7 films for children, 7 films for youth, 64 short animations for children, 62 student films, 10 European first films, 10 European documentaries for young audience. Brave Gerda and her brother help to save Jewish children. A young girl nicknamed Rocks battles through the streets of present London. The headmaster of animal nursery organizes an unforgettable kid´s performance. Grandpa talks about his crazy travels. Young Czech hockey players are heading to Morocco for a training camp. These and more heroes and stories in 59th ZFF film programme.
Beside the Festival classics (Panorama, New Czech Films and TV Programmes) a thematic section 2020: Back to the Future will be a big part of 60th ZFF. Sci-fi films for the young, documentaries about science and technologies and a showcase of films with revolutionary visual effects. These will be accompanied by introductions by Boris Masník and Kamil Fila and many masterclasses with visual effects supervisors.
18. 6. 2020
This year, everything is truly different from what we are used to in the Zlín festival's well-established routine and life cycle. The festival has moved to September and the organizing team faces a big challenge on how to deal with the limitations that are still ahead of us. During the festival's sixtieth anniversary, nearly the same number of films will be screened symbolically within the student section called Zlín Dog. A total of 62 films from around the world will compete against each other.
14. 6. 2020
Argentina, Indonesia, Iran, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, the United States of America. These are not the only distant countries whose short animated films for children will be presented at the 60th Zlín Film Festival. More than 60 films from 25 countries have been selected for the International Short Animation Competition for Children, which will compete for several awards in September. One of the awards is named after a legend of animated film Hermína Týrlová and will be for the best film for children under 6.
1. 6. 2020
The 60th Zlín Film Festival will feature the world premiere of the feature debut film by director Tomáš Polenský, The Pack (Smečka). The film was created in international co-production between the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Latvia and deals with the topic of bullying in the youth hockey environment.
1. 6. 2020
Although the grand 60th Zlín Film Festival has been postponed until September due to the situation caused by the coronavirus, its dramaturges are already clear about the form of international competitions, which will once again offer attractive films with strong stories from many countries. To its great joy, the Czech Republic will not be left out either; it is introducing the world premiere of the co-production film The Pack (Smečka).
31. 5. 2020
Contemporary Czech Animation: the project of ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL, Česká centra/Czech Centres and DAFilms CZ started the trip around the world!
8. 4. 2020
In 2015, the British actor George MacKay came to Zlin; he was as yet unknown to Czech. He had already appeared in a number of films though. Yet, it was not until last year when he got to experience what real fame feels like. That was when the director Sam Mendes chose both him and the young Game of Thrones series star Dean-Charles Chapman for his "1917" war epic which has been awarded Golden Globes as well as Oscars.
2. 4. 2020
British actress Dakota Blue Richards arrived in Zlín in 2008 when she was just 14 years old. As part of the Young Stars concept, she introduced the 2007 fantasy blockbuster film The Golden Compass. A year later at the 49th festival, her next film, The Secret of Moonacre (2008), was featured in the festival. This movie featured the famous Tim Curry, who personally introduced the film in Zlín. These days, audiences can see her every Saturday on CT1 in the detective series Endeavor.
18. 3. 2020
Dear fans, visitors and guests of the Zlín Film Festival, we are incredibly sorry, but we must inform you that in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, we are rescheduling this year's festival to September 4 – September 10 / 2020. Together we will get through it. We look forward to seeing you!
12. 3. 2020
Dear fans a visitors of the Zlín Film Festival, we just want to assure you that preparations for the upcoming 60th anniversary of our festival are still going on. We are monitoring the situation and we follow the measured issues. We believe that we´ll meet in Zlín from May 29 to June 6, 2020. Your ZFF Team.
12. 7. 2020
In our stories, we have presented two of the most important filmmakers of Czechoslovak cinema, whose work is connected with the Zlín film studio. The only one missing from the Three Greats is Karel Zeman. The films of the legendary Karel Zeman amazed both Zlín and world audiences. His films are part of the festival program to this day. In his honor, from 1989 to 1994 the main prize bore his name. The European Debuts competition was enriched in 2019 with a brand new Karel Zeman Award for the visual interpretation of a film.
10. 7. 2020
In 2006, the festival organizers had to face a protest by Czech filmmakers against the non-adoption of an amendment to the Act on Cinematography. The result was the cancellation of screenings not only at the Zlín festival. This situation affected, for example, the opening of the festival, when the filmmakers canceled the screening of the animated film Fimfárum 2.
