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introduction
Dear friends,
The Czech Film Center will be representing Czech animation at this year’s MIFA 2014 in Annecy for the
first time. After almost 12 years of its existence, the promotion of Czech cinema, new film projects and
film industry abroad remains the Czech Film Center’s main goal. I’m glad, that after many years of our
presence at major film markets, such as Berlinale, Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand or Busan and Toronto, we
are now entering also the world dedicated exclusively to animation.
Czech animation has always been the most acclaimed area of Czech cinema. Thanks to the big names as
Karel Zeman, Jiří Trnka or Jan Švankmajer, Czech animation has maintained its stable place on the
international film industry map. Unfortunately, the long-term lack of financing has caused a decline of
Czech animation and for many years there were hardly any animation films in theatrical distribution. With
the new State Cinematography Fund, we hope to change this and achieve a functional funding system.
The special calls for animation films and minority co-productions, and the tax incentives promise to bring
improvement in this area. On the other hand, the limited volume of financial resources doesn’t allow
a substantial growth in the field of film production, especially in the case of animation, where the costs
for a single project are extremely high.
At the occasion of our first presence at MIFA, the Czech Film Center prepared this compilation brochure,
providing the information about numerous animation projects – feature length, shorts and TV series in
development, production or postproduction; many of them open for international co-production.
Moreover, it is our great pleasure to have an opportunity to present 4 titles, which will be highlighted in
frame of the Annecy IAFF 2014 – Cvak! the Phenomenon of television by Michal Žabka, the new
Species by Kateřina Karhánková, and also Even Mice Belong in Heaven by Denisa Grimmová and Noro
Držiak which will be presented among MIFA Pitches, and Little from the Fish Shop by Jan Balej in Works
in Progress Session.
See you soon in Annecy!
Markéta Šantrochová
Head of Film Promotion
Czech Film Center
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Cvak! Fenomén televize
Click! the Phenomenon of television
SHort FiLM / 30 SEC / CZ 2013 / FiniSHED FiLM
DirECtor Michal Žabka SCriPt WritEr Michal Žabka
art DESiGnEr Michal Žabka ProDuCEr Barbara Johnsonová – Česká televize
Very short film for the 60th anniversary of Czech Television, about the coexistence of man and television.
Who holds in his hand a tv remote and who controls the program?
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CoMPEtition
ContaCt
Česká televize, Petra Šťovíková
Kavčí hory, 140 70 Prague 4, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 732 087 106, www.ceskatelevize.cz
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nový druh
the new Species
SHort FiLM / 7 Min / CZ 2013 / FiniSHED FiLM
DirECtor Kateřina Karhánková SCriPt WritEr Kateřina Karhánková
art DESiGnEr Filip Pošivač ProDuCEr FAMU
This is a story about three kids who find a mysterious bone and their journey in trying to find the creature,
that the bone belongs to.
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GraDuation
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ContaCt
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FAMU – Film and TV faculty of Academy of performing arts in Prague, Věra Hoffmanová
Smetanovo nábřeží 2, 116 65 Prague 1, Czech Republic, www.famu.cz
e-mail: [email protected], phone: +420 224 220 955
Kateřina Karhánková, e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 604 121 511
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
FEaturE FiLMS
arny a jeho kamarádi
arnie and his Buddies
FEaturE FiLM / 90 Min / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor David Havel, TBD SCriPt WritEr Patrik Jenčík, TBD
ProDuCEr Nelly Daniela Jenčíková – MIRACLE FILM Co-ProDuCErS Marcel and Marián Ferko –
Marlen Media Group (SK), Adam Ptak – Se-ma-for (PL), Tim Bryans – Flickerpix Animations (UK)
Arnie and his Buddies is an animated film based on the successful book series of technical fairy tales
by Martin Sodomka. An adventurous tale of Arnie the rat, who, in a bet with his rival Lanky Jack, has to
compete for supremacy in the construction of various machines (car, plane, ship...), while having a far
more important motivation – to win the heart of the beautiful Lucy – the missy mouse. He’s not alone
on his road to success, there’s Bill the sparrow and Mr. Grouch a.k.a. Christian the frog, to lend him
their helping hands. The whole story is interspersed with technical details and explanations of how a car
is put together and how it works, thus achieving the aim of playful learning, i.e. edutainment, such as the
legendary French series „Once Upon a Time... Life.”
ContaCt
MIRACLE FILM, Nelly Daniela Jenčíková, Radka Mizerová
Smetanovo nábřeží 197/26, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]film.cz, [email protected]film.cz, mobile: +420 722 008 006, www.miraclefilm.cz
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CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
FEaturE FiLMS
Hmyz
insects
FEaturE FiLM / 90 Min / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Jan Švankmajer SCriPt WritEr Jan Švankmajer
art DESiGnEr Jan Švankmajer, Veronika Hrubá ProDuCEr Jaromír Kallista – Athanor
A pub in a small town. Pub is closed, the chairs upturned on tables. The six amateur thespians at the
table are: the Director, Rose, William, mr. Forrest, Nettle, miss Jilly. Tramp is at home, laid up with
sciatica. Mrs Dung-Beetle and Mayfly have not yet turned up. During the rehearsal the amateur actors’
own stories interweave with those of the Čapek brothers’ characters. The Director – Cricket bullies
William, his wife’s lover, literally to death. Nettle, in the role of Parasite, devours Miss Jilly the Larva.
