12. 10. 2015 - Earlier on today studio General Director Petr Tichý met up with FAMU dean Pavel Jech and FAMU studio director Ondřej Šejnoha. To mark this year’s seventieth anniversary of the Academy of Musical Arts in Prague, FAMU has decided to embark on extensive renovation and restoration of its film studio and on an interim move to Barrandov Studios. Collaboration with Barrandov will open up new possibilities to students.

The process of relocating to the studio got underway in mid September and teaching will start in Barrandov in October already. “I’m delighted to see ties between FAMU and the Barrandov Studios strengthen as we celebrate our anniversary. I believe that the link will lead to further cinematography opportunities for our students and improved links between our students and industry professionals.” AMU director Jan Hančil revealed. Entering the Barrandov premises will allow students to become part of the largest and oldest Czech studios where not only classic Czech films were made (including those of the New Wave) but also huge foreign productions such as Mission: Impossible,  or more recently, films including The Three Musketeers and Underworld: Next Generation starring Kate Beckinsale. “It’s amazing for students of all film schools to be given the chance to be at the centre of film events in their country. I personally gained such experience in Australia and am truly delighted that FAMU students will have the same at Barrandov,” Vice Chairman and CEO of Barrandov Studios Petr Tichý revealed.

“The roots of collaboration between Barrandov Studio and FAMU go back a long way seeing Barrandov studios support a number of FAMU projects. Two such films were premiered recently. Czech-Polish feature film Journey to Rome by FAMU graduate Tomasz Mielnik which opened this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the section from East to West, and which was partly filmed at Barrandov Studio No.4 as well as the internationally acclaimed short film What we did before we drank cocoa together by Aramisova who died recently,” revealed FAMU dean Pavel Jech.

Part of the Film and TV Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, FAMU is moving due to renovation work taking place on the original building on Klimentská Street  and FAMU’s department where students carry out all of their practical work. The studio also offers facilities to foreign students on the FAMU International programme to perform practical work and as part of workshops organised by the school.  Resulting from this work are films which FAMU regularly present at prestigious film festivals in Cannes, Berlin and Toronto. Such films are also frequently nominated for Oscars.