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march 2015

Pavel Nosek wins Czech Lion

At the 22nd annual Czech Lion Awards Pavel Nosek (FAMU) won the Magnesia Award for best student film of 2014 for his short film Pravomil. The film is inspired by real events. War veteran Pravomil Raichl decided to avenge his friend who was unjustly executed by the Communist regime. His whole life he believed that the man responsible for the death sentence, prosecutor Karel Vaš, would stand fair trial. But when this did not happen he decided to seek revenge. This is his last chance to obtain justice.

 Watch the trailer HERE 

Five films were shortlisted from among 20 student films of less than 40 minutes in length, four of which were made by students of FAMU.

1. What we did before we drank cocoa together - FAMU, director: Aramisova

2. Hour Between the Dog and Wolf - FAMU, director: Natálie Císařovská

4. Kamila - FAMU, director: Nina Mikesková

5. Pravomil - FAMU, director: Pavel Nosek

Czech Film Critics' Award for FAMU graduates

Czech Film Critics' Awards were granted to the following FAMU alumni:

Martin Dušek, a graduate of the documentary film department, for his film Into the Clouds We Gaze / Best Documentary

Jaromír Kačer, graduate of the cinematography department, for the film Places / Cinematography Award

Czech Film and Television Association Award for M. Kohout

At the 28th annual Trilobit Awards the Czech Film and Television Association FITES presented a special award named by a jury of students from the FAMU documentary film department to Martin Kohout for the film The Invisible Hand of the Market: Privatization of Barrandov. The jury was impressed by the "analytical way in which the story of the privatization of the Barrandov studio is told, where a specific case and the conduct of specific people reflects the broader issues, principles and negative consequences of the economic changes after 1989."  

Jaroslav Kučera Award for Ondřej Hudeček

This year's winner of the Jaroslav Kučera Award for FAMU students was Ondřej Hudeček for the film Furiant.


FAMU's Department of Animation turns 25

This year FAMU's Department of Animation celebrates its 25th anniversary. Over the years the department has trained many successful alumni. Its student films have been nominated and awarded at the student Oscars and in the Cinefondation section at Cannes.

Watch trailers of some of the best films here:

Graffitiger by Libor Pixa

M.O. by Jakub Kouřil

Pandas by Matúš Vizár

On the occasion of the anniversary the department organised an exhibit presenting the best student films and illustrating the process of creating an animated film. You can check out this "look into the workshop" in a TIME-LAPSE about the creation of the exhibit and you can watch the results of this workshop (i.e. the animations) HERE.


György Kristóf selected to L'Atelier (Cannes)

Second year Master's student in the film directing programme György Kristóf and his film Out were selected to the L'Atelier programme at Cannes. He joins another 14 selected projects that the festival will support.

Two MIDPOINT project selected for Brussels Short Film Festival

The project NOT TODAY, developed in MIDPOINT programme 2010, was selected for the International Competition of Brussels short film festival as well as the project WHAT WE DID BEFORE WE DRANK COCOA TOGETHER, which attended the Dramaturgy in the editing room workshop in 2013.
AMU Gold Medal for prof. Josef Valušiak

On 18 February 2015, an AMU Gold Medal for lifetime achievement and contributions to education was presented in a ceremony to film editor and FAMU professor Josef Valušiak.

New documentary film about Slovak graduates of FAMU's photography programme

The start of February saw the release of the documentary film Wave vs. Shore about Slovak graduates of the department of photography FAMU. The "Slovak New Wave" was a phenomenon that marked a transformation in photography in the 1980s. The works of Jano Pavlík, Rudo Prekop, Vasil Stanko, Tono Stano, Martin Štrba, Miro Švolík, Kamil Varga and Peter Župník continue to inspire and belong among the very best photography of the era anywhere in the world. One of the directors of the film is a member of this group, renowned cinematographer Martin Štrba, who was behind the camera for such acclaimed films as Agnieszka Holland's Burning Bush.

Watch the trailer HERE

New website for the Department of Documentary Film

The Department of Documentary Film has a new website full of trailers!

Admissions currently underway for programmes in English

More information HERE

> Summer Filmmaking Initiation Campus 2015 – DEADLINE April 1, 2015 > Prague Photo Workshop 2015 – DEADLINE April 1, 2015 > SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS 2015 – DEADLINE March 22, 2015
> Cinema and Digital Media (CDM) – DEADLINE April 1, 2015 > Master degree in Cinematography – DEADLINE April 1, 2015 > Bachelor in Photography – DEADLINE April 1, 2015
> Master in Photography – DEADLINE April 1, 2015 > Special Production Course (SPC) – DEADLINE June 20, 2015 > Academy Preparation Program (APP) – DEADLINE April 30, 2015
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