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JOIN THE RESISTANCE! Help us fund the 2nd Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia!

After a fabulously intimate first year in Melbourne, we’re now planning the 2nd Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia (CaSFFA) and this year we’re expanding to Sydney. 

Melbourne: 21 - 29 August, ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square and Yarra Gallery

Sydney: 2 - 7 September, Dendy Newtown, the University of Technology, Sydney, and Conny Dietzschold Gallery 

We have our dates, venues, and some wonderful films locked in, but we need your support to make this entirely volunteer-run not-for-profit event viable and sustainable, and to assist us in creating something even bigger and better than last year.

Says CaSFFA’s Artistic Director Cerise Howard, It seems fitting in Australia’s bleak economic and social climate – with budget attacks on the poor, the old and the Arts – that we are calling on all lovers of culture, and in particular Central and Eastern European cinema, to come out in a spirit of Resistance to help make our festival possible.

The warm and inclusive theme for our first festival was ‘Togetherness’, but this year we want to pack even more of a punch with the theme of RESISTANCE. Join us in our quest for freedom; for the right to see fine films from Central and Eastern Europe, and of course the right to party – all with the unique accents and world-famous hospitality of the region!

Rewards

Names of all supporters will be listed on our website, unless you choose to remain anonymous.

Virtual High Five & Warm Fuzzy Feeling - A$10+ 

Every dollar helps us reach our goal, so by choosing this reward we'll give you a Virtual High Five (or a real one if we can), plus you'll get a nice warm fuzzy feeling from having supported our campaign.

Resistance in the bag! Totes Cool Tote Bag - A$25+


Why carry around your groceries, books or liquor in a bland green shopping bag when you can use a quality tote bag emblazoned with the CaSFFA logo (includes postage within Australia).

Double the Fun: Double Pass to General Admission Screening - A$36+ 

Includes TWO full-price tickets to any general admission film at ACMI Cinemas, Melbourne, or Dendy Newtown, Sydney (excluding Melbourne Cinémathèque screenings and Opening/Closing Nights).  Can be used by two people for the same film or one person for two different films.  Will also include TWO virtual high fives! Awww shucks!

Couch-lover Prize: DVD - A$50+ 

You get to choose a quality DVD from Second Run, a UK-based DVD company specialising in distinctive, unusual and neglected film titles, particularly from Central Europe. (includes postage within Australia). 

Choice of (links open in new window):  The Sun in a NetDaisiesTransport from ParadiseThe Party and the GuestsThe EarLarks on a StringIkarie XB 1 or Romeo, Juliet and Darkness

Party Animal Package for One - $A60

If you like good films, great beer & wine, and like to party, our Party Animal Package is for you.  Includes ONE full-price ticket to the Opening-Night and Closing-Night films and festivities, in Melbourne or Sydney (films and venue TBA).  Save A$10 off normal price.

Limited Edition CaSFFA Poster - A$75+


If you want an object that will class up any room and make you the envy of all your friends, then you could buy a Rembrandt.  If you can't afford that, try the next best thing with a limited edition CaSFFA poster.  A2-sized, with a print run of only 20, and with each print numbered and signed, they'll only be available during the Pozible campaign.   The finished poster will be similar to the image above.

Party Animal Package for Two - A$120+ 

Bring a friend and party with us at our soon-to-be-legendary Opening and Closing Nights.  Package includes TWO full-price tickets to the Opening-Night and Closing-Night films and the Opening-Night and Closing-Night festivities, in Melbourne or Sydney (films and venue TBA).  You'll also receive TWO free drinks on Closing Night.  Save A$20 off normal price.

Sydney Music Lover's Package: SSO & Symphonic Inspiration - A$130+

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra of world standing and our newest partner.  They have kindly offered TWO A-reserve double passes to their Friday 29th August, 8:00pm concert at the Sydney Opera House titled 'Symphonic Inspiration', with chief conductor David Robertson.  The concert features Johannes Brahms' glorious Third Symphony, Édouard Lalo's virtuosic Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra (with renowned soloist Vadim Repin), and Leoš Janáček's powerful Sinfonietta.  Each A-reserve ticket is worth $104, plus you'll also receive a double pass to any general admission CaSFFA screening at Dendy Newtown, Sydney, so you'll save nearly 50% on SSO and CaSFFA tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Sydney only, unless you want to travel there for the concert.

