, Angel of the Lord, Codename Holec or A Prominent Patient.

Czech TV is also the coproducer of almost all documentaries released in cinemas. Among the most interesting titles in 2016 are Helena Třeštíková’s Doomed Beauty / Zkáza krásou (Produkce Třeštíková) and Miroslav Janek´s The Normal Autistic Film (Mimesis Film).

HBO Europe also coproduces Czech documentaries and its own drama series in cooperation with local production companies and filmmakers. In 2016 HBO coproduced The Noonday Witch / Polednice, the only horror film of the year, directed by Matěj Chlupáček (Barletta Production). The most important project of HBO Europe in 2016 was the series Wasteland / Pustina, written by Štěpán Hulík and co-directed by Ivan Zachariáš and Alice Nellis, which depicts the disintegration of a family and a village set in the geographic and social outskirts of the country.

CONTACTS:

In Your Dreams by Petr OukropecSTATE CINEMATOGRAPHY FUND
Veletržní palác, Dukelských hrdinů 47, 170 00 Prague 7
Phone: +420 224 301 278
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www.fondkinematografie.cz

NATIONAL FILM ARCHIVE
Malešická 12, 130 00 Prague 3
Phone: +420 778 522 729
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www.nfa.cz

APA- AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCERS’ ASSOCIATION
Národní 28, 110 00 Prague 1
Phone: +420 603 844 811
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www.asociaceproducentu.cz

CREATIVE EUROPE – MEDIA CZECH REPUBLIC
Národní 28, 110 00 Prague 1
Phone: +420 221 105 209
Fax: +420 221 105 303
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www.mediadeskcz.eu

CZECH FILM AND TELEVISION ACADEMY
Karlovo nám 285/19, 120 00 Prague 2
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www.cfta.cz

CZECH FILM CENTER
Národní 28, 110 00 Prague 1
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www.filmcenter.cz

CZECH FILM COMMISSION
Národní 28, 110 00 Prague 1
Phone: 420 778 543 290
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www.filmcommission.cz

INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM
Štěpánská 611/14, 110 00 Praha 1
Phone: +420 224 214 858
Fax: +420 224 214 858
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www.dokweb.net

FITES – CZECH FILM AND TELEVISION UNION
Pod Nuselskými schody 3, 120 00 Prague 2
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www.fites.cz

FILM DISTRIBUTORS’ UNION
nám. Winstona Churchilla 2, 130 00 Prague 3
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Report by Denisa Strbova (2017)
Sources: State Cinematography Fund, Czech Film Center, Czech Film Commission, Film Distributor´s Union

 


COUNTRY REPORT 2015

It has been a busy year for Czech cinema. Karlovy Vary International Film Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, Czech films were invited to many international festivals and many of the brought home awards, talented new filmmakers emerged.

The Way Out by Petr Václav received seven Czech Lions and the Czech Critic´s Award for Best Film, Home Care by Slávek Horák was awarded at KVIFF and selected as the Czech submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The new State Cinematography Fund Fund secured its position with its successful tax rebate scheme attracting more and more foreign productions to the Czech Republic, including Chinese producers.

Home Care by Slávek HorákPRODUCTION

Twenty eight feature films and 15 long documentaries premiered in the Czech Republic in 2015. Slovakia remains the main coproduction partner, however in recent years the Czech Republic has coproduced with other countries as well, including Poland, Romania, Georgia, Slovenia and even Iran. Some of these coproductions were successful at international film festivals (Aferim!, Family FilmCorn IslandSiska Deluxe, etc).

Among high profile Czech films produced in 2015 were Petr Zelenka’s Lost in Munich (produced by Lucky Man Films), Petr Nikolaev’s comedy Dodgeball (In Film, a coproduction between Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, France and Slovakia), Slávek Horák‘s debut feature Home Care (TVORBA Films), Vít Zapletal‘s Dust (Radim Procházka),Jan Prušinovský‘s Snake Brothers (Offside Men) and Milan Cieslar’s box office hit Life is Life (Flamesite).

Anna Foerster‘s Underworld 5, produced by the Prague-based branch of Lakeshore International and Niki Caro’s Zookeeper´s Wife produced by Scion Films with Czech-Anglo Productions as line producer, were among the biggest international productions shot in the Czech Republic in 2015. The local spend of Zookeeper´s Wife was 11.6 m EUR / 314 m CZK.

Other big projects were: a Chinese TV series Last Visa, directed by Quing Hua and produced by Onmijoi Group and Prague-based company Twin Star FilmUnlocked by Michael Apted produced by Bloom with Czech-Anglo Productions and Anthropoid by Sean Ellis, produced by LD Entertainment with Lucky Man Films, which were also supported by the tax incentives programme of the State Cinematography Fund.

