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  • Egypt's bid to try and entice foreign production


    In a bid to compete with Moroccofor foreign productions coming to North Africa and the Middle East, Egyptian filmindustry officials are expected to recommend a single government entity to handlelocation shoot permissions, replacing the Byzantine system of multipleauthorities that exists now.
  • First feature film to come out of Yemen shows at Cairo


    London-basedFelix Films Entertainment has kicked off a festival tour for A New Day in Old Sana'a, the firstfeature film ever to come from Yemen.
  • Cairo film festival focuses on war drama


    TheCairo International Film Festival entered its 29th year this week witha focus on war dramas like Danielle Arbid's In the Battlefields and Mohamed Amin's Egyptian competition entry The Night Baghdad Fell. The festival runs from November 29 - December 9. Thefestival ...
  • Stillking opens Cape Town production office


    Prague based production service company Stillking Films hasopened an office in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Czech producers battle against the odds


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  • Czech government plays down tax incentive talk


    The Czech government has sent out yet another signal that it is not interested in offering tax incentives to incoming productions.
  • New head appointed at Czech Television


    Czech authorities named a well-known news anchor, Jiri Janecek, to head state-owned Czech Television, the primary backer of local-language films in the Czech Republic.
  • Czech distribs pounce on Karlovy Vary titles


    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival came to a close over the weekend with several deals in place or close to completion for Czech distribution of foreign titles.
  • Ozpetek's Facing Windows scoops top Karlovy Vary prizes


    Ferzan Ozpetek's Facing Windows won the top prize, the Grand Prix Crystal Globe, at the 38th annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Saturday night (July 12).The Turkish-Italian director, who was carried to the stage by muscular dancers to pick up his award at the closing ceremony, also took the prize for Best Director while leading actress Giovanna Mezzogiorno shared an award for Best Actress. The Karlovy Vary screening marked the first time the film - a box ...
  • Karlovy Vary chief calls for urgent multiplex upgrade


    As this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival approaches its final weekend, organisers say the otherwise healthy annual event is on dangerous ground when it comes to the small city's capacity of high-quality screening halls.
  • Slovak epic production halted by cash shortfall


    The Euros 5.5m Slovak epic Juraj Janosik - A True Story has been halted mid-way through production while producer Rudolf Biermann waits for his US backer to hand over Euros 3m of overdue cash.
  • Czech producers plan private film commission


    Czech film producers have started a working group to establish a Czech film commission and are prepared to move ahead with the project even without financial support from local and national governments.
  • Gilliam's Grimm starts 17-week Prague shoot


    Terry Gilliam's $75m Brothers Grimm kicks off its 17-week shoot in Prague today, with Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Lena Heady, Peter Stormare and Jonathan Pryce in the main roles.
  • Karlovy Vary prepares for celebrity guests


    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which kicks off its 38th edition this week, will honour Morgan Freeman and British director Stephen Frears, with awards for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.
  • Karlovy Vary unveils cosmopolitan competition line-up


    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has unveiled this year's line-up, with films in competition including Korean Kim Ki-duk's Coast Guard and Facing Windows from Italy's Ferzan Ozpetek.
  • Aliens vs. Predator to do battle in Prague


    The long-awaited Aliens vs. Predator is likely to begin filming in Prague in October for 20th Century Fox with horror director Paul Anderson (Resident Evil) at the helm, although the project has yet to receive the final greenlight, according to sources.
  • Scott takes Tristan And Isolde to Prague in August


    Ridley Scott's Tristan And Isolde is set to go into production in the Czech Republic at the end of August.
  • Karlovy Vary unveils Int'l film festival jury


    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has announced the line-up of its grand jury, with Canadian producer Rock Demers chairing a seven-member panel for the Czech event.
  • Prague film-makers look to international cheques


    With local sources of funding drying up, Czech producers are increasingly looking abroad for cash and international co-productions are becoming the new financing model.
  • Advertisers exploit Czech box-office bonanza


    Czech hit Pupendo, combined with the local success of The Matrix Reloaded, have given a welcome boost to the Czech box office, with advertisers investing in local campaigns and sponsorship to an unprecedented degree, according to the Prague Business Journal.
  • Film students dupe Czech public for documentary


    A group of students at Prague's FAMU film academy have pulled off one of the most audacious stunts in the country's short history.
  • Prague's Stillking plans English-language Moscow hostage feature


    Acclaimed Czech commercials director Ivan Zacharias has signed onto an original English-language feature about last year's Moscow hostage crisis titled Russian Theatre, Prague's Stillking Films has announced.
  • Zelezny sacked from Czech broadcaster TV Nova


    Czech broadcaster TV Nova sacked it director Vladimir Zelezny on Wednesday.
  • Oscar winning Czech director returns with Bottles


    Oscar-winning director of Kolya,and Dark Blue World and Czech Republic box office record holder, Jan Sverak has announced his return to directing after an absence of nearly two years.
  • Paramount's Prince heads for Prague