Music Lover's Package: MSO & Smetana Double Pass - A$150+

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is one of Australia’s premier musical establishments and a valued CaSFFA partner. They have kindly offered TWO double passes to their complete performance of Bedřich Smetana’s haunting and exultant symphonic poem ‘ Má vlast’ (‘My country’) on Saturday 19th July at 2:00pm, conducted by Jakub Hrůša, in Hamer Hall, Melbourne.  Each premium MSO ticket is worth A$112, plus you'll also receive a double pass to any general admission screening at ACMI Cinemas (excluding Melbourne Cinémathèque), so all up, you'll save nearly 50% on MSO and CaSFFA tickets!

PLEASE NOTE: Melbourne only, unless you want to travel here for the concert.

Film Criticism Masterclass - A$200+

Bring a friend and join CaSFFA's esteemed Artistic Director and renowned film critic, Cerise Howard, together with film journalist and critic Rochelle Siemienowicz, for a crash course in film criticism.  

You'll also receive TWO double passes to any screening at ACMI Cinemas (excluding Melbourne Cinémathèque).

PLEASE NOTE: Melbourne only.  Venue TBA.  Date to be agreed upon by all parties

Full-Page Advert in Festival Program - $A500+

Want some great targeted exposure for your business or organisation? Take out a full-page, A6-sized, colour advert in our festival program, and be seen by all our attendees in Melbourne and Sydney, and more! Save 33% off normal price during the crowdfunding campaign.

You'll also receive ONE double pass to the Opening Night film and festivities, as well as TWO double passes to any general admission screening in Melbourne or Sydney (excluding Melbourne Cinémathèque).

Patronise us! Become a CaSFFA Patron - A$1,000+

Becoming a CaSFFA Patron means not only receiving a Full Festival Package for TWO (double pass to Opening/Closing Night functions/films and all general admission screenings in Melbourne or Sydney - excluding Melbourne Cinémathèque - tickets worth over A$550), but also our undying thanks and admiration for having supported us in such a significant way.  As a show of gratitude, we'll thank you in our printed program, on our website and in our sponsor reel played before each screening in Melbourne and Sydney.  If you prefer to remain anonymous (shy thing!), we can accommodate that too.


The Program

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the non-violent, extraordinarily effective ‘Velvet Revolution’ in Czechoslovakia and the collapse of Communism in Europe. CaSFFA will be celebrating these momentous events with Czech and Slovak films of all kinds – features, shorts, documentary and animation – which explore the people and ideas behind these happenings, and the tradition of resistance in its many guises, within this corner of Europe.

While the complete program is yet to be announced – and is dependent on funding – some highlights are already confirmed.

New program announcements:

CaSFFA's opening night film is the charming and surprising directorial debut of actor Jiří Mádl, To See the Sea (Pojedeme k moři), the story of a young boy who receives a video camera for his birthday and decides to shoot a film in the style of Miloš Forman, unwittingly uncovering a big family secret.

TO SEE THE SEA Trailer from Bio Illusion on Vimeo.


 From director Jitka Rudolfová, Delight (Rozkoš), a film about love, art and obsession, included in the just announced "East of the West" competition strand at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

(Apologies for the trailer without English subtitles.  We're trying to source a new one).

We will also be featuring a digital restoration of the 1966 Slovak Film Before Tonight Is Over (Kým sa skončí táto noc), directed by Peter Solan, the observation of a handful of characters in a trendy nightclub, viewing snapshots of their lives, in true Czechoslovak New Wave style. (Trailer is without English subtitles).



There will be more new program announcements coming soon!

And of course we’re still looking forward to bringing you Burning Bush (Hořící keř), the Czech Lion-winning HBO Europe miniseries from Oscar-nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa). This three-part miniseries is based on the true story of the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in August 1968.

