Fall is an ideal time to hit up the kino. Not only is the weather perfect for filmgazing but there are also a smattering of quality, English-friendly film festivals at this time of year.
Since 2003 Bollywood Film Festival has left Prague moviegoers with a lasting impression of all things India. If you’ve never experienced a Bollywood musical in a movie theater, you haven’t lived yet. The audience experiences every first kiss with communal sighs and claps along to the music when the hero wins the girl. It’s really an interactive and often times emotional Indian rollercoaster.
October 13-16, 2016
Mezipatra Queer Film Festival is something the LGBT community in Prague and Brno looks forward to every year. Of course, it’s a film festival showcasing a multitude of queer films (documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, feature films, etc.), but it’s also a cultural event that takes both cities by storm. In addition to film, the creative organizers of Mezipatra put together an impressive off-program of theme parties, lectures, exhibits, and much more.
November 3-10, 2016 in Prague
November 11-18, 2016 in Brno
FAMU is Prague’s prestigious film school. Its lecture halls have graced the likes of Miloš Forman (Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and other directors of the Czech New Wave like Věra Chytilová (Daisies) and Jiří Menzel (Closely Watched Trains). Its kind of a big deal. FAMUFest is an annual showcase of current students’ films (films in Czech have English subtitles). In addition to overdosing on films from multiple genres, you’ll be able to party with these budding filmmakers and their hip, local friends.
November 23-27, 2016
Ok, so Jihlava is not anywhere close to Prague, but so what? This documentary film festival is well worth the two hour trip. You’ll see the best in documentary film from all around the world, can attend masterclasses from world-renowned directors, and can take in the rich off-program of concerts and parties. A word to the wise: accommodation can be sparse in Jihlava itself. If you’re not lucky enough to find a bed in time, consider trekking to Jihlava from the nearby stunning UNESCO town of Telč.
October 25-30, 2016