First Czech post-coronavirus film fest coming to Prague in June

The Days of European Film festival will be held in Prague and other cities around the Czech Republic between June 16 and 23

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Published on 14.05.2020 09:10 (updated on 14.05.2020)

Prague, May 11 (CTK) – The Days of European Film (DEF) will be held between June 16 and 23 and become the first film festival after the relaxation of lockdown rules in the Czech Republic, DEF organizer Michaela Dvořáková has told journalists.

The festival will introduce over 40 films from almost 30 European countries.

As usual, the main part of the festival will be held in Prague and Brno and for the first time also in Ostrava, north Moravia. The DEF will then move to another six towns in the Czech Republic, Dvořáková said.

The festival will kick off with the film Extra Ordinary, a debut feature from Mike Ahern and Endy Loughman, that has already been awarded at a number of sci-fi festivals.

The DEF will screen European films in a variety of topics and genres.

This year, it will focus on sci-fi, horror, avant-garde films, and documentaries.

The festival will feature award-winning animated films, films for families with children, and films by renowned film-makers.

“I am happy that viewers are returning to the movies, believing that the situation here will keep developing as good as it does now,” DEF director Barbora Golatova said.

“I am looking forward to further relaxation of the measures thanks to which we will be able to stage an almost full-fledged annual festival in the second half of June,” she added.

“We will invite foreign guests at least online. Moreover, we have prepared thematic debates with Czech ecologists, explorers, economists, musicians, comedians, journalists, and political writers after the screenings,” Golatova said.

The DEF program will newly includes the section Without Parents to offer films for children and teenagers.

This year, the DEF will enrich its alternative content with the Brainz VR Cinema, or films in virtual reality.