New Hrebejk film premieres October 8

The Giglet (Nestyda), a dark comedy about mid-life crisis by leading Czech director Jan Hrebejk premieres on October 8 in Prague, with nation-wide distribution beginning October 9.

Negativ debut wraps shooting October 6

Last Dichers, a €600,000 film from debuting director Jitka Rudolfova, will wrap its shoot on rural Czech locations October 6.

The Karamazovs to represent Czech Republic in Oscar competition

Petr Zelenka's The Karamazovs will be the Czech bid for the Oscar foreign language film category, the Czech Film and Television academy ( announced.

Institute of Documentary Film presents new projects in Jihlava

Political topics are grabbing the attention of Czech and filmmakers, as 27 projects prepare to compete for international funding at the Jihlava International Documentary Festival's East European Forum (October 24-29).

Country Teacher to be released in USA

Country Teacher by ascendant Czech director Bohdan Slama has been sold to American distributor Film Movement, which bought the licence and theatrical distribution rights for in the US,

Estonian commercial TV channels exempted from licence fees

The Estonian parliament has passed a bill exempting all TV broadcasters who relay digital programming from paying licence fees beginning January, 2009.

Czech Republic distributor Premysl Martinek, Artcam

Premysl Martinek joined Artcam as managing director in February in order to merge his love for art house films with his distribution experience learned while working with regional giant Bontonfilm.

Bathory reaches one million admissions

Big-budget historical movie Bathory by Juraj Jakubisko reached one million admissions as of September 15, distributor Bontonfilm ( announced.

Nova and Prima to go digital

TV Nova ( and Prima TV ( , the two leading commercial broadcasters in the Czech Republic, have finally signed up to the country's digitalisation plan.

Fresh life for Nemec film

Jan Nemec's Holka Ferrari Dino will open the Fresh Film Festival in Karlovy Vary on August 27, following an internet premiere.

Brabec film opens August 21

F.A. Brabec's poetic film May has its world premiere in Prague on August 21.

Labyrinth finishes filming

Filming on Tomas Houska's psychothriller Labyrinth concluded this week, with post-production expected to be finished by the end of August.

Czechs grant €2.4 million for film production in 2008/2009

The State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography announced CZK57.4 million (2.38 million Euros) in grants for 2008 and 2009.

New home for Czech National Film Archive

The Czech government decided on July 23 to construct a new building to house the Czech National Film Archive (NFA). Construction could begin as late as 2013.

Protector announces film start and cast

Director Marek Najbrt‘s CZK62 million (€2.6 million) Protector, one of the most anticipated Czech films of 2009, will start filming in early September.

Bathory draws 200,000 viewers in 2 weeks

The big-budget €11 million Czech-Slovak-Hungarian-British co-production Bathory by director Juraj Jakubisko hit a Czech domestic record in attendance since its opening on July 10.

Jakubisko retrospective at Czech Summer Film School

Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko and producer/wife Deanna Jakubisko will present their box office hit Bathory at the 34th Summer Film School (LFS, in Uherske Hradiste, July 25-August 3.

Czech production still battling lack of incentives

The Association of Czech Producers (APA) announced results for 2007 that indicate production volume is still flat after a cramatic decline in 2004.

Czech film sales led by I Served the King of England

I Served the King of England by venerable Czech director Jiri Menzel was the Czech Republic's largest internationally successful film for 2007 through June of 2008, selling to 36 territories…

Terribly Happy wins Karlovy Vary grand prize

Danish entry Terribly Happy won the Crystal Globe at the 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which concluded July 12. Jury president Ivan Passer presented the award to the film's…