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Masterclass Allan Starski
Summer Film School is more than a standard film festival. Having an Industry Programme as an integral part of the programme schedule, it also fulfils an educational role. It enriches a visitor's film experience with broader cultural and thematic context. All SFS film screenings come with an expert introduction, the topics of the programme sections and the works of the special guests are introduced in great detail, they are discussed and analysed in workshops, masterclasses and scheduled lectures. Industry Programme is closely connected with the main festival programme. Summer Film School also offers many other events and activities allowing the viewers to gain more extensive knowledge and understanding film and filmmaking. The visitors may too attend the Summer Film Academy with many remarkable personalities and professionals on the list.


Masterclass with Ivan Passer

One of the crucial filmmakers of the Czechoslovakia New Wave will talk about his role in the 1960s national cinema. Passer’s screenwriting (he wrote most of the Forman’s Czechoslovak film scripts with Forman and Papoušek) and directing (Intimate Lightning) outputs heavily contributed to the national “film miracle”. The lecture will also focus on Passer’s career in the United States, where despite having to overcome many struggles he managed to make more than twenty films.

Masterclass with Julie Taymor

Film, stage and opera director, writer and costume designer is a solitaire personality in contemporary art. Taymor stands out in all these professions (Oscar nomination for Frida, Tony Award for musical The Lion King, Emmy for the costumes to Oedipus the King). Her masterclass will examine her four highly-stylized feature-length films that drew much inspiration from theatre and art, while mutual overlapping of various art forms and categories will be one of the core topics.

Masterclass with Emília Vášáryová

The first lady of Slovak cinema and theatre will introduce her glittering career, which started off in the 1960s (Midnight Mass, When the Cat Comes, The Seven Who Were Hanged), went through the decades with leading TV roles and climaxed with a triumphal comeback on the Slovak silver screen – with one of the most impressive and intimate appearances in Marek Škopa’s Eva Nová.

Masterclass with Janusz Majewski

Janusz Majewski is an exceptional and popular representative of the Polish cinematography. He will deliver a lecture on his films that were either made in Poland (The Lodger, Lokis, The Deserters) or in the Polish-Czechoslovak co-production (Hotel Pacific, Mark of Cain). Majewski will be awarded with the Platinum Lions Prize at this year's Gdynia Film Festival.


Summer Film Academy – Director

Robert Sedláček

Is director an almighty master on the set as he’s often said to be? Where is the moment of his first intervention to the filmmaking process and where does it end? What are the hardest snags in his work? This time from Robert Sedláček's point of view (Rules of Lies, Men in Rut, The Greatest Czechs, Long Live the Family).

Summer Film Academy – Producer

Jiří Konečný

What's the producer's role? Filling in the grant application forms and trying to persuade investors about the profitability of a Czech film financial support? Does he influence the filmmaking process at all? And what about the relationships between producers and directors – are they friends or fiends? All these questions will be adressed by Jiří Konečný (Family Film).

Summer Film Academy – Director of Photography

Jan „Baset“ Střítežský

Camera… Action… An image is a cornerstone of a cinematic construction. Unfortunately, the position of a director of photography is often overshadowed by more attractive film professions. Does he really shape an overall image of the film? And what’s his position towards the film director? Is he an equal partner, an absolute ruler or a victim? Do the cameramen miss the good old film cameras or do they love the digital ones? Let’s find out with Jan “Baset” Střítežský (Alois Nebel, Fair Play, Nowhere in Moravia).

Summer Film Academy – Script

Petr Jarchovský

Do Czech films have such miserable scripts as the rumours say? Is there actually any talented screenwriter on the scene, or do all the genius authors fall victim to the production despotism? Petr Jarchovský is the most pertinent expert to answering these questions.

Summer Film Academy – Music

Jan P. Muchow

Silent film proved that moving images can easily do without dialogues, yet not so well without music. Should film soundtracks consist of the gonna-be-a-ring-tone melodies or should the music be just a discreet companion with a strong influence on our emotions? The lecture will be given by Jan P. Muchow, an owner of four Czech Lion statues (Grandhotel, In the Shadow, Krásno, One Hand Can’t Clap).


