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AMPAS Evening

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is the group behind the Oscars.

Special thanks to FAMO friend and teachers, producers Jiri Vlach and Petr Horak for organising the event.

Our partnership with NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College) revolves around 2 opportunities for their students.

The first of those is a study abroad program which takes place annually in the summer with us in Pisek, the Czech Republic. NOVA students are involved in the production of cooperative US/Czech student film projects which are prepared before they leave the States, so that once they arrive to the Czech Republic shooting and post-production can take place in earnest. While here NOVA students also participate in a multitude of masterclasses with FAMO faculty members (for example a masterclass with the head of Czech’s Cinematography Association shooting on 35mm film stock).

The second, is the possibility for NOVA cinema students to transfer into the 2nd year, of our 3 year long Bachelor of Arts Multimedia Production degree, the benefits of which are many, including the fact that our school is film specific (no maths, no science, only FILM and media studies), and taught 100% in English. Our staff are working industry professionals, not full-time, out-of-the-know teaching staff who made films 100 years ago. Are class sizes are small (10 max), and our teachers are more mentors and experienced friends than an unapproachable authority figure. In the 2 years a NOVA student would study with us to complete their BA (as they are fast-tracked into the 2nd year of a 3 year program), it would cost them just over $20,000 USD, with housing and other living costs also a fraction of what they would expect in the USA.

All FAMO students and graduates have the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus+ program and receive funding for participation in Europe wide study / work abroad opportunities. FAMO has been participating in the Erasmus+ program since its beginning, and can’t wait to help you fulfill your own dreams to study or work abroad.

A big thanks to Jakub Volena who’s currently on a study abroad mobility at Lusofona University in Lisbon, Portugal, and took this photo.

Japanese professor of animation Ito Yuichi visits FAMO for a lecture on animation for a packed cinema of students. Afterwards the professor screened some of our students’ animated films and was excited about the work our students have been getting up to!

The Třeboň Film Festival awarded Radim Grzybek’s film “Cain and Abel” with two awards: best cinematography (Daniel Tučník) and best editing (František Kotačka).

Every film needs a poster, and ‘THE NEST’ – the documentary we’re creating as part of the Youth Moving project – is no exception.

This documentary forms an important part of the Youth Moving project we’re participating in, and aims to give voice to those who have grown up separated from their biological parents in alternative child-care.

This beautiful piece was drawn by our graduate and animator / illustrator, Lev Ushtei.

FAMO in Pisek is working on this Youth Moving project, which is co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ program, in cooperation with an international team which includes:

Centar Sirius – Croatia – coordinator

APDES – Portugal

Home PT

DGASPC Harghita – Romania


Co&So – Italy


Forum za kvalitetno udomiteljstvo djece – Croatia


Another intensive 4 weeks of film fun with our friends from NOVA Community College have come and gone, and we’ll have to wait until next June for friends (new and old) to visit us in Pisek.

This year, like those great ones before, was full of film masterclasses and workshops with our teaching professionals, joint Czech / American student film productions and cultural activities.

Jiří Sádek studied at Secondary School of Applied Arts in Prague, majoring in Film and Theater Set Design. After finishing the school he joined the Film Academy of Miroslav Ondricek in Pisek, Audio-Visual Creation.

His short debut “Neříkej hop” won the 2nd place Audience Award during the Night of Film Talents at NOVA TV. He also won the 1st place at the festival in Aero cinema and few other regional prizes. Film “Neříkej hop” competed in international festivals of “short and students films” in Holland, Serbia, Poland, Italy, Great Britain and Japan. His author´s short film “Pan Pozdě” won the Best Feature Film and the Best Screenplay Prize at the International Student Film Festival in Pisek, 2011.  “Pan Pozdě” was screened at the Prague Short Film Festival and was nominated for London Student Film Festival in category of the Best Short Film and the Best Film shot on 16mm. 

As the film “Neříkej hop”, so the film “Pan Pozdě” were chosen to be shortlisted for the Magnesia prize for the Best Student Film at the annual Czech Lion Film Awards (Český Lev). Jiří Sádek finished undergraduate studies at FAMO in Pisek with his gradiuation film “Psí jeskyně”. 

After rejection at FAMU in Prague and NFTS Jiří worked for several years in the commercial sector. His feature debut “Polednice” with famous Czech actresses Anna Geislerová and Daniela Kolářová, premiered in March 2016. The film was shot by the classical method on 35mm film. 

Jiří Sádek, inter alia, is currently engaged in a dubbing directing for HBO, AXN and Disney Channel.