“When I was asked to become the Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, I never dreamt 
that films from the 1970s could strengthen ties and cooperation between two 
countries. The digital restoration of the film Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella  
shows that it is possible. The EEA and Norway Grants provided an opportunity  
for strengthening cooperation between Norway and the Czech Republic in  
many areas, such as research, climatic changes and civic society. On both sides, 
there is a huge interest in and a considerable potential for using grants to 
promote cooperation between our two countries in the upcoming years.”

Vidar Helgesen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs

Additionally, a film event Norwegian Week took place in Prague, visited by more 
than 300 spectators. The film Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella achieved great 
success in Norway, where the digitally restored version of this fairy-tale had  
its premiere showing at the end of 2015, with the attendance of its director  
Václav Vorlíček. Since the 1970s, this fairy-tale has been among the perennial 
stars of the Norwegian Christmas TV programme. 

The National Film Archive was established in 1943. In addition to its key archiving role, 

the NFA is engaged in research and publication activity, opens film heritage to the public, 

as well as administrates Czech films. As far back as in 1946, the NFA became a member 

of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and presently it is among the ten 

oldest film archives in the world.