Czech film industry could help bid to join EU

19-02-2001

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.

The festival itself includes three Czech films and one evening of Czech short features. Most of the European films are in their original language with English subtitles, however simultaneous translations will be provided for the Czech audience. Mr Ringrose noted the importance of the Czech film industry within the European cultural heritage.
And stay tuned to future broadcasts to find out more information on the "Days of European Film."