Slovak cinema experiences a recession after the second year of the pandemic, but prepares to return in top form

– The national financing entity, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, has reacted a special program to support theaters and has injected money into scholarships

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The second year of the pandemic had an even more serious impact on the Slovak film industry than the yearrthe devil of 2020. In fact, the country’s audiovisual industry produced 26 feature films in total in 2021, compared to 28 in 2020. Ten films were directed by debut filmmakers. Of the 14 live-action fiction feature films, four were made as 100% Slovak or Slovak majority co-productions: Peter Kerekesaward-winning docudrama 107 mothers [+lee también:
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period drama Cristobal [+lee también:
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and two romantic comedies, Jakub Crowns‘s And a happy new year 2 Y perfect strangers by Zuzana Marianková. The Czech Republic was the most frequent partner in terms of co-production, participating in 57% of the total number of films, including Jan Prusinovsky‘s emma in love, Elm Omerz‘s bird atlas [+lee también:
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, Vaclav Kadrnka‘s Save one who was dead [+lee también:
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Y David Ondricek‘s Zatopek [+lee también:
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. In terms of documentaries, seven of the total of ten completed films were made as 100% Slovak or majority Slovak co-productions, including the personal essay on the gypsy holocaust of Vera Lackova how i became a partisan [+lee también:
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, I look rowingThe high-octane investigation of the lives of two car racing enthusiasts. At full speed [+lee también:
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, Barbora Sliepkováthe visual urban sonata Lines [+lee también:
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Y Lucia Kasovathe portrait of a lonely sailor, the sailor [+lee también:
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. Despite only participating in two animated projects, both were very successful. In addition to harvesting festive laurels, my sunny maad [+lee también:
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was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film, the first nomination for a Slovak-Czech film since the category was added in 2006, and Even mice belong in heaventhe biggest and most expensive stop-motion film in Czech history, it was nominated for a César award.

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Slovak theaters were closed for 173 days, that is, 47.4% of the year, and 2,037,942 tickets were sold (13.82% less than last year), with a box office drop of 11.56 % (€12,351,764). National cinemas housed the same number of films as in 2020: 648 films, with premieres representing 171 of them. The films were handled by 13 national distribution companies. CinemArt SK (39), Continental Film (23), the Association of Slovak Film Clubs and Film Europe (20) brought the most releases to local darkrooms. The most visited film by the national public was the animated film Paw Patrol: The Movie (107,306 admissions), followed by the Slovak romantic comedy perfect strangers (106,252 admissions) and the latest installment of James Bond no time to die [+lee también:
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(104,292 admissions), while the second most visited national film turned out to be The Auschwitz Report [+lee también:
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(39,063 admissions). In total, Slovak films were seen by 201,629 viewers (compared to 775,487 in 2020 and 1,075,129 in 2019) in 160 cinemas with 273 screens (in 2020, these figures amounted to 159 cinemas with 261 screens). American productions in Slovak theaters attracted 71.47% of theatergoers, while the share of domestic films in theaters fell from 31.79% (2020) to 9.89% (2021).

The Slovak Audiovisual Fund was forced to respond to the crisis caused by the pandemic. In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, the fund provided a special support scheme for cinemas totaling €1,582,000 and also transferred money to scholarship funds (the support, worth €278,000, was the largest amount to date). the date). In addition, the fund contributed 9.6 million euros to support audiovisual culture and 5.6 million euros to help the national audiovisual industry. In 2021, the fund registered 63 new projects, to be completed between 2022 and 2024. The number of registered projects increased by 40%, while the number of supported projects grew by 116%. Among the projects that received funding of more than €100,000 are Jonah Karasek‘s Invalid (see the report), Iveta Grofova‘s Emma and death’s head (see the news), Zuzana Kirchnerova‘s The caravan (see the news), matej chupacek‘s Sunrise (see the news), Thomas Klein‘s a sensitive man (see the news), Martina Buchelova‘s lover not a fighter (see the news), look fornay‘s the heroine’s journey (see the news), and Peter All Y Thomas Weinreb‘s Nobody loves Me (see the news). In 2021, 12 Slovak projects competed for Eurimages support, with six receiving such support, including Emma and death’s head, Of unwanted things and people (see the news), The caravan Y Cristina Grossan‘s ordinary faultswhich will have its premiere at the next Venice Film Festival (see news).

The full “Report on the Slovak Audiovisual Situation in 2021” can be accessed here.

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