Funding

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Since its establishment in 2013, the Czech Film Fund’s annual budget for selective support has increased from 6 million to 15 million euro, and the funds for production incentives have risen by nearly 20 million euro to the current 30.8 million euro per year.

The Czech Film Fund was established on 1 January 2013, based on the new Act No. 496/2012 on Audiovisual Works and Support for Cinematography.

The Czech Film Fund supports all stages of film production, as well as promotion, distribution and other film-related areas. 15 million euro goes into this selective support every year. The Fund also administers production incentives for audio-visual projects made in the Czech Republic. The annual budget for this cash rebate is 30.8 million euro.

The Czech Film Center as a division of the Czech Film Fund promotes and markets Czech films and the local film industry worldwide. It collaborates with major international film festivals and co-production platforms and utilizes a global network of partners, seeking opportunities for creative exchange between Czech filmmakers and their international counterparts.

The Czech Film Commission as a division of the Czech Film Fund promotes the country with its film infrastructure as one of the world's top destinations for audiovisual production. As a comprehensive resource for filming in the Czech Republic, the commission provides incoming filmmakers with consultation, guidance, and contacts.

Production Incentives

Annual budget: EUR 30.8 million (CZK 800 million)
Type of incentive: Cash rebate
No application deadline

What we support:

  • Fiction, animated and documentary films (>70 minutes)
  • Fictional, scripted TV content – one-offs (>70 minutes) and TV series (>30 minutes per episode)
  • Animated TV series (>5 minutes per episode)
  • Pre-production, production and post-production

How much you get:

  • 20% cash rebate on eligible costs in the Czech Republic
  • Up to 10% on international cast and crew (calculated as a 66% rebate on withholding tax paid in the Czech Republic)
  • Eligible expenditures capped at 80% of the total budget; otherwise, no cap on per-project rebate

How to qualify:

  • Pass a cultural test (meet the European cultural and production criteria).
  • Meet minimum eligible spend in the Czech Republic:

EUR 588,200 (CZK 15 million) for a fiction and animated feature
EUR 78,400 (CZK 2 million) for a documentary feature
EUR 313,700 (CZK 8 million) for an episode of a TV series
EUR 39,200 (CZK 1 million) for an episode of an animated series

How to apply:

  • Registration possible at any time of the year
  • Allocation of rebates possible at any time of the year, although the time of application for allocation is important:
  • it must be submitted within 3 years from registration
  • within 4 months after the submission of application, at least 10 shooting days in the Czech Republic must have been completed (or within 9 months in case of a Eurimages project)
  • A service agreement is sufficient

Find out more about minority co-production and incentives in the Czech Republic HERE.

Contacts:

Pavla Mrázková
Production Incentives Program
pavla.mrazkova@fondkinematografie.cz
+420 778 718 541
www.fondkinematografie.cz

Pavlína Žipková
Czech Film Commission
pavlina@filmcommission.cz
+420 603 554 044
www.filmcommission.cz

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Minority Co-productions

Annual budget: EUR 770 000 (CZK 20 million)
Type of support: Selective scheme

What we support:

  • Theatrical fiction, animated and documentary films
  • Features and shorts
  • Films at least partially produced in the Czech Republic using Czech goods and services
  • Films involving a Czech producer as a supplier of Czech creative elements or as a minority co-producer (contributing the required minority funds)
  • Official co-production on the basis of a bilateral agreement (Canada, Israel) or the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production

Criteria:

  • Overall artistic quality of the film and its international appeal
  • Czech artistic and technical participation
  • Use of Czech elements, locations and settings
  • Czech spending
  • Existing or potential long-term cooperation between the producers
  • Cinema distribution or broadcasting in the Czech Republic

Conditions of support:

  • 50% of the grant must be spent on Czech services, cast and crew
  • The Czech share must amount to at least 10% of production costs, including a possible Czech share from Eurimages
  • The total amount of public funding for the entire project may not exceed 60% of the total budget
  • Maximum in-kind investment of the Czech co-producer is 20%
  • All funding is non-recoupable
  • Payment in 2 instalments: 60% after having secured a substantial part of the financing, 40% after completion of shooting

How to apply

  • Call announced in March 2021
  • Application deadline 30 days from call announcement
  • Funding results 3 months after application deadline

List of supported projects 2014-2021

Find out more about minority co-production and incentives in the Czech Republic HERE.

Contacts

Monika Bartošová
Fund Council Secretary
monika.bartosova@fondkinematografie.cz
+420 773 738 853
www.fondkinematografie.cz

Markéta Šantrochová
Head of Czech Film Center
marketa@filmcenter.cz
+420 724 329 948
www.filmcenter.cz

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Budget & Funding Schemes 2021

Total Annual budget:
EUR 48.4 milion (CZK 1.3 billion)

Production Incentives:
EUR 30.8 million

Selective Support:
EUR 17.6 million

Exchange rate: 1 EUR = 26 CZK

Selective support:
CZK 458 000 000
EUR 17 615 385

Funding Schemes:

Scheme CZK EUR
Development  32 500 000 1 250 000
Fiction films 18 000 000 692 308
Documentaries  9 000 000 346 154
First draft of feature or animated film  3 500 000 134 615
Animated TV series 2 000 000 76 923
Development / Production 48 000 000 1 846 154
Animated films * 48 000 000 1 846 154
Production 192 000 000 7 384 615
Fiction films * 128 000 000 4 923 077
Documentaries * 24 000 000 923 077
Minority co-productions  20 000 000 769 231
First features 15 000 000 576 923
Shorts ** 3 000 000 115 385
Experimental ** 2 000 000 76 923
Distribution  15 000 000 576 923
Individual films 12 000 000 461 538
Distribution projects 3 000 000 115 385
Promotion 4 500 000 173 077
Film Festivals 27 000 000 1 038 462
COVID support - innovations 127 000 000 4 884 615
Other schemes: film studies publications and professional education, reserve 12 000 000 461 538

* min. 40 % or 30 % Czech involvement
** more than 50% Czech involvement or largest co-production share


 

 

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Facts & Figures 2020

Czech Film Center

Národní 28
110 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic

info@filmcenter.cz
+420 221 105 398