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A new stage for showcasing female filmmaking talent emerges in the Czech Republic

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- The Girls in Film initiative is setting up a Prague-based stage from which to showcase emerging European female filmmaking talent

A new stage for showcasing female filmmaking talent emerges in the Czech Republic
Tower. A Bright Day by Jagoda Szelc

A Czech offshoot of the Girls in Film platform which supports aspiring female filmmakers is being organised in Prague. The micro-festival, organized in cooperation with Film Europe Media Company, will introduce five emerging European female filmmakers to the audience. “Girls in Film originally started in London, with the aim of presenting the wide variety of work that is created by women, from “classic” films right through to music videos and videoart,” says Julie Zackova, producer and founder of the Prague arm of Girls in Film, which previously collaborated with event iShorts, as well as lending its support to a panel of upcoming female producers at FAMUfest.

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The line-up of the inaugural edition of this female-first Czech event includes Julie Ducournau with Raw [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Julia Ducournau
film profile
]
,  her coming-of-age cannibalistic drama on sisterhood and identity, Valeska Grisebach’s critically-acclaimed film Western [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jonas Dornbach
interview: Valeska Grisebach
interview: Valeska Grisebach
film profile
]
, Gabriela Pichler´s sophomore feature Amateurs [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, and Amanda Kernell’s coming-of-age drama focusing on prejudice, Sami Blood [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Amanda Kernell
interview: Lars Lindstrom
film profile
]
. “Personally, I would recommend that everyone comes to see our opening film, the striking debut, Tower. A Bright Day [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jagoda Szelc
film profile
]
, directed by young Polish director Jagoda Szelc, which was in competition at the Berlinale this year and which charmed me with its poetic atmosphere and unexpected storyline, set in the traditionally religious context of rural Poland,” enthuses Dagmar Sedlackova, a producer and co-founder of the new Prague-based platform. The screening of the film will be accompanied by a debate on the current position of women in the film industry, both at home and abroad.

Girls in Film - Prague will run from 14 to 16 June.

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