The Czech film industry has enjoyed a successful 12 months, and all eyes are now on the Oscars and the Cesky Lev film awards. But the influence of Czech filmmaking may surpass the cultural sphere; according to David Ringrose, the first secretary of the Delegation of the European Commission, Czech film could help the country in its bid to join the EU. Pavla Navratilova brings this report.
The 8th annual "Days of European Film" festival will be held in Prague and Brno throughout the month of March. The festival was the brainchild of several cultural attaches from various EU members, and this year will feature more than 35 films from 24 different European countries. The Czech Republic is one of the nine non-member countries participating in the Days of European Film; I talked to David Ringrose from the European Commission, who emphasized the importance of film and filmmaking in the issue of EU enlargement.
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