Industry program

We will keep updating the programme.

Friday, 22 September

Meeting of the Czech Film Commission with regional film offices

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm丨Mayor's Lounge, Měšťanská beseda

For additional information, do not hesitate to contact Pavlína Žipková from the Czech Film Commission. Contact e-mail:

Admission for invited participants only.

Language: Czech

Czech Film Springboard – FUNDING NEWS

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm丨Dancing Hall, Měšťanská beseda

Moderated discussion on the possibilities of financing film projects and co-production in Europe. The representatives of national funds from Croatia and Germany will give the short overview, and answer your concrete questions on accessing financing in their country.

Admission for guests with Guest, Press and Film Student accreditations.

Language: English

Czech Film Springboard - WHO is WHO?

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm丨Dancing Hall, Měšťanská beseda

Informal meeting with the invited foreign film industry experts. The representatives of film festivals (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Transilvania IFF, Cottbus Film Festival, Crossing Europe, Galway Film Fleadh and Trieste FF), sales agents (Picture Tree International and Pluto Film), co-production markets (Connecting Cottbus, Baltic Event and New Horizons), but also producers from France, Romania, Slovenia or Bulgaria will present their activities.

Admission for guests with Guest, Press and Film Student accreditations.

Language: English

Saturday, 23 September

Location Tour: Pilsen SORELA

10:00 am - 2:00 pm丨Slovany city quarter

Come with us on an architectural stroll through the so-called SORELA, buildings built in the 1950s. Their name is derived from the initial letters of the words SOcialist REalism in Architecture.

We will travel to the place by a period bus and end the walk with a cocktail at Kafe Smetanka (Nám. Milady Horákové 18). Those interested can then use the bikes provided by our partner, Around Pilsen, and continue riding around other locations with filming potential.

Location Tour is intended for location managers, film architects, producers, directors and other professionals.

Participation in the Tour is free.

Please register your interest by 22 September at the latest by e-mail:

The transport leaves at 10:00 am from the Festival Centre in Měšťanská beseda (Kopeckého sady 13), a place must be booked in advance.

Language: Czech丨interpreting will be provided for foreign participants

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Czech Film Springboard – PITCHING & ROUND TABLES

10:30 am - 5:00 pm丨Mešťanská beseda

Czech Film Springboard is an industry programme organised by the Czech Film Fund/Czech Film Center in cooperation with Finále Plzeň film festival since 2016. A closed presentation of 5 Czech fiction projects in development: selected projects are pitched to invited international experts from various areas of film industry by their producers and directors and later discussed individually at round tables with selected professionals. The event is closed for public and accessible only for invited experts and presenters of the selected projects. The ultimate goal is to draw attention of competent international experts to carefully selected Czech projects in various stages of development, and to give the projects a chance to test their viability.

Admission for invited experts and presenters only.

Language: English

PITCH.CZ: Live in Pitch

3:00 pm丨Festival center (Mešťanská beseda)

Industry podcast presents Live in Pitch

Director Robert Hloz embarked on an unconventional venture in the Czech context - he decided to penetrate the film market with his debut in the Eastern European sci-fi genre. After nine years of work, the movie called Bod obnovy (Recovery Point) is coming to cinemas, and we will break down this long and exciting journey step by step. What was the hardest? To develop and write a first feature-film screenplay? To find a producer who will believe in a debutant's vision? To finance a seemingly risky and unprecedented project? Or to make a film based on Robert's ambitious vision, but with limited resources? Don't miss the public confession in the first-ever live Pitch with the creator!

Free entry.

Language: Czech

PITCH.CZ: Film as an Investment Opportunity

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm丨Mayor's Lounge, Měšťanská beseda

Industry podcast presents a panel discussion Is Film Worthwhile?

Covid drove people out of cinemas, inflation raised both ticket and production prices. Does it still pay off to produce feature films for cinema distribution? How have audience behaviour and demands changed? What do producers, distributors and cinematographers have to consider if they want to succeed? Producer Vojtěch Frič (Love.Frame; Onemanshow: The Movie; Prvok, Šampon, Tečka and Karel; Me, Olga Hepnarová) and Martin Palán (CEO of Bontonfilm) will meet in the first-ever Pitch industry panel debate.

Admission for guests with Guest, Press, Film Student accreditations.

Language: Czech

Exhibition ‘Pilsen Region on the Film Screen’

Saturday 23 September - Wednesday 27 September丨public space in front of Měšťanská beseda

The Pilsen Region is an increasingly popular and sought-after location among filmmakers, and interest in filming here has grown significantly in recent years. One of the reasons are attractive locations with potential for use in the film industry. The exhibition of the Regional Film Office of the Pilsen Region at Finále Plzeň will offer a selection of specific locations and

films made there.

Sunday, 24 September

Czech-German Panel – How do Czech films work with German audience?

CANCELLED due to illness.

From an idea to high ratings. A guide to the journey of collaboration between creators and television

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm丨Garden, Měšťanská beseda

Working in/for television is often accompanied by many myths and sometimes possibly unnecessary mutual misunderstandings. Yet it is quite simple. That is why TV Nova and Voyo, ARAS and the Finále Plzeň festival would like to invite you to the first joint discussion, in which we will open not only these issues, but we shall also discuss all possible ways and collaborations with various professions across television and the audio-visual scene. In an interview with TV Nova and Voyo creative producer, Lenka Szántó, director and screenwriter Tomáš Pavlíček will reveal the behind-the-scenes look at how TV Nova's popular TV series are created. How can cooperation with the market leader work? What's new in the world of Voyo Originals? What topics does Voyo look for? Do you have an idea that you want to bring to life? Let's discuss this journey together. There will be room for additional questions from the audience.

Admission for guests with Guest, Press and Film Student accreditations.

Language: Czech

Throughout the Festival

Film Café

daily 10:00 am - 6:00 pm丨Měšťanská beseda

Do you want to know how the Pilsen Film Office works? Do you want to film in the Pilsen Region and are you looking for a specific location? Are you preparing a film in our region and looking for financial support? Do you want to connect with local professionals or students and start collaboration? Expand your horizons at Finále Plzeň.

Arrange a meeting with a representative of the Regional Film Office of the Pilsen Region during the festival week anytime between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm at Měšťanská beseda in Pilsen. Coffee is on us.

Café contacts:

Radka Šámalová, Head of the Film Office, T: +420 737 190 798, E:

David Brabec, Project Manager, T: +420 721 956 102, E:

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