Welcome to the official website of the 1st Czech Film Festival in Queenstown, to be held on the week of 10-16th October 2016 in the legendary Dorothy Browns Cinema in Arrowtown.

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 despite of the fact that there is not (yet!) a well-defined Czech-Slovakian Queenstown community, 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 some months of 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 all 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 annual event so everyone can taste a little bit of the Middle European cinema art.

Here is to the 1st Czech Film Festival in Queenstown, see you all there!

Vladka Kennett

Vladka Kennett
Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Queenstown