The Czech cinematography industry has always been well recognised and respected in the film world and some internationally renowned movies, actors and directors have originated in the Czech Republic, or earlier Czechoslovakia.
Over the last decade the Wakatipu area has become an attractive hub for many Czechs and there are many Czech/Slovak expats living, working, studying, long-term holidaying or just visiting the region.
Not only for these people, but also for their children to keep in touch with their parents’ homeland, as well as for New Zealand friends and partners, who are interested in getting to know a little bit more about the Czech culture, history and lifestyle, the idea to organize a film festival became rather burning.
After the 1st ever and rather successful Czech Film Festival in New Zealand back in 2016, we once agian were busy shaping the concept, selecting the right movies so they represent the country well and can be understood here in New Zealand, and with the priceless support of our dear sponsors, I am very proud to be able to invite you to a week where you can - CZECH IT OUT!
I hope that both my fellow citizens here as well as the born & bred Wakatipians will make most of the movies.
Let’s make the festival a successful event so everyone can taste a little bit of the Middle European cinema art.
Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Queenstown