DISTRIBUTION

There are 33 distribution companies on the market, but only the top ten have a market share of over 1%. Cinemart, the leading distributor of US films, representing Twentieth Century Fox, Universal and Paramount Pictures,has the biggest share, 29.5%, and the highest number of releases, more than 50 per year.

Family Film by Olmo OmerzuCinemart is followed by Falcon with 21.3 %. Falcon is the distributor and coproducer of high-profile Czech films, considerably contributing to the high attendance for domestic films in the Czech Republic. Number three in 2014, Warner Bros. Entertainment (16.4%), closed its activities in the Czech Republic and passed its business to Freeman Entertainment (http://www.freeman-ent.cz/klient-84/kino-78/stranka-1963), which also handles the distribution for Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment and DreamWorks.

With 9.9% Bontonfilm mostly handles domestic and art house titles. Bioscoop/AQS holds the fifth position with 7.1%. Twenty seven cinemas are members of the Europa Cinemas network and are entitled to use the MEDIA programme’s support for distribution of European films.

Some Czech distributors are using day-and-date releases and VOD platforms for European arthouse titles on a regular basis. The most active distributor in this area is Film Distribution Artcam.

EXHIBITION AND BOX OFFICE

For the last three years cinema attendance in the Czech Republic has been quite stable with over 11 m admissions annually and trending toward a slight increase. The average ticket price in Czech cinemas is 4.68 EUR /126, 54 CZK.

The biggest market share, 56%, belongs to US films, while European titles reach a 12% share. Compared to the past, Czech films have been losing the enviable position they used to have on the market and their share has declined to 22%.

Admissions were over 10.2m and box office was over 48 m EUR / 1, 3 billion CZK until the end of October 2015.

Through October 2015 the biggest international hits were Minions with 776,000 attendance and 3, 7 m EUR / 105 m CZK gross, Ridley Scott´s The Martian with 261,000 admissions and 1.5 m EUR / 39 m CZK gross and Hotel Transylvania 2 with 307,500 admissions and 1.35 m EUR / almost 37 m CZK gross.

The most popular Czech films are Gangster-Ka by Jan Pachl (produced by Movie coproduced by Czech TV and distributed by Bioscop) with 770,000 EUR / 21 m CZK gross and 146,000 admissions, and Life Is Life by Milan Cieslar (produced by Flamesite, distributed by Bontonfilm) with 1.1 m EUR / 30 m CZK gross and 230,000 admissions.

There were 269 new releases in Czech cinemas in 2014 of which 32 were Czech feature films and 23 documentaries. The hits of 2014 were the Czech fairy tale The Three Brothers /Tři bratři directed by Jan Svěrák and distributed by Bioscop/AQS with best attendance of 661,378 and 2.7 m EUR / 73,5 m CZK gross, followed by Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Warner Bros) with 566,700 admissions and 3.2 m EUR / 87 m CZK gross. Number three was How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Cinemart) with 424,000 admissions and 2.1 m EUR / 56 m CZK gross.

Seven Czech films were in the top 20 in terms of admissions in 2014, including the winner Three Brothers, Zdeněk Troška’s Babovřesky (Fenix Film) in the 6th position with almost 246,000 admissions, followed by Jiří Vejdělek’s Tender Waves / Něžné vlny produced by Tomáš Hoffmann with 245,000 admissions, both distributed by Falcon.

Next to the already mentioned Life Is Life and Gangster-Ka, high admissions in 2015 are also expected for: The Snake Brothers (Czech TelevisionRWE Česká Republika) by Jan Prušinovský, Babovřesky 3 by Zdenek Troska, The Dodgeball (produced by IN Film Praha in coproduction with RWE ) by Petr Nikolaev, Home Care 
(Fog’n’Desire FilmsCzech Television, Sokol Kollar, HBO Czech Republic) by Slávek Horák, Ghoul ( J.B.J. Films) by Petr Jákl and Seven Ravens (ATTACK Film) by Alice Nellis.

In 2014 admissions were 11,558,586 and box office was 54 m EUR / 1.46 billion CZK. There were 629 cinemas in 2014 with 841 screens of which 463 were digital. There were 250 digital cinemas in 2014.

A total of 30 multiplexes with 229 screens and 41,116 seats were operating in the Czech Republic in 2015. Multiplex theatres´ market share at the box office was 73.95% in 2014. The largest multiplex theatre operator is Cinema City, followed by Cine Star.Siska Deluxe by Jan Cvitkovic

GRANTS AND NEW LEGISLATION

Czech Republic’s State Cinematography Fund has been the main tool for public support for cinematography in the Czech Republic since 1992. After the adoption of the new Cinematography Act in 2013, the Fund became an independent institution with its own director, new financial structure and a Council for assessing and deciding on individual requests for state support.

