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Country profile: Czech Republic

Country profile: Czech Republic

27 December 2020

East Doc Platform announces its 2022 projects

East Doc Platform 2022

East Doc Platform announces its 2022 projects

This year, the Prague-based event includes the new projects by Timo Novotny, Greta Stoklassa, Laila Pakalnina, Olga Lucovnicova, Jakub Piątek, Boris Mitić and Mariam Chachia  

24 January 2022

KVIFF Group acquires Czech distributor Aerofilms

Karlovy Vary 2022

KVIFF Group acquires Czech distributor Aerofilms

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is launching a new distribution body aiming to span the entire Central and Eastern European region  

17 December 2021

The call for entries is open for the 2022 CEE Animation Forum

CEE Animation Forum 2022

The call for entries is open for the 2022 CEE Animation Forum

Applicants can submit their animated projects in 5 categories (features, series/TV specials, shorts, student films and XR projects) until January 16  

02 December 2021

The Television Institute to open in the Czech Republic

Institutions / Legislation - Czech Republic

The Television Institute to open in the Czech Republic

The private university will become the first educational institution dedicated solely to television in the country  

18 November 2021

MIDPOINT Smash Cut begins in Tallinn

MIDPOINT 2021

MIDPOINT Smash Cut begins in Tallinn

Three short-form series projects from Cyprus, Slovenia and Romania are embarking on their development journey  

17 November 2021

MIDPOINT showcases its nine TV Launch projects at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

MIDPOINT 2021

MIDPOINT showcases its nine TV Launch projects at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

The TV projects will end their seven-month cycle of training and development with Season Finale, a tailor-made pitching session  

16 November 2021

REPORT: Czech Joy in the Spotlight @ Ji.hlava 2021

Jihlava 2021

REPORT: Czech Joy in the Spotlight @ Ji.hlava 2021

The industry panel showcased the newest domestic documentary works that premiered during this year's Ji.hlava IDFF  

08 November 2021

New Visions Forum launched at Ji.hlava

Jihlava 2021 – Industry

New Visions Forum launched at Ji.hlava

Twenty-one European and 16 US documentary or documentary-related projects have been pitched at the first edition of the forum at the Czech festival  

04 November 2021

Ji.hlava IDFF adds the New Visions Forum and Market to its industry strand

Jihlava 2021 – Industry

Ji.hlava IDFF adds the New Visions Forum and Market to its industry strand

The new financing, co-production and networking event aims to support European documentary production, and foster connections between European film professionals and US filmmakers  

21 October 2021

MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2022 is awaiting its next projects

MIDPOINT 2022

MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2022 is awaiting its next projects

The programme is ready to welcome creative teams developing their first or second feature-film projects, with a deadline set for 1 November  

20 October 2021

REPORT: Czech Film Springboard @ Finále Plzeň 2021

Finále Plzeň 2021 - Czech Film Springboard

REPORT: Czech Film Springboard @ Finále Plzeň 2021

The industry platform spotlighted a host of projects from the youngest generation of Czech debuting filmmakers  

30 September 2021

REPORT: Works in Progress @ Karlovy Vary 2021

Karlovy Vary 2021 - KVIFF Eastern Promises

REPORT: Works in Progress @ Karlovy Vary 2021

Karlovy Vary's KVIFF Eastern Promises Works in Progress industry sidebar introduced the latest selection of projects at the late-production stage hailing from Eastern Europe, Russia and Iran  

23 August 2021

Head Nurse wins the MIDPOINT Feature Launch Award

Karlovy Vary 2021 - KVIFF Eastern Promises

Head Nurse wins the MIDPOINT Feature Launch Award

Aliya and The Bomber also received prizes as this year’s edition of the training and networking platform, which wrapped during KVIFF Eastern Promises  

18 August 2021

KVIFF Eastern Promises announces its winners

Karlovy Vary 2021 - KVIFF Eastern Promises

KVIFF Eastern Promises announces its winners

Creative documentary An Owl, a Garden and the Writer by Sara Dolatabadi has received the Post-production Development Award while Victim by Michal Blaško snagged the TRT Award  

17 August 2021

MIDPOINT Writers’ Room is looking for new participants

MIDPOINT 2021

MIDPOINT Writers’ Room is looking for new participants

Designed not only to train participants in specialised writing skills but also to offer practical knowledge about the organisation of a writers’ room, the programme’s submission deadline is 15 August  

30 July 2021

MIDPOINT showcases its nine Feature Launch projects at Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary 2021 – KVIFF Eastern Promises

