Czech Television’s annual Film Accelerator 🏃‍♂️

There’s nothing quite like a bff (best film friend). We’ve found ours – NVCC – and we’re never trading!

As you may have noticed in our earlier post, we travelled to the big city – NYC – to present some of our excellent film work to the New York public. Already in the USofA 🇺🇸 we couldn’t miss the opportunity to catch up with our bff – the Cinema Department at Northern Virginia Community College.

We took the opportunity to talk to their students and introduce them to our joint study abroad program – the month long Summer Film Program which takes place in Pisek annually – as well as the opportunity for NOVA film students to transfer directly into the 2nd year of our 3 year BA program 😮. We also caught up with students who had participated in the 2023 study abroad to film some of their feedback… and man it was corny!!! It seems that our cooperative work really is changing lives for the better 🥰.

Despite the blistering cold, ice and snow ❄️members of the New York public filled the cinema to enjoy 5 of our short narrative student films. We were honored to welcome special guests including the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, and (screen)writer Martina Forman, wife of the late Czech film legend Milos Forman, who directed such films as One Few Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, starring Jack Nicholson, for which he was awarded (not only) an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Bafta for his directing work.

The full cinema, laughter, applause and positive feedback confirmed, once again, the good and hard work put in by both our students and staff, and we look forward to our next opportunity to present our films in the Big 🍏.

The film selection included:

  1. Inheritance / director: Matei Norbert Mlinarcsik / genre: drama / 19 min

Michal finds his way back to his home village due to the death of his father. He meets the neighbor Ruda, who claims to be his father’s friend and who is interested in buying land. Michal has to deal not only with property that he inherited, but also to face unhealed wounds from his childhood.

  1. Time to Die / director: Adam Kůs / genre: comedy / length: 15 min

Time to Die is an absurd comedy depicting the story of British Secret Service agent, James Cold, on a secret mission – to infiltrate a poker game of a criminal organization and capture its main representatives.

  1. Teuner / director: Ondřej Veverka / genre: drama / length: 20 min

A psychological drama based on true events describes the post-war destinies of a former representative of the Protectorate collaboration and the leader of the so-called Curatorium for the Education of Youth in Bohemia and Moravia, Dr. František Teuner. In a communist prison of the 1950s, he gained the sympathy of most prisoners with his dedicated approach as a prison doctor. However, Karel Kalina – is not among them…

  1. Why So Sirius / director: Karel Šindelář / genre: comic drama / length: 15 min

Abandoned road. Broken BMW, a van and a dead lying on the road. Two women, one of whom killed the others husband. They will need to cooperate sooner or later.

  1. The Form of Love / director: Matěj Balcar / comic drama / length: 23 min

Oskar and Marie Schiller have been together for more than thirty years. However, their functioning marriage is suddenly disrupted by two unexpected events, which draw Kamil, the family servant, into the story.

Most recently, at the Black Tower Film Festival in České Budějovice, Ivan Crnac was awarded best documentary film with his piece ‘I am CODA’ . Jan Daniel and his film ‘Romeo and Juliet?’ took first place two categories – the Audience Award and Long Student Film.
These same two students both received awards at the 55th Ota Hofman Children’s Film and Television Festival in Ostrov.

Back in Bratislava SK with our friends at the Cirkevné konzervatórium v Bratislave, amongst their talented actors and actresses inviting them to participate in next years Summer Film Program in cooperation with film students from NOVA Community College in the USA 🇺🇸 and our own film schools in Pisek.

We’ve jumped headfirst into presenting our film – The Nest – created as part of the Youth Moving Project 🎞 🤩
Today alone, we screened the Nest for 92 students and staff from Písek’s Gymnázia (high school). 🫠

Youth Moving is a co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ program, and aims to increase participation in democratic processes by youth who have grown up detached from their biological parents.

International partners on this project include:
Centar Sirius (Croatia)
Forum za kvalitetno udomiteljstvo djece (Croatia)
Co&So (Italy)
DGASPC HR (Romania)
APDES (Portugal)

And so the Summer Film Program of 2023 comes to an end… a month long immersion for students of NOVA Community College into film in the Czech Republic with us at Filmová akademie Miroslava Ondříčka v Písku a SVOŠF Písek – a month full of workshops, cultural activities, new friends, and film production.

This year our 23 strong student group from NOVA worked with our own talented youth to create 4 videoclips for the up-and-coming stars – band Marjari.

This year, for the first time, our CZ / USA crews expanded to include actors and actresses from the Cirkevné konzervatórium v Bratislave, Slovakia, whose skills took the film projects and personal experience to a whole new level.

As always, we ended with the screening of their incredible work and a sponsored breakfast by McDonald’s Písek. Thank you!

A last shout out to all students, whether our own, those from NOVA or Slovakia… you’ve all invested a huge amount into the last month and should all be proud of yourselves and your work.