I, Olga Hepnarová (Ja, Olga Hepnarová) and In Your Dreams! (Ani ve snu!) were included in this year’s Berlin International Film Festival programme. These films are Czech majority films, but Slovakia also had a part in their making. The interconnection between the Slovak and Czech audiovisual environments remains obvious, even although it is now more than twenty years since the break-up of the former federal republic. You will find several co-productions in the New Films section which offers a selection of Slovak films that are planned to have their premières in 2016. Eva Nová is also a Slovak-Czech film; we carry a review of the film in the magazine and also an interview with its author Marko Škop, an experienced documentary filmmaker who entered feature production. And also a filmmaker who has sampled the working conditions in Croatia, so he can compare, step back and look at the Slovak environment from a certain distance.

Recently, the productivity of Slovak cinema appears to be promising and
its variety is also increasing. This is fostered by international collaborations; however, the support provided by the domestic environment is vital, especially the support from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and public-service television. We deal with how the Radio and Television of Slovakia collaborates with film producers in the Topic of this issue.

It seems that the confidence of domestic audiences in Slovak films is gradually growing, as indicated by the statistics on pages 12 and 13. However, it is important that, at the same time, the audience be made aware that Slovak cinema does not just constitute the current films, but that it has its history where a variety
of connections and remarkable works
are to be found. The digitisation of the audiovisual heritage can contribute to this awareness and we provide information about it in the section devoted to the Slovak Film Institute.

Daniel Bernát (Editor-in-Chief)