Mr Forrest is so convincing as the Dung-Beetle that he actually morphs into an insect. As the rehearsal
progresses characters are born and die without regard to time. All this happens against the background
of the Čapek brothers’ drama, in which insects behave like humans and humans like insects.
ContaCt
Athanor, Jaromír Kallista
U 5. baterie 21, 162 00 Prague 6, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 602 270 836, www.athanor.cz
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
FEaturE FiLMS
jack russell – zachránce planety
jack russel – rescuing the Planet
FEaturE FiLM / 80 Min / in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Alex Dowis SCriPt WritEr Alex Dowis, Lumír Tuček
art DESiGnEr Alex Dowis ProDuCEr Alex Dowis – DOWIS, Jakub Červenka – Bedna Films
An animated sci-fi comedy is intended for viewers from 6 to 100 years of age. The main character, a Jack
Russell dog, is a famous vaudeville performer who combines the features of celebrities and ordinary
dogs. He sells out concert halls and is the center of media attention. Fame, however, is not enough for
him, so he decides to help people who have found themselves in big trouble. The world is in danger of
becoming a garbage dump for another civilization. Jack Russell elegantly solves a problem that not even
the world’s most important politicians could solve. Plus he saves one endangered species along the way.
ContaCt
Bedna Films, Jakub Červenka
Hradčanské nám. 61/11, 118 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 777 317 980, www.bednafilms.cz
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FEaturE FiLMS
jedenáctka
the Eleven
FEaturE FiLM / 75 Min / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor David Súkup SCriPt WritEr Marek Epstein
ProDuCEr Martin Vandas – MAUR film
Co-ProDuCEr Christian Pfohl – Lardux Films (FR)
Klapzuba was an unhappy veteran. But one day, in his darkest hour, he received from perhaps the
highest-ranking general of them all a whistle and a momentous task to go with it. To show his eleven
sons that they did not come into this world just for nothing, their father makes an uncommon football
team out of them and decides to win all of the football battles in the world. But their largest battle will
not be waged for honour or fame, but for life and death…
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MAUR film, Alena Vandasová
Konviktská 1055/7, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]film.com, mobile: +420 775 117 646, www.maurfilm.com
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
FEaturE FiLMS
království tří věží
kingdom of three towers
FEaturE FiLM / 80 Min / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor David Havel, TBD SCriPt WritEr Jana Abrahámová, TBD
ProDuCEr Nelly Daniela Jenčíková – MIRACLE FILM
Co-ProDuCErS Marcel and Marián Ferko – Marlen Media Group (SK)
Kingdom of Three Towers is a tale of love and evil punished. The island on which the story takes place
crumbles into three parts. This is the work of the maleficent Countess Berta, who, on her way to power,
makes use of intrigue, deception but also dark magic. Craving for even more power, she starts harming
everyone who gets in her way. A valiant and fearless youngster Philip and Princess Claire attempt to
thwart Berta’s evil endeavor, they will do everything they can to stop her. For they’re not doing this just for
themselves, but for their loved ones who are in imminent danger. Will this time love and friendship
triumph over evil and hate?
ContaCt
MIRACLE FILM, Nelly Daniela Jenčíková, Radka Mizerová
Smetanovo nábřeží 197/26, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]film.cz, [email protected]film.cz, mobile: +420 722 008 006, www.miraclefilm.cz
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CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
FEaturE FiLMS
kruanova dobrodružství
adventures of kruan
FEaturE FiLM / 90 Min / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Tomáš Krejčí SCriPt WritEr David Šenk, Robert Geisler
ProDuCEr Jiří Košťál – Salamander Syndicate
Film adaption of a legendary Czech comics. Stories from the ABC magazine listed below will become
a feature film, which will be produced together with 26 television episodes: Events of the Little God,
The Arrival of the Gods, Kruan’s Adventures, Kruan’s Journey, Kruan and the Goddess and Kruan
and the Earthmen.
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Salamander Syndicate, Tomáš Krejčí
Mánesova 37, 120 00 Prague 2, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]films.cz, mobile: +420 603 780 465, www.synfilms.cz
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
FEaturE FiLMS
Lajka
Laika
FEaturE FiLM / 90 Min / in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Aurel Klimt SCriPt WritEr Aurel Klimt
art DESiGnEr Martin Velíšek, František Lipták, Aurel Klimt
ProDuCEr Aurel Klimt – Studio ZVON
Life is not easy for Laika, a dog on the outskirts of a big Russian city. She is caught and forcibly retrained
to become a pioneer in astronautics. Soon after her lift-off into space, a number of animals follow that
are hurriedly launched from Houston and Baikonur. The animals travel astray, but finally manage, with
the help of a black hole, to colonize a faraway planet. After a short period of harmonious, undisturbed
co-existence with indigenous life forms, however, first human cosmonaut runs ashore on their planet,
and their harmonious life, indeed their very survival, are suddenly in jeopardy.
ContaCt
Studio ZVON, Aurel Klimt
Žižkovo nám. 53,285 41 Malešov, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 775 950 545
www.studiozvon.cz, www.lajka.eu
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FEaturE FiLMS
Lichožrouti
oddsockeaters
FEaturE FiLM / 90 Min / in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Galina Miklínová SCriPt WritEr Pavel Šrut, Galina Miklínová
art DESiGnEr Galina Miklínová ProDuCEr Ondřej Trojan – Total HelpArt – T.H.A.
