Should cinema-goers come back sooner? These Czech film groups think so

Production companies from across the Czech Republic are calling for cinemas to be reclassified under the PES system.

Tom Lane

Written by Tom Lane
Published on 26.11.2020 08:55 (updated on 26.11.2020)

The film industry is asking the Ministry of Health to be reclassified in order to allow limited audiences back sooner.

Currently they would not be able to open to spectators during the third stage of the PES system as they are designated in the culture section, but producers, distributors and cinema chains are calling for them to be placed in the same category as restaurants, this would allow them to open to a limited number of spectators at an earlier date.

The Association of Audiovisual Producers (APA), Association of Cinema Operators (APK), Union of Film Distributors (UFD) and Association of Animated Film (ASAF) have released a joint press release.

The release was sent to CTK and says film screenings aren't part of living culture and that they believe that the creators of the current COVID rating system have forgotten them. 

Vratislav Šlajer , Chairman of the Board of the APA said:

"Cinemas are very safe in compliance with security measures such as drapes, clearances and ventilation. It is very misleading to classify cinemas that do not belong to the fields of living culture and can ensure safe contact of visitors, among other cultural events and connect them with theater or concerts without deeper analysis and distinction."

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"In addition, during the first wave, according to available information from cinemas, there were no outbreaks of infection at all, “

If you are missing the cinema experience or seeing new films, a number of film festivals are currently taking place online. MittelCinemaFest gets underway Nov. 26 and lasts until Dec. 3, while the seventh annual Aussie & Kiwi Film Fest is well underway.

The statement says that the re-closing of cinemas during the second wave has a “fatal impact” on the entire audiovisual sector, for which a large part of cinemas represent a basic income.