Czech actor Vladimir Dlouhy dies

Czech film and theatre actor Vladimir Dlouhy died after a short illness at age 52. Dlouhy's final film was Kajinek, now in post-production.

PRODUCTION: Havel starts filming his Leaving on July2

Former Czech president and playwright Vaclav Havel announced he will begin shooting his film directing debut Leaving on July 2 instead of June, as previously announced. Havel rejected media speculation…

EU approves Czech film tax incentives

The European Union approved a Czech film tax incentive, announced by the Czech government on Firday, June 18. The proposal, which was approved in October 2009 by the Czech government,…

Illness forces Nellis to abandon Lidice

Czech director Alice Nellis has stepped down from Lidice, Czech-Slovak-Polish coproduction based on a WWII screenplay by Czech historian Zdeněk Mahler. Just days from the beginning of filming, Nellis announced…

FNE at Zlin: Magic Tree wins Zlin festival

Central European films made a strong showing at the 50th anniversary edition of the Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth (, with Poland's Magic Tree by Andrzej Maleszk,…

FNE at Zlin’s 50th Anniversary: Central Europe's animation revival

Is Central Europe poised to regain its position as a leading force in the field of animation? Judging from the recent upsurge in production, and a new emphasis on feature…

FNE at Zlin’s 50th Anniversary: ECFA convenes first CEE meeting

The European Children's Film Association (ECFA, held its first board meeting in Central Europe on June 2 at the Zlin International Festival of film for children and youth (May…

FNE at Zlin 50th Anniversary: Zlin's long road to the top

The Zlin International Festival of film for Children and Youth ( proudly bills itself as the oldest children's film festival in the world -- as well as the largest. But…

FNE at Zlin’s 50th Anniversary: Visegrad Competition

The Zlin festival of films for children and youth (May 31-June 6, has been steadily expanding beyond its original mission and name suggests. One of the more welcome sections,…

FNE at Zlin’s 50th Anniversary: Czech and Slovak films take center stage

For Zlin ( festival director Petr Koliha, deciding how to mark the 50th anniversary of the Zlin festival of films for children and youth was an easy decision. At least…

FESTIVALS: Zlin announces final competition line-up

The 50th anniversary edition of the Zlin film festival for children and youth (May 30-June 6, has finalized its competition sections, with 34 feature films competing in four competition…

FESTIVALS: AniFest finds new direction and a new home

In just nine years, AniFest ( has become the leading Czech animation festival and a destination on the international map. The 2010 edition expanded in the festival's new home, the…

FNE at Cannes: EFP Producer on the Move Pavel Bercik

In less than two years, Pavel Bercik fast-tracked from FAMU film school student to a spot as one of the Czech Republic's busiest producers.

Czech Cinema to Be Presented at 2010 Cannes FF

Prague, May 7, 2010 - The 63rd Cannes International Film Festival is set to run from May 12 to 23, 2010, and Czech cinema is going to be there. In…

FNE at AniFest: AniFest spotlights Lithuanian animation, visual efffects

AniFest 2010, which takes place May 18-23 in Teplice, Czech Republic, will feature a Lithuanian Retrospective of animation film and a programme on special visual effects films in the context…

FNE at Anifilm: Anifilm revives Trebon festival

The Czech spa town of Trebon and the organizers of the first Anifilm festival ( succeeded in pulling together a ne animated film festival in two months, after the original…

FESTIVALS: Fresh Film fest moves to Prague

The Fresh Film Fest will move to Prague this year, after six years in the spa town of Karlovy Vary.

FNE at Finale Plzen: Midpoint launches new training programme

Five leading Central European film schools are joining forces on a project to move young filmmakers into the professional world with Midpoint, the Central European Script Center (

FNE at Finale Plzen: CFC introduces new Czech productions

The Czech Film Center (CFC, offered a platform for 18 films in development and production at its annual presentation during the Finale ( festival of Czech films on April…

FNE at Finale Plzen: Kawasaki's Rose wins Finale Plzen festival

Director Jan Hřebejk picked up the Golden Kingfisher for best feature film and the Audience Award for Kawasaki's Rose at the closing ceremony of Finale festival of Czech films held…