“The Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia – An Interview with Artistic Director Cerise Howard” on film website 4:3, 5 September, 2014. Ivan Čerečina provides the questions; Cerise Howard the long, sprawling answers.
“Cerise Howard & the Czech & Slovak Film Festival” on Federation Square’s Federation Story website. Mathew Knight’s article profiles CaSFFA’s Artistic Director, Cerise Howard and includes a few lovely photos taken on 2014’s Opening Night.
“Conspirators” by Mark Holsworth, Melbourne art & culture critic, on his Black Mark blog, 24 August, 2014. Reviewing the Conspirators exhibition at CaSFFA, Mark writes “this is a fantastic exhibition that well deserves a second look”.
“Tribute to Jan Svankmajer at heart of Czech and Slovak Film Festival” in The Age, Friday 22 August 2014: Jake Wilson interviews CaSFFA Artistic Director Cerise Howard and hones in on this year’s Jan Švankmajer retrospective.
“Czechoslovakia down under” in the Prague Post, 21 August 2014: Article by André Crous in “The Voice of Prague” gives an overview of both legs of the 2014 festival.
“Top 10 films” in The Age, 19 August 2014: Jake Wilson selects Closely Observed Trains and writes that “Jiri Menzel’s Oscar-winning 1966 adaptation of a novel by Bohumil Hrabal retains a lot of charm.”
“Faust” in Senses of Cinema: article by David Heslin to accompany the CaSFFA/Melbourne Cinémathèque screening of Jan Švankmajer’s Faust.
“Philosophies of Non-sense: Jan Švankmajer’s Jabberwocky” in Senses of Cinema: article by Ben Hjorth to accompany the CaSFFA/Melbourne Cinémathèque screening of Jabberwocky.
“The Exquisite Ecstasy and Agony of Jan Švankmajer’s Conspirators of Pleasure” in Senses of Cinema: article by CaSFFA’s Artistic Director Cerise Howard to accompany the CaSFFA/Melbourne Cinémathèque screening of Conspirators of Pleasure.
“Little Otik” in Senses of Cinema: article by Zoe Gross to accompany the CaSFFA/Melbourne Cinémathèque screening of Jan Švankmajer’s Little Otik.
“Czech & Slovak Film Festival of Australia 2014” in Time Out Melbourne. “Join the resistance with the second year of this fledgling festival”, writes Martyn Pedler.
“National Film Festival: starting one from scratch” in Screen Hub, Friday 6 June, 2014: “Cerise Howard explains how and why she is developing the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia as a labour of love.” (Screen Hub subscription necessary to view.)
“Czech & Slovak Film Festival launches new promotional spot and poster via Sense” in Campaign Brief Australia
CaSFFA 2014 Trailer
2nd CaSFFA Pozible promo clip – Join the Resistance!
CaSFFA 2013 Trailer
“Czech & Slovak Film Festival of Australia” in Time Out Melbourne. “Hopefully the festival is here to stay, and [will] expose the public to a lot more historical gems from the region, as well as providing a platform for more challenging fare”, writes Dean McInerney in this lengthy overview of the 1st CaSFFA, deemed here a “critics’ choice” by Time Out.
“CaSFFA REVIEW: In the Shadow“: A four star review of our Opening Night film from critic Michael Scott on his excellent blog, Cue Dot Confessions.
“CaSFFA REVIEW: Flower Buds“: A three-and-a-half star review of our Closing Night film, “a wonderfully enigmatic piece of cinema”, from Michael Scott.
“CaSFFA REVIEW: The Blue Tiger“: A three star review from a charmed, nostalgic Michael Scott, of a film in which “imagination is in no short supply”.
Film Buff’s Forecast, 102.7 3RRR FM, June 1, 2013, now available “on demand”, features CaSFFA Artistic Director Cerise Howard being interviewed by host Paul Harris during the first 25 minutes, and several highly favourable reviews of festival films by Film Buff’s regular Nick Matteo during the last 25 minutes of this essential two hours of weekly listening for film buffs all over Melbourne, and beyond. If you missed it live, you can now catch it on demand.
“The Czech and Slovak Film Festival” in The Melbourne Review, May 2013: a short piece on the festival’s themes by Anna Snoekstra, noting that “this exciting new film festival brings together old and new with a unique flavour.”
“Top 10 films” in The Age, June 8, 2013: Jake Wilson selects Alois Nebel, whose “rotoscope animation technique – tracing over live-action footage with heavy black lines – creates a brooding atmosphere straight out of film noir.”
“Top 10 films” in The Age, May 25, 2013: Jake Wilson selects The Emperor’s Nightingale: “The gifts of Czech puppet animator Jiri Trnka are on full display in this ornate, eerie 1949 version of a Hans Andersen fairy tale.”
What’s Slovak in Cannes 2013?: this e-book of a brochure published by the Slovak Film Institute prepared especially for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival has a small article on page 7 about the first Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia. It is also available for download as a PDF.
“Czech & Slovak Film Festival of Australia” in weekendnotes: an enthusiastic overview of the festival from Aaron McDonald.
“The Passion of the Peasant Poet: Jiří Trnka, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Hand” in Senses of Cinema: article from CaSFFA’s Cerise Howard for Cteq Annotations, to accompany the Melbourne Cinémathèque screenings of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Hand.
“The Sun in a Net” in Senses of Cinema: article by Peter Hourigan for Cteq Annotations, to accompany the Melbourne Cinémathèque screening of The Sun in a Net.
“Jiří Trnka” in Kvart: an overview of the life and career of the legendary Trnka on the cover page of this newsletter for the local Czech and Slovak community, issued by SOKOL Melbourne and downloadable as a PDF.
In Kinobox.cz, “Již zítra odstartuje v australském Melbourne první česká a slovenská filmová přehlídka“: an overview of the 1st CaSFFA from June 4, 2013, including a gallery of images from the program launch and the festival trailer.
In kinema.sk, “1. česko-slovenský filmový festival v Austrálii!“: an overview of the 1st CaSFFA from June 5, 2013, looking both forwards and backwards.