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Karlovy Vary Engages in 'Conversation With Hollywood' as Part of Industry Events

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The industry events program at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival kicks off on Sunday with the panel discussion titled "Conversation With Hollywood."

The event, which takes place in the Grandhotel Pupp, will look at how international filmmakers can work with Hollywood actors, directors, producers and studios.

Panelists include producer Greg Shapiro from Kingsgate Films, who received a best picture Academy Award for Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker," and is now producing "Child 44" with Ridley Scott, producer and sales agent Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content, and Milan Popelka, COO of FilmNation Entertainment, the sales and production company.

Later in that afternoon at Hotel Thermal, there will be a review of the European Union's film and TV policies led by Doris Pack, chair of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, and Karel Bartak, Creative Europe Coordinator at the European Commission. The discussion is titled "Culture and Audiovisual Policy in the Forthcoming Years -- What Is at Stake?"

Also on Sunday, there will be a presentation of work-in-progress footage from the Czech animated movie "Little from the Fish Shop" at Hotel Thermal attended by director Jan Balej, chief animator Michael Carrington and producer Nelly Jencikova. The film is a modern take on Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale "The Little Mermaid."

In the evening, the 10 films nominated for the LUX Prize will be revealed at Hotel Thermal. The prize is awarded by the European Parliament to films that reflect "the richness and diversity of European culture." The aim is to make them accessible to a wider audience during the LUX Film Days, a series of screenings in all 28 European Union countries of the three finalists in the fall.

On Monday morning, a session titled "Supporting 'Fragile' Films - a Realistic Dream?" will look at the distribution of arthouse and niche films. The discussion, which takes place at Barrandov Studios' Villa, will look at innovative ideas to support the release of these films.

Panelists include Clare Crean of The Works International, Laurent Danielou of Rezo Films, Karel Och, artistic director of Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, Christian de Schutter of Flanders Image, Mira Staleva of Sofia Intl. Film Festival, Rene Wolf of Eye Film Institute, and Michel Zana of Sophie Dulac. The event is moderated by Variety journalist Leo Barraclough.

The event is organized by European Parliament LUX Prize and Europa Distribution, in cooperation with Karlovy Vary festival.

In the afternoon, producers and filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe present their latest feature film projects at the "Works in Progress" workshop at Hotel Thermal. The event, which is aimed at international sales agents, distributors, co-producers and festival programmers, offers a selection of 15 films that have recently completed or are in post-production, and lack an international sales agent.

The most promising project selected by the international jury will receive an award of 10,000 Euros ($13,600) in services from Barrandov Studios, the event's partner.

On Tuesday morning at the "Pitch & Feedback" workshop at Barrandov Studios' Villa, a selection of Czech and Slovak film projects in development will be presented. These will receive professional feedback from experts in the international film industry.

It is organized by the Czech Film Center, the Slovak Film Institute and the Karlovy Vary festival in co-operation with the Barrandov Studios and Midpoint: Central European Script Center.

In the session titled "Docu Talents From the East" on Tuesday afternoon at Barrandov Studios' Villa, directors and producers of 12 feature-length documentary projects from Central and Eastern Europe, which are in production or post-production, will introduce their films in eight-minute presentations.

The session is organized by the Jihlava Intl. Documentary Film Festival, in cooperation with Karlovy Vary.

On Wednesday afternoon, the "Film New Europe Coproduction Meeting" will meet in the Filmmakers' Lounge, Cinema Cas, to present co-production funding programs in Central Europe, with case studies of ongoing co-production.

On Thursday afternoon at Barrandov Studios' Villa, the "KVIFF Talks" features an interview with scriptwriter Tony Grisoni, who has worked with such directors as Michael Winterbottom and Terry Gilliam. The conversation will be moderated by TorinoFilmLab director Savina Neirotti.

On Friday afternoon at Grandhotel Pupp in a session titled "TV Panel," the festival will host a discussion focusing on television production, featuring case studies of several projects.

Panellists include Eric Welbers of Beta Film, Cecile Mosli of NRK, Petr Dvorak and Jan Maxa of Czech Television, and Cary Brokaw, the film and television producer. The general directors of Central European state television stations from Slovakia, Poland and Hungary will also attend.

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