MIDPOINT showcases its nine Feature Launch projects at Karlovy Vary

The projects, which are joined by three script-consultant trainees, will be presented at Eastern Promises Industry Days, and the best will win the KVIFF & MIDPOINT Development Award  

27 July 2021

MIDPOINT launches Smash Cut

MIDPOINT 2021

MIDPOINT launches Smash Cut

A new programme focused on short-form series production is being introduced by the MIDPOINT Institute; the deadline for applications is 10 September  

02 July 2021

First Cut+ releases its portfolio for Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary 2021 – KVIFF Eastern Promises

First Cut+ releases its portfolio for Karlovy Vary

Eight films will take part in the second session of the programme at KVIFF Eastern Promises Industry Days, with a number of acclaimed advisors having been confirmed to participate  

30 June 2021

KVIFF Eastern Promises unveils up-and-coming projects for the class of 2021

Karlovy Vary 2021 – KVIFF Eastern Promises

KVIFF Eastern Promises unveils up-and-coming projects for the class of 2021

A slew of promising projects from the CEE region, the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa will be showcased in the KVIFF industry platform, ahead of the main festival  

29 June 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 Heart of a Tower will be seeking distributors and broadcasters at MIFA’s GAP Financing – Meet the Producers event  

09 June 2021

Foreign productions are fuelling the Czech audiovisual industry

Industry / Market - Czech Republic

Foreign productions are fuelling the Czech audiovisual industry

Big projects for Amazon, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Netflix, ZDF and Sky contribute to the revitalisation of the local industry which may reach the record-breaking level of 2019  

04 May 2021

“Pandemic as an opportunity”: Four Emerging Producers have their say

Emerging Producers 2021

“Pandemic as an opportunity”: Four Emerging Producers have their say

The discussion, organised by Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival and moderated by Cineuropa's editor-in-chief Domenico La Porta, was held online on 16 April  

20 April 2021

MIDPOINT announces TV Launch 2021 selection

MIDPOINT 2021

MIDPOINT announces TV Launch 2021 selection

Nine creative teams behind TV series projects, along with three development-executive participants from Central and Eastern Europe, are partaking in the project development workshop  

09 April 2021

REPORT: East Doc Platform 2021

East Doc Platform 2021

REPORT: East Doc Platform 2021

Cineuropa profiles the winning projects of this year's East Doc Platform  

24 March 2021

Lagoons. A Battle for Paradise wins at the East Doc Platform

East Doc Platform 2021 - Awards

Lagoons. A Battle for Paradise wins at the East Doc Platform

Directed by Serhiy Lysenko, the project won the East Doc Platform Award and the Current Time TV Director’s Award. 72 Hours and Kix - A Story of a Street Kid are also among the winners  

18 March 2021

REPORT: Czech Docs… Coming Soon@East Doc Platform 2021

East Doc Platform 2021

REPORT: Czech Docs… Coming Soon@East Doc Platform 2021

We take a closer look at the five upcoming Czech documentary projects that were presented during the Czech Docs… Coming Soon industry event within the East Doc Platform programme  

12 March 2021

How to shoot a film during a global pandemic: the EFM presents a case study on Radu Jude's Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Berlinale 2021 - EFM

How to shoot a film during a global pandemic: the EFM presents a case study on Radu Jude's Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

BERLINALE 2021: The panel from the Berlinale Co-Production Market centred on the Romanian director's latest film, shot in Bucharest during the pandemic last summer  

03 March 2021

East Doc Platform unveils its full online schedule

East Doc Platform 2021

East Doc Platform unveils its full online schedule

The tenth edition of the leading industry platform will run from 6-17 March and plans to explore documentaries in a handful of different formats  

01 March 2021

Caught in the Net makes history in Czech cinemas and tops the pandemic-era box office

Box Office - Czech Republic

Caught in the Net makes history in Czech cinemas and tops the pandemic-era box office

Barbora Chalupová and Vít Klusák's film about online predators dominated the domestic box office last year, becoming the first documentary to do so  

12 February 2021

MIDPOINT TV Launch is ready to welcome its new creative teams

MIDPOINT 2021

MIDPOINT TV Launch is ready to welcome its new creative teams

The deadline for applications for the successful "idea to market" series project development programme is 31 January  

18 January 2021

MIDPOINT announces its selection for Feature Launch 2021

MIDPOINT 2021

MIDPOINT announces its selection for Feature Launch 2021

Nine projects by first- or second-time directors from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe will be part of the new programme alongside three script-consultant trainees  

12 January 2021

East Doc Platform 2021 embraces “the new normal” and announces selected projects

East Doc Platform 2021

East Doc Platform 2021 embraces “the new normal” and announces selected projects

The 10th edition of the East Doc Platform, organised by the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF), will take place online from 6-17 March 2021  