Kurt van der Basch: Storyboard Workshop

Canadian artist Kurt van der Basch is known for his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Cloud Atlas or Child 44. A selection of his storyboards will be displayed in Hvězda Cinema and will show us some of his peculiar artwork processes. Van der Basch will also run a storyboard drawing workshop. You may create your own scenes and will be given a chance to learn more about the aspects of the profession.


Romeo and Juliet in a Thousand Ways

Iva Hejlíčková, Jiří Flígl, Aleš Říman

Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of love is a favourite subject to a great number of film and television adaptations. Throughout the centuries the story acquired many peculiar shapes and forms. The oddest ones will be introduced by Iva Hejlíčková, Jiří Flígl and Aleš Říman.


Czech Film V: 1945 – 1949

Jaroslav Sedláček

A new status of the Czechoslovak cinematography was defined in one of the first Beneš Decrees. During the Communist era, the Czech film stepped forward, towards the bright tomorrows: FAMU, film festival in Karlovy Vary, new local film theatres, and lots of films – high quality ones, covering various genres, and finally coloured. And in 1947, The Siren wins the Venice Film Festival!

Czech Film VI: 1949 – 1957

Jaroslav Sedláček

Year 1948 ruined many hopes, not only in the film industry. The new regime insisted on producing the stories that would celebrate socialism builders and collective thinking, and defame the naughty imperialists. But, besides Otakar Vávra’s monumental Hussite Trilogy, some exceptional films were still occasionally made – Václav Krška’s The Moon Over the River or Bořivoj Zeman’s Proud Princess with over 8 million viewers.

Czech Film VII: 1957 – 1963

Jaroslav Sedláček

A number of inevitable changes has to be made in cinematography. An ideological approach ceases to be the only criteria; some of the films were expected to make a profit too. There was a call for the films that would reflect on the current state of things. However, once these changes were applied, the bans on films and even the filmmakers mushroomed. Meanwhile, The Deadly Invention is being screen in more than 96 New York movie theatres!

William Shakespeare and Politics

Martin Hilský

Summer Film School will introduce William Shakespeare with several films, mostly adaptations of the so-called “king’s plays” that, apart from being breathtaking dramas, capture the hidden and in many ways still topical mechanisms of political power.

William Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet

Martin Hilský

Martin Hilský, our foremost expert on William Shakespeare, will introduce one of the famous Shakespeare’s tragedies that discovered a new language of love and death. A thorough knowledge of the play will allow you to learn more about the manifold approaches in film adaptations.

Roger Corman's Film School or The Pulp under Wraps

Jiří Flígl

All the filmmakers, who grew up on Corman’s films and who finally became highly regarded personalities, would never say a bad word about this king of the B-movies. And they would surely agree with the statement that he was a great experience. Corman was able to scent the audience expectations, he kept up with the trends and had ability to adapt to the distributional changes. And above all, he was savvy about the fast, cheap and effective film production. Some of his methods will be introduced in the lecture.

Poland and Czechoslovakia in 1956

Rudolf Vévoda

Stalin’s death preceded the cultural liberation (“melting”). The congress of the Soviet Communist Party officially denounced the “cult of personality” as well as the era of “errors and deformation”. This process evolved in different ways in Poland and Czechoslovakia. While the critics who spoke up at the congress of the Czechoslovak Writers didn’t win much support, Polish Poznan witnessed an open rebellion and a dramatic exchange of the government. What was brought about by this temporary diplomatic cooling between these two countries?

Script Censorship in Czechoslovakia 1953 – 1962

Jan Černík (The Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies, FF UP Olomouc)
The Central Press Supervision Office was founded in 1953. Film contents soon became subjects to scrutiny. In the beginning, the officers focused solely on finalized films, later on they aimed at the scripts as well. The lecture will introduce the script censorship system and explore the methods used in the mid 1950s and 1960s.

