The hectic Christmas and the end of year with forthcoming festive season celebrated with family and friends is upon us. Before we put down all the tools, before we escape in the summer break of la-la land…let’s recap shortly this year Czech & Slovak Film Fest in Sydney & Perth.
It was again a wonderful event, especially the Opening Night in both cities proved to be a hit. A full house gala opening with the feature film The Devil’s Mistress/Lída Baarová at Dendy Opera Quays surpassed all our expectations. According to the Dendy Cinemas management it was the biggest event they had in some years. No doubt Becherovka cocktail on arrival had something to do with the night’s success.
Dendy Opera Quays 12/10/2016
Cinema Paradiso in the Perth’ funky Northbridge didn’t lack behind. Not even the technical glitch with the opening feature film The Tiger Theory/Teorie tygraput a damper on an otherwise fabulous evening complemented by an array of food and live classical music.
Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge, Perth 20/10/2016
This year’s showcase delighted audiences with a variety of movies spanning from critically acclaimed box office hits to documentaries as well as classic gems, filled with liberal doses of the dry wit and humour that Czech and Slovak filmmakers are so famous for.
The increasing number of visitors especially on web and FB page reaching 10 thousand before and during the festival shows the growing popularity of the festival.
In this regard, apart from the main film festival we were pleased to welcome the Australian, Film TV & Radio School (AFTRS) to become part of this unique event for the first time. Together with UTS Faculty of Design both schools presented the best animation and fiction shorts from the graduating students of the Czech and Slovak Film Academies FAMU, UTB and FTF VŠMU free of charge.
The sponsored screening of Juraj Jakubisko acclaimed fairy tale Lady Winter/Perinbaba thanks to one of our supporters Happy Go Ducky was the novelty of this year event as well as the generous gift of the acclaimed antivirus licences to festival visitors from another sponsor – ESET.
Both these two novelties were again complemented by the popular prizes draw sponsored by Prague City Tourism, Slovak Tourist Board and CzechTourism. Both these two novelties were again complemented by the popular prizes draw sponsored by Prague City Tourism, Slovak Tourist Board and CzechTourism. The winners were delighted to receive the accommodation packages for two in 4* hotels Jalta in Prague, Hviezdoslav in Kežmarok and Thermal in Karlovy Vary.
The film festival in Sydney and Perth has received financial support from the Audio Visual Fund of Slovakia, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture of the Czech Republic, the Office for Slovaks Living Abroad as well as the Czech and Slovak Embassies and Consulates in Canberra and Sydney.
The festival would like to thank its official partners, Dendy Cinemas, Cinema Paradiso, University of Technology Sydney, Australian Film, Television and Radio School as well as its local and national sponsors and supporters.
Best wishes for a happy holiday season and our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year!
Veselé Vánoce a všechno nejlepší v Novém roce 2017
Veselé Vianoce a všetko najlepšie v Novom roku 2017
přeje/praje IKSIMA Films