The funding is granted in accordance with the new law, supporting development, production, distribution, promotion, technological development, publications, education and training, festivals and events, protection, preservation and access to film heritage.

In 2015, the State Cinematography Fund issued a total of 29 calls for domestic grants. The total budget of the fund in 2015 was 8.14 m EUR / 220 m CZK (740,080 EUR /20 m CZK more than in 2014) with 5.55 m EUR / 150m CZK earmarked for Czech film production of all genres and 610,566 EUR / 16.5m CZK for film development. The Fund announces calls for subsidies for minority coproductions twice a year with an allocation of 1,036,112 EUR / 28m CZK.

Among the feature films supported in 2015 were: Vaclav Kadrnka’s Little Crusader / Křižáček produced by Sirius Films with 346,778 EUR / 9.5 m CZK, Jan Švankmajer‘s Insect / Hmyz produced by Athanor with 365,000 EUR / 10 m CZK and Bohdan Sláma’s The Ice Crone / Bába z ledu produced by Negativ with 237,269 EUR / 6.5 m CZK.

Since the introduction of the new law in 2013, the State Cinematography Fund has also administered the Czech incentives scheme, which has been effective since 2010. The incentives are granted in the form of a 20% cash rebate on Czech production costs and 10% of nonresident labour costs that are subject to Czech withholding tax. The incentives are available for feature films, TV series, animation and documentary films. Rebates are issued at the end of production in the Czech Republic upon submission of audited statements of costs incurred and paid out in the form of cash grants.

In 2016 and 2017 an improved incentives scheme will be gradually introduced as the Czech government implements some important changes which will make the system more flexible for film productions. The rebate will no longer be subject to a yearly cap. Producers will be able to register at any time during the year and immediately receive a registration certificate that guarantees payment of the rebate upon fulfillment of all conditions. Rebates will be allocated throughout the year, depending on the beginning of production, and producers will be able to receive their grants in two parts, first upon completion of filming in the Czech Republic and the second part after the completion of all Czech production.

The State Cinematography Fund has allotted approximately 47 m EUR for 71 film and television projects shooting in the Czech Republic in 2015-2016. Large amounts of incentives were allotted in 2015: 4. 3 m EUR / 118 m CZK for Underworld 5 (Lakeshore International), 2.9 m EUR / 80 m CZK for Crossing Lines III (Film United) and 2.3 m EUR /62 m CZK for The Musketeers series III (Czech-Anglo Productions).

The National Film Archive handles both domestic and international sales of films made in Czechoslovakia before 1991 and produced by Barrandov and Zlin film studios (both state owned at the time). Czech Film Center is in charge of the promotion of Czech films abroad and it is the official national representative of Czech cinema and film industry at key film festivals and markets. Czech Film Commission is the official film office supporting and promoting audiovisual production in the Czech Republic. Together with Creative Europe – MEDIA Czech Republic, they are since 2013 a part of the National Film Archive.

TV

There are four major TV groups in the Czech Republic: public TV Czech Television with 29.43% market share, privately owned NOVA group with 27.83%, Prima group with 23.72% and Barrandov TV with 5.8%.

Gangster Ka by Jan PachlCompanies are introducing new channels in order to compensate for the declining audience of flagship stations. Czech Television currently runs six channels: CT1, CT2, CT24, CT sport, CT:D and CT Art. NOVA group channels include NOVANOVA CinemaFanda TVSmichov TVTelka TV, NOVA Sport and NOVA Sport 2. Prima group consists of Prima FamilyPrima COOLPrima LOVEPrima ZOOM, new channel Prima MAX, and is also planning to launch Prima Comedy Central.

TV stations also increased the number of programmes available on the internet, bringing them to a larger audience. TV NOVA has its video library Voyo.cz, Prima group runs PrimaPlay.cz , while the Czech TV offers its programmes via iVysílání.cz.

The market for TV advertising is dominated by Nova and Prima, while advertising on Czech Television is limited by the law to a minimum. Television is traditionally the strongest advertising medium in the country.

Television stations play a large role in the production of quality content for local film and TV. Czech TV has become a permanent partner of Czech filmmaking, with its in-house production sector Film Center coproducing many feature films, including Lost in Munich produced by Lucky Man FilmsHome Care by Slávek Horák or Journey to Rome by Tomasz Mielnik (Background Films).

Czech TV is also the coproducer of almost all documentaries released in cinemas. Among the most interesting titles of 2015 are Helena Třeštíková’s Mallory (Negativ) and Andrea Sedláčková’s Life according to Vaclav Havel (a coproduction between Czech TV, ARTE and Negativ).

HBO Europe also coproduces Czech documentaries and produces its own drama series in co-operation with local production companies and filmmakers. In 2014 HBO broadcast its successful original series Over the Head and Ears directed by Jan Hřebejk and an original crime series Mamon directed by Vladimír Michálek in 2015.

