Prague’s Febiofest to Fete British Producer Mike Downey (EXCLUSIVE)

LONDON — Febiofest, the key film event in Czech Republic capital Prague, will host a tribute this week to British producer Mike Downey, deputy chair of European Film Academy.

Downey, who is CEO and co-founder of London-based Film and Music Entertainment, will be honored for his contribution to European cinema. Downey, who with producing partner Sam Taylor has produced 50 movies over the last 15 years, is a former member of BAFTA’s council and film committee.

Febiofest will present five of Downey’s productions, including Peter Greenaway’s historical-biographical picture “Goltzius and the Pelican Company.” Also screening will be “The President,” about the last day of a fallen dictator, which was directed by a Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who has won awards in Cannes and Venice.

Downey also will present Ben Hopkins’ comedy “Lost in Karastan,” which is an absurd satire on the topic of dictatorship, with the script co-written by Pawel Pawlikowski, who won an Oscar for “Ida.” Also screening is Darko Lungulov’s “Monument to Michael Jackson,” which Downey exec produced.

Downey will also participate in an event to support jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.

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