PRODUCTION: Ondřej Vavrečka in Production with Czech/Slovak Docufiction 1+1+1

PRAGUE: Ondřej Vavrečka is currently finishing production while already editing his docufiction 1+1+1, which is estimated to be finished in 2023. The Czech/Slovak project was presented at MIA Rome 2022…

PRODUCTION: Apolena Rychlíková in Postproduction with Czech/French/Slovak Doc The Limits of Europe

PRAGUE: Czech director/writer Apolena Rychlíková is currently in postproduction with her documentary The Limits of Europe / Hranice Evropy, which is estimated to be finished in 2023.

FESTIVALS: Black Czechs Awarded by Online Audience of 2022 Ji.hlava IDFF

JIHLAVA: Black Czechs by Martin Müller is the recipient of the award granted by the online audience of the 26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, which took place in person…

FESTIVALS: Karlovy Vary IFF Launches KVIFF Classics

PRAGUE: The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is launching a special event in Prague with legendary films. The first edition of KVIFF Classics will be held in cinemas Světozor and…

FNE Film Meets Games: Q&A with Jozef Barančik, Unity 3D Developer of Czech Project Darkening

PRAGUE: FNE spoke with Jozef Barančik, Unity 3D Developer of Czech/German coproduction Darkening / Tmání about the project, as well as the state of the Czech game development industry. Darkening…

Documentary Lockdown Musical Bromance Homies Enters Czech Distribution

PRAGUE: The Documentary Homies / Sami doma by Jan Foukal will be released by Aerofilms in Czech cinemas on 16 November 2022. The film had its world premiere at the…

Ballerina Starring Ana de Armas Starts Shooting in Prague

PRAGUE: Ballerina, a spinoff of the John Wick franchise directed by Len Wiseman and starring Ana de Armas and presumably Keanu Reeves, starts shooting in Prague on 7 November 2022,…

PRODUCTION: Michal Hogenauer in Postproduction with Czech/Slovak Calm in the Canopy

PRAGUE: Czech director/writer Michal Hogenauer is currently in postproduction with his sophomore feature Calm in the Canopy / V korunách stromů je klid (working title), which is estimated to be…

CEE Animation Forum 2022 Announces Winners

PRAGUE: A total of 16 awards were announced at the CEE Animation Forum 2022, the largest pitching and networking event in Central and Eastern Europe. A total of 33 projects…

Prague Studios Starts Building New Stage

PRAGUE: Prague Studios has started the building of its seventh stage, which will use the latest technology including LED Volume, allowing for virtual sets to project the background in real…

BOX OFFICE: Prince Mamma’s Boy Tops Czech Charts in Its First Weekend

PRAGUE: Czech fairytale Prince Mamma’s Boy / Princ Mamánek by Jan Budař overtook the superhero film Black Adam (21,924 admissions), with 41,535 admissions and 250,006 EUR / 6,126,409 CZK gross…

FNE at IDFF Ji.hlava 2022: Full List of Winners

JIHLAVA: The French production 07:15 – Blackbird by Judith Auffray won the Opus Bonum Award in the main competition of the 26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, held 25 –…

World Premiere of Invisible Landscapes at Jihlava IDFF

JIHLAVA: The middle-length documentary Invisible Landscapes / Neviditelné krajiny by Ivo Bystřičan had its world premiere at the Jihlava International Film Festival in the Czech Joy competition.

World Premiere of Petr Vachler’s The Meaning and Mystery of Life on 23 November in Prague

PRAGUE: Petr Vachler’s labour of love The Meaning and Mystery of Life, which took 10 years to be made, will have its premiere in Prague on 23 November 2023.

PRODUCTION: Czech Director Jan Strejcovský Shoots A(u)ction Essay Is It Worth It?

PRAGUE: Czech director/producer Jan Strejcovský is currently in production with his first long documentary Is It Worth It? / Má to cenu?, which is estimated to be finished in 2024.

FESTIVALS: Romanian Producer Ada Solomon Receives APA Excellence Award at Ji.hlava 2022

JIHLAVA: Romanian producer Ada Solomon received the APA World Excellence Award at the 26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, which started on 25 October 2022.

FNE Podcast: Ji.hlava 2022: Zdeněk Blaha: Programme Director of Institute of Documentary Film (IDF)

FNE correspondent and film critic Alexander Gabelia spoke to Zdeněk Blaha, programme director of the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF), about the main activities and programme of the IDF at…

FNE Podcast: Ji.hlava 2022: Marek Hovorka: Festival Director

FNE correspondent and film critic Alexander Gabelia spoke to Marek Hovorka, director of the 26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (25 – 30 October 2022), about the main activities and…

Czech Republic’s Production Incentives To Get Underway Again Next Year

PRAGUE: The Czech Republic production incentives programme will get underway again 2 January 2023, until then incentives are temporarily suspended. A cap of 150m CZK per project will be implemented…

OBITUARY: Czech Actor Josef Somr

PRAGUE: Popular theatre and film actor Josef Somr died at the age of 88. His most known films are Jiří Menzel's Oscar-winning Closely Watched Trains / Ostre sledované vlaky (1966)…