At the end of last week we had to say goodbye to our 25 new friends from NOVA Community College, Virginia USA.

On their last day we screened the four final film products which were one element of their 4 week stay with us at FAMO in Pisek. Aside from these films the students participated in specific workshops (including a 16mm film stock day shoot) with FAMO faculty staff, participated in classes with their own NOVA film experts, and became immersed in Czech culture and Pisek's picturesque surroundings.

All of the American students and their Czech film crew counterparts should be proud of what they achieved. It was a pleasure to host NOVA, their staff and students, and we look forward to next year when the program will take place again!

FAMO in Pisek's graduate Adam Sedlák and his film 'Domesktik' fought their way into Karlovy Vary's film festival main section.

In 2015 he received first place from the Film Foundation for the best unrealized scenario (for the same film). For the mini-series Semester, Adam was also nominated for the Czech Film Critics Award in the categories of discovery of the year and performances outside of cinema.
Other FAMO graduates who participated in the film Domestik include:
Producer: Jakub Jira, Sound engineers: Jan Šulcek andJakub Jurásek.

We're keeping our fingers crossed for Vary. Best of luck Adam and co!…/kviff-mff-kv-53-mezinarodni-filmo ..

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On the 28. 5. 2018 presentations of the respective projects by the students of Pisek's film school took place in Zlín. Based on their presentations, Filmtalent Zlín decided to grant financial support to 3 of their films.

 We thank the foundation for their support!

To the stars
directed by Tomáš Stehlík
amount of financial support: CZK 100,000

directed by Ruy Okamura
amount of financial support: CZK 90,000

Mr. Balloo
directed by Jan Daniel
amount of financial support: CZK 70,000…

Director Josef Lustig, son of world-renowned writer Arnošt Lustig and educator at the NOVA Community College arrived with his colleagues and their group of 23 students for a month long internship at our school.

 During this time, the students will attend lectures and workshops, experiment with film stock, and make four films to take home whose scripts were written in the US before beginning consultation with our production students and their own assisting teams. Filming will take place not only in Pisek's quaint streets and alleys, but also in the town's picturesque surroundings. Residents of Písek will have a unique opportunity to meet with the future American filmmaking generation.

From the reactions so far, students and teachers alike are enthusiastic (and who wouldn't be, especially with Czech beer on offer after a hard day at work!)


FAMO's Master degree graduate Matej Šmelko was awarded the Pavel Koutecký award for 2018 at the Elbe Dock film festival for his short graduation documentary 'Úhorná', which follows life in the small village of Úhorná in Eastern Slovakia. 

A crew composed of FAMO students (B. Kočičková, R. Grzybek, V. Lukomskaya, D. Tučník) was selected in the 20th Nespresso talent competition 2018 to be among the top ten films. The winning film will be announced in Karlovy Vary. Fingers crossed!

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