European Film Promotion

European Film Promotion

European Film Promotion


Since 2002, the Czech Film Center has been a member of the European Film Promotion (EFP), an international organisation, which brings together 38 professional organizations and institutions dedicated to promotion and marketing of their national cinema. All these institutions are active in the promotion of their national cinema and talents and are joining forces to raise the visibility of European cinema. Thanks to a membership in EFP, the Czech Film Center is able to participate in transnational projects aiming to promote European films and offer useful platform for Czech films and talents.

Projects in which we participate:

  • European Shooting Stars (Berlinale)

    A unique pan-European initiative which puts a spotlight on Europe's best young actors. It helps to put emerging new acting talent at the forefront for the busy film and entertainment agenda which unfolds each year at the Berlin International Film Festival.

    The actors take part in a tailor-made programme that includes extensive press work and meetings with international casting directors, talent agents and producers. At the glamorous EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS presentation in the Berlinale Palast, the participants will be honoured in front of an international audience of industry professionals.

    Czech participants in the programme:
    2010: Kryštof Hádek
    2007: Klára Issová
    2006: Pavel Liška
    2005: Jan Budař
    2004: Aňa Geislerová
    2003: Tatiana Vilhelmová

  • The Changing Face of Europe: New European Documentaries (Hot Docs, Toronto)

    European filmmakers whose documentaries address urgent social issues in contemporary Europe get the chance to present their films at North America's most prestigious documentary film festival, Hot Docs in Toronto. This is made possible by a collaboration between EFP and the Hot Docs team, who have created a dedicated section of the festival The Changing Face of Europe, exclusively for this purpose.

    The selected filmmakers will not only present their films in front of international industry and public audiences but in addition will participate in intensive industry activities during the festival, including workshops, pitches, and meetings with potential buyers – aimed at furthering their contacts and careers and allowing them to promote their film internationally.

    Czech participants in the programme:
    2024: Apolena Rychlíková – Limits of Europe
    2023: Veronika Lišková – The Visitors
    2021: Kateřina Hager & Asad Faruqi – A Marriage
    2020: Radovan Síbrt – Two Roads
    2018: Vít Klusák – The White World According to Daliborek
    2018: Petr Horký – The Russian Job

  • Producers on the Move (Festival du Cannes)

    The Producers on the Move programme at the Cannes International Film Festival gives 20 promising emerging European producers from 20 European countries a platform and the opportunity to build and enlarge their international network. Participants will meet potential co-production partners and sales companies in one-on-one meetings and take part in project pitching, case studies, social events and a comprehensive promotional campaign. 
    Producers on the Move combines pre-festival online sessions with a four-half-day onsite programme in Cannes.

    Czech participants in the programme:
    2024: Kristýna Michálek Květová / Cinémotif Films
    2023: Alice Tabery / Cinepoint
    2022: Vladimír Lhoták / Hausboot
    2021: Marek Novák / Xova Film
    2020: Mikuláš Novotný / Background Films
    2018: Radovan Síbrt / PINK
    2017: Pavla Janoušková Kubečková / nutprodukce
    2015: Jan Macola / Mimesis Film
    2014: Tomáš Hrubý / nutprodukce
    2013: Viktor Tauš / Fog’n’Desire Films
    2012: Ondřej Zima / Evolutions Films
    2011: Radim Procházka / Produkce Radim Procházka
    2010: Pavel Berčík / Evolution Films
    2009: Monika Kristl / Dawson Productions
    2008: Jiří Konečný / endorfilm
    2007: Martin Vandas / MAUR film
    2006: Klára Stojáková / Axman Production
    2005: Helena Uldrichová / Česká televize
    2004: Vratislav Šlajer / Bionaut
    2003: Pavel Strnad / Negativ

  • Future Frames (Karlovy Vary IFF)

    On the invitation of European Film Promotion (EFP) and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), ten European film students/graduates present their films in the framework of the programme Future Frames – Generation Next of European Cinema during two festival days.

    Czech participants in the programme:
    2024: Marie-Magdalena Kochová – 3 MWh
    2023: Anna Wowra – Stuck Together
    2022: Martin Kuba – Vinland
    2020: Adam Martinec – Anatomy of a Czech Afternoon
    2019: Lun Sevnik – Playing
    2017: Damián Vondrášek – Imprisoned
    2015: Ondřej Hudeček – Peacock

  • Europe! Voices of Women in Film (Sydney Film Festival)

    A collaboration between EFP and the Sydney Film Festival, this programme enables ten European female directors to showcase their latest work in a specially created festival section at the annual Sydney Film Festival. The films of individual talents will get its promotion with the support of Screen International, bringing European women filmmakers to the attention of the Australian audiences and the press. The programme also provides networking opportunities with the key Australian film industry players.

  • Arab Critics' Awards for European Films (Cairo IFF)

    The Arab Critics' Award is a promotional programme offering the Arab industry and cinephiles from the Arab world access to European arthouse films. Each year, a jury of 85 renowned film critics and journalists from 15 Arabic-speaking countries watch a selection of the latest European festival hits and select their three favourites. These three finalist films are promoted internationally through social media and press activities. The winner is announced during a festive ceremony at the Cairo International Film Festival. Organised in collaboration with the Arab Cinema Center.

Since 2019, Markéta Šantrochová, Head of the Czech Film Center, serves as the President of the EFP. In 2021 and again in 2023, Markéta Šantrochová was re-elected both as a Board Member and the President.

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