Oddsockeaters, creatures that take our socks and are responsible for humanity having only odd socks
where once there were pairs, are the main protagonists. A world very similar to our own human world is
painted onto a gangster tale of two enemy oddsockeater gangs, the conflict of generations, of
moralities, though in the gentle and humorous style. The fates of the oddsockeaters, and their greatest
opponent, an odd and forsaken Professor, a human, are joined by the tale of the main hero, the small
oddsockeater Hihlík.
ContaCt
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Total HelpArt – T.H.A., Michaela Syslová Kuchynková
Kříženeckého nám. 322, 152 53 Prague 5, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 602 231 297, www.tha.cz
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
FEaturE FiLMS
Malá z rybárny
Little from the Fish Shop
FEaturE FiLM / 75 Min / in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Jan Balej SCriPt WritEr Jan Balej, Ivan Arsenjev
art DESiGnEr Jan Balej ProDuCEr Nelly Daniela Jenčíková – MIRACLE FILM
Co-ProDuCEr Marcela a Marián Ferko – Marlen Media Group (SK), Olivier Catherin – Les Trois Ours (FR)
Deep underneath the surface of the sea, accompanied by a fish orchestra, the voice of the ocean is telling
a story about Little, the daughter of the Sea King. Forced to abandon the devastated, plundered waters of
their home, the Sea King, his old mother and his three daughters – Little, Middle and Eldest ventured to
live among humans. In a darkened fish shop in the heart of a harbor district full of immigrants, they now
lead a tedious life filled with work and loneliness. Until one day, when the fish shop door flies open and in
walks J.J., a charming, handsome and rather brash young man. Little is utterly enchanted
by that man and the music that’s following him. From this moment forward the life
of Little and her family is to take a sea change. Thus begins the story of a great love
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MiFa MEEtinGS
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ContaCt
MIRACLE FILM, Nelly Daniela Jenčíková, Radka Mizerová
Smetanovo nábřeží 197/26, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]film.cz, [email protected]film.cz
mobile: +420 722 008 006, www.miraclefilm.cz
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FEaturE FiLMS
Malý pán
the Little Man
FEaturE FiLM / 75 Min / in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Radek Beran SCriPt WritEr Lumír Tuček
art DESiGnEr František Antonín Skála ProDuCEr Jakub Červenka – Bedna Films
The Little Man is a kind-hearted bloke who likes to help everyone and is never taken by surprise. Ever
since that night when he had a strange dream in which he saw a cottage out of a fairy tale with a sign
over the door that said: “Here shall you find that which you lack,” the Little Man has been restless.
Nothing raised his spirits. So he decides to get to the root of this mystery. And that is where the
adventurous incidents begin. Adventurous because the road to such a mystery is long and hard,
especially if you have a bewildered blue Blockhead as a helper. So we encounter various forest creatures
with the Little Man, some kind, some malicious, and together we come to the very end, where we find the
magical Tree of Answers, thanks to which we discover what the Little Man has been searching for all this
time and thus we all will be able to sleep easier.
ContaCt
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Bedna Films, Jakub Červenka
Hradčanské nám. 61/11, 118 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 777 317 980, www.bednafilms.cz
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
FEaturE FiLMS
Myši patří do nebe
Even Mice Belong in Heaven
FEaturE FiLM / 80 Min / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Denisa Grimmová, Noro Držiak SCriPt WritEr Alice Nellis
art DESiGnEr Denisa Grimmová ProDuCEr Vladimír Lhoták – Fresh Films
A comedy about two mortal enemies – a little mouse and a fox, who after an unfortunate accident, meet
in animal heaven. They lose their natural instincts and become best friends. They set out on a journey
together, they have to face many difficulties and obstacles, what makes them know themselves better
and improves their lives. Their wish to stay together after they return to the Earth comes true, but they
are reborn into opposite roles. Thanks to the power of friendship, they can even overcome what seemed
to be impossible.
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ContaCt
Fresh Films, Vladimír Lhoták
Kubelíkova 27, 130 00 Prague 3, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]films.cz, mobile: +420 777 080 353, www.freshfilms.cz
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FEaturE FiLMS
Přemyslovci
Premyslids
FEaturE FiLM / 70 Min / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Šárka Váchová SCriPt WritEr Lucie Konášová
art DESiGnEr Šárka Váchová ProDuCEr Jan Mrzena – JesuPrague Film
Premyslids is a project of leading Czech autors Lucie Konášová and Šárka Váchová and a continuation of
the Czech puppet school tradition. Little we know of our legends and myths, little we value them... but
the stories of our kings represent our cultural heritage. Should we forget them, we would lose our own
identity. The story is told by the means of flickering through old chronicles. The beautiful images are
inspired by the poetics of Jiří Trnka’s works, mainly his monumental work Old Bohemian Legends (1953).
The puppets were inspired by gothic statues of Petr Parléř and paintings of Master Theodoric; reminding
the audience of the Gothic period at its peak. The historic content, the story itself and its visual (and
musical) art form, created by the means of the most up-to-date animation technology, have the potential
to become an extraordinary work of European cinematography. The film, which is 70 minutes long,
targets all age groups, but primarily children and their parents.
