The Czech & Slovak Film Festival of Australia (CaSFFA) celebrates and promotes a contextualised range of classic and modern Czech and Slovak live-action and animated films to Australian and expatriate audiences through a yearly, not-for-profit arts festival.
The origins of CaSFFA were simple. A group of lifelong cinephiles dreamed of bringing the cinema of the Czech and Slovak Republics to the people of Australia and resolved to make this dream a reality.
In just five years the festival has grown into a major cultural event held in Melbourne and Canberra’s most prestigious venues, including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the National Film and Sound Archive, and is partnering with the Queensland Film Festival for the second year in Brisbane.
CaSFFA began in Melbourne in 2013. In this, its 6th year, the theme across screenings in Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane, is SPRING.
Spring references new beginnings and acknowledges the 50 year anniversary of the PRAGUE SPRING, the 100 year anniversary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia and the 25th anniversary of the VELVET DIVORCE, out of which peacefully emerged Czechia and Slovakia.
As a springtime festival in Melbourne/Canberra, CaSFFA celebrates the urban legend of the Prague Spring-Man, Pérák, a fearless fighter against fascism.
Our program includes a major retrospective of the legendary Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová, whose masterpieces DAISIES and FRUIT OF PARADISE rank among the emblematic films of the Prague Spring. We tap into the theme to celebrate all that bubbles up in the effervescent spa town of Karlovy Vary, host to the Czech Republic’s A-list international film festival.
CaSFFA partners once again with the City of Melbourne to let Pavel Kohout loose on the Melbourne Town Hall’s Grand Organ for another amazing organ recital and live film score!
Running a film festival is an expensive enterprise, even when staffed wholly by volunteers!
There are many hidden costs, like charges for screening rights, shipping, cinema hire, catering, promotion, insurance, and much more besides.
At CaSFFA we aim to deliver a cinematic and cultural experience unlike at any other film festival in Australia, featuring not just great films but also highlighting the work of Australian and international artists in exhibitions aligning with this year’s “Spring” theme.
And as always, we look forward to throwing great parties, with food, drink and entertainment aplenty. Therefore your donation will ensure that CaSFFA can continue to celebrate the best of Czech and Slovak film and culture in Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.