Gabriel Paletz, Ph.D.

Gabriel Paletz, Ph.D (screenwriting), with a BA from Yale University and PhD from the University of Southern California, is the first PhD graduate from the University of Southern California to study film theory and practice at the same time. Dr. Paletz has taught film history, criticism and production at College of William and Mary, Duke University and USC. He has published numerous scholarly essays and articles and has acted as film commentator on various radio programs in the US. He most recently served as consultant to the Ethiopian Aids Resource Center in Addis Ababa, designing and teaching a seminar for the ARC artists on visual storytelling.

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Jakub Šimůnek

Jakub Šimůnek (cinematography) is an established cinematographer who has DP'd on some of the Czech Repubic's most successful films (Vaclav, RoMing, Fimfarum). He focuses on feature film but shoots for commercials and documentary with some of the country's leading directors. He's been nominated for the prestigious Czech Lion Best Cinematography Award on several occasions. His background is in photography and he has been taking pictures since the age of 6.

Neil Andrew Taylor

Neil Andrew Taylor (screenwriting) is a writer for screen and theater whose adaptations of British screen classics and novels have been widely performed nationally in the UK including runs on Shaftesbury Avenue, in London’s famous West-End theatre-land. His world premiere works include stage versions of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, Room at the Top, Kind Hearts, the Lady Vanishes and many others.

Josiah Emery

Josiah Emery (directing, documentary production, directing actors) is a graduate from American Film Institute. He is the director of the feature film “Liberty, Maine” and the PBS broadcast documentary “Charles Dana Gibson: Portrait of an Illustrator”. He comes to Prague Film School with 20 years experience in the film industry and with a degree in education.

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Josef Pecak

Josef Pecak (cinematography) is one of the Czech Republic’s leading authorities on the art and physics of cinema lighting. Josef was the former Dean of FAMU during the golden years of FAMU’s birth of new generation Czech filmmakers (1992 - 1994).

Adam Trachtman

For over 15 years Adam (CG animation) has served as Art Director for a diverse collection of clients; from Tarantino’s A Band Apart to LucasFilms to Fortune 500 companies like Google, HBO, Sun, Deloitte and AOL. As Art/Media Director for Stillking Films, he worked on a wide variety of films, commercials and music videos. His work has been featured in film festivals, exhibitions, and an assortment of publications. Adam is also managing director of the award winning interactive agency, LucidCircus.

Mika Johnson

Mika Johnson is a filmmaker, photographer and writer who directs fiction and documentary films, many of which blur the distinction between the two practices. In 2011, Johnson began directing "The Amerikans": a web series featuring three- to five-minute documentaries created in close cooperation with their subjects. His recent projects include “Forever Professor” (2014), a documentary on a psychologist obsessed with time, who has the largest collection of talking clocks in the world, and "Confessions of a Box Man" (2015), a feature film project inspired by Kobo Abe's surrealist novel "The Box Man". Johnson is also the creative director at Art+Practice, an independent media production company, and a member of MomenTech,a multiplatform experimental production studio based in New York City.

Saimir Bajo

Saimir Bajo (film analysis) is an Albanian filmmaker, has directed numerous documentaries and fiction pieces broadcast on Czech Television and abroad. He has served as professor of directing, screenwriting, documentary, film analyses and film history at Tirana State Film Academy in Albania, and is currently in preproduction on a feature-length piece and a television series co-produced with Czech Television.

Masa Hilcisin

Masa Hilcisin, Ph.D (documentary film, directing) is a filmmaker, producer, lecturer and scholar. She has been committed to making films on social issues and different aspects of violation of human rights for over a decade. Her documentary films have been screened at various film festivals around the world. She holds a Ph.D. in Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture from Masaryk University.

Beth Lazroe

Beth Lazroe (photography for cinematography) has been operating as a professional photographer since the mid-70s. She has taught photography and visual communication at several universities, including Dublin City University, Anglo American College, University of New York, Prague. She is the author of the text book, Photography as Visual Communication: a Curriculum, 1998 and has been teaching at Prague Film School since 2003.

Robert Gottman

Robert Gottman (editing) is a master Avid instructor with 10 years of experience teaching editing at the university level. He served as editor at NBC, KRON TV, KICU TV and KNTV. He has edited multiple award-winning news stories and specials.