ContaCt
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JesuPrague Film, Jan Mrzena
Na Dlouhém lánu 18, 160 00 Prague 6, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]film.cz, mobile: +420 604 631 788
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
FEaturE FiLMS
Přes hranici
the Crossing
FEaturE FiLM / 80 Min / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Florence Miailhe SCriPt WritEr Marie Desplechin art DESiGnEr Florence Miailhe
ProDuCEr Dora Benousilio – Les Films de l’Arlequin (FR) Co-ProDuCEr Martin Vandas – MAUR Film,
Arnaud Demuynck – Digit Anima (BE), Grit Wißkirchen – Balance Film (DE)
A plundered village, a fleeing family, and two stray children on the roads of exile: Kyona and Adriel are trying
to escape from their pursuers and to reach some more welcoming country. During their initiatory trip from
childhood to teenage, they will have to cross an entire continent obsessed with hunting down migrants, and
to go through many trials, both real and surreal, in order to discover a New World, free at last!
ContaCt
MAUR film, Alena Vandasová
Konviktská 1055/7, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]film.com, mobile: +420 775 117 646, www.maurfilm.com
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FEaturE FiLMS
trilogie kaktusák
the Cactusman trilogy
FEaturE FiLM / 80 Min / in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Jan Bubeníček SCriPt WritEr Jan Bubeníček
art DESiGnEr Henry Boraros, Jan Bubeníček, Jan Kurka, Katarina Hollá
ProDuCEr Ondřej Trojan – Total HelpArt – T.H.A.
Josef inherited his madcap grandfather’s old flat. Just as soon as he moves in and starts sorting out his
inheritance, he starts to get the feeling that he is not alone in the flat. He sets a trap in the kitchen,
thinking he has a mouse, but instead of a mouse he captures a strange creature – a small ancient
Mexican Cactusman, an inhabitant of Grandfather’s humungous cactus that Joseph inherited along with
the flat. The Cactusman starts getting back at Josef for the trap and a fierce battle breaks out between
them. Josef puts up a chase and they end up completely demolishing the entire flat and Cactusman ends
up imprisoned in the fridge. It is only then, when viewing Grandfather’s old 8mm film, that Josef
discovers that Grandfather was best friends with the little goblin.
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Total HelpArt – T.H.A., Michaela Syslová Kuchynková
Kříženeckého nám. 322, 152 53 Prague 5, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 602 231 297, www.tha.cz
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
FEaturE FiLMS
Vodní lékař
the Hydrodoctor
FEaturE FiLM / 75 Min / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Ondřej Žatečka SCriPt WritEr Andrea Bezděková
art DESiGnEr Marek Berger ProDuCEr Miroslav Veselý – Muvi.cz production
The Hydrodoctor is the full-length animated movie dedicated to Vincenz Priessnitz – the famous
personality of Czech medicine from early 19th century and the founder of the world’s first hydrotherapy
spa. The movie should present important milestones and relates of Priessnitz’s life history with unusual
style and attractive graphics. Priessnitz promoted the work therapy, fresh air and fresh mountain water
treatment, and thus he laid the foundations of the hydrotherapy. Nearly 1500 patients healed yearly in his
spa and doctors from all Europe came here to study his therapy methods. Vincenz Priessnitz was the
man, who devoted his all life to help to the other people.
ContaCt
Muvi.cz production, Miroslav Veselý
Václavské náměstí 813/57, 11000 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 777 29 39 49, www.muviczproduction.cz
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FEaturE FiLMS
Život k sežrání
Living Large
FEaturE FiLM / 70 Min / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Kristina Dufková SCriPt WritEr Barbora Dřevikovská
art DESiGnEr Kristina Dufková ProDuCEr Veronika Sabová – Barletta
The main character of the comedy Living Large is teenage Benjamin. He loves foot and his dream is to
open a restaurant in his grandmother’s house on the Breton coast, where he would spoil his guests.
Although Ben is quiet obese at the first glance, he is bright and subtle enough to walk through life without
difficulties. But his carefree late childhood ends with two major events – letter from the doctor triggering
a hunt for Ben’s obesity and Ben’s schoolmate Anna who came to school after the holidays with breasts!!!
Ben falls in love for the first time and with everything that comes with it. In order to gain Anna’s affection
he has to lose some weight. That spins carousel of mad escapades with diets, exercising and all sorts of
obscure methods to achieve a perfect body. Ironically, Ben’s supposed enemy is the one who helps him to
obtain self esteem as well as winning Anna’s heart.
ContaCt
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Barletta, Veronika Sabová
Náměstí Přátelství 1518/3, 102 00 Prague 10, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: + 420 603 853 146, www.barletta.cz
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
SHort FiLMS
anatomie pavouka
anatomy of a Spider
SHort FiLM / 2 Min / in PoStProDuCtion
DirECtor Vojtěch Kiss SCriPt WritEr Vojtěch Kiss
art DESiGnEr Vojtěch Kiss ProDuCEr Tomáš Hrubý, Pavla Kubečková – nutprodukce
The movie presents a vision of a gloomy city. Up from space it looks like a glowing spider’s web, from the
inside it is a concrete organism, inside its bowels thick human sediments move back and forth through
its veins and fibres. One of them is Mr. Spider, a clerk working in a huge office, a voluntary slave, a lonely
person lost in the labyrinth of streets, corridors and his own mind drenched in alcohol. However
somewhere much deeper, in a place where reason disintegrates and dreams begin, a wide endless space
opens radiating a fragile power...