Golden Age of British Cinema

Věroslav Hába
The two decades in mid-20th century when British film reached its first historic climax and won wide international acclaim. Political and social circumstances, production companies, renowned celebrities, genre trends, movie stars… All this explained by film historian and long-time SFS senior programmer Věroslav Hába.


Luděk Rajecký

A brief lecture on the history of anime – we will define the term itself, go through the history of the Japanese animation, we will pick up the curiosities from the Western point of view and take a closer look at the current production to keep the viewers abreast of the latest anime films. And, on the occasion of the premiere of The Boy and the Beast, we will stop by the Ghibli Studio and Mamoru Hosoda.

Luchino Visconti: The Portrait

Stefania Parigi

Luchino Visconti’s artistic career lasted from the 40s to the 70s. It was a career that had left permanent trace in the Italian cinema. The lecture will be dedicated to the key topics of Visconti’s works as well as the forms he used throughout his career. We will outline his attitudes towards the past and the present, and mention his other activities in literature, music or painting. A central topic of the lecture will be Visconti’s internal conflict between his Marxist political orientation and the decadent soul.

Luchino Visconti: The German Trilogy

Mattia Cinquegrani

Visconti’s work on the German Trilogy began in the second half of the 1960s. Originally, he had meant to create a tetralogy, but the adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain never came into existence. The Trilogy consisted of The Damned (1969), Death in Venice (1971) and Ludwig (1973). These three films are often considered to be the highlights of Visconti’s decadent period and the departure from his political contemplations.


Film or TV?

Viktor Tauš, Tereza Polachová (HBO), Glen Creeber, hosted by Jakub Korda
The names of the renowned filmmakers have been frequently connected with the TV film and series. Why would Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh or David Lynch want to work for previously disdained television? How come the current blockbusters authors are former TV makers? Are we witnessing the end of "cultural hierarchy" in the TV and film industry? And how does this fact reflects in topics and aesthetics of the TV films. The discussion will be held under the auspices of Palacký University in Olomouc and will host HBO producer Tereza Polachová, film director Viktor Tauš and British film theorist Glen Creeber.

Czech Film Inventory 1: How to Make a Czech Film

Hosted by Tomáš Baldýnský
Czech cinematography has been undergoing the most dramatic changes since the former state monopoly run out in 1993. The discussion about a great number of difficulties Czech filmmakers have to face will host screenwriter Petr Jarchovský, film theorist Petr Szczepanik, director of programme development and programme formats Jan Maxa, member of the State Fund of Cinematography council Zuzana Kopečková, film director Bohdan Sláma and producer Jiří Konečný.

Czech Film Inventory 2: How to Sell a Czech Film

Hosted by Tomáš Baldýnský
Premiere is just a beginning! A Czech film has to overcome many obstacles on its pilgrimage towards audience at home, abroad and at the festivals. This issue will be discussed with Martin Pomothy, an owner of The Czech Film Database, film reviewer Kamil Fila, Aleš Danielis, Ivo Anderle, an expert on the service Video On Demand, Petr Vítek from The Association of Cinema Operators and producer Jan Macola.

Circus Havel: Truth Beats Out Lie

July 28, 6.00 pm, Divadelní stan
Sitting at the table, thinking of serious things. Another round table discussion of Husa na provázku Theatre with extraordinary guests. Havel's texts will be read and Tereza Havlíčková will sing Lennon's Imagine.
Guests: Anna Šabatová, Petr Uhl, Michael Žantovský, Vladimír Merta.
Reading, smirking, not believing: David Janík, Milan Holenda, Simona Zmrzlá, Tereza Marečková, Adam Mašura, Pavlína Vaňková, Petr Oslzlý, Vladimír Morávek, Vít Pískala and Růžena Dvořáková.
Existence has a memory.


CinEd, a European cinema education programme, strives to allow young people, at the age from 6 to 19, to access the hidden treasures of the European film. Via the CinEd platform www.cined.eu it offers screenings of European films as well as the latest educational materials elaborated by the film education experts. It aims at enhancing film literacy among young students. The Czech section is coordinated by AČFK.
More info: http://www.acfk.cz/cined/.

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