Although things are looking a bit dire in the film industry lately, there’s still hope! Many Prague-based film festivals are adapting and moving online this season and the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, now in its 21st year, is no exception. The festival will retain its youthful, colourful and carefree spirit despite the circumstances, and will kick off on November 5th with a live broadcast on streaming service Moje Kino, where you can watch a number of award-winning LGBTQ films until November 12th.
I’m extremely grateful for my friends at armarolla literary journal who recently published an abridged version of my short horror screenplay Sirens featuring the stunning photography of Prague-based photographer Richard Hodonicky and Slovak dancer and performance artist Martin Talaga, who has believed in this project from day one – thank you. The new issue of the journal is dedicated to musings of love and features the work of talented writers from all over the world.
Prague-based filmmaker Gem Deger’s debut feature film Playdurizm recently dropped its first trailer so I sat down with the young filmmaker to talk about making writingk, directing and starring in his own film, watching David Cronenberg as a child and his obsession with neon lighting.
At this year’s Írán:ci Film Festival, happening throughout the Czech Republic and Slovakia until January 31st, I was fortunate enough to meet Farsi Cinema Center founder Amir Endalah and project coordinator Marisa Sittheeamorn to discuss their INCREDIBLE work with the non-profit non-partisan platform, dubbed FCC, and how they bring Farsi film industries with Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan together with the rest of the world.
This year, Czech Republic’s queer film festival Mezipatra will celebrate its 20th anniversary from November 7th – 14th with a wonderfully diverse programme carefully selected in line with this year’s theme ‘Winds of Change’ – a focus on the persistence and drive one must have to bring continuous change to a world that is still far from perfect. Check out this year’s festival trailer by Jay Walker.
Prague’s Aussie and Kiwi Film Fest will celebrate its 6th year from November 1st – 2nd in cinemas Kino Lucerna, Kino Atlas and Kino Ponrepo with a tantalising mix of classic and contemporary cinema from the shores of Australia and New Zealand, including a special screening of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. So crank the ABBA and dust off your finest frock because your three favourite queens are coming to town!
To celebrate its landmark 20th anniversary, Prague’s Mezipatra Queer Film Festival recently announced that they have kicked off the summer with their new LGBTQ film distribution label Queer Kino.
A rather colourful and sensational trailer just dropped for Elton John biopic Rocketman, but can we expect another textbook and family friendly Bohemian Rhapsody?
Among the One World Documentary Film Festival’s diverse programme this year is new Canadian documentary Love, Scott which follows gay hate crime survivor Scott Jones as he revisits the atrocity committed against him.
The 19th Mezipatra Queer Film Festival is fast approaching and the festival has just released their programme along with this year’s theme, ‘Beyond Reality’, which promises to fully immerse audiences in fantasy and vivid imagination.