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Diego Fandos

Diego Fandos (screenwriting) is a Spanish filmmaker. Originally a journalist (University of Navarra), he is the recipient of a number of awards based on his short stories. Diego has written and directed short films, TV commercials, documentaries and the feature "Cosmos,“ released in 2008. Currently, he is preparing the launching of two new short films,“Kalimera” and “Under Pressure,” and a book of interviews with Spanish and international short film writers/directors. His second feature script – about the experiences of an anarchist during the Spanish Civil War- is under pre-production in Madrid. Diego has been a jury member at various international film festivals, the last one being the Festival of Iranian Film in Prague (January 2014).

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Nancy Bishop

Nancy Bishop (acting, casting) is the founder and former head of the Prague Film School Acting Program.
She is also a C.S.A., Emmy-nominated casting director, author, and acting coach. Nancy teaches a film acting technique, outlined in her book "Secrets from the Casting Couch.” Nancy and her coaching team are on demand internationally in Europe, North and South America and in countries as diverse as Turkey and Dubai. With more than 80 major feature film and television projects among her credits, Nancy has cast and instructed literally hundreds of actors throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Nancy is a native of New England and trained as an actor and director at the University of Michigan and the National Theatre Institute. She earned a Master’s of Arts degree in theatre at Northwestern University. Nancy began her career as an actor, director and acting teacher in Chicago.

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Howard Lotker

Howard Lotker (Stanislavsky) is a founding member of HoME, an international theater company based in Prague, Czech Republic creating site-specific, participatory, public space, research, and other kinds of devised performances. Howard has directed and produced almost all of its productions within the past 6 years. He has a BFA in Acting (and Political Science) from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his MFA in Authorial Acting and Pedagogy from KATAP, DAMU, Prague (CZ), where he also teaches Acting, Improvisation, Devising Theater, and Acting with the Inner Partner.

Angel Corbacho

Angel Corbacho (film business) is a young lawyer and photographer from Spain. He’s worked with such notable artists as Ricky Martin and Carlos Baute and has taught art business and law at various professional programs and universities. He is currently involved in several international film projects as both lawyer and production adviser.

Amy Huck

Amy Huck (Acting for Film Department Administrator) is a professional actress and director with numerous film and theater credits, as well as about 40 international commercials. Her film credits include Harrison's Flowers, From Hell, EuroTrip, The Omen 666, and Solomon Kane. She has also voiced numerous characters for a variety of projects, including video games, tv series, documentaries, and children's audio books. As well as working as an actress, she has been studying yoga for over 15 years, both in the US and Europe, and earned her teaching certificate in Thailand in 2007.

Martin Kolda

Martin Kolda (movement) graduated from the Prague Dance Center conservatory and later from the Academy of Music Arts in Prague.. He is the founder and director of the production company Art 4 People, which is involved in cultural events in the Czech Republic as well as TV shows. He is the manager of Prague Chamber Ballet.

Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown (acting, improvisation, physical theater) has worked as an actor and director with theatres in the U.S., Canada and Europe since 1982. His training includes commedia dell'arte, clown, improvisation, drama therapy as well as classical theatre. He has taught acting and lectured on theatre in places ranging from prisons in America to the Royal Shakespeare Company and Cambridge University in England. Arriving in Prague in 1998, Daniel has directed at various theatres in the Czech Republic (in Czech and English) and is the founder and Artistic Director of Divadlo Miloco. As an actor, Daniel has worked in films with such actors as Peter O’Toole, Bruce Willis, Ben Kingsley, Brenda Blethyn and Johnny Depp; he has filmed over 30 television commercials and currently is in his 9th season on the popular Czech television series Ulice. Daniel has worked as an acting coach for film and TV (including Anne Frank and Oliver Twist) and as a dialogue coach on many feature films. Daniel has a Masters degree from Cambridge University in the history and philosophy of science, specializing in the history of psychology and psychiatry.

Brian Caspe

Brian Caspe (acting, Meisner technique) is a professional actor who plays regularly in theater, TV, film and commercials. Motion pictures credits include Wanted, the Illusionist, Hellboy, Running Scared and Hannibal Rising. Brian also played a major supporting role in the NBC television series Revelations, opposite Bill Pullman. His most recent film is Solomon Kane with James Purefoy and Pete Postelwaite. In theater, Brian has gotten rave reviews playing in the lead in Oliver!, A Funny Thing Happened on The Way To The Forum, The Seagull, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown among many others. Since moving to Prague in the spring of 2002, Brian has re-energized the Expat acting scene. In 2003, he founded the Prague Playhouse with the aim to give native English-speaking actors a company where they could perform and English-speaking audiences a venue to enjoy. Brian plans to tour in Ireland with The Sacred Sow a successful play he directed for the Prague Fringe. Brian also teaches Meisner technique which he studied in Los Angeles under Jeff Goldblum and Robert Carnegie (assistant to Mr. Meisner for 10 years). Over the past 4 years, many of his students have gone on to have successful acting careers and even more have learned to appreciate the power of living in the moment.

