10 October 2022
In the second production call of 2022, altogether EUR 2,56 million were distributed by the Czech Film Fund among six promising projects. The Council backed new feature films by established and celebrated auteurs as well as filmmakers who prepare their debuts.
Celebrated director Olmo Omerzu (Crystal Globe for Best Director at KVIFF 2018) and established Czech producer Jiří Konečný of endorfilm (co-producer of Golden Bear-winning Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn) continue their fruitful collaboration, and after the features Family Film (2015), Winter Flies (2018) and Bird Atlas (2021) they prepare a brand-new title Ungrateful Beings. A family-themed drama follows a divorced father and his kids on the vacation by the sea, where their relationships will be severely tested. Czech Film Fund supported the film with EUR 520,000.
After the Golden Leopard-winning achievement with Nightsiren, rising star Tereza Nvotová rejoins forces with producer Miloš Lochman of moloko film for her third feature project, Father. A psychological drama, which will portray a loss of a child, a gulit and the ways how to cope with it, is backed by the Czech Film Fund with EUR 280,000 for produciton.
The highest amount in this call (EUR 540,000) was granted to adventurous coming-of-age film Moths by directing duo Kateřina Karhánková (TV series Hungry Bear Tales) & Tomáš Pavlíček (Bear with Us) and producers Tomáš Michálek & Jakub Mahler of MasterFilm. Their feature tells a story of a twelve-year-old girl who wants to take advantage of a weekend without her parents and spend it watching horror movies with a friend. The only obstacle is her 6-year-old brother, whom she has to babysit and who is hunted by the Bugaboo that feeds on human fear…
The Council of the CFF also supported 2 debut directors in this call, and one of them is a FAMU graduate Ondřej Hudeček, whose short film Peacock (2015) won the Special Jury Prize for best director at Sundance IFF. Hudeček received funding for his carefully prepared debut feature The Thief, set in Czechia affected by the pandemic crisis, which follows an ex-convict who embarks on a series of staged thefts to help local businesses stave off bankruptcy. Tomáš Hrubý of nutprodukce received the amount of EUR 420 000 for production of the film.
Director Ján Sebechlebský and producer Julietta Sichel of 8Heads Productions were granted EUR 440,000 for production of a drama Silent Mail. Based on the novel of the same name by Jiří Stránský (who also serves a scriptwriter of the film), Silent Mail takes place at the end of WW2, and tells a story of brave children and brave parents who tend to see the horrors around them through different eyes.
Under the wings of nutprodukce (producer Lukáš Kokeš), Dužan Duong (Bo Hai) prepares a close look at the Vietnamese community in Czechia from three different perspectives. His feature debut drama Summer School 2001 depicts the situation of Vietnamese family and its surroundings disrupted by the arrival of their 17-year-old son, who spent the last ten years in Vietnam. The Czech Film Fund supported the film with EUR 360,000 for production.
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10 October 2022