SUN IN A NET NATIONAL FILM AWARDS

The Sun in a Net National Film Awards granted by the Slovak Film and Television Academy (SFTA) were dominated last year by Eva Nová, the feature début by documentary filmmaker Marko Škop. This drama about an ageing actress, who became an alcoholic, became alienated from her family and now wants to get close again, won the Award not only for Best Feature Film but also for Directing, Script, Best Actress (Emília Vášáryová) and Best Actor (Milan Ondrík). So Far, So Near (Tak ďaleko, tak blízko, dir. J. Vojtek) became the Best Documentary and Fongopolis (dir. J. Kożuch) won out of the animated films. Altogether, the SFTA gave awards in thirteen categories and also declared director Juraj Jakubisko and cinematographer Igor Luther to be holders of the Sun in a Net Award for exceptional contributions to Slovak cinema. The Sun in a Net Awards date back to 2004 and formerly were awarded once in every two years. However, from now on they will be awarded every year in connection with the screening of domestic cinema – Slovak Film Week. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on 7 April.

MEDIA WAS GENEROUS TO SLOVAKIA

Last year Slovak entities received support amounting to 273,224 Euro within the Creative Europe support programme in the Culture sub-programme and 1,034,420 Euro in the MEDIA sub-programme. Production companies were exceptionally successful last year in the MEDIA sub-programme – they received a total of 190,000 Euro in the Support for Development of Single Projects scheme; of that, 60,000 Euro was for a single animated film (BFILM with Heart of a Tower/Srdce veže), 80,000 Euro for two feature films (D. N. A. with Message/Správa and HITCHHIKER Cinema with Waiting/Čakanie), and 50,000 Euro for two documentaries (atelier. doc with Dubček, Peter Kerekes with Occupation 1968/Okupácia 1968). For the first time, a Slovak entity received support for TV broadcasting of 145,000 Euro (Fool Moon with The Websters/ Websterovci); Slovak production companies received altogether 335,000 Euro. Distributors have traditionally received the largest amount of support – 67,100 Euro within the Distribution – Selective Support scheme and a record 403,090 Euro within the Distribution – Automatic Support scheme. Three Slovak companies formed part of consortia supported within the Support of Audience Development and Support of Training Programmes schemes. The total support for Slovak entities amounted to a record 880,397 Euro within the MEDIA sub-programme and, together with indirect support within the Europa Cinemas network (154,023 Euro), it amounted to 1,034,420 Euro, which is the best result since the Slovak Republic became a Member State of the MEDIA programme.

SLOVAK FILMS WITH EURIMAGES SUPPORT

Last year, the Council of Europe’s cinematographic fund also supported several Slovak co-production projects. Most of the funds – 280,000 Euro – went to Jan Švankmajer’s full-length film The Insects (Hmyz) in a participation of the Slovak company PubRes with the Czech partner Athanor. The Slovak- Russian-Czech project The Cellar (Pivnica) directed by Igor Voloshin was also successful; it received 200,000 Euro and Furia Film is its Slovak producer. The Czech-Slovak-Polish film Garden Store: Deserter (Zahradnictví: Dezertér/Záhradníctvo: Dezertér) with the participation of the Slovak company SOKOL KOLLAR was successful also. This is the second part of the planned trilogy directed by Jan Hřebejk and the film received support of 132,000 Euro. Eurimages approved 170,000 Euro for the Czech-Danish-Italian-Slovak film Barefoot on Stalks (Po strništi bos/Po strnisku bosý) made by the renowned director, Jan Svěrák. Slovakia is represented in the co-production project by the NOVINSKI production company.