In December last year, the Slovak Film Institute (SFI) began its collaboration with the Czech distribution portal of the Doc Alliance initiative,, for the Slovak environment, in tandem with the distribution company Filmtopia supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund. Hence, visitors to the portal had the opportunity to watch a collection of Slovak documentaries entitled Masters of the Slovak Documentary First Time On-line (Majstri slovenského dokumentu po prvýkrát online) from 16 to 29 December free of charge. The project was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the SFI’s existence, it presented especially a selection of the works of Dušan Hanák, Martin Slivka, Martin Šulík and Dežo Ursiny (he made two films in the collection with Marian Urban) and it received a positive response. The films were viewed between the above dates by 11,076 visitors to the portal. All films in the collection (except for Hanák’s full-length documentary Pictures of the Old World – Obrazy starého sveta, recently issued by the SFI on DVD) remain available after the end of the special offer, among the almost 800 charged titles of the DAFilms portal.


In July 2013 the Ministry of Culture presented a draft amendment to the Audiovisual Fund Act with the aim of attracting big film productions to Slovakia and thereby supporting the film industry. The amendment was adopted by the National Council in October 2013 and it entered into force on 1 January 2014. Pursuant to the Act, as amended, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund (AVF) will open a new audiovisual industry support scheme provided in the form of special grants amounting to 20% of the expenditures invested by the beneficiary in the production of films or TV series in Slovakia. Producers of feature, documentary or animated films, at least 70 minutes long, and TV series with at least 40-minute long episodes, are entitled to apply for the grant. According to the Explanatory Memorandum to the Act, the content of the film project must be in compliance with the legislation of the European Union, which will be affirmed by the cultural test or co-production statute. Further conditions for the provision of funds: the total planned budget for the audiovisual work must be not less than EUR 2.5 million and the minimum amount of eligible expenditures paid with regard to the production of this work is EUR 2 million. The AVF will provide detailed information by May 2014.


By the end of 2013, a total of 131 screening rooms in 65 cinemas were digitised, of which 44 were single-screen cinemas. Most of them were digitised thanks to support from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund (AVF). The share of digitised cinemas is 44.83% of all 145 registered cinemas, out-door cinemas and alternative premises in Slovakia. These statistics refer to cinemas which are digitised with the D-Cinema technology in accordance with DCI standards; however, last year the AVF also supported the first fifteen applications for cinema modernisation by the cheaper E-Cinema HD technology.


In 2014, the national film awards, Sun in a Net (Slnko v sieti), will be awarded. They are awarded every other year and this time the Slovak Film and Television Academy (SFTA) will decide on the best creative performances and films which were made in 2012 or 2013 and released between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2013. The SFTA will present awards in 18 categories and the results will be announced on 26 April 2014. The history of these awards, named after an important Slovak film by director Štefan Uher, dates back to 2004.