Czech Center to Issue DVD of shorts

By FNE Staff
    The Czech Film Center will release Czech Short Films Vol. 1, a selection of 12 short films by students the FAMU and Zlín Film Schools, at end of January.
    It is the first of a series of DVD's planned by the CFC.

    "I have been considering releasing a DVD of short films for several years now. I would like to both raise the awareness of our short films abroad and also create closer ties for cooperation with beginning filmmakers. After all, the success in past years confirms that for us the road to the festival in Cannes, for example, starts right here," Markéta Šantrochová from ČFC stated.

    The films were selected by a jury comprised of film columnist Vojtěch Rynda, the programme director of the Fresh Film Fest Jakub Felcman, Petr Horák from the I Shorts association, which regularly holds commentated evenings of short films, and Markéta Šantrochová from the Czech Film Center.

    Over 150 student films were considered for the collection. The DVD also contains information on 10 Czech film schools and their study programmes and also on festivals that choose short films for their competitions.

    The DVD will first be presented at the film festival and market for short films in Clermont-Ferrand, where the Czech Film Center will be representing Czech cinematography for the first time.