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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Bruno Coppola

Bruno Coppola has worked in film, theatre, radio and music in the US, England, and throughout Europe. Early credits include Assistant Director to David Fincher, and music producer and co-screenwriter on THE GODFATHER III, rehearsing his material directly with Al Pacino. He became chief radio drama writer at the BBC World Service, and since then has made films of plays, documentaries, two award-winning shorts, and three independent feature-length films. Coppola is currently shooting THREE WAY WEEK, a Balkan road-movie thriller in Romania, Italy, Northern Greece, and Turkey, based on a script he wrote with Vonnegut, again with Mutu on camera. He is also developing his own screen adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1966 novel A SUSPENSION OF MERCY, to be shot in Italy, Gloucestershire, and the South Coast.

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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Igor Farbak

Igor Farbak (cinematography) is the former director of Czech Panavision and Czech Vantage. A graduate of the Czechoslovakian National Film Academy, he has been shooting films for film and TV since the early 1970’s.

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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 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 (directing, documentary production) is a filmmaker, writer and photographer who has directed over twenty-five short fiction and documentary films, many of which blur the distinction between the two genres. In 2011, Johnson began directing "The Amerikans," a web series featuring three- to five-minute documentaries created in close cooperation with their subjects. His current full-length feature film project - "AMERIKA: a notebook in three parts" - tells the story of a young Japanese woman who travels across the United States in search of her father, and in that process, discovers her own version of the American dream. He is 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, 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.

Vladimir Skalsky, Doc.

Vladimir Skalsky (cinematography) comes to Prague Film School with 40 years experience teaching top cinematographers how to become masters of their craft. He has taught with the Czech national film academy, NYU in Prague, and the Prague Yale Program, among others, and has been with Prague Film School since 2005.

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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 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, is the founder and 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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Jaroslava Siktancova

Jaroslava Siktancova (acting theory) has been teaching at Prague Film School since 2011. She is also the head of the acting, directing and dramaturgy departments at the national Theatre Academy of Music Arts (DAMU). Jaroslava was an active participant in the Charter 77 initiative and subsequently black-listed by the Communist regime. She nevertheless managed to be productive in various theatre groups and wrote articles for the famous art magazíne Amaterska scena. Jaroslava has been directing productions in theaters around the Czech Republic since 1990.

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 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 (yoga) 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. She has a BFA in Acting from the University of Cincinnati.

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, Physical Theatre) 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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Accepting applications until:

June 21, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO PFS STUDENTS


Ziya Demirel (2011 - 2012) gets latest film in the Official Selection of Cannes Festival 2015 Shorts Section
Caitlin Burke (Fall 2006) wins Emmy for 2014 documentary We Could Be King


VISITING FILMMAKERS

- Mani Haghighi, Winner Berlin Internatinal Film Festival 2012
Director/Actor, Iran

- Alejandro Hernandez, Winner Goya Award (Spanish Oscars) 2014
Screenwriter, Cuba/Spain

- Jiri Menzel, Oscar Winner
Director, Czech Republic

- Radim Spacek, Winner Czech Lion Award (Czech Oscars) 2009
Director, Czech Republic

- James Duff , Winner Slamdance Audience Award 2013
Director / Screenwriter / Producer, USA

SUMMER WORKSHOPS 2015

June / July / August 2015

Dear All,

Our Summer Workshop students are in need of actors for their films, therefore Prague Film School is organising a casting session which will take place at Prague Film School in Pštrossova Street 19, on Tuesday, July the 7th at 7.15 pm.

The short films will be shot from July 10th until July 20th 2015. We are seeking English speaking actors only.

During the audition, you will be asked to act out a short script which you can find attached.

Please confirm whether you plan to come sending an e-mail only to this e-mail address: katerina.horska@filmstudies.cz

We are looking forward to your participation!
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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
www.zdjc.cz/
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Eva StepankovaI have seen it and can highly recommend to you! Two hours of laugh :-)1 week 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!

copyright @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School] 2015

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

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqjsBYDYKBQ
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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
seats limited
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Lauri SaksaGreat poster!1 month ago   ·  1
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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 weeks 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!

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

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!

copyright Ali Ata Akel
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Second part of behind the scene pictures from sets of our semester and year students, enjoy :) Big thanks to all of our crews, hope you all enjoyed filming your projects and can't wait to see the results! We believe that the hard work you performed on your sets will pay off :) Copyright @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School]

Second part of behind the scene pictures from sets of our semester and year students, enjoy :)

Big thanks to all of our crews, hope you all enjoyed filming your projects and can't wait to see the results! We believe that the hard work you performed on your sets will pay off  :)

Copyright @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School]

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Shooting Period Of Final Projects of Year and Semester Programs is over. While our students are busy syncing, sound designing, colour grading and editing their diploma films, please enjoy pictures from their shoots and stay tuned, more will follow! Big thanks to all of our crews, hope you all enjoyed filming your projects and can't wait to see the results! We believe that the hard work you performed on your sets will pay off :) copyright: @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School]

Shooting Period Of Final Projects of Year and Semester Programs is over. 

While our students are busy syncing, sound designing, colour grading and editing their diploma films, please enjoy pictures from their shoots and stay tuned, more will follow!

Big thanks to all of our crews, hope you all enjoyed filming your projects and can't wait to see the results! We believe that the hard work you performed on your sets will pay off :)

copyright: @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School]

Filming has no boundaries.
Picture is taken this morning by Dennis Näversköld.
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Our former student Benjamin Innbjør Bargård made a beautiful short video of Bill Derrah's shoot. Let's look together on the spooky shoot in forest... ... See moreSee less

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The second year program aims to refine and broaden filmmaking skills through master classes and full-time work on professional film sets. The second year program is also oriented towards training talented students for the production of more substantial projects, including the possibility of a feature-length film.

School has 12 second year students who at the moment are working on their final projects.
We will be slowly uploading pictures of students sets. The final projects wll be screened in May.

Here is the gallery of Mattias Berglund final film Maceria.

Pictures were taken by Shalaka Pai. Edited by Mattias Berglund and Vaiva Katinaityte. Copyright PFS, 2015
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The second year program aims to refine and broaden filmmaking skills through master classes and full-time work on professional film sets. The second year program is also oriented towards training talented students for the production of more substantial projects, including the possibility of a feature-length film. School has 12 second year students who at the moment are working on their final projects. We will be slowly uploading pictures of students sets. The final projects wll be screened in May. Here is the gallery of Mattias Berglund final film Maceria. Pictures were taken by Shalaka Pai. Edited by Mattias Berglund and Vaiva Katinaityte. Copyright PFS, 2015

The second year program aims to refine and broaden filmmaking skills through master classes and full-time work on professional film sets. The second year program is also oriented towards training talented students for the production of more substantial projects, including the possibility of a feature-length film.

School has 12 second year students who at the moment are working on their final projects.
We will be slowly uploading pictures of students sets. The final projects wll be screened in May.

Here is the gallery of Mattias Berglund final film Maceria.

Pictures were taken by Shalaka Pai. Edited by Mattias Berglund and Vaiva Katinaityte. Copyright PFS, 2015

We would like to share this album, created by one of our talented second year student Mattias. He is not just a great filmmaker, but an excelent photograher too. Thank you Mattias for sharing with us. ... See moreSee less

We would like to share this album, created by one of our talented second year student Mattias. He is not just a great filmmaker, but an excelent photograher too. Thank you Mattias for sharing with us.

We would like to share this album, created by one of our talented second year student Mattias. He is not just a great filmmaker, but an excelent photograher too. Thank you Mattias for sharing with us.