    Paramount is joining the Prague production influx with romantic comedy The Prince and the Freshman starring Julia Stiles and directed by Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl, Rambling Rose).
  • Gilliam heads to Prague for Grimm shoot


    Terry Gilliam's Brothers Grimm has received the final go-ahead for a shoot in Prague, with the gothic fantasy set to start a 17-week schedule at the end of June and wrap in late October.
  • Czech comedy laughs all the way to the bank


  • Karlovy Vary unveils first films


    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 4-12) has unveiled its preliminary programme.
  • Western productions head to the east


    With fully-booked studios in Prague, Cold Mountain in Romania, and Hungary and Russia making steps to woo foreign investment, Eastern Europe is becoming an increasingly desirable location.
  • Barrandov to build new stage - even without investor


    Barrandov Studios plans to go ahead with a new 4,000 square meter stage for its Prague film complex, despite the news that owner Moravia Steel is no longer seeking an investor.
  • Location Prague attracts two new US productions


    Two US studio films, Brothers Grimm and First Daughter are close to confirming a shoot in the Czech Republic, joining a spate of other planned location shoots, according to sources in Prague.
  • Barrandov Studios no longer for sale


    Prague's Barrandov Studios owner Moravia Steel announced last week that after a drawn out sale process that has stretched on for nearly a half-decade, it is not selling the fabled film complex after all.
  • Devil wins top prizes at Czech Lions


    Petr Zelenka's part-fiction musical documentary Year Of The Devil took top prizes at the Czech Lions, the Czech Film and Television Academy's awards for the best Czech films of 2002, at a ceremony in Prague over the weekend.
  • Dreamworks joins Prague production influx


    Dreamworks SKG has gone into pre-production in Prague on an untitled teen comedy, formerly called The Ugly Americans.
  • Co-productions boost Czech release slate


    Nearly half of all Czech films scheduled for release during 2003 are co-productions with Slovakia, the Republic's erstwhile partner in the former Czechoslovakia.
  • Barrandov Studios to be re-nationalised'


    Czech Barrandov Studios owner Moravia Steel has brushed off government suggestions that the Prague film complex might be re-nationalised, with Moravia Steel supervisory board chairman Tomas Chrenek saying he had only read about the suggestion in the press and had heard no official word from the government about the proposal.
  • UK's Midnight Transfer brings post-production investment to Prague


    Prague Studios has received financing from the UK's Midnight Transfer to expand the Czech studios to include a post-production facility.
  • Saturday, The Magdalene Sisters win Ljubljana prizes


    Juan Villegas's Saturday and Peter Mullan's The Magdalene Sisters garnered top honours at the 13th annual Ljubljana International Film Festival, held in the Slovenian capital.
  • Karlovy Vary festival shows interest in buying hotel venue


    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is reportedly interested in buying the Czech festival's main venue, the Western Bohemian spa town's communist-era Hotel Thermal.
  • Van Helsing locates to Prague for winter shoot


    Stephen Sommers' Van Helsing has entered pre-production in Prague, with principle photography on the monster thriller set to start in the Czech capital in January.
  • French/Czech Simply Sirena launched in Prague


    Prague-based production houses Sirena and Simply Cinema have announced a merger, with the new firm looking to capitalise on a French-Czech ownership, pursuing Czech-made co-productions for a pan-European audience.
  • Prague slashes location shooting fees


    Prague city council this week slashed location shooting fees in the Czech capital by 75%.
  • Year Of The Devil wins Karlovy Vary's Crystal Globe


    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival wrapped in the Czech Republic on Saturday, with the Crystal Globe, the festival's main prize, going to a Czech film, Petr Zelenka's Year of the Devil.
  • Menemsha gets The Power Of Good at Karlovy Vary


    LA-based sales and distribution outfit Menemsha Entertainment has picked up North American rights to the Czech-Slovak co-production The Power Of Good - Nicholas Winton at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival this week.
  • Prague Studios to build additional stages


    Six months after Prague Studios unveiled refurbished stages and began taking on US productions, the Czech-based firm has announced further plans to extend the facility.
  • Karlovy Vary film festival opens new 'industry liaison office'


    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival opened yesterday with a renewed emphasis on the concerns of the European film industry in the form of a sales co-ordination office.
  • Karlovy Vary reveals full competition line-up


    Sean Connery will visit the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary for its 37th annual film festival this year (July 4-13), where he will receive an award for outstanding contribution to world cinema. Connery will be in the Czech Republic for the upcoming shoot of Fox's League Of Extraordinary Gentleman starting in July.
  • Off-screen drama at Czech TV station


    The fate of Czech private television station TV Nova, is once again in doubt, as an ongoing off-screen drama took another unexpected twist with the attempted removal of CEO Vladimir Zelezny
  • Czech arthouse flourishes during mainstream boom