ContaCt
nutprodukce, Kateřina Šafaříková
Bubenská 1, 170 00 Prague 7, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 604 821 642, www.nutprodukce.cz
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CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
SHort FiLMS
až po uši v mechu
Deep in Moss
SHort FiLM / 15–20 Min / in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Bára Zadražilová, Filip Pošivač SCriPt WritEr Filip Pošivač, Iva Jestřábová
art DESiGnEr Bára Zadražilová, Filip Pošivač ProDuCEr Pavla Kubečková, Peter Badač – nutprodukce
In the midst of a deep forest live tiny elves resembling humans, Josephine and Bertie. Bertie’s job is to
look after some very special jingly mushrooms – night lamps – which he lights up and puts out every day.
The only one that can give him some really hard times with her nutty ideas is his sister Josephine. The
little elves’ story intertwines with life stories of unhappy Rusalka (a little water nymph). She comes across
Bertie’s luminous mushrooms. Their glowing light and sweet sounds make her happy and she starts to
steel them. Josephine has to get to the bottom of the missing mushrooms mystery. Josephine catches
Rusalka and she tells them her story. Although her story is very sad, Rusalka tells it so beautifully that she
gets so absorbed with her own story that she lights up on her own fantasy stronger than armour.
ContaCt
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nutprodukce, Pavla Kubečková
Bubenská 1, 170 00 Prague 7, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 605 256 190, www.nutprodukce.cz
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
SHort FiLMS
jezdec času
time rodent
SHort FiLM / 15 Min / in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Ondřej Švadlena SCriPt WritEr Ondřej Švadlena, Nicolas Schmerkin
art DESiGnEr Ondřej Švadlena ProDuCEr Nicolas Schmerkin – Autour de Minuit (FR)
Co-ProDuCEr Martin Vandas – MAUR Film
Modern housing estates glow with light in the fog, like industrial juggernauts eating up the darkness.
In the distant future, however, darkness permeates both night and day, the earth is cooling down.
The mutant population swarms around the last remnants of available light, taking on fantastic shapes
and colours, with the search for light becoming the final meaning of human life. This is all narrated
by a strange being, a mysterious witness to this transformation of the world.
ContaCt
MAUR film, Alena Vandasová
Konviktská 1055/7, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]film.com, mobile: +420 775 117 646, www.maurfilm.com
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SHort FiLMS
Pérák
Springman
SHort FiLM / 10 Min / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Marek Berger SCriPt WritEr Marek Berger
art DESiGnEr Marek Berger, Marek Pokorný ProDuCEr Tomáš Michálek, Dagmar Sedláčková – MasterFilm
Re-imagination of an urban legend from the era of Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia during the WW II.
According to this legend a mysterious man was jumping above the streets of Prague and fighting the
Nazis. He was a runner at the Olympic Games in Berlin 1936. After the Nazi’s invasion, he becomes an
outlaw because of his Jewish origin. Later he returns as the phantom avenger with spring-heeled shoes
– the Spring-man. Meanwhile the Nazis are trying to wake up the Golem at the Old Jewish cemetery,
which could be a disaster.
ContaCt
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MasterFilm, Tomáš Michálek
Bubenská 1, 170 00, Prague 7, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]film.cz, mobile: +420 602 630 466, www.masterfilm.cz
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
SHort FiLMS
Pod jabloní (Pohádka na (ne)dobrou noc)
under the apple tree (a Badtime Story)
SHort FiLM / 20 Min / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Erik van Schaaik SCriPt WritEr Erik van Schaaik art DESiGnEr Erik van Schaaik
ProDuCEr Thomas Hietbrink – Pedri Animation (NL) Co-ProDuCErS Nelly Daniela Jenčíková –
MIRACLE FILM, Erik van Schaaik – Erik van Schaaik Production (NL), Steven de Beul – Beast Animation (BE)
An incredible comedy macabre about apple worms who decided to exchange the apples for the human
body. This is how zombiedom was “born”.
ContaCt
MIRACLE FILM, Nelly Daniela Jenčíková
Radka Mizerová, Smetanovo nábřeží 197/26, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]film.cz, [email protected]film.cz, mobile: +420 722 008 006, www.miraclefilm.cz
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CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
SHort FiLMS
Praha!
Prague!
SHort FiLM / 9 Min / in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Matyáš Trnka SCriPt WritEr Matyáš Trnka
art DESiGnEr Matyáš Trnka ProDuCEr Tomáš Rychecký – Anifilm
The film is a personal message from the author to his native city. How did Prague look in the history and
how does it look now? Why do millions of tourists keep visiting it every year? Aren’t the crowds changing
its appearance and beauty? Using the special technique of non-touch animation, the film portrays the
current nature of Prague with its brighter and darker sides and the omnipresent tourism. The metropolis
fights its daily combat with the onrush of tourists and merchants, in which a flood seems to be the only
means of salvation.