Sarka Provaznikova

Sarka Provaznikova(movement) is a teacher of the Alexander Technique, having completed three years of training at the Alexander Technique College in Brighton, UK. She first discovered the Alexander Technique through her interests in dance, movement theatre, tai chi and yoga, and after having suffered for many years from back problems. The Alexander Technique helped her to such an extent that she was motivated to become a teacher and share the technique with others.

CONGRATULATIONS TO PFS STUDENTS


LOCARNO 2015
Raam Reddy (2012) - director - and Doron Tempert (2012) - DOP - win both Best Feature Film and Best Debut Feature at Locarno Film Festival 2015


CANNES 2015
Ziya Demirel (2011 - 2012) gets latest film in the Official Selection of Cannes Festival 2015 Shorts Section


EMMY 2015
Caitlin Burke (Fall 2006) wins Emmy for 2014 documentary We Could Be King


SUNDANCE 2015
Anne Svejgard Lund (Spring 2011) receives 2015 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for work on acclaimed documentary Russian Woodpecker

SUMMER WORKSHOPS 2016

June / July / August 2016

And here we are - 1st of September! We can't wait to meet our new students and 'shake' their heads with all the knowledge that we have. We promise this year will be even harden and full of surprises.

By the way, did you know that one of the 'Festival International du Film' was scheduled to start on 1st of September, unfortunately it was forced to close as that night WWII began...

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CASTING CALL

Dear all,

for our August Summer Workshop students we are organising a casting session on Tuesday the 4th of August at 7.15 PM at Prague Film School, Pstrossova 19, Prague.
The short films will be shot in the week between the 7th and 15th of August. We are seeking English speaking actors only.

If you are interested to come, please sign up by sending an email to katerina.horska@filmstudies.cz. In return you will get a short script to which you gonna perform at the audition and closer information.

Looking forward!
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Congratulations to Mohamed Ben Karim Abdelwadoud , our former student, whose film الزيارة - The Visit is celebrating great succes! At the Tenerife Film Festival The Visit won three awards: best editing, best lead actor and best supporting actor.

We our very proud of you Karim!
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مخرج فيلم الزيارة محمد كريم بعد تسلمه الجائزة الثالثة في مهرجان تينيريف الدولي

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Dear friends of PFS,

we have the pleasure to invite you for the Prague premiere of Double-O, a film shot by our former student Igor Pecenjev.

The screening will take place at Prague Film School on Friday the 10th of July at 20.07.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4ISsux8VGM

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It is my pleasure to invite you and your students to see the first ever English language production from JARA CIMRMAN, the "literary giant of the Czech stage". It's is an amazing opportunity for your students to be introduced to Czech culture, humor and history, all while laughing for two hours straight!

The show, THE STAND-IN (Zaskok), performed by professional, native English-speaking actors, is produced by the same company that produces the iconic Czech versions and has the blessing of Zdenek Sverak himself!

THE STAND-IN is not only a great translation of the original, but it is also played in the original theatre (Zizkovske Divadlo Jary Cimrmana), using the original sets, props and costume design. The experience of being in the theatre as close to the original production as possible ... without needing to speak Czech! This distinctly Czech humor has been out of reach for all but the most fluent of foreigners. Until now!

Cimrman, a fictional character created by Sverak and Ladislav Smoljak, was voted the most important Czech in history in a poll by Czech TV in 2005. His work defines the Czech character and humor. He is a cultural touchstone much the same way Monty Python is for English speakers. And it's just as funny!

We are bringing The Stand-In to the stage for 2 performances left in June:
June 25 and 26 all at 19:00.

Tickets for this one-of-a-kind experience can be ordered through the theater box office online at www.zdjc.cz or in person:

Zizkovske Divadlo Jary Cimrmana
Štítného 5, Prague 3 (take tram #5, 9 or 26 to Husinecká)

More information about the show on our facebook page!

www.facebook.com/CimrmanEnglishStudio
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Eva StepankovaI have seen it and can highly recommend to you! Two hours of laugh :-)2 months ago   ·  1

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Last week Prague Film School hosted a casting session for first of our Summer Program students. After they had chosen for their actors, they're all busy with filming their projects, stay tuned for behind the scene pictures!