CONTACTS:

State Cinematography Fund
Veletržní palác, Dukelských hrdinů 47, 170 00 Prague 7
TEL:+420 224 301 278
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www.fondkinematografie.cz

National Film Archive
Malešická 12, 130 00 Prague 3
PHONE: +420 778 522 729
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www.nfa.cz

APA- Audiovisual Producers’ Association
Národní 28, 110 00 Prague 1
PHONE: +420 603 844 811
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www.asociaceproducentu.cz

Creative Europe – MEDIA Czech Republic
Národní 28, 110 00 Prague 1
PHONE: +420 221 105 209
FAX: +420 221 105 303
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www.mediadeskcz.eu

Czech Film and Television Academy
Karlovo nám 285/19, 120 00 Prague 2
info@cfta.cz
www.cfta.cz  

Czech Film Center
Národní 28, 110 00 Prague 1
PHONE: +420 221 105 303
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www.filmcenter.cz

Czech Film Commission
Národní 28, 110 00 Prague 1
PHONE: 420 778 543 290
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www.filmcommission.cz

Institute of Documentary Film
Štěpánská 611/14, 110 00 Praha 1
PHONE: +420 224 214 858
FAX: +420 224 214 858
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www.dokweb.net

FITES – Czech Film and Television Union
Pod Nuselskými schody 3, 120 00 Prague 2
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www.fites.cz

Film Distributors’ Union
nám. Winstona Churchilla 2, 130 00 Prague 3
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Fact Box Czech Republic

Population: 10.6 m (2016)
GDP per capita in USD: 17,548 (2015)
Total admissions: 15.6 m (2016)
Admissions per capita: 1.47 (2016)
Box office: 74 m EUR (2015)
National market share: 30% (2016)
Feature film production: 45 (2016)
Number of screens: 514 (2015)
Digital screens: 469 (2015)
Average ticket price in EUR: 4.76 (2016)
Annual state support for film industry: 12.9 m EUR (2016)

Source: Population Reference Bureau, World Bank, State Cinematography Fund, Czech Film Center, Film Distributor's Union

Admissions Top Ten 2016

TITLE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN ADMISSIONS
Angel of the Lord 2/Anděl Páně 2 CZ 913,767
The Secret Life of Pets USA 510,953
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them USA 457,891
The Devil´s Mistress/Lída Baarová CZ 414,732
Bridget Jones´s Baby UK 394,810
Finding Dory USA 387,483
Tyger Theory/Teorie tygra CZ 385,974
Stuck with a Perfect Woman/Bezva ženská na krku CZ 372,581
Ice Age: Collision Course USA 366,548
Deadpool USA 350,751

 

Top 10 in Europa Cinemas Network cinemas 2015
(19 towns, 30 cinemas, 37 screens)

1. Minions (USA), by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
2. Youth (Italy), by Paolo Sorrentino
3. Fifty Shades of Grey  (USA), by Sam Taylor-Johnson
4. Fotograf (Czech Republic), by Irena Pavlásková
5. Amy (UK), by Asif Kapadia
6. Spectre (USA), by Sam Mendes
7. Domácí péče  (Czech Republic), by Slávek Horák
8. The Imitation Game  (USA), by Morten Tyldum
9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (USA), by J.J. Abrams
10. Život je život  (Czech Republic), by Milan Cieslar

Source Europa Cinemas

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Interview with Helena Frankova

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Helena Frankova, Director Czech Cinematography Fund
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Interview with Michal Bregant

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Michal Bregant, Director of the Czech National Film Archives

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Interview with Pavel Strand

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Pavel Strand, Czech Audiovisual Producers' Association

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Interview with Hana Rezkova

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Hana Rezkova of the Institute of Documentary Film

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Interview with Jiri Besser

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Jiri Besser - Former Czech Minister of Culture

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Partner links Czech Republic

Czech Film Commission: http://www.filmcommission.cz   

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Czech Film Center - http://www.filmcenter.cz   

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Czech Film Chamber: http://filmovakomora.cz

Czech Film and Television Academy -http://www.cfta.cz/ 

Film and TV Workers Union - http://www.fites.cz/ 

Audiovisual Producers Association (APA) -http://www.asociaceproducentu.cz/ 

Directors and Screenwriters Association (ARAS) -http://www.aras.cz/ 

Film Distributors Union - http://www.ufd.cz/ 

Institute of Documentary Film -http://www.docuinter.net/ 

Czech Ministry of Culture - http://www.mkcr.cz/ 

National Film Archive - http://http://www.nfa.cz/  

Czech Media Desk - http://www.mediadesk.cz/ 

Cinema Exhibitors Association - http://http://www.kinari.cz/

Vachler Art Company: www.vac.cz   

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