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 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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Mimi Violette

Mimi Violette (art direction) is an artist with substantial experience in art direction, production, props and graphic design for low to high budget films. Recently, she was the graphic artist for over 200 sets on the third season of American / Netflix TV crime-drama, Crossing Lines with Donald Sutherland and Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones). Mimi received her BA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and her MA from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (TaiK).

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).

Jessica Boone

Jessica Boone (voice instructor) is a company voice artist with Studio Center where she has lent her voice to the Spiderwoman web comics and numerous national commercials and campaigns. She is also internationally known for her work voicing hundreds of characters in Japanese animated series such as Hello Kitty, Angelic Layer, Princess Tutu and Azumanga Daioh. Jessica is a recognized actor/combatant by the Society of American Fight Directors and a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. Jessica will be seen as Rabia in the 2012 mid-season ABC-TV series MISSING starring Ashley Judd.

Ivan Schvedoff

Ivan Shvedoff (film acting) is an active Russian film and TV actor with important roles in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), Enemy at the Gates (2001) and The Bourne Supremacy (2004), to name only a few.

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.

Thomas Krivy

Thomas Krivy, son of Czech parents and brought up and raised in Germany, gained experience as a camera assistant in Berlin and at the Babelsberg Studios before earning his MA in cinematography from the Czech national film academy. He regularly works on narrative feature films, commercials, documentaries and music videos.

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 filmmaker from Spain. 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 TV commercials, documentaries and the feature "Cosmos,“ presented in the San Sebastian Film Festival and released in 2008. His short film "Under Pressure" (2014) has been selected in festivals across Europe and Asia. Currently, he is working on a new short, “Aurora." Diego has been a jury member at various international film events. His first book, "Lemon Loves" was published in Spanish in 2015.

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Nancy Bishop

Nancy Bishop (acting, casting) is the founder and former head of the Prague Film School Acting Program. She now participates in the program as distinguished guest lecturer. She is 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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David Stejskal

David Stejskal (film acting) works as a casting director at Nancy Bishop Casting. He graduated in film directing at Northern Film School in England. His short film ‘Two Soldiers’ was in the official selection at the Manchester Film Festival 2012. He is also director/writer of commercial videos for brands like Haagen-Dazs, Arla Denmark and Nestea.

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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO PFS STUDENTS


CANNES 2016
Simon Vahlne (2007 - 2008) gets latest film Fight on a Swedish Beach in the Official Selection of Cannes Festival 2016 Short Film Competition


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 for Thithi


CANNES 2015
Ziya Demirel (2011 - 2012) gets latest film Tuesday in the Official Selection of Cannes Festival 2015 Short Film Competition


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

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