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 six years the festival has grown into a major cultural event in both Melbourne and Canberra’s most prestigious venues, including one of the jewels in Melbourne’s architectural crown, the Capitol Theatre, Melbourne (home of ACMI this year) and the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra.
CaSFFA began in Melbourne in 2013. In this, its 7th year, the theme across screenings is THE KEYS TO THE CITY, inspired by the 30th anniversary of 1989’s famously peaceful “Velvet Revolution” and by one of its most indelible symbols – the mass jingling of keys in city squares, signifying the unlocking of the doors to power and the farewelling of tyrants.
The life of former president Václav Havel, the key figure of the “Velvet Revolution”, will be celebrated in documentaries.
As keys and castles are as common to fairy tales as to Havel’s self-acknowledged “Hloupy Honza”-like ascent to the Czechoslovak Presidency, fairy tales will also be celebrated at CaSFFA 2019. The half-centenary of Jan Palach’s death will also be acknowledged on-screen.
Running a film festival is an expensive enterprise, even when staffed wholly by volunteers!
There are many hidden costs, such as 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, aligning with this year’s “Keys to the cities” 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 and Canberra.