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Country Focus: Slovakia

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Articles, interviews, news, analysis on the Slovak audiovisual sector.

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Country profile: Slovakia

Country profile: Slovakia

22 August 2022

CEE Animation Workshop opens the call for its fifth edition

CEE Animation Forum 2023

CEE Animation Workshop opens the call for its fifth edition

The training programme will accept applications from all MEDIA countries, with the deadline set for 24 October  

26 September 2022

Slovak cinema experiences a slowdown after the second year of the pandemic, braces for a comeback

Industry / Market - Slovakia

Slovak cinema experiences a slowdown after the second year of the pandemic, braces for a comeback

The national funding body, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, has responded with a special scheme to support cinemas and has transferred funds into scholarships  

25 August 2022

Cyrielle Raingou’s I’m Coming For You wins the first Munich Film Up!

Industry / Market - Germany/Slovakia

Cyrielle Raingou’s I’m Coming For You wins the first Munich Film Up!

The mentoring and residency programme has wrapped during Filmfest München, where Raingou received the newly created €5,000 Kirch Foundation Award  

24 June 2022

12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now

The fundraising and networking event will unspool at Cannes and aims to back Ukrainian films currently in post-production  

16 May 2022

Personal stories and social taboos abound in this year’s dok.incubator projects

Industry / Market - Czech Republic/Slovakia

Personal stories and social taboos abound in this year’s dok.incubator projects

The rough-cut training workshop has revealed the creative documentaries that have been selected for its 2022 edition  

20 April 2022

Slovakian romantic films crush US blockbusters at the domestic box office

Box Office - Slovakia

Slovakian romantic films crush US blockbusters at the domestic box office

Evidently, national theatregoers’ appetite for local rom-coms, like Jakub Kroner’s And a Happy New Year 2, did not diminish during the pandemic  

19 April 2022

The Pop Up Film Residency Visegrad announces its selection

Industry / Market - Czech Republic/Hungary/Poland/Slovakia

The Pop Up Film Residency Visegrad announces its selection

The second edition of the programme will take place in Budapest in June, welcoming four projects from the Visegrad countries  

14 April 2022

REPORT: Work in Progress @ Febiofest Bratislava Industry Days 2022

Febiofest Bratislava 2022 - Febiofest Industry Days

REPORT: Work in Progress @ Febiofest Bratislava Industry Days 2022

The industry panel showcased a selection of promising Slovak projects in development, production or post-production by newcomers and established filmmakers, spanning various genres and cinematic forms  

30 March 2022

The Visegrad Film Forum is poised to discuss the essence of success in world cinema

Visegrad Film Forum 2022

The Visegrad Film Forum is poised to discuss the essence of success in world cinema

Filmmaker Jan P Matuszyński, costume designer Debra McGuire, producer-scriptwriter Jim Stark and sound editor Eddy Joseph are among this year’s guests  

15 March 2022

Munich Film Up! welcomes its first participants

Industry / Market - Slovakia/Germany

Munich Film Up! welcomes its first participants

The newly launched mentoring and residency programme will feature six filmmakers hailing from Cameroon, Germany, India, Slovenia, Switzerland and Ukraine  

17 November 2021

Pop Up Film Residency Eurimages supports women in the film industry

Industry / Market - Slovakia

Pop Up Film Residency Eurimages supports women in the film industry

The special new residency is looking for women filmmakers who are currently developing their third or subsequent film project  

08 September 2021

The Pop Up Film Residency and HFF München are launching Munich Film Up!

Industry / Market - Slovakia/Germany

The Pop Up Film Residency and HFF München are launching Munich Film Up!

The new residency is looking for six promising young filmmakers that are either film students or fresh graduates from all over the world  

24 August 2021

Two Czech and Slovak animated projects nearing completion to be presented at MIFA

Annecy 2021 – MIFA

Two Czech and Slovak animated projects nearing completion to be presented at MIFA

The 3D animated feature The Websters and the ambitious adventure flick Journey to Yourland will be seeking distributors and broadcasters at MIFA’s GAP Financing – Meet the Producers event  

09 June 2021

REPORT: Work in Progress @ Febiofest Bratislava Industry Days 2021

Febiofest Bratislava 2021 - Febiofest Industry Days

REPORT: Work in Progress @ Febiofest Bratislava Industry Days 2021

We present an overview of the works in progress presented at this year’s Febiofest Industry Days, giving a taste of what’s to come in Slovakian cinema  

07 April 2021

2020 was the year of the Scumbag at the Slovak box office

Box Office - Slovakia

2020 was the year of the Scumbag at the Slovak box office

Before the pandemic ravaged the domestic box office, Mariana Čengel Solčanská and Rudolf Biermann’s political thriller took it by storm  

