EU funds help: Zlín Film Knot has a new wind in its sails
6. 11. 2020
The Film Knot (Filmový uzel) has brought visitors to the Zlín film studios. Thanks to subsidies from EU funds, the place has come to life and is again a popular tourist destination.
The film studios in Zlín have become alive again after years. Behind this success is the construction of the Film Knot, a place where people can meet the history of film art in Zlín but also take a look into its future.
The owners of the two connected buildings in which the Film Knot is built seized the opportunity in 2014, prepared a project and received a subsidy of almost 25 million Czech crowns from the European Regional Development Fund. Out of the total investment of 29 million Czech crowns, the founder of the publicly beneficial society Kudlov Studios, Imos Invest, paid 4.4 million.
UNIQUE EXPOSITIONS AND CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
Thanks to European and private subsidies, the buildings could be renovated and new unique multimedia exhibitions were built in them, including creative workshops. The Zlín Film Knot is thus the only collection of its kind, but it is mainly intended for the general public from Zlín and its surroundings. The project has been increasing the attractiveness of Zlín for three years since its inception and is behind the rising tourist numbers, as forty thousand visitors visit this place every year.
"The main motto, the impetus for founding the Film Knot, was that this film hill of ours does have an 80-year history and it would be a pity to make something else out of this place. We went into it with the idea that we definitely want to show people not only memories of the history but, in the film spirit, try to pick up those 80 years and continue," said Lukáš Sušila, Executive Director of the Zlín Film Knot.
The reconstruction of the buildings took one year. It took more than another six months to equip the interior. And that breathed in the charm, originality and brought joy to children. Each floor of the buildings, which are inconspicuously connected, glows with a different colour. It is clear at first glance that the architect Michael Klang did not spare originality and the use of interesting technical and technological elements.
“The structure of the building was built with the technology of raised ceilings, the space is without any dividing walls and rests only on columns. There are six columns on each floor, carrying the whole ceiling, and those columns have been made colourful thanks to RGB strips. This is interesting, there are about a kilometre and a half of them in the whole building,“ Lukáš Sušila described the rarity. Thanks to these systems, each of the columns can be illuminated in colour and create the atmosphere of the floor. "At the same time, we use a system of frames that are attached to those columns, allow a highly variable use and carry exhibition displays," the executive director added.
Although the Film Knot covers an area of 2,000 square metres, don't expect a lot of staff here. "Well, there are not many of us," Director Sušila laughs.
“Five people take care of the house permanently. But we also use part-time workers. Then we have a separate unit - five animators that get help from four external workers," Lukáš Sušila lists. At present, a new children's series About Piggy Lojzík by Táňa and Pavel Ondrašík is being created here by the animators. One of the expositions - the Creative Sty - is also dedicated to the series. Here, children can enjoy jumping, building, reading, riding Lojzík, drawing, assembling puzzles or yoga.
They can even learn to draw the character of Lojzík, as professional animators do. There is also a small cinema with a demonstration of the animated piggy. "The exposition is very popular, I hope the series About Piggy Lojzík will be too. So far, we have come a third of the way, we have already finished some episodes and the preparation is running at full speed," the head of the Zlín Film Knot explained.
Just a few steps from this creative workshop for children is another workshop. However, this one is a place for real animators. Hours of drawing and computer work. This is the main part of their job. "The guys generally use a computer, paper and pencil, in short, the traditional methods. They draw everything in hand, then transfer it to an electronic form," Sušila added.
Photo: Lukáš Kaboň