Burning Bush - 'Hořící keř'



2014 also marks the 80th birthday of revered Surrealist artist, animator and filmmaker Jan Švankmajer. The festival will celebrate his work with a highly anticipated retrospective. Co-presented in Melbourne with the Melbourne Cinémathèque at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and in Sydney at the University of Technology, Sydney, films in both cities include his features Alice (1987) and Conspirators of Pleasure (1996) as well as collections of his extraordinary shorts.

Jan Švankmajer

In addition to the films, the festival hopes to bring you some extraordinary art, photographic and sculpture exhibitions which tie in both with the Švankmajer retrospective and the theme of Resistance. These include: Jan Švankmajer: ‘Dimensions of Dialogue / Between Film and Fine Art – a combination of text and images organised by Czech Centres, with concept and text by Švankmajer's fellow members of the Group of Czech-Slovak Surrealists; and Conspirators - an exhibition of sculptural works by local Australian artists, which forms an international dialogue with the rich themes and irresistible tactility of Švankmajer’s oeuvre.

Some Of My Previous Work

CaSFFA was established in 2012 by a passionate group of film and arts professionals.  After a year of hard slogging, our first film festival was held in Melbourne in June 2013, with much fanfare, rave reviews and consumption of intoxicating beverages.

Scenes from the 1st Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia (video by Andy Messersmith).



CaSFFA 2014 Team

In Melbourne:
Cerise Howard, Brendan Black, Denisa Sehnalová, Lilliana Hajncl, Linda Studená, Lenka Hadravová, Carmen Reid, Dean McInerney, Jack Russo, Miriam Fletcher, Jana Ridillová, Rochelle Siemienowicz, Olivia Hărşan, Sofie Ham
In Sydney: Ika de Detrich
In Prague: Martina Vacková
In Bratislava: Silvia Panáková

You can also find CaSFFA on:

Facebook - Czech & Slovak Film Festival of Australia         Twitter - Czech & Slovak Film Festival of Australia     YouTube - Czech & Slovak Film Festival of Australia       CaSFFA on Instagram

How The Funds Will Be Used



Running a film festival entails a variety of unavoidable costs such as screening rights for films, cinema hire and marketing to reach out to cinephiles, as well as to the significant Czech and Slovak communities in Sydney, Melbourne and surrounds.

We are aiming to raise a minimum of $11,000 which will be distributed equally between the Sydney and Melbourne events. While the festival is going ahead regardless of our Pozible campaign, we need your help to make it POP!

• Screening rights for extra films: $2000
• Cinema hire and extra running costs: $2500
• Visual art exhibitions (gallery hire and printing) including Jan Švankmajer art exhibition: $2000
• Marketing and advertising: $1500
• Program printing and designing: $3000

Stretch Goal: Any additional funds raised will be used to import and accommodate some very special international guests to accompany their films and give Q&A screenings. This would greatly enrich the program and give our audiences a unique face-to-face experience with the creators.

The Challenges

At the best of times, Australia is awash with film festivals, all vying for the attentions of the cinema-going public. Differentiating our film festival from the crowd, especially when we’re fresh on the scene, is one of the biggest challenges. 

We believe that the fine tradition of filmmaking and animation within Czechoslovakia, and the two republics that afterwards emerged, make CaSFFA a distinctive event unlike any other in Australia.