ContaCt
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Anifilm, Tomáš Rychecký
Valdštejnské náměstí 2, 118 01 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]film.cz, mobile: +420 776 288 558, www.anifilmstudio.cz
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
SHort FiLMS
Strom
the tree
SHort FiLM / 12 Min / in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Lucie Sunková SCriPt WritEr Lucie Sunková
art DESiGnEr Lucie Sunková ProDuCEr Martin Vandas – MAUR film
Co-ProDuCEr Dora Benousilio – Les Films de l’Arlequin (FR)
In the countryside, we follow a life cycle of an old oak tree that overlooks the landscape and a nearby
family house. He is giving birth to a young stick growing next to him from his acorn, while protecting him
from rainy winds and dry summers. But one day the old trunk is uprooted in the storm and is driven away
to serve as a new carved table for the family with children. The old tree table is trying to look out of room
window to see his young fellow growing during the time. Until one day the horizon is empty. To his big
surprise the family father is bringing a new chair carved from the young wood.
ContaCt
MAUR film, Alena Vandasová
Konviktská 1055/7, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]film.com, mobile: +420 775 117 646, www.maurfilm.com
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CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
SHort FiLMS
transport Er
transport Er
SHort FiLM / 10 Min / in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Miloš Zvěřina SCriPt WritEr Miloš Zvěřina
art DESiGnEr Helga Weissová-Hošková, Erna Bonnová, Petr Kien
ProDuCEr Vladimíra Jokešová – Animation Films
The puppet film Transport Er tries to depict the atmosphere of one part of the second World War, which
took place in the ghetto in Terezín. The director, Miloš Zvěřina, said about the prepared film: “My goal is
to remind children through a short and simple story that history is not one-dimensional and simple. Life
in our current multi-cultural environment and democracy is not a matter of course, but requires
sensitivity for the unique values of national traditions as well as empathy towards values of whole
generations. Certain manifestations of xenophobia are a constant warning. While they can be overstated
sometimes, they should not be ignored. I believe that the uniqueness and timelessness of the technology
of animation is an appropriate means of expression for this purpose. The film will be a part of a wholeevening animated project called The Terezin Trilogy.
ContaCt
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Animation Films, Vladimíra Jokešová
Svornosti 1664, 755 01 Vsetín, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]films-cz.com, mobile: +420 734 406 381
www.animationfilms-cz.com
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
SHort FiLMS
Vánoční příběh
Christmas Story
SHort FiLM / 8–10 Min / in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Michal Žabka SCriPt WritEr Břetislav Pojar
art DESiGnEr Vratislav Hlavatý ProDuCEr Michal Podhradský – animation people
Puppet stop frame animation based on a story by Bretislav Pojar. At the time we as a society are not
sensitive to war atrocities and violence and Christmas has been downgraded to a mere holiday of
consumption, Pojar is instinctively coming up with a topic that, unfortunately, will remain up-to-date yet for
a long time. He combines a simple story with Andersen’s motif of a Christmas fairy-tale where the idea of
Christmas wins over the military power. It is a story of a soldier – machine – that even at predominantly
technical days has a human heart. It is a story of a dream and fantasy stronger than armour.
ContaCt
animation people, Michal Podhradský
Na Doubkové 8, 150 00 Prague 5, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 602 378 362, www.animation.cz
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CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
SHort FiLMS
Vánoční svatba sněhuláka karla
Christmas Wedding of Charles the Snowman
SHort FiLM / 10 Min / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Petr Vodička SCriPt WritEr Petr Vodička
art DESiGnEr Bára Čechová ProDuCEr Radim Procházka – Anima
Even amongst Christmas decorations a spark of fancy may appear. What to do though when
merciless Fate (or the human hand) has placed our beloved right to the other side of the tree? No use
crying when a decoration wants to achieve something – it must unhook itself. And thus, our snowman
Karel sets off with the straw angel Kamil in search of snow-lass Eva. They wander through the Christmas
tree overcoming obstacles, and with the help of other distinctive decorations they eventually reach Eva
who is being held captive by the evil Balls brothers. A short debut animated film by the theatre director
Petr Vodicka and produced by Studio Anima.
ContaCt
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Anima, Jakub Halousek
Heřmanova 3, 170 00 Prague 7, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 223 008 532, www.animastudio.cz
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
tV SEriES
anča a Pepík
annie and joseph
tV SEriES / 13 Min / 7 EPiSoDES / in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Michal Žabka SCriPt WritEr Lucie Lomová
art DESiGnEr Lucie Lomová ProDuCEr Barbara Johnsonová – Česká televize
Adventurous TV animated series for children at the age range 8 – 12 years, based on cult comics by Lucie
Lomová, the acclaimed author of comic books in the Czech Republic and also abroad. The main
characters are represented by two little mice children Annie and Joseph who solve various detective and
mysterious situations together. Thrilling detective stories with magical elements are very attractive for
our target audience. The stories take place in a unique mice world – the town of “Ušín” (“Eartown”) and
a nearby “Enchanted Forest” full of magical creatures. This kind of genre is not used in animation very
often and makes this series special. Although the stories are exciting and mysterious, they are still
strongly moral and timeless.
