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- 9.6.2014 9:34 -

The first My Street Films were made by talented Czech documentarists!


My Street Films, a new project of the DAFilms.com portal giving rise to a unique film map of the Czech Republic, has met with a positive response among Czech amateur as well as professional filmmakers! We present the works by three talented Czech filmmakers who you already know from the DAFilms catalogue! Bohdan Bláhovec, Ivo Bystřičan and Petr Hátle reveal places and stories yet unknown…

In its short-lived three-week existence, My Street Films has already added 9 short films to its newly formed film map! It seems that the first edition of the competition, brought from the UK by DAFilms.com portal, will be able to find its fans both among amateur and professional filmmakers. Diana Tabakov, initiator of the Czech version of the documentary map and acquisitions manager of the DAFilms team, too, hopes for the project‘s successful future development. “It is a project that naturally concerns each one of us. Everyone is interested in their environment in a way and our film map is a perfect tool for learning more about it.”

You can see how the film map is doing both on the project website and on the DAFilms.com portal. It is here that we have posted the short documentary films by filmmakers you may have already met when surfing our film catalogue. The three young and talented filmmakers, directors Petr Hátle, Bohdan Bláhovec and Ivo Bystřičan, have contributed to the documentary map with an experimental project trailer and two original short films.

Petr Hátle, director of Jihlava IDFF winning film “The Great Night”, which has also made its way to the shortlist of the Doc Alliance Selection Award 2014, has made the project trailer. Composed out of three diverse stories from Prague streets, the trailer was filmed on a mobile phone, pointing out the technological availability of making such a film.

Bohdan Bláhovec, who has won this year’s Czech Film Critics Award for his documentary “SHOW!”, revealing the workings of children’s show business, has depicted the street life of Dejvice quarter. Tellingly called My Home, the film starts with a children’s play of a Ukrainian and Chinese girl, both fluent in Czech, while the other side of the street resounds with the hesitant tones of the Czech anthem, strummed on a guitar by tipsy youths in a local restaurant.

Ivo Bystřičan, whose latest film “Byeway”, dealing with the construction of one of Czech highway routes dragging on for years, has stirred unprecedented public interest, conceived the invitation to join the project as a reason to meet the occupants of the apartment house where he has lived for quite a long time. What did he find out after leaving the confined space of the elevator and venturing to the yet undiscovered floors of the building? Watch here!

Do you also have a story you would like to tell by means of film? Make it! The My Street Films map is open to you!

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