Summer Film School Uherské Hradiště has been for many years the largest non-competitive film festival in the Czech Republic. Since 1964 it has aimed at broadening film horizons of both film clubs members and film fans in general (of whom the majority are secondary school and university students) having acquainted them with film art in fresh and unorthodox contexts. Year 2000 meant a crucial turn for Summer Film School. The festival grew significantly. A former small-scale seminar designated for film clubs members boosted into the second largest film event in the Czech Republic with thousands of visitors coming each year (constantly around 6 000). Films are screened on 6 screening venues and in 2 open-air cinemas that are located around the town. Summer Film School Uherské Hradiště is organized by Association of Czech Film Clubs.
In the course of its history, the festival hosted a great number of exceptional film directors, actors, directors of photography, screenwriters or reviewers both from the Czech Republic and from abroad. Among others: Peter Greenaway, Aki Kaurismäki, Mika Kaurismäki, Emir Kusturica, Terry Gilliam, Carlos Saura, Abbás Kiarostámí, István Szabó, Ken Loach, Goran Paskaljević, Fridrik Thór Fridriksson, Béla Tarr, Julio Medem, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Amos Gitai, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Tom Stoppard, Godfrey Reggio, Hector Babenco, Dušan Makavejev, Juraj Jakubisko, Jan Švankmajer, Michel Khleifi, Jerzy Stuhr, Krzysztof Zanussi, Allan Starski Jaco van Dormael, Raoul Servais, Pedro Costa, Lisandro Alonso, Bence Fliegauf, György Pálfi, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Peter Strickland, Dagur Kári, Sean Ellis, Ilmar Raag, Valie Export, Christian Berger, Marika Green and Mara Mattuschka.
Summer Film School Uherské Hradiště is not just a film festival. It offers methodical education in film and with film. The programme consists of sections, thematic lectures and masterclasses with remarkable filmmakers, workshops, seminars and panel discussions. The distinct and complex accompanying programme contributes to the specific character of the festival and enhances its overall outreach. The educational aspect of Summer Film School isn’t carried out in tedious school manners. It’s more likely an attractive and exciting voyage towards the comprehension of film as an art and as a social phenomenon.
The town of Uherské Hradiště lies in the heart of Southern Moravia (3 hours’ drive from Prague and 2 hours’ drive from Vienna). The town brims over with the unique atmosphere and plenty of historical monuments referring to its rich history (the Paleolithic settlement, promotion to town in Medieval era, town’s dominant role in Baroque period). Uherské Hradiště maintains the living tradition of ethnic dances, dulcimer music, local folk costumes and excellent wine. It is settled in beautiful landscape (with a Baroque basilica in Velehrad and an open air museum and prehistoric village in Modrá) and provides the Summer Film School visitors with high standard services (various types of hotels, fine restaurants and access to airports in Prague and Vienna).