Vavra Celebrates Centennial Birthday

Czech director Otakar Vavra marked his 100th birthday on 28 Febrruary 2011. Vavra began working on films as a young university student in 1930, and went on to help establish…

Czech Multiplexes Have Record Year

PRAGUE: Box office for Czech multiplexes rose by over CZK 200 million in 2010, nearly 20%, to a total of CZK 1.3 billion. Attendance at multiplexes rose by almost 9%,…

Arnost Lustig Dead at 84

Arnost Lustig died of cancer on 26 February 2011 at age 84. Lustig, winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award, wrote screenplays for several Czech…

Czech Rebate Attracts Zentropa and ABC

The Czech Film Commission announced 25 projects are expected to receive over CZK180 million from the Czech production rebate. Two of the new projects began prepping in 2010: A Royal…

PRODUCTION: Therapy Goes to Postproduction

Therapy, a 45-part Czech TV series produced by Czech HBO television ( and Stilking Films production company ( finished its 95 day shoot on Saturday, 19 Febuary 2011 and goes…

Men in Hope Set for August Release

PRAGUE: Czech screenwriter/director Jiří Vejdělek is in production of his new comedy Men in Hope, the follow-up to his hit film Women in Temptation. The film will premiere in Czech…

Walking Too Fast Leads Czech Lion Nominations

The psychological thriller Pouta (Walking Too Fast) by director Radim Špaček, screenwriter Ondřej Štindl and producer Vratislav Šlajer and his company Bionaut films ( leads the list of nominations for…

FNE IDF DocBloc: Documentary Screenings In Moscow and Nizhny Novogrod

The Institute of Documentary Film and the Jihlava IDFF in cooperation with the Czech Centre Moscow organize screenings of selected documentary films in Moscow (Feb 22 - 25) and Nizhny…

Prima Love TV Launches in Czech Republic

Stockholm based Modern Times Group ( announced it will launch Prima LOVE in Prague on 8 March 2011. The channel i MTG's third free-TV channel in the Czech Republic, joining…

FNE - IDF DocBloc: Czech Documentary film in 2010

The Institute of Documentary Film has published a press release that looks back at Czech documentary film in 2010. It includes an overview of viewer numbers for Czech Television, cinema…

Czech Documentaries Triple Audiences in 2010

PRAGUE: Czech documentaries saw increased attendance in 2010, according to a report from the Institute of Documentary Film ( ). Attendance was over 160,000, nearly three times the 2009 results.…

Czech Switch to Digital TV on Target

The Czech Republic is on schedule to complete the switch from analog TV to digital terrestrial broadcast by the end of 2011.

Czech Cinemas Celebrate a Record Year

Czech cinema had a record year in 2010 with 1.5 billion CZK in box office and 13.5 million admissions. Thanks to both domestic and world smash hits, and more expensive…

Czech Channel Z1 Ends Broadcasts

PRAGUE: Czech media reported that Z1, the first privately owned Czech 24-hour news channel, was ceasing broadcasts as of 24 January 2011.

Nicky’s Family Sets Prague Premiere

PRAGUE: Nicky's Family, the sequel to director Matěj Mináč's 2002 International Emmy award-winning film Nicholas Winton - The Power of Good, will have its world premiere on 20 January 2011…

PRODUCTION: Hřebejk drama Innocence Sets Release Date

Czech director Jan Hrebejk is completing post-production on Innocence, a criminal psychdrama written by his longtime collaborator Petr Jarchovsky. Post-production is taking place in Prague. Slovak producer Rudolf Biermann of…

FNE 2010 Year in Review: Czechs Turn a Corner

With the approval of the highly anticipated film tax incentives, the return of foreign film production, continuing record box office attendance, and a wealth of film productions in the pipeline,…

PRODUCTION: Jiří Vejdělek Starts Men in Hope in January

Czech director Jiří Vejdělek, whose latest comedy Women in Temptation (produced by Falcon, was the most successful Czech domestic movie of 2010 with over 1.2 million viewers, is completing…

Hřebejk Film Released in USA

Jan Hřebejk´s Oscar hopeful Kawasaki´s Rose produced by Rudolf Biermann of Infilm ( has been released in the US by North American company Menemsha Films ( Hřebejk attended the presentation…

Czech Film Critics Awards Established

Czech film journalists, critics, reviewers and film publicists have established their own national film awards. The awards are ofganized by the Czech Film Chamber (