26 February 2021

First Cut Lab launches new workshops across Europe

First Cut Lab 2021

First Cut Lab launches new workshops across Europe

The first editions in Slovakia, the Netherlands and Hamburg have been announced and will run over the course of 2021  

13 January 2021

The Slovak Audiovisual Fund provides financial support for local cinema operators

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Slovakia

The Slovak Audiovisual Fund provides financial support for local cinema operators

The theatres will receive the support this month, after they have had to shutter again as the second wave of coronavirus hits the country  

20 October 2020

MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2021 supports European filmmakers

MIDPOINT 2021

MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2021 supports European filmmakers

The programme is ready to welcome creative teams that are developing their first or second feature-film projects, with a deadline set for 9 September  

28 August 2020

Slovakia registered an uptick in film productions and theatrical distribution in 2019

Industry / Market - Slovakia

Slovakia registered an uptick in film productions and theatrical distribution in 2019

2019 was a successful year for Slovak cinema overall, continuing the positive trend established before the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic  

15 July 2020

Cinemas allowed to reopen in Slovakia after lockdown measures eased

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Slovakia

Cinemas allowed to reopen in Slovakia after lockdown measures eased

Movie theatre operators have to observe a set of precautions while also capping attendance levels at 100 people per screening  

21 May 2020

It’s a go for audiovisual productions in Slovakia

Industry / Market - Slovakia

It’s a go for audiovisual productions in Slovakia

After the hiatus caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, film productions in Slovakia can now officially resume  

15 May 2020

Slovak industry agents publish an overview of the consequences of COVID-19

Industry / Market - Slovakia

Slovak industry agents publish an overview of the consequences of COVID-19

The ANP and Creative Industry Forum reflect on the current situation of the country’s audiovisual landscape and on what’s next  

04 May 2020

Film Europe launches new VoD service and will merge two channels to create Film Europe+

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Slovakia/Czech Republic

Film Europe launches new VoD service and will merge two channels to create Film Europe+

The Be2Can and Ceskoslovensko channels will fuse and become one single brand as the company rolls out Edisonline  

30 April 2020

Slovakian institutions work on measures to protect the domestic film industry from COVID-19

Institutions / Legislation - Slovakia

Slovakian institutions work on measures to protect the domestic film industry from COVID-19

The Slovak Audiovisual Fund is in talks with new Minister of Culture Natália Milanová to ease the restrictions for film shoots  

28 April 2020

Cinemas and distributors in Slovakia resort to online initiatives

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Slovakia

Cinemas and distributors in Slovakia resort to online initiatives

Domestic cinema operators have calculated that their losses stand at over €4.5 million for March  

24 April 2020

Visegrad Film Forum disrupted due to spread of COVID-19

Visegrad Film Forum 2020

Visegrad Film Forum disrupted due to spread of COVID-19

The organisers are yet to decide whether they will postpone or cancel the 2020 edition of the gathering, which was meant to unspool from 10-14 March in Slovakia  

10 March 2020

Learn from award-winning experts and network with peers at the 9th Visegrad Film Forum

Visegrad Film Forum 2020

Learn from award-winning experts and network with peers at the 9th Visegrad Film Forum

The networking and workshop event, which unspools from 10-14 March in Bratislava, will welcome Costa-Gavras, Eddy Joseph, Paweł Edelman, Jim Stark and Molly Malene Stensgaard as guest lecturers  

21 February 2020

A record-breaking opening for Slovakian film Scumbag

Box Office - Slovakia

A record-breaking opening for Slovakian film Scumbag

The political thriller has enjoyed the best opening weekend for a local film in national cinemas in the last 20 years  

13 February 2020

Slovakian films surpass one million admissions in domestic theatres for the second time since 1993

Box Office - Slovakia

Slovakian films surpass one million admissions in domestic theatres for the second time since 1993

Three films completed in 2019 made it into the top ten of the most-seen Slovakian movies since the country gained its independence  

12 February 2020

MIDPOINT selects nine projects for Feature Launch 2020

MIDPOINT 2020

MIDPOINT selects nine projects for Feature Launch 2020

First or second film projects by directors from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe will take part in Feature Launch next year, along with three script-consultant trainees  

06 December 2019

Slovakia to increase its cash rebate

Institutions / Legislation - Slovakia

Slovakia to increase its cash rebate

The country is now in the same category as Hungary, Poland, Estonia and the Netherlands in terms of providing audiovisual production support  

10 October 2019

Political thriller Amnesty soon to land in Slovak and Czech theatres

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Slovakia/Czech Republic

Political thriller Amnesty soon to land in Slovak and Czech theatres

Jonáš Karásek’s film reflects on the events following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia and President Václav Havel’s amnesties, and is the first movie to address the topic  

08 October 2019

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