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Czech That Film Will Not Be Burnt by Coronavirus

9th Year of the Czech Film Festival Was Launched Online in North America


Czech Centres – Headquarters
Press release of 30 April 2020

The “Czech That Film” festival started on Monday 27 April 2020 – despite the coronavirus pandemic. The ninth year is marked by a fundamental change. Over the next few weeks, all films will be gradually available to the American audiences exclusively via the internet. The original twenty cities in the USA and Canada where the festival was supposed to take place have now extended “thanks to” coronavirus and the selection of six Czech films will be available to viewers across America. The festival is organized by Czech Centres and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in cooperation with foreign representative offices and partners.

In cooperation with DAFilms VOD (Video On Demand) platform, the festival website (www.czechthatfilm.com) will each week present one film, which can be viewed after a fee has been paid. The first film was Staříci (Old-Timers) including a short interview with the directors Martin Dušek and Ondřej Provazník. The playlist also includes the following films: Karel, já a ty (Karel, Me and You), directed by Bohdan Karásek, Klec (The Cage), directed by Jiří Strach, Na střeše (On the Roof), directed by Jiří Mádl,Přes prsty (Overfingers), directed by Petr Kolečko, and Hra (The Play), directed by Alejandro Fernández Almendras.


“Czech That Film Festival is the flagship of our presentation activities in the area of filmmaking for North American audiences. Each year the festival has taken place in more than twenty cities in the US and Canada. This year however, we had to adapt to the current situation and we bring Czech film online to the viewers’ homes. I do believe that by moving the festival to the online environment we will attract new audiences across America. Including those who would not go to traditional cinema.”


“We are closely following the situation in America and although we know that the online world will never fully replace authentic experience of a real cinema, we are glad that together with Czech Centres we have found a way to remain close to culture even in these difficult days. The Global DAFilms VOD portal located in Prague has been in service for 15 years and has audiences in many American cities.”

The information about this Czech film event is spread primarily through the social networks of Czech That Film (Facebook and Instagram), Czech Center New York, Representative Offices of the Czech Republic in Washington and Ottawa, General Consulates of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, and other local partners. Regarding its extent, the festival is an exceptional event. Thanks to Czech That Film the American audiences have the opportunity to watch some of the recent works of Czech cinematography.

Each year, the festival has been visited by over 6,000 viewers in all presentation venues.

Festival programme/Dates:

  • Old Timers (27 April – 3 May)

  • Karel, Me and You (4 – 10 May)

  • The Cage (11 – 17 May)

  • On the Roof (18 – 24 May)

  • Overfingers (25 – 31 May)

  • The Play (1 – 7 June )


For more information see: www.czechthatfilm.cz

Festival social networks: Facebook – Czech That Film Instagram – @czechthatfilm

The film event was prepared by Czech Centres in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
Partners: Artinii, DAFilms, ELMA, Milk & Honey, Prague Studios, SVU

Czech Centres, a state-funded organization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, are the core instrument of public
diplomacy of the Czech Republic’s foreign policy, and strive to support the reputation of the Czech Republic in the world. As a cultural institute, Czech Centres are member of the network of European cultural institutes – EUNIC. They present our country in a wide range of cultural and social areas: from art through the creative industries to the achievements of Czech science and innovations. They also provide Czech language courses in foreign countries. They participate in international projects and serve as a platform for the development of the international cultural dialogue. At present, there are 25 branches in three 3 continents – in addition to Czech Centres these also include the Czech House in Moscow, Jerusalem and Bratislava.

Contact for journalists:
Petra Jungwirthová, Press Officer of Czech Centres, M: 725 890 030, E: jungwirthova@czech.cz; komunikace@czech.cz; T: 234 668 237, 234 668 241, 234 668 251

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