18 December 2020

The Czech Film Fund prepares for shifts in the audiovisual industry

Industry / Market - Czech Republic

The Czech Film Fund prepares for shifts in the audiovisual industry

Besides supporting and preserving the domestic film infrastructure, the CFF has begun preparing to transform into an audiovisual fund in order to respond to changes in the industry worldwide  

09 December 2020

Afterparty wins the MIDPOINT HBO Europe Award at Tallinn Black Nights

MIDPOINT 2020

Afterparty wins the MIDPOINT HBO Europe Award at Tallinn Black Nights

The last stop of the six-month training course was rounded off by the Season Finale pitching presentation of the nine participating projects  

27 November 2020

MIDPOINT showcases its nine TV Launch projects at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

MIDPOINT 2020

MIDPOINT showcases its nine TV Launch projects at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

The TV projects will end their six-month cycle of training and development with the Season Finale, a tailor-made online pitching session  

18 November 2020

REPORT: Czech Joy in the Spotlight@Ji.hlava 2020

Jihlava 2020

REPORT: Czech Joy in the Spotlight@Ji.hlava 2020

The industry panel showcased recent domestic documentary works that were premiered during this year's Ji.hlava IDFF  

05 November 2020

REPORT: DOC.STREAM@Ji.hlava 2020

Jihlava 2020

REPORT: DOC.STREAM@Ji.hlava 2020

Czech and Norwegian filmmakers presented their upcoming documentary projects during a new panel at the 24th edition of Ji.hlava IDFF  

05 November 2020

REPORT: Czech Film Springboard @ Finále Plzeň 2020

Finále Plzeň 2020 - Czech Film Springboard

REPORT: Czech Film Springboard @ Finále Plzeň 2020

The fifth edition of the Czech Film Springboard introduced upcoming projects by rising talents from the youngest generation of domestic filmmakers  

14 October 2020

The digital MIDPOINT Writers’ Room announces its selection

MIDPOINT 2020

The digital MIDPOINT Writers’ Room announces its selection

For its second edition, the TV writing-focused programme that simulates the experience of an actual writers’ room is set to welcome six participants  

09 October 2020

The CEE Animation Forum reveals its award winners

CEE Animation Forum 2020 - Awards

The CEE Animation Forum reveals its award winners

The Georgian project Igi has won in the feature-film category; other victors hail from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Estonia and Portugal  

09 October 2020

28 projects to participate in the online CEE Animation Forum

CEE Animation Forum 2020

28 projects to participate in the online CEE Animation Forum

The eighth edition of Central and Eastern Europe's leading animation industry event is introducing a new XR section and will take place from 6-8 October  

06 October 2020

MIDPOINT Writers’ Room goes digital

MIDPOINT 2020

MIDPOINT Writers’ Room goes digital

The programme’s submission deadline has been extended until Monday 14 September, while MIDPOINT Feature Launch has extended its application period until Wednesday 16 September  

11 September 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

Czech box office down by 55%

Box Office - Czech Republic

Czech box office down by 55%

Local cinemas have yet to bounce back following the disruption caused by COVID-19  

14 July 2020

First Cut+ hands out its awards

Karlovy Vary 2020 - KVIFF Eastern Promises/Awards

First Cut+ hands out its awards

The second edition of the new programme has awarded the upcoming film projects by Ferit Karahan and Hajni Kis  

10 July 2020

Projects from Hungary and Jordan awarded at Karlovy Vary’s Works in Progress

Karlovy Vary 2020 – KVIFF Eastern Promises/Awards

Projects from Hungary and Jordan awarded at Karlovy Vary’s Works in Progress

Hajni Kis's Wild Roots has received the TRT Award, while Bassel Ghandour's The Alleys picked up the Post-production Development Award  

10 July 2020

Slovak project Lines wins the Karlovy Vary Docs in Progress Award

Karlovy Vary 2020 – KVIFF Eastern Promises/Awards

Slovak project Lines wins the Karlovy Vary Docs in Progress Award

Barbora Sliepková's first feature-length documentary, a black-and-white essay on Bratislava-inspired city symphonies, received the €5,000 prize  

10 July 2020

Usud wins the MIDPOINT Feature Launch Award

Karlovy Vary 2020 – KVIFF Eastern Promises/Awards

Usud wins the MIDPOINT Feature Launch Award

Vacuum and Sara's Bungalow also received prizes as this year’s edition of the training and networking platform wrapped during KVIFF Eastern Promises  

10 July 2020

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