    With a boom in multiplex building and cinema admissions rising over the 10 million mark for the first time in half a decade, mainstream film is more popular than ever in the Czech Republic. And yet it is experimental film making that is grabbing most of the attention.
  • Karlovy Vary names first festival jury members


    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has announced the names of six members of the grand jury for the main competition, including Pulitzer-Prize-winning American film critic Roger Ebert.
  • HBO set for April launch in Bulgaria


    Cable broadcaster HBO has announced an April launch for its Bulgarian service, with subtitled American films running alongside European productions, events and concerts 24 hours a day on weekdays and 18 hours on weekends.
  • Untitled Great War project wraps in Prague


    The as-yet untitled World War I thriller starring Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell wrapped in the Czech Republic in December, a UK-German co-production and the first from UK-based Film & Music Entertainment Ltd.
  • Czech cinema admissions pass 10m in 2001


    Homegrown hit Ali G IndaHouse topped the chart in the UK over the weekend. Grossing an impressive $4.6m (£3.2m) from 396 sites, including $352,649 of previews from 338 sites, the comedy vehicle for Sacha Baron Cohen's Ali G character triumphed over an onslaught of children's and family titles. Ali G, distributed by UIP, also scored the best site average of the week, $11,642.
  • Czechs appeal against Stockholm ruling on CME


    The Czech Republic has appealed against a decision by a Stockholm tribunal in the case of Central European Media Enterprises (CME) and TV Nova that could cost the country up to $500m.
  • Prague Studios, Barrandov attracting new projects


    Czech upstart Prague Studios unveiled its refurbished stages last week, just in time for filming to start on Vin Diesel actioner XXX, with Rob Cohen becoming the latest director to take advantage of low production costs in the Czech Republic. At the same time, it was confirmed that Children Of The Dune, a six-hour sequel to the Sci-Fi Channel's Dune miniseries, has also been booked in for next year.
  • TV Nova still on track for Barrandov Studios


    Czech broadcaster TV Nova appears to be pushing ahead with plans to purchase Prague's Barrandov Studios despite recent setbacks, including a ruling against it Wednesday (Nov 21) by the Czech Supreme Court in its dispute with the US's Central European Media Enterprises (CME).
  • Czech media mogul Zelezny arrested


    Police took into custody the Czech Republic's top media mogul, Vladmir Zelezny, on Nov. 13 in a move that appears timed to coincide with recent international rulings against Zelezny and his firm, CET-21.
  • New Eastern European fund aims to raise $40m


    A new production financing fund for Central and Eastern Europe has been established with the aim of raising $40m towards developing the region's film-making activities.
  • Barrandov and Boyana studios attracting investors


    US producer David Kappes (Dune, Anne Frank) is said to be heading a group of American producers, called Trilateral Entertainment, interested in purchasing the Czech Republic's Barrandov Studios, according to local sources.
  • Karlovy Vary fest fetes Amelie


    Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie grabbed the $20,000 grand prize at the 36th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which closed on Saturday 14 July.
  • Eastern Europe warned of runaway production


    Central Europe's newfound prominence as a production location may come to a swift end as Hollywood turns to locations with better subsidies, tax support schemes and incentives, said producers gathered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
  • Kinowelt eyes Czech space


    Czech distributor Space Film is set to ink a deal with Germany's Kinowelt International to set up a joint venture that would cover distribution for the Czech and Slovak Republics, according to representatives of both companies.
  • Karlovy Vary opens 36th festival


    Following the sudden cancellation of shooting on Boswell For The Defense, as revealed in Screen Daily yesterday (July 4), both Sir Michael Caine and the film's director Bruce Beresford, have decided not to attend the Karlovy Vary film festival. Caine, who was scheduled to receive an award for Outstanding Artist Contribution to World Cinema, told the festival: "What can I say' I'm just really tired".
  • Karlovy Vary fills final gaps in festival line-up


    The Karlovy Vary Film Festival has announced the full line-up of 17 films competing in the Czech festival's main competition, including five world premieres.
  • Kingsley joins Karlovy Vary festival guestlist


    Actor Ben Kingsley is expected to join Nastassja Kinski and others at this year's Karlovy Vary International film festival in July, festival organisers have announced.
  • American Rhapsody, Kinski open Karlovy Vary


    Eva Gardos' mother-daughter drama An American Rhapsody will open the 36th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July. The film's star, Nastassja Kinski, is expected to accompany the picture.
  • Barrandov dispels early sale rumours


    Rumours have flown in recent days concerning an imminent purchase of Czech film studio Barrandov, but the company says that a quick deal is unlikely.
  • UPC takes over Czech cable operator Dattelkabel


    Netherlands-based cable operator UPC has taken control of leading Czech cable operator Dattelkabel by acquiring telco Global TeleSystem (GTS)'s 42% stake in the company.
  • Me You Them wins top prize at Karlovy Vary


    Brazilian title Me You Them (Eu, Tu, Eles), directed by Andrucha Waddington, came away with top honors at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Saturday night. The film also picked up the best actress award for Regina Case.