These are tough economic times, creating a difficult sponsorship environment, with many businesses and individuals fiscally stretched already. But we are a festival with a big heart and a unique flavour and believe our film-loving friends and Czech and Slovak supporters will Join the Resistance to help us to build a sustainable and ongoing festival. 
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A$10 +Virtual High Five & Warm Fuzzy Feeling A virtual High Five (or a real one if we can). You’ll be feeling warm and fuzzy for supporting a great cultural celebration. We’ll also give you a shout out on our social media channels and supporter credit on our website.
8 Chosen | 92 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2014
A$25 +Resistance in the bag! Totes Cool Tote Bag Why carry around your groceries, books or liquor in a bland green shopping bag when you can use a quality tote bag emblazoned with the CaSFFA logo (includes postage within Australia)? + - A virtual high five and a shout-out on our social media channels + - Supporter credit on our website
32 Chosen | 68 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2014
A$36 +Double the Fun: Double Pass to General Admission Screening Includes TWO full-price tickets to any general admission film at ACMI Cinemas, Melbourne, or Dendy Newtown, Sydney (excluding Melbourne Cinémathèque screenings and Opening/Closing Nights). Will also include TWO virtual high fives! Awww shucks! + - A shout-out on our social media channels + - Supporter credit on our website
73 Chosen | 77 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2014
A$50 +Couch-lover Prize: DVD You get to choose a title from a selection of superb DVDs from Second Run – a UK-based DVD company specialising in distinctive, unusual and neglected film titles, particularly from Central Europe (includes postage within Australia). + - A shout-out on our social media channels + - Supporter credit on our website
19 Chosen | 31 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2014
A$60 +Party Animal Package for One Includes ONE full-price ticket to Opening-Night and Closing-Night films and festivities in Melbourne or Sydney (films and venues TBA). Save A$10 off normal price. + - A shout-out on our social media channels + - Supporter credit on our website
6 Chosen | 44 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2014
A$75 +Limited Edition CaSFFA Poster If you want an object that will class up any room and make you the envy of all your friends, then you could buy a Rembrandt. If you can't afford that, try the next best thing with a limited edition, numbered and signed CaSFFA 2014 poster. + - A shout-out on our social media channels + - Supporter credit on our website
4 Chosen | 16 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2014
A$120 +Party Animal Package for Two Bring a friend and party with us at our soon-to-be legendary Opening and Closing night functions. - TWO full-price tickets to Opening and Closing night films and admission to the festivities afterwards, in Melbourne or Sydney (films and party venues TBA + - A shout-out on our social media channels + - Supporter credit on our website
25 Chosen | 25 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2014
A$130 +Sydney Music Lover's Package Includes a double pass (normal price $104 per ticket) to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's performance of Brahms' Third Symphony, Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole, and Janáček's Sinfonietta, on Friday 29th August, 8:00pm, at the Sydney Opera House. + - double pass to any general admission CaSFFA screening at Dendy Newtown, Sydney. + - A shout-out on our social media channels + - Supporter credit on our website
0 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014
A$150 +All GoneMusic Lover's Package Includes a double pass (normal price $112 per ticket) to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's full performance of Smetana’s symphonic poem ‘Má vlast’ (‘My country’) on Saturday 19th July at 2:00pm in Hamer Hall, Melbourne. You'll also receive a double pass to any ACMI screening (excl. Melb. Cinémathèque), meaning a saving of nearly 50% on the full price of the MSO and CaSFFA tickets! + - A shout-out on our social media channels + - Supporter credit on our website
2 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2014
A$200 +Bring a friend and join CaSFFA's Artistic Director and film critic, Cerise Howard, together with film journalist and critic Rochelle Siemienowicz, for a crash course on film criticism. + - TWO double passes to any screening at ACMI Cinemas (excluding Melbourne Cinémathèque) - A shout-out on our social media channels + - Supporter credit on our website NOTE: Melbourne only. Date in September to be agreed upon by all parties.
1 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2014
A$500 +Full-Page Advert in Festival Program Includes a full-page, A6-sized colour advert in our festival program, which will be seen by all our attendees in Melbourne and Sydney! Save 33% off normal price during the crowd-funding campaign. + - ONE double pass to Opening Night film and festivities + - TWO double passes to any general admission screening (excluding Melbourne Cinémathèque) - A shout-out on our social media channels + - Supporter credit on our website
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A$1000 +CaSFFA Patron Becoming a CaSFFA Patron means you’re a VIP and we’re going to treat you that way! - Full Festival Package for Two (double pass to Opening/Closing Night functions/films and all general admission screenings - excl. Melb. Cinémathèque - worth over A$550) + - Undying thanks and admiratio in our printed program, website and sponsor reel. + - A shout-out on our social media channels + - Supporter credit on our website Note: If you prefer to be anonymous, we can accommodate that too.
1 Chosen | 4 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2014