Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Western Australia

AND IT IS DONE! FESTIVAL STREAMS for the third time!

Kutil's Pat and Mat actually accompanied the third Czech and Slovak Film Festival, which again proved that it has its rightful place here. And not only that, he managed to give us the organizers the chance to do it under our own baton. Their legendary victory shake of hands is therefore more than just a place here.

The coincidence of the coincidence and ideas, our ambition and, last but not least, perseverance introduced this year's festival to a new coat. Seven feature films and one short film were screened at three locations in three days - in the traditional Paradiso cinema, in a smaller cinema, but with an amazing atmosphere, Backlot Studios and the independent film Roots in Ego took place in the beautiful, by Night in Fremantle. And the complete novelty was the subsequent dance party that followed the theme of the film. The festival atmosphere was also complemented by a party with director Jiří Strach.

The festive atmosphere of the opening evening of the festival highlighted the beautiful compositions of the young talented clarinet player Stella Sawyer, guitar accompanist by her father Bruce. Bowls of various homemade sandwiches, along with fruit and cheese plates, created an appealing kaleidoscope on the tables thanks to Miš Ondová and her catering company. Between the buzzing and feasting crowd in the foyer, there were also rare guests. From the Czech Republic, representatives of Ambassador of the Czech Republic, Miroslav Píša, came from the Czech Republic and two of them were Jiri Strach and Kristyna Weiserová, the Czech Honorary Consul Zdeněk Cihelka. The opening speeches started the first film of the festival - Teacher. A black comedy inspired by Drazdechová's true story brought us not only into school benches of socialism, but it left us with a bitter taste of the difficult dilemma of the parents of the children of the time.

Live music was not missed at Gala's final evening. The gentlemen from the "No Panic" band did not really make a horror in us, but on the contrary, their blues and lyrics were soothing to their soul. The final film by Masaryk, who portrayed the life of diplomat Jan Masaryk in the difficult times before the outbreak of World War II, was the strong end of this year's festival. Statistically, it also had the largest participation.

Like last year, every visitor to the festival also had the opportunity to win one of the five prize-winning prizes after the final screening. The main, stay packages for two people, kindly donated to the Resort and Spa OK Divers Bali and the Six Foot Eco Lodge Blue Mountains. Thank you very much.

The preparation and course of the festival was attended by a great team of Czech and Slovak Associations in Western Australia. And with enthusiasm and consistency, which was the result of knowing. Perhaps the great brochure and other graphic design of the festival is a great thank you to Luca Vrbská. Many of you have appreciated our work with very nice comments and thanks for which we thank you warmly.

And the festival itself in slogans:

Wednesday - The festival started with hopelessly sold out film Anthropoid in the Backlot Studios. The environment was famed, the mood was amazing, the cinema owner pleasantly tuned and the overall atmosphere indescribable. The film itself was just a cherry on Wednesday's cake.

Thursday - After the big preparations, the official D-Opening Night was held, the tables bent under a number of luxurious sandwiches and bubbles flowed. After the opening words, the film began Teacher, it was great if the word could be used in combination with an ice-cold comedy.

Friday - Eighth Backlot Studios was successful and the audience enjoyed a concert led by Ivan Trojan.

Paradiso unfortunately does not disappoint and brings a captioned ice shower, even though it was still half an hour before the start, as the cinematic technician asserted, headlines nowhere. A big bang, and a lioness waking up in me is not wound up. I can see how somewhere in the zoo cage I go from the corner of the hut to the other, and despite the thick glass, the wild beast of the beast can be heard. Friends, not like that. Fortunately, after some time, it's a movie Angel of the Lord 2 well started, take a bit longer, start biting. I apologize to all the viewers who left, I personally feel sorry for me. Otherwise, the movie super, otherwise. The follow-up talk with Mr. Fear stumbled into the early morning hours, and we laughed a lot.

Saturday - Slovenský film kidnapping it was frosty to the depth of the bones, but the audience praised it, which was our intention. Unfortunately, not all stories are the ones with a happy ending.

Just like in Fremantle fiction film Roots in Ego, which was delivered by director Kristina Weiser personally and the subsequent dance party from DJ BBoss mixer was the perfect combination for the Saturday night, only a pity that he did not find more of the party. But whoever came was enthusiastic, and that is essential.

Sunday - Afternoon screening Santini language Backlot Studios was again a great experience. Baroque architecture from the canvas stood out to the audience and left a resplendent narrative in itself.

And then there was only a ceremony to end this film marathon. Closing Night - Masaryk and the excellent conclusion of the festival. Full cinema, great feedback and relief that all this time works as it should. Wow. It was great and it was sensational. And it was just that for this year.

And how did the whole festival evaluate the main organizer (and graphic designer) Martina Tlams?

