Film and TV School (FAMU) is an integral part of The Academy of Performing Arts, which has been found after the World War 2 in 1946. It is one of the oldest film schools in Europe, which kept its tradition even during the difficult time of communist regime. There are many influential filmmakers and scriptwriters among graduates from the school, many of them are known also within international context, e.g.: Stanislav Barabas, Oscar winner Milos Forman, Oscar winner Agnieszka Holland, Věra Chytilova, Juraj Jakubisko, Vojtech Jasny, Woody Vasulka, Lordan Zafranovic, Jan Sverak, Ivan Passer, Goran Paskaljevic, Magnum member Josef Koudelka, Jan Nemec, present Prague and National Rabbi Karol Sidon, Stefan Uher and many others. Also, most of people working in the local film and TV industry either in artistic or production positions, as well as still-photographers in various media are graduates from our school.
The star-studded period form FAMU were the 1960s, but the school managed to retain a comparatively free atmosphere through also the politically repressive 1970s and 1980s. Many professors and graduates emigrated on the other hand, and while abroad, contributed significantly to the education of American cinema school students (especially Frank Daniel and Vojtech Jasny). Foreign contacts were maintained in those days through the International Centre of Cinema and Television Schools CILECT (Centre Interrnational de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinema et de Television) and through international graduate-film reviews at Karlovy Vary - as part of the International Karlovy Vary Film Festival. In November and December 1989 the students and some of the professors of FAMU made a significant contribution to the overthrow of the repressive Communist regime.
The faculty is a founding member of CILECT, of the European League of Institutes of Arts (ELIA) , and of the European Association of Cinema and Television Schools GEECT (Groupement Européen des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Television). Works of its graduates have reaped many awards at international festival and have often been coproduced with and breadcast over domestic television networks.
Structure of FAMU
FAMU (Film and TV school) is one of three parts of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. The other schools are the Theater School and the Music School. The Academy is led by the rector (president) and his vice-rectors. There is also the Academic assembly as the top collective institution of the Academy and the Board of Advisors, both on the whole Academy level. This structure is analogically implemented also within each faculty, which is led by the dean. The school is devided into 10 departments: still photography, directing, documentary, scriptwriting, cinematography, sound design, animation, producing, and a recent interdisciplinary department - the Center of Audiovisual Studies. Integral part of the school is the FAMU Studio, providing complete professional facilities from digital Betacam and HDV to 16 and 35mm film for students´ work.
There are 112 professors and instructors, 16 persons administration staff. The Academic assembly has 9 members. The Board of Advisors has 14 members, mostly academics from other universities. There is altogether 350 students in Bc, Mg and PhD study programs plus there is app. 80 international students, taking special study stays or a practical cours, every year.