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The first Fresh Films Fest, a gala of 130 student pics, launches today culminating in a total of e4,500 ($5,460) in prizes for the top three films along with 41 reels of Kodak 35mm negative film.

The five-day event is a revival of a fest held under the communist regime in the 1970s and more recently as a sidebar during the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

Indie helmer Emir Kusturica will screen his new feature, “Life Is a Miracle,” for the festival, opening ahead of the official premiere in Janu-ary. Former United Artists prexy-CEO Norbert Auerbach, who has been active in running Prague’s Barrandov Studios, is also slated to appear.

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