Probably one of the most accessible, laidback and fun film festivals around, FebioFest is one of the Czech Republic’s largest film festivals. Shown in a local Prague cinema, FebioFest focuses mainly on full length films, bringing to Czech audiences the best of the last year, distribution premieres, retrospectives and tributes. The 18th year of this well-loved and eagerly anticipated event runs from March 24 to April 1, 2011.
There will be a Swedish Retrospective this year, showcasing films from this Nordic country. Ten new Swedish films will be screened, along with some classics. Two other venues are involved. Kino Konvikt will show films from the Czech Archives, while a special Video Auditorium will be set up at the Prague Airport – Terminal 2 screening films for free. Shown here will be mainly classic and newer Czech films, as well as some foreign ones – all loosely related to flight.
It’s not all about what’s on the screen though. Evenings see the FebioFest Music Festival in the cinema’s parking garage. This free event offers nightly concerts ranging from jazz to alternative rock to world music and is nearly as big a draw as the films themselves. The Kristián, a prize given by Czech journalists is also awarded in the categories of feature, documentary and animation. Audiences also have the opportunity to choose the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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