She has been around, actually everywhere is my impression, at least in the Eastern European circles that I also visit to watch original, well told stories. Hanka Kastelicová, executive producer of documentaries at HBO Europe, has indeed done a lot of good for films from that region in the 5 years she has worked for HBO. I have met her as a panelist and as a tutor, in both capacities she has shown respect for the filmmakers as well commitment and energy to help good films to be made.
It is therefore very well deserved that FIPA (Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels) has honoured her by giving her the
… that according to the FIPA website is given ”to an individual from the European audiovisual sphere, in recognition of the exemplarity of their work, artistic development or creative approach.”
Notice that FIPA talks about ”audiovisual programmes”, it is an event that has always had the focus on television, so as the French say ”chapeau” for this decision to give an award to a Film person!
A link below includes an interview with Kastelicová made by EDN.