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.
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 (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.
Masa Hilcisin Ph.D.
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.
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.
Neal Dhand (directing) is a filmmaker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Neal’s debut film, Second-Story Man, premiered at Cinequest 21 and the Shanghai International Film Festival. His follow-up, the heist film Crooked & Narrow won the Best Editing Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival and has played worldwide.
He is in development on a new feature film, which was one of 19 projects selected for the 2020 It Project at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. His recent short film The Well is beginning its festival run with a competition slot at BIFAN.
Neal’s screenplays have placed in a number of prestigious competitions including Austin, Cinequest, Final Draft, and American Zoetrope.
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.
Steve Reverand is a French-born and now Czech-based producer, graduate from Prague Film School. He co-founded in 2012 in Prague the production company "The LAB" with the goal to develop, produce and post-produce innovative and internationally-oriented brand and short films, enabling a pool of young and diverse talents to develop their art and find their place on the film market. Steve has been developing international fiction projects from short to feature films, with a focus on European-based hybrid genre narratives that can tap into a niche worldwide audience. Among the successful short film he produced are Kaveh Daneshmand's "Occasional Showers" (Best Short Film - Iranian Society of Film Critics’ Awards, 2016), Nicole Goode's "Supine" (Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2018, Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018) and “Rusty Lake: Paradox” (over 2m views online). In 2019, he produced for The LAB his debut project as a film producer, the LGBTQ dark fantasy film “Playdurizm”.
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.
Diego Fandos (screenwriting) is a filmmaker from Spain. Originally a journalist (University of Navarra), Diego has written and directed TV commercials, documentaries and the feature "Cosmos", presented in the San Sebastian Film Festival and released in 2008. His last two shorts -"Under Pressure" (2014) and "Aurora" (2017)- have been selected and awarded in more than 60 festivals around the world. "Lemon Loves" (2015, Ediciones Eunate), a collection of short stories, was his first book. And the second one has just been released in Amazon: "Writing for Short Film" (2019).
Michael is an international director/cinematographer. Originally from South Africa he now lives in Prague where he primarily shoots and directs high-end TV commercials. He has served as a Director of Photography on 11 feature films, some episodic TV and he has directed and photographed hundreds of TV commercials. A feature film that he photographed, ‘Yesterday’ was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards in 2005.
Adam Trachtman (animation, computer graphics) has worked as a creative director; designing, animating and coding for a diverse array of clients from Tarantino's A Band Apart to LucasFilms to Fortune 500 companies like Google, HBO, Sun, Deloitte and AOL. As Media Director for Stillking Films, he worked on a myriad of films, commercials and music videos, and led Stillking Media to partner with bEurope. His work has been featured in the Czech National Gallery, as well as film festivals, exhibitions, and a variety of publications. He recently completed the first deep.art neural network based AI Graphic Novel.
Luka Knezevic is a PhD candidate in film studies at the University of Zagreb and manages the post production facilities at Prague Film School. He is a graduate of Prague Film School (2012) and is an active writer/director. His latest short, Pressure Point, was completed in 2018 and is currently under consideration at several prominent international festivals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kaveh Daneshmand is an Iranian writer and director based in Prague, Czech Republic. A graduate of directing, Kaveh co-founded IRAN:CI, the festival of Iranian films in Prague, Brno and Bratislava in 2012. Since then, he has been active mainly as a writer and director as well as the artistic director of IRAN:CI. His first short film, Occasional Showers, premiered in Fajr International Film Festival and was chosen as the best short film of the year in 2016 by the Union of Writers and Critics in Iran. His second short film, Alula, premiered in the official competition of Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in 2019. At the moment, Kaveh is developing his feature debut, Night of the Whale, a co-production of Czech Republic, Poland, Iran and Canada, which will go into production in 2020.
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.
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).