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Last week @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School] hosted a casting session for first of our Summer Program students. After they had chosen for their actors, they're all busy with filming their projects, stay tuned for behind the scene pictures! copyright @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School] 2015

Last week @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School] hosted a casting session for first of our Summer Program students. After they had chosen for their actors, they're all busy with filming their projects, stay tuned for behind the scene pictures!

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Did you know that there is something called ''Blind football''?

Come to see some interessting films on the 12th of June to Radlicka Kulturni Sportovna, there is a whole documentary festival about this topic!

Kicking + Screening Football Film Festival Prague 2015

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On 22nd of May Prague Film School 11nt time held the graduation ceremony of filmmaking students and announced the award winners:

- Best Screenwriter: Ran Li
- Best Director: Ran Li
- Best Cinematographer: Joaher Musavvir
- Best Editor: Dennis Naverskold
- Best Documentary: Juliette Bertoldo
- Best Actor/ Actress: Amanda Alm
- Audience Award: Grit Tind Mikkelsen
- 2nd year audience award - Yasemin Demirci/Adrian Axel

Congratulation to everyone! PFS is proud of you!

Copyright: Prague Film School & Vaiva Katinaityte Photography & Barush Maush
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On 22nd of May Prague Film School 11nt time held the graduation ceremony of filmmaking students and announced the award winners: - Best Screenwriter: Ran Li - Best Director: Ran Li - Best Cinematographer: Joaher Musavvir - Best Editor: Dennis Naverskold - Best Documentary: Juliette Bertoldo - Best Actor/ Actress: Amanda Alm - Audience Award: Grit Tind Mikkelsen - 2nd year audience award - Yasemin Demirci/Adrian Axel Congratulation to everyone! PFS is proud of you! Copyright: Prague Film School & @[207727449387732:274:Vaiva Katinaityte Photography] & @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush]

On 22nd of May Prague Film School 11nt time held the graduation ceremony of filmmaking students and announced the award winners: 

- Best Screenwriter: Ran Li
- Best Director: Ran Li
- Best Cinematographer: Joaher Musavvir
- Best Editor: Dennis Naverskold
- Best Documentary: Juliette Bertoldo
- Best Actor/ Actress: Amanda Alm
- Audience Award: Grit Tind Mikkelsen
- 2nd year audience award - Yasemin Demirci/Adrian Axel 

Congratulation to everyone! PFS is proud of you! 

Copyright: Prague Film School & @[207727449387732:274:Vaiva Katinaityte Photography] & @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush]

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Dear friends of Prague Film School,

shooting period, editing period and evaluations of Final Projects of our students are over and now it's time to screen the films!

Thursday and Friday 21st and 22nd of May 2015 there will be screenings held at KOMORNÍ KINO EVALD in Prague.
Feel free to come and support our filmmakers and to celebrate with them the end of succesful school year.

Komorni Kino Evald, Narodni 28, Prague
21 - 22/5/2015 9AM - 2.30PM
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It's such a nice weather outside!
Rather than sitting at home, go out and explore - those days for example, there are Africa Days, an event under the auspices of 9 African countries, presenting african food and culture, accompanied by screenings of documentaries and lot more!

So, see ya'll there :)
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Ishmael AmmanHi, There is a new African cinema called DNS CINEMA. PM for details/info.3 months ago

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This week in Cannes:
"Sali / Tuesday", great short film written and directed by Prague Film School´s (12) Ziya Demirel and edited by PFS´s (12) Henrique Cartaxo.

We wish you best luck in the official competition!

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Directed by Ziya Demirel Official Selection 68th Festival de Cannes www.istosfilm.com www.facebook.com/salituesday

We are happy to announce that another 10 students finished semester program at Prague Film School.

The audience award won Katalina Cabrera with her short film 'Twain'. Cogratulations!

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We are happy to announce that another 10 students finished semester program at Prague Film School. The audience award won Katalina Cabrera with her short film 'Twain'. Cogratulations! Copyright: Prague Film School & @[207727449387732:274:Vaiva Katinaityte Photography]

We are happy to announce that another 10 students finished semester program at Prague Film School.

The audience award won Katalina Cabrera with her short film 'Twain'. Cogratulations!

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Semester Program Final Projects Screening 2015
Dear Students and Friends of Prague Film School,

we would like to invite you to the screening of Final Projects of our Semester Program students, this Friday 8th of May at 10AM at KOMORNÍ KINO EVALD.
Come and celebrate the graduation of our filmmakers!

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