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Mar 28, 2009 12:00 AM - May 3, 2009 12:00 AM

Study Film in Prague… now in New York City!

FAMU at the Czech Center New York, Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd Street, NYC

Study Film in Prague… now in New York City!


FAMU at the Czech Center New York


Bohemian National Hall

321 E 73rd Street, NYC



Located in the heart of Prague, FAMU, the Czech National Film Academy, is one of the oldest and most prestigious film schools worldwide. This independent institution of higher learning, with ten departments devoted exclusively to audio-visual media, provides a balance of theory and practice -- a proven method that has trained some of Europe’s most prominent filmmakers.


Though the notoriously difficult (but beautiful) Czech language is the traditional language of instruction, FAMU also conducts international programs in English that offer intensive production courses such as its two-semester Academy Program, exchange programs with top US universities, and now, its newly opened MFA program in English: Cinema and Digital Media.


Recently, FAMU has started branching beyond its Czech borders, conducting intensive, short-term workshops in locations like Mexico, Macedonia, Slovenia, and even Burma.


Now, in cooperation with the Czech Center in NYC, FAMU has prepared this Prague-New York seminar series, conducted by FAMU mentors, all with experience at FAMU International, and with workshops such as NYU at FAMU.


Instruction in this series will be based on traditional FAMU methods, offering lectures, analysis, discussion, and personal interactions, all with an eye toward the practical aspects of the filmmaking art.  While the courses will be primarily lecture orientated, participants will also be encouraged to bring in their own work, and upon request the FAMU mentors will be available for individual consultations.


This seminar series makes for a great start for all who wish to explore plans to study filmmaking.






March 28-29 (From 2 - 6pm)

Pavel Jech

Screenwriting for the short form


Utilizing classical European dramaturgy, this session will include lectures and analysis regarding the structures, styles and impact of the short narrative form, followed by traditional script-writing exercises from FAMU’s Department of Scriptwriting and Dramaturgy.



April 4-5

Michael Gahut

Topics in Cinematography

This session explores the cinematographer's role in the process of filmmaking in pre-production, production and post-production, covering "the tools of film language" as exercised by the cinematographer, and examining the elements of the cinematographic image that influence and impact the viewer. Also presented will be the influence of exposure manipulation and post-production technologies, exploring the idea of "correct exposure" regarding the aesthetic image of the film.



April 18-19  Cancelled

Pavel Marek

Directing Analysis: Methods, Styles, and Approaches to European Cinema



April 25-26

Jasmina Blazevic

Practical Tools of Movie Directing

This directing session will explore the way in which experienced directors approach some of the most common narrative filmmaking situations: for example introducing the main character, conceiving the first and the last shot in the film, building suspense, and blocking complex dialog scenes. Rather than providing a formula on how to direct standard scenes, these lectures will aim to reveal the richness of film language, and examine the fundamental connections between individual filmmaking techniques and their films’ main subjects and the thematic cores.



May 2-3

Michal Bregant

History of Czech Cinema: In Transition and Today

This session will introduce crucial moments and personalities of Czech Cinema and focus on the contemporary film industry in the Czech Republic. Participants will get first-hand experience with contemporary film production in the Czech republic and it’s political contexts.



Each session is four hours per day plus two hours for individual consultations with participants.



450,00 USD for five-week course, or 120,00 USD per session


15 percent student discount, and 50 percent refund for those who later enroll at FAMU, application fees to FAMU International waived for all participants.


There are limited places in the workshop, so don’t hesitate and apply now.




About participating FAMU faculties:


Jasmina Blazevic

After gaining her BA in Comparative literature and Oriental studies, Jasmina Blazevic moved to the Czech Republic to study at FAMU‘s

Directing Department, where her student films gain many awards at various film festivals. After her studies, she started making mainly documentary films on various issues, but especially on topics from South-east Asia. Since 2000 she is teaching film directing at FAMU.

Contact: jasmina.blazevic@famu.cz


Michal Bregant

Film historian, critic, and curator. Graduated from Charles University in Prague; worked for National Film Archive in Prague; 2002-2008 Dean of FAMU; since 2008 Chair of FAMU International. Writes about Czech film history, experimental cinema, film and visual arts. Curator of special programs of Czech film. In 1998 taught as visiting Professor at the Dept. of Slavic Languages, University of Texas at Austin, TX.

Contact: michal.bregant@famu.cz


Michael Gahut


A professional filmmaker since the mid-seventies, Michael Gahut works as a Director of Photography on feature films, TV dramas, and documentaries, and also as a Director and Cinematographer for TV commercials.  A FAMU graduate, Michael Gahut has been a professor at the school since the eighties, and in recent years has served as mentor and course director for FAMU exchange programs from NYU and Emerson College.

Contact: michael.gahut@famu.cz


Pavel Jech


Dean of FAMU since 2008, former Chair of FAMU International (2003-2008), and screenwriting instructor since 1996.  A graduate of FAMU and Columbia University, Pavel Jech works internationally as a script editor and screenwriter, including on the feature Grandhotel (premiere at Berlin Film Festival, 2007); author of The Seven Minute Screenplay manual to be published in 2009.

Contact: pavel.jech@famu.cz


April 18-19
Pavel Marek

Screenwriter and director of feature films, documentaries, and

animation films. He acted in two films of Jan Svankmejer. Before his studies, he established the independent film group Bulsitfilm in 1983 together with cinematographer Roman Vcelak, where he shot twelve shorts and one medium-length film, which received many awards and were well-received among critics.  After graduating from the FAMU Directing Department, Pavel Marek has shot more than thirty documentaries, a fiction feature film, and wrote scripts for puppet animation films. A FAMU professor since 2002, he teaches scriptwriting and directing for both Czech and international students, including students from American University, NYU, and many others.

Contact: pavel.marek@famu.cz


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From: Mar 28, 2009 12:00 AM
To: May 3, 2009 12:00 AM


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