The question, as the "filmmaker" came, I got countless times for the last time. I always tried to say the truth, not very proudly, reasonably enthusiastic and not very idealistic, which is, in fact, a horribly mixed cocktail of violet nonsense with a paraphernalia. So what was the "Czech and Slovak Film Festival 2017"?

It was, by the way, Harry Potter's terminology - on a scale from troll to excellent, at the level "Above expectations". And that's true in all directions. It was great and it was just that for this year. No, seriously, it was a pity and thank you very much for all who participated in the start of the festival and its running. I thank all the audiences who have found the time for the films and I believe we enjoyed it a lot.

Festival preparations began just after the year last year, which we have held in cooperation with the Sydney Film Festival. This year was another, the first one in Perth. From Sydney we held our fingers so that we did not drown in the newly acquired autonomy, and with occasional advice, mainly around the bureaucratic questions, they held us once more over the imaginary surface. Iko, thanks. Preparations were hectic, ideas, and ambitions so much that we did not even start to count the time spent in their realizations. Lucko, Lucko, Pavle, Jitko, thanks. On the way, we all learned a lot, lost many illusions about the film industry, encountered unreasonable obstacles, then overcome them, learned to communicate and put our better on the altar of a bigger project, we also spread our horizons about the cultural scene in the Czech Republic and on Slovakia and tested the limits of Perth's poetics. A big question and arouse was also the visit of director Jiří Strach (he did not smoke for the whole stay - which no one believes us) that allowed the festival to screen three of his films. Hano, thanks. Clearly, this year was far more demanding, far more sophisticated and far more erased by all adoptive parents and their own parents (the parent from the word born or long and often not painlessly born). Luke and all other patient partners, thanks. During the festival, we were just letting go with the stream, and occasionally weeping out of the blind shoulders, where we were, not entirely, our fault. The permanently well-tuned team has taken care of the most peaceful ride and feeding of the crew and especially the satisfaction of all "tour participants". Petro, Veroniko, Miso, Katko, thanks. And thank you for all the others I did not name (Ivo, Gabin, Juro, Martine, Bette, Katarino, all volunteers and buddies) without you definitely not, thank you very much.

All viewers, thanks. And next year? Perhaps, yeah, well, sure, yeah ... I'm looking forward to you all right now.

Martina (the Festival Director)

And finally, a few scraps from organizers and guests:

Committee member Kateřina Švejcarová evaluated her first festival as follows:

This year's film festival was the absolute jewel of our Czech and Slovak Association. She stood for a lot of sleepless nights of the main organizer Martina Tlams, who deserves a great compliment! As she herself says: "Nothing is painless." Each of the films that appeared here on Perth's canvases found its viewer, from the sold-out cinema to the Anthropoid movie to the final film by Masaryk. The selection of movies has inspired curiosity for every (not) native, and has come to see and perhaps remember his native homeland. I hope that even catering with sandwiches and Czech delicacies tasted everyone, ... because in its preparation we enjoyed Míša and Maruška a lot of fun, until we almost all time missed.

For me and my year-old son, thank you very much for seeing the movies that are close to our hearts at the other end of the world.

The young director, Christina Weiser, wrote to us in the chronicle (abbreviated):

My dear friends (perhaps I can already write to you) friends from the Czech and Slovak Association,

Staying with you here at the festival in Perth, for the European, extremely interesting city, was not only a holiday but also a time of deep inspiration. Every one of you I met here radiates the extra energy or the aura that surrounds you and which I am, as I hope, sucked in, and at least I will bring it back to Prague. It is the aura of a person who thinks of himself, a man who builds his life and does not complain and stays in place. Thank you all for making my event here - ROOTSINEGO.CZ party screening. Thank you and let us know that our meeting will remain inscribed in the chronicle of my life, and not only inscribed but directly embroidered with a silk ribbon. DIVINGS

Petra Jerejian, who took great care of our guests, Mrs Strachova, wrote about the festival:

At first I was a little nervous about how we manage to take care of such a celebrity as Jirka Fear. On Wednesday evening everything was prepared for a "Welcome Party" and barbecue. A couple of super people came in to not be alone. Even two professional chefs! But already at the door when Jirka and Magdalen welcomed, nervousness fell from me. They were amazingly nice and humble people who immediately fell into our club. The other days escaped like water. We enjoyed an excellently organized Opening Night. The Angel of the Lord, 2, enjoyed it very much, and the party was beautifully stretched out in the late hours. On Saturday, Jirka and Magdalena left us. They were amazing guests, extremely modest and unpretentious. And how beautiful they talked about! The Sunday Closing Night was great. Excellent food tasted and the movie was perfect. An amazing time for this year's film festival.

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