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April 2016

The next dean of FAMU

The academic senate of FAMU nominated AMU chancellor Zdeňek Holý dean for the 2016–2020 election period. You can see the overall results of the voting here. The candidates for dean of FAMU for 2016–2020 were Zdeněk Holý, Marek Hovorka, Ladislav Šerý, Martin Vadas and Jiří Vlach.

The current dean Pavel Jech finishes his second and final mandated term on May 19, 2016.

Happy End at Cannes 2016:

Jan Saska's film selected to Directors' Fortnight

Third year Bachelor's student at the Department of Animation Jan Saska and his short film Happy End were selected to the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes.

In recent years FAMU marks success at Cannes reguraly:


Cinéfondation: Retriever (Tomáš Klein, Tomáš Merta – FAMU Department of Directing)

The top prize in the Un Certain Regard section: Rams (Grímur Hákonarson – FAMU International graduate)


Third prize in the Cinéfondation: Pandas (Matúš Vizár – FAMU Department of Animation)


Cinéfondation: Tambylles (Michal Hogenauer - FAMU Department of Directing)


Cinéfondation: Cagey Tigers (Aramisova – FAMU Department of Directing)

Legendary director and FAMU professor Jan Němec has died

Renowned Czech director Jan Němec died age 79 after a long illness. Since the 1990s he had lectured at FAMU and led the Directing Department in 2012/2013. Němec was among the most important filmmakers in the Czech New Wave. After studying at the Film Directing Department at FAMU, he made his first short film The Loaf of Bread in 1960. His feature length debut, Diamonds of the Night, based on the war stories of Arnošt Lustig, won critical acclaim. The film won the Grand Prix of Mannheim and is one of the key works of European cinema of the 60s.


Harold Apter and FAMU students for Czech TV

FAMU participated in a unique project in cooperation with Czech Television, Tomáš Bata University in Zlín and JAMU, whose aim was to prepare a pilot script for a new series for Czech Television. The work of seven selected students was led by American screenwriter Harold Apter, an Emmy winner who has written for Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Sentinel and Walker, Texas Ranger. In a screenwriting contest with partner schools a script from FAMU emerged as the winner.

The winning script, Lynch, was inspired by photos captured by residents of the US town of Marion, which lynched two black youths. The authors Radek Hosenseidl, Klára Jůzová and Klára Kolářová transferred the inspiration from the photographs to a Czech setting to tell the story of social prejudice towards the Roma minority.

Other shortlisted FAMU entries were Border by Barbora Nevolníková and One-eyed by Alice Krajčírová. The condition for their continued participation in the project to prepare a new series is to edit their screenplays.



Thai ambassador visits FAMU

In April, Thai ambassador Narong Sasitorn met with the heads of FAMU to discuss future cooperation with Thai schools and new opportunities for FAMU students.


Petr Oukropec, Tomáš Weinreb and Petr Kazda at the Berlinale

The 66th annual Berlinale featured the debut of FAMU graduates Tomáš Weinreb and Petr Kazda. The existential drama I, Olga Hepnarová, about a female mass murderer, the last woman to be sentenced to death in Czechoslovakia, was included in the prestigious competition section Panorama. . Meanwhile the film In Your Dreams! by FAMU teacher, director and producer Petr Oukropec was selected in the Generation 14plus section.

Doctor Doleček at the 31st DOK.fest Munich 

The Dangerous World of Doctor Doleček by Documentary Film Department student Kristýna Bartošová will be presented in the DOK.guest section at the 31st International Documentary Film Festival in Munich, which will take place from 5 – 15 May 2016.

The film had its world premiere at Dok Leipzig 2015 in the Next Masters competition and Czech premiere at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in 2015, where it won honourable mention in the First Light section. It also won honourable mention at the Pravo Ljudski film festival in Sarajevo in the Extra Muros section. The film was nominated for the Silver Eye 2015.


Artistic Research: Is There Some Method?

The International Conference on Artistic Research took place at AMU from 7 – 9 April 2016. Its aim was to open up a debate in the Czech Republic about the basics, benefits and methodological criteria of artistic research. The conference featured 25 speakers and 10 participants presenting their work in the form of posters. The main speakers were Bruce Brown (University of Brighton, Great Britain), Kent Sjöström (Malmö Theatre Academy, Sweden), Teemu Mäki (Helsinki, Finland) and Julian Klein (Institute for Artistic Research, Berlin).


Sundance: Hudeček awarded Best Director

Ondřej Hudeček, a student in the Cinematography Department, won a Special Jury Award for his film Peacock for best direction in the short film category at the Sundance Festival. Peacock is the first Czech film and first film from FAMU to be awarded at Sundance. It was selected at Sundance from a total number of 8,712 short films as one of the 13 foreign feature films.


FAMU at the Czech Lions

The work of FAMU teacher Petr Koblovský (award for best cinematography for The Snake Brothers), Jaroslav Brabec (award for best television film for American Letters) and Miroslav Janek (award for best television documentary film for Film Spa) was honoured at the 23rd annual Czech Lion Awards.

Internationally successful short film Peacock by Cinematography Department student Ondřej Hudeček won the Magnesia Award for best student film. Interestingly, Peacock was created under the guidance of Jaroslav Brabec.

The screenplay for the most successful film at this year's Czech Lions, The Snake Brothers, was written by FAMU graduate Jaroslav Žváček, under the guidance of Petr Jarchovský in the course of his studies at the Department of Screenwriting and Dramaturgy at FAMU.



Lea Petříková won the Special Jury Award at the MADATAC 07 

The audio-visual work Performance by Lea Petříková (Center for Audiovisual Studies FAMU) won the Special Jury Award at the largest festival of new media, digital technology and video art in Spain MADATAC 07. Lea is a finalist for the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015.

Adam Mach awarded at Cameflex-AFC

Cinematographer Adam Mach from the Cinematography Department of FAMU won the award for cinematography at the 4th annual Cameflex-AFC. The Association of French Cinematographers awarded his work in the film Fear.

Jana Hojdová: Association of Czech Cinematographers award for 2015

Jana Hojdová won the Jaroslav Kučera Award from the Association of Czech Cinematographers. The award is intended for FAMU students for extraordinary achievement in the visual concept of film. The master's student at the Cinematography Department won the award for her work in the film Dream.



Foreign guests of Open Eye

From January to May 2016, Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Maia, New Zealand expert on political interpretation of camera-less photography Geoffrey Batchen and Polish music improviser Piotr Tkacz presented at FAMU as part of the OpenEye series. OpenEye is a series of lectures by guest theorists, artists and educators on the topic of contemporary art and new technologies.

Midpoint screenwriting workshops

In February, MIDPOINT launched a new series of screenwriting workshops. The first took place at the Stockfish Film Festival in Reykjavik. Then Midpoint moved to Lillehammer, where in March at the Den norske filmskolen the MIDPOINT Norway Script Development Program took place. The lecturers were Nikolaj Scherfig, producer Silje Hopland Eik and dean of FAMU Pavel Jech. In March, Midpoint also organized a masterclass with Peter Morgan as part of the Febiofest. In conclusion, in April at the Finále Plzen festival, TV Launch masterclasses were held with Steve Matthews, Alan Kingsberg, Ben Harris and Michael Rauch.


Gill Bettman taught at FAMU in March

The Californian director and screenwriter lectured and worked with students for nine days on the topic of "how to think about the preparation and implementation of animate film images" in Hollywood style with a digital camera.

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