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Studio FAMU has moved to Prague’s Barrandov Studio

The production house of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (“Studio FAMU”) has moved to Prague’s Barrandov Studio. As a result, the FAMU Studio will offer students a wide range of opportunities in its temporary residence.

Petr Tichý, the CEO of the film studios, met with Pavel Jech, Dean of FAMU and Ondřej Šejnoha, Director of the FAMU Studio at Barrandov yesterday. To mark the seventieth anniversary of the entire Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, FAMU has decided to undertake the extensive refurbishment and revitalisation of its film studio, which necessitated the temporary move to the Barrandov studios. The collaboration with Barrandov will offer students new opportunities.
Inspiration by the international filmmaking environment
The studio’s move started in mid-September and classes opened in Barrandov in October. “I am happy that the cooperation between FAMU and the Barrandov studios is deepening in this anniversary year. I believe that this combination will expand the opportunities for our students’ filmmaking and improve the contact between our students and film professionals,” said Jan Hančil, Rector of the APA. Inside the Barrandov studios, students get an opportunity to experience history in the biggest and oldest Czech film studios that produced Czech film classics (such as the New Wave films) as well as making huge international productions to this day, including Mission: Impossible and, more recently, The Three Musketeers and Underworld / Next Generation starring Kate Beckinsale. “The opportunity to be right in the middle of the country’s filmmaking action is amazing for the students of all film schools. Personally, I experienced this in Australia and I am very happy that we can offer it to FAMU students here at Barrandov,” said Petr Tichý, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Barrandov Studio.
Stronger support for students’ creations
“The cooperation between Barrandov Studio and FAMU runs deep. Over the years, the studios in Barrandov helped several FAMU projects. Two of such films premiered recently: Journey to Rome, the Czech-Polish full-length by FAMU graduate Tomasz Mielnik which opened this year’s East of the West section of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and was made in part at Barrandov’s Studio 4, and What We Did before We Drank Cocoa Together, the internationally acclaimed short film made by the recently deceased director Aramisova,” said Pavel Jech, Dean of FAMU.

FAMU Studio
The FAMU Studio, part of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, is moving due to the refurbishment of the existing building in Klimentská Street. The Studio is a FAMU facility whose primary assignment is the production of all hands-on exercises created by the students. The Studio also provides the base for the exercises created by international students of the FAMU International programme and workshops organised by the school. Its activity has spawned films that regularly represent FAMU at prestigious film festivals including Cannes, Berlin and Toronto. The Academy Award nominations are frequent as well.