8. 7. 2020
The famous British actor Michael York and his wife, photographer Patricia McCallum, took away many unforgettable memories from their visit to the Zlín Festival, such as a special performance of the historical association and their participation in the Ride of the Kings in Vlčnov. Patricia even created a thematic clapperboard for the festival.
7. 7. 2020
The project of child stars on the Walk of Fame started in 2006. The first to get a celebrated tile in front of the Grand Cinema were Žaneta Fuchsová (Cat Prince, Mr. Tau, Train of Childhood and Hope,…), Tomáš Holý in memoriam (Under Badger Rock, How to Extract a Whale's Molar, Holidays for a Dog,…) and Michal Kocourek (The Flight, Indians from Větrov, Sonata for a Red-Haired Girl,…). Let's remember all of those who got one of Zlín's stars on the sidewalk.
4. 7. 2020
Thanks to the festival's cooperation with Microsoft, in 2001 children were able to explore the world of computers and the Internet not only in classrooms, but also in a double-decker bus in front of the Grand Cinema. The following year, a large tent appeared at the same place, which attracted many passers-by with its igloo shape.
3. 7. 2020
As of 1948, the most massive film event in communist Czechoslovakia was held in Zlín under the name Film Festival of Workers. The first year was held under the auspices of the wife of the President of the Republic, Marta Gottwaldová. It didn't take long till the president and first lady "got" Zlín as a dowry, when it was renamed Gottwaldov on January 1, 1949. The competition films were screened in the Grand Cinema and in the natural amphitheater, and the film of several countries were represented. Of course, most were Soviet films (e.g. Symphony of Life, Tales of the Siberian Land). Many supporting events took place within the festival. For example, Oldřich Nový sang national songs, the Zlín Philharmonic Orchestra gave concerts, audiences could have fun with Jindřich Plachta, Ladislav Pešek, and Vlasta Fabianová.
1. 7. 2020
The Zlín Festival is a place where interesting and sometimes touching meetings take place. As in the case of the meeting of Libuše Šafránková and Andrej Chalimon, the protagonists of the Oscar-winning film Kolja at the 47th year. The year 2007 was Chalimon's second visit to the Zlín festival. In 1996, he presented his film in Zlín together with Stella Zázvorková.
30. 6. 2020
The expansion of the film program and the extension of the festival to 8 days in 2008 led to an increase in festival locations with the Golden Apple Cinema. Not only is the film program at home here, but visitors can get signatures from famous Czech filmmakers at autograph sessions or just see the exhibitions of films or clapperboards on their way to the cinema in the Golden Apple shopping center.
28. 6. 2020
We came across some very interesting information in the festival archives. In 1987, Věra Chytilová's horror film Wolf's Hole won the Children's Audience Award. The film, which was nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlinale, tells the story of some people at a ski course which turns out to be an experiment led by strange creatures.
21. 3. 2020
The 130 clapperboards from many well-known authors are already ready for the exhibition. Even though the Clapperboard Tour 2020 is postponed, you can see it at the Film Clapperboard website.
2. 6. 2019
Did you run or cheer? Anyway, thank you for your record attendance! See who stood on the podium.
2. 6. 2019
Exceptional moments from Friday's day are really exclusive. Check out the selection of the most interesting top moments.
1. 6. 2019
The last red carpet of 59th Zlín Film Festival ... many stars, delegations and visitors. Thank you!
1. 6. 2019
The atmosphere of yesterday's gala was amazing. Look at the moments from awarding festival awards or following afterparties through the lenses of our photographers.
1. 6. 2019
Interesting moments from 7th festival day - many visitors in cinema, baptism in Zoo Lešná, Cinema train, film stars on the red carpet and others. Look at the photogallery.
31. 5. 2019
Eight festival juries presented themselves to the audience at the red carpet. Furthermore, visitors could meet delegations for screened films or with Czech actresses Kristýna Frejová or Klára Pollertová-Trojanova with children.
30. 5. 2019
Zlín Film Festival Zlín organizes "Works in Progress" in cooperation with the Czech Film Center. Five Czech, Slovak and Balkan projects in the post-production phase were presented by their creators to festival guests, distributors and sales agents.
30. 5. 2019
The best photos of this day.