EVENTS

REVIEW OF 2013: DRAMATIC INCRASE IN FILM PRODUCTION IN CZECH REPUBLIC

The anual review of financial results of APA members showed a substantial film production increase in the Czech Republic. In comparison with 2012, the turnover of Czech production companies associated with APA rose from 4.075 billion Kc to more than 5 billion Kc,  amounting to a 23% increase.

Companies participating in international copruductions or supplying services to international film productions saw the largest growth -- 82% from 1.564 billion Kc to 2.34 billion Kc. The main contributing factor was the budgetary increase of the State Cinematography Fund in the area of film incentives from 300 million Kc in 2012 to 500 million in 2013. Based on conservative estimates, this number represents a 4 billion Kc foreign investment in the Czech economy. This week the Czech government raised the 2014 budget for the State Cinematography Fund film incentives to 800 milion Kc. The incentives should therefore bring in foreign investment of 6 billion Kc this year.

The most significant foreign project shot in the Czech Republic last year was Ridley Scott‘s feature Child 44. Through the STILLKING FILM company, it brought an investment of 651 million Kc into the Czech Republic.  Another important project was the Danish co-production with SIRENA FILM on a historical epic 1964 shot as an 8-part TV series. It became the most expensive television series in the history of Danish cinematography.  The filming in Czech Republic employed 175 film professionals and brought the Czech economy almost 300 million Kc.

Last year was also successful for Czech film makers: the revenue of APA members in Czech film and TV productions rose from 739 to 795 million Kc which is a nearly 8% increase. The most successful productions on the market were mainly television productions. This reflects an increase in the production of Czech television programs commissioned as co-productions or with externally contracted producers. 

For example, the proportion of external productions at Czech Televison rose to 39% in 2013 (sports, news, acquisitions or internal activities not included).

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

external production share

24%

27%

36%

39%

The only area where the APA production companies experienced a drop was advertising. Compared with 2012, Czech production companies revenues form commercials dropped from 1.772 billion Kc to 1.392 billion Kc in 2013 and generated only 79% of last year’s revenues.

(for details, see attached chart)

Record number of premiers did not bring more viewers to cinemas

In 2013, 11.058 million viewers attended 413,251 screenings, which represents approximately a 1% decrease. However, based on figures from the Union of Film Distributors (UFD), last year’s revenues had reached a record 1.424 billion Kc. This is due to a new method of calculating the figures. In contrast with previous years,  the UFD calculates revenues including 15% VAT and a 1% cinematography fee in line with the new audiovisual law.  The overall revenues must be modified order to compare them with data from previous years, when the UFD supplied numbers without VAT or the cinematography surcharge.

Year

Screenings

Viewers

Net Revenue

Entrence Fee

2012

402 194

11 181 851

1 275 596 489 Kč

114,08 Kč

2013

413 251

11 057 559

1 424 245 647 Kč

128,80 Kč

2013 modif.

 

 

1 219 388 396 Kč

110,27 Kč

In 2013 Czech movie theaters held a record 285 film premieres, a 22% increase over 2012. The 45 Czech film productions included 25 full-length feature films, 17 documentaries, 2 animated feature films and a digital re-release of All My Good Countrymen, which had been banned for nearly two decades during the previous regime.  

Despite the higher number of foreign films in Czech cinemas, Czech films maintained a relatively high share of attendence at 24.2%. This translated into 2.68 million viewers, a slight decrease over 2012. In comparison with other European countries (according to the European Audovisual Observatory), the Czech Republic still ranks among those with above-average interest in domestic cinema.

Attendance Share of Domestic Films in 2013

Five of the 10 most-viewed films in 2013 were Czech:

Top 10 Most Viewed for 2013

                               January – December 2013 (based on figures from UFD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title

Distributor

Premiere

Country

Perform.

Viewers

revenue

1

Babovresky

Falcon

Oct.14,13

CZ

9 339

652 458

86 293 472

2

Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Warner Bros

Dec.12,13

US

7 684

493 999

76 015 276

3

Smurfs 2

Falcon

Aug.8,13

US

8 528

342 938

45 365 931

4

Story of a Godfather

Bioscop/AQS

Oct.24,13

CZ

5 622

295 683

40 317 097

5

Lucky Four in Service of the King

CinemArt

Feb.2,13

CZ

6 384

269 546

28 774 320

6

Iron Man 3

Falcon

May 2,13

US

7 962

265 176

38 479 327

7

Despicable Me 2

CinemArt

Apr.7,13

US

7 587

258 555

34 219 447

8

Revival

Bontonfilm

Jul.7,13

CZ

6 342

240 312

30 298 041

9

Christmas Wings

Falcon

Nov.14,13

CZ

4 814

237 042

30 911 653

10

Gravity

Warner Bros

Oct.3,13

US

6 201

231 424

39 571 952

The most-viewed film of 2013 was again a Czech film, the comedy Babovresky. The following chart shows the most-viewed films from recent year.  In eight of the last 10 years a Czech film was the most popular.

Year

Title

number of viewers in thousands in year of release

2013

Babovresky

652

2012

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift

671

2011

Men in Hope

852

2010

Women in Temptation

1 232

2009

You Kiss like God

905

2008

Bathory

912

2007

Empties

1 254

2006

Holiday Makers

788

2005

Novel for Women

551

2004

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

779

Kateřina Weissová, APA
Karlovy Vary, July 6th,  2014

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