FNE at BRATISLAVA IFF: Slovak Oscar Hopeful Preps Fifth Boat

BRATISLAVA: Slovak director Iveta Grofova, whose debut feature film Made in Ash was selected as Slovakia 2012 Oscar candidate, will follow up with a fiction film cast with amateur actors…

FNE at Bratislava IFF 2012: MPhilms Premiering Fine, Thanks and Developing 20th Anniversary Film

BRATISLAVA: The young Slovak production house MPhilms (www.mphilms.sk) is completing postproduction on its first feature film Fine, Thanks ahead of a 31 January 2013 premiere, while handling an ambitious and…

PRODUCTION: Slovak Doc Salto Mortale in Postproduction

BRATISLAVA: Slovak director Anabela Žigová is in postproduction with her first full-length documentary, Salto Mortale, scheduled to premiere in 2013.

EMERGING PRODUCER: Slovakia’s Tomas Kaminsky

BRATISLAVA: Slovak documentary producer Tomas Kaminsky tackled the controversial subject of minority issues in his first full-length film, The Gypsy Vote directed by Jaro Vojtek, while infusing it with liberal…

Slovak Documentary Sparks Criminal Prosecution

BRATISLAVA: A Slovak documentary about the Slovak judicial system could lead to the prosecution and a prison term for the film’s

FNE Exclusive Interview with Zuzana Mistrikova, Executive Director of PubRes, Vice President Slovak Film and Television Academy

FNE spoke with Zuzana Mistriková about the current situation of the Slovak film industry three years after the creation of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund (www.avf.sk). For Slovak films, 2012 was…

FESTIVALS: Bratislava IFF Upgrades Slovak, Industry Presence

BRATISLAVA: The 14th Bratislava International Film Festival (www.iffbratislava.com) which opens on 9 November 2012 and runs through 15 November unveils a new Slovak competition section and increase services for industry…

PRODUCTION: A Step into Darkness Goes into Production

BRATISLAVA: Slovak director Martin Luther (A Path across the Danube) has started shooting his historical drama A Step into Darkness in the western Slovak village of Uhrovec, the site of…

Slovak pubcaster RTVS to lay off 20% of its workforce

BRATISLAVA: Slovak public-service Radio and Television Slovakia (www.rtvs.sk) is preparing to lay-off 20 percent or more of its workforce, RTVS head Václav Mika wrote in a memo to employees.

Oscar double act for Slovakia

BRATISLAVA: Slovakia has entered Made in Ash as its contender for the Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film category, and will also be represented in the short animation category with The…

FESTIVALS: Bells of Happiness Wins Slovak Doc Award at Cinematick Fest

PIESTANY: The Slovak film festival Cinematik (www.cinematik.sk) has given the Film Europe Award for best feature-length Slovak documentary to Bells of Happiness (Zvonky šťastia) by Marek Šulík and Jana Bučka…

FESTIVALS: Cinematik Features Slovak Documentary Competition

PIESTANY: Four long Slovak documentaries will screen in the Cinematik film festival (www.cinematik.sk) documentary competition, taking place 7-13 September 2012 in the Slovak spa resort of Piestany.

FNE IDF DocBloc: Documentary Seminar Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Coproducing Documentaries in Europe seminar, taking place in Slovakia, has been extended until 31 August 2012.

GRANTS: Slovakia Funds 15 Feature Films

BRATISLAVA: Ten Slovak feature films, one TV film, and five Slovak minority coproductions have received production grants from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund (www.avf.sk).

Slovakia Announces New Call for Grant Applications

BRATISLAVA: The Slovak Audiovisual Fund (www.avf.sk) has issued the fourth of its 2012 calls for grant applications. A total of 1,250,000 EUR is available in this round.

Mika Named Director of Slovak TV

BRATISLAVA: Former Markiza TV (www.markiza.sk) CEO Vaclav Mika has been elected as general director of public broadcaster Slovak Radio and Television (www.rtvs.eu).

DOK.Incubator Applications Open

BRATISLAVA: The second session of the postproduction workshop DOK.Incubator (docincubator.net) is accepting observer and consultation applications from Slovak, Czech and Polish film professionals and Slovak film students for the Final…

PRODUCTION: Juraj Nvota Preps Hostage

BRATISLAVA: Slovak director Juraj Nvota is in preproduction for a winter 2012 shoot of his film Hostage, which was originally scheduled to go into production in spring.

PRODUCTION: Indian Summer in Preproduction

BRATISLAVA: Gejza Dezorz plans to shoot his first feature film, Indian Summer, beginning on 17 September 2012, produced by Marian Urban through ALEF Film&Media Group, s.r.o. (www.afm.sk).

FNE - Step In - Locarno Country Report: Slovakia

The Slovak film industry saw the full benefits of its new funding system which was launched in 2009, during the past year, with a marked increase in domestic films and…