ContaCt
Česká televize, Barbara Johnsonová, Markéta Štinglová
Kavčí hory, 140 70 Prague 4, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
phone: +420 261 134 325, +420 261 134 164, www.ceskatelevize.cz
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CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
tV SEriES
kuchyňské pohádky
kitchen Fairy tales
tV SEriES / 10 Min / 52 EPiSoDES / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Vojtěch Domlátil SCriPt WritEr TBD art DESiGnEr Vojtěch Domlátil
ProDuCEr Nelly Daniela Jenčíková – MIRACLE FILM
Co-ProDuCErS Marcel and Marián Ferko – Marlen Media Group (SK)
Funny fairy tales about a kitchen, that comes alive every time a female cook, the granny, ruins the food,
or forgets to add crucial ingredients. Salt shaker, the main character, and his friends experience thrilling
adventures during which they must overcome all sorts of traps lurking in the kitchen and other parts
of the house.
ContaCt
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MIRACLE FILM, Nelly Daniela Jenčíková, Radka Mizerová
Smetanovo nábřeží 197/26, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]film.cz, [email protected]film.cz, mobile: +420 722 008 006, www.miraclefilm.cz
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
tV SEriES
Legendy staré Prahy
old Prague Legends
tV SEriES / 5 Min / 12 EPiSoDES / DiStriBution + in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Ondřej Žatečka SCriPt WritEr Andrea Bezděková
art DESiGnEr Marek Berger ProDuCEr Miroslav Veselý – Muvi.cz production
All ancient cities have their secrets and Prague is no exception. This magical city in the very heart of
Europe has experienced both moments of glory and periods of darkness. Despite the passing of history,
there are many tales about its streets, palaces and secluded places that would give you the creeps. This
unique and artistically freshly conceived series brings you a remarkable and impressive experience. Let
yourselves feel the fascination of a world of old, mysterious stories, that might actually have happened...
ContaCt
Muvi.cz production, Miroslav Veselý
Václavské náměstí 813/57, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 777 29 39 49, www.muviczproduction.cz
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CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
tV SEriES
ryc a Pic
ryc & Pic
tV SEriES / 20 SEC / 35 EPiSoDES / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Jaromír Gál, František Mlčák SCriPt WritEr Jaromír Gál
art DESiGnEr Jaromír Gál ProDuCEr Vladimíra Jokešová – Animation Films
Short gags in the stories of two figures – one fat, the other, thin. The fat one’s name is RYC and the thin
one’s name is PIC. There are 365 episodes in the prepared series.
ContaCt
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Animation Films, Vladimíra Jokešová
Svornosti 1664, 755 01 Vsetín, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]films-cz.com, mobile: +420 734 406 381, www.animationfilms-cz.com
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
tV SEriES
trinkani
trinkans
tV SEriES / 5 Min / 50 EPiSoDES / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor František Mlčák SCriPt WritEr Klára Smolíková
art DESiGnEr František Mlčák ProDuCEr Vladimíra Jokešová – Animation Films
The animated series is designed for the smallest viewers, children from the age of two. The main
emphasis is put on action and simple plot. “Trinkani” behave in a similar way to pre-school children. They
giggle, they fall over, they are in constant motion and they do not worry much about anything. However,
they always stick up for others and they always try to help.
ContaCt
Animation Films, Vladimíra Jokešová
Svornosti 1664, 755 01 Vsetín, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]films-cz.com, mobile: +420 734 406 381, www.animationfilms-cz.com
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CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
tV SEriES
ušák Flapper
Flapper and Friends
tV SEriES / 10 Min / 52 EPiSoDES / DiStriBution + in ProDuCtion
DirECtor Krzysztof Brzozowski, Jacek Łechtański
SCriPt WritEr Wojciech Próchniewicz, Antoni Bańkowski, Julia Śniarowska, Krzysztof Brzozowski
art DESiGnEr Piotr Knabe, Paulina Majda, Krzysztof Wierzbowski, Agata Gorządek
ProDuCEr Se-ma-for Produkcja filmowa (PL) Co-ProDuCEr Nelly Daniela Jenčíková – MIRACLE FILM
Flapper and Friends series is aimed at small children and is made to sensitize them to the beauty of the
surrounding world. It is meant to show such values as friendship, wisdom, nobleness, honesty; instill
positive standards of behavior and caution against the consequences of misconduct.
ContaCt
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MIRACLE FILM, Nelly Daniela Jenčíková, Radka Mizerová
Smetanovo nábřeží 197/26, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]film.cz, [email protected]film.cz, mobile: +420 722 008 006, www.miraclefilm.cz
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
tV SEriES
Vážně nevážně
Seriously unserious
tV SEriES / 3,5 Min / 50 EPiSoDES / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor František Mlčák SCriPt WritEr František Mlčák
art DESiGnEr Lucie Dvořáková ProDuCEr Vladimíra Jokešová – Animation Films
The animated series is based on classical pieces of music. It is world classical music for children. This
new animated series tries to get children acquainted with the gems of world classical music in an
original way suitable for children. The individual stories are fantasies inspired by the particular musical
theme. The harmony of sound and picture will give children the chance to get closer to the concept of
classical music.
