The Polish/Czech/Ukrainian TV series The Pleasure Principle / Zasada Przyjemności received the Platinum REMI Award in the mini-series category during the WorldFest International Film Festival in Houston.
The Czech audiovisual industry is experiencing a major crisis, with film production expected to decrease as much as 75% by the end of 2020 due to the coronavirus situation.
Latvia’s Atom Art and Poland’s Letko are in the running for Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs directed by Edmunds Jansons. Maur Film is nominated as the Czech coproducer on Fritzi – A Revolutionary Tale directed by Ralf Kukula & Matthias Bruhn.
Czech student film Daughter directed by Daria Kashcheeva received the Short Film Jury Award: Animation at the Sundance Film Festival (23 January-2 February 2020). The film was produced by FAMU in coproduction with MAUR film.
The Czech government approved 500 m CZK / 19.5 m EUR in additional funding for film incentives on 18 November 2019. The increase brings the total amount of available funds to 1.3 billion CZK / 51 m EUR.
German sales agent Beta Cinema has picked up Mahnaz Mohammadi’s debut feature Son Mother / Pesar-Madar. This Iranian/Czech coproduction will have its world premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival (5-15 September 2019).
Highly anticipated teen drama Smečka / The Pack, directed by first time Czech director Tomáš Polenský, started shooting in Zlín on 24 July 2019. The Pack aims at the 14+ audience and it is planned for release in the winter of 2020.
Petr Zahrádka, mostly known as a TV series director, started shooting his feature comedy Chlap na střídačku this week. The popular cast, promising a new box office hit, includes Jiří Langmayer, Ivana Chýlková, Iva Janžurová and Lucie Žáčková.
The first Swiss / Czech feature film coproduction ever Lost in Paradise / Ztraceni v ráji directed by Fiona Ziegler is shooting in Prague and Bern from 3 July to 8 August 2019.
A new digital copy of the Czech classic Ecstasy directed by Gustav Machatý has been selected for the pre-opening event of the 76th Venice IFF.