ContaCt
Animation Films, Vladimíra Jokešová
Svornosti 1664, 755 01 Vsetín, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected]films-cz.com, mobile: +420 734 406 381, www.animationfilms-cz.com
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CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
tV SEriES
Velká dobrodružství rosy a Dory
the Great adventures of rosa and Dora
tV SEriES / 7 Min / 52 EPiSoDES / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Martin Duda SCriPt WritEr Kristina Nedvědová, Jiří Vaněk, Hynek Trojánek
art DESiGnEr Martin Duda ProDuCEr Vratislav Šlajer – Bionaut
Dora and Rosa are seven-year-old sisters. Rosa is level-headed, thinks a lot about everything, is always
examining objects and asks how things work. Dora dives head-first into everything, she’s fast, and acts
first and thinks later. On their visits to Grandma and Grandpa’s house they always get involved in a big
adventure. Every episode starts with Grandpa’s dog Laiko creating a big problem that threatens the
world. Girls and Grandma have to save Laiko and with him, the world. Luckily Grandma knows everything
and has lots of inventions in her house so she is always able, together with the girls, to solve every
problem. But solving the problems also destroys the whole house. Each episode ends with total
destruction, after which grandpa puts down his newspaper, picks up a hammer and puts the house back
together – so that Dora and Rosa can have another adventure in the next episode.
ContaCt
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Bionaut, Bára Příkaská
Dělnická 47, 170 00 Prague 7, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], mobile: +420 774 810 635, www.bionaut.cz
CZECH aniMation ProjECtS
tV SEriES
Živý svět kolem tebe
Living World around you
tV SEriES / 2 Min / 14 EPiSoDES / in DEVELoPMEnt
DirECtor Maria Procházková SCriPt WritEr Maria Procházková
art DESiGnEr Maria Procházková ProDuCEr Barbara Johnsonová – Česká televize
Animated entertaining and educational TV series for small children at the age range 4 – 8 about nature
which they observe and perceive every day but almost do not know. Thirteen-part TV series for each topic:
flowers, trees, birds, beetles, mushrooms. We introduce the most common flowers, trees and animals
from parks, forests, meadows and gardens. Our aim is to entertain and educate inconspicuously, therefore
we use a playful form which children perceive as an adventurous discovery. Combined technology –
animation, photographs, real and time-lapsed images of nature + comments spoken by a child’s voice
ContaCt
Česká televize, Barbara Johnsonová, Markéta Štinglová
Kavčí hory, 140 70 Prague 4, Czech Republic
e-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
phone: +420 261 134 325, +420 261 134 164, www.ceskatelevize.cz
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Funding for animation films
in the Czech republic
State Cinematography Fund
• re-established on 1 January 2013
• new separate institution with a Director at its helm
• new financial resources
• operates the tax incentives (tax rebate) programme
national Support
• separate schemes for animation – development, production
• allocated amounts in 2014
Development (March 2014)
Production (February 2014)
Minority co-production – all genres (February 2014)
CZK 2M (approx Eur 73,000)
CZK 15M (approx Eur 545,000)
CZK 25M (approx Eur 910,000)
tax incentives
• rebate up to 20% on qualifying Czech spend and 10% on qualifying international spend
• eligible spend capped at 80% of the total budget
• the rebate is available to feature, TV, animation and documentary films with a runtime of at least
70 minute and to tV episodes with a runtime of at least 40 minutes per episode
• to qualify for the rebate, projects must pass a cultural test and have a minimum spend in the Czech
Republic of CZK 15M (approx USD 790,000, Eur 58,000)
• only registered Czech income tax payers with a place of business in the Czech Republic may apply
for the rebate
• international producers may partner with a Czech co-producer (which becomes the applicant)
or establish and apply through a Czech subsidiary
• there is a three-part application process to the State Cinematography Fund:
– the first stage – a call for project registration applications is made at least once a year (usually
at the beginning of the year) and applicants have one month to apply for the registration
– the second stage – applicants provide financial information about the project; a response is issued
giving the approved amount of the grant
– the last stage – rebates are issued at the end of production upon submission of audited statements
of costs incurred and paid out in the form of cash grants
• the projects can be for multiple years (but maximum 3 years)
• yearly budget for the programme is CZK 500M (approx USD 26M, Eur 19.5M)
ContaCt:
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Státní fond kinematografie
e-mail: [email protected], phone:+420 224 301 278
www.fondkinematografie.cz
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Czech animation at annecy aiFF
and Mifa 2014 – programme
CoMMiSSionED FiLMS
in CoMPEtition
Click! the Phenomenon of television by Michal Žabka
Mon 9 june / 2:00 p.m. / Décavision Salle 3
Wed 11 june / 10.30 a.m. / Décavision Salle 2
Fri 13 june / 10:30 p.m. / Décavision Salle 3
Sat 14 june / :00 p.m. / Salle Pierre Lamy
GraDuation FiLMS
in CoMPEtition
the new Species by Kateřina Karhánková
tue 10 june / 8:30 p.m. / Salle Pierre Lamy
Wed 11 june / 4:00 p.m. / Décavision Salle 2
thu 12 june / 10.30 p.m. / Décavision Salle 2
MiFa PitCHES
Even Mice Belong in Heaven by Denisa Grimmová and Noro Držiak
tue 10 june / 3:00 p.m. / impérial Palace, Salon ravel a&B
MiFa MEEtinGS WiP
Little from the Fish Shop by Jan Balej
thu 12 june / 9:30 a.m./ Salle Pierre Lamy
Czech Film Center at Mifa 2014
Stand nr. 4.B21
Markéta Šantrochová
mobile: +420 724 329 948
e-mail: marketa@filmcenter.cz
aida abbasová
mobile: +420 08 022 310
e-mail: annecy@filmcenter.cz
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