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Each year, students and graduates of all three faculties are conferred the most prestigious domestic and international awards for their artistic work. The best among them often become pedagogues, so they can pass on their experience to the next generation of talented artists.
Film and TV School (FAMU)
- The Zippy Frames magazine focusing on animated film has ranked film director and FAMU student Daria Kashcheeva among the 21 most talented animated film directors for the year 2021. Along with Michaela Pavlátová, Head of the Department of Animated Film, Daria has also made it to the top list of the best film directors of the last quarter-century.
- Mezery/Spaces by Nora Štrbová won the Animánička Award in the MAXI CZ/SK category at the Animénie festival.
- Greta Stocklassa won The Sparrow Award – Diorama Discovery Award in the International Documentary Film category of the Diorama International Film FEestival with her documentary Kiruna – překrásný nový svět / Kiruna – A Brand New World.
- The film SH_T Happens by Michaela Mihályiová and David Štumpf won the Slnko v sieti (Sun in Net) award, Slovakia’s highest award, for the Best Animated Film of the Year 2021. Their film also made it among Oscar nominees and won the Magnesia Award for the Best Student Film back in 2019.
- FAMU International graduate Apoorva Satish and Vojtěch Zavadil won the Best Sound Design Award for their film Kanya in the international competition at Interfilm Berlin.
- FAMU student Verica Kordić won the Best Student Film award at the International Animation Film Festival in Kuandu, Taiwan.
- Jsme si o smrt blíž / Love is Just a Death Away by Bára Anna Stejskalová from FAMU’s Department of Animated Film premiered at Sweden’s REX festival of animated film and won the Viewers’ Award.
Theatre Faculty (DAMU)
- Dramaturge, co-founder of the legendary Činoherní klub Theatre and a long-time DAMU teacher, Professor Jaroslav Vostrý won an award from the Czech Academy of Theatre Makers for his lifelong contribution to theatre. AMU also bestowed the Professor Emeritus title on him.
- Vlastníci/Owners filmed by teacher, actor and former Head of the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre Jiří Havelka won the Czech Lion Award in the Best Screenplay, Best Actress in Leading Role (Tereza Ramba) and Best Supporting Actress (DAMU graduate Klára Melíšková) categories.
- Actor and in-house teacher of DAMU’s Department of Drama Theatre Ladislav Mrkvička won the Best Actor in Leading Role in Staříci/Old-Timers (2019). In 2019, he won the Thálie Award for his lifelong mastery in the field of drama theatre.
Film and TV School (FAMU)
- FAMU students succeeded at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. Nová šichta /A New Shift, the bachelor graduation project by Jindřich Andrš from the Department of Documentary Film, won the Best Czech Documentary of 2020 in the Czech Joy festival section. The film also won the Silver Eye Award for the Best Full-length Film of 2020 from the Institute of Documentary Film. Krásně sviť a krásně hleď, z uší roste krasohled, made by Tereza Chudáčková from FAMU’s Centre for Audiovisual Studies and Klára Ondračková from FAMU’s Department of Sound Design, and Zůstane to mezi náma, řekl made by Ester Grohová from CAS won a special mention in the Fascinace: Exprmntl.cz festival section.
- Egyptian film director and a FAMU International graduate Sameh Alaa won the Gold Palm of the Cannes Festival for his I am afraid to forget your face. The short film has become the first ever Egyptian film to win the award in the festival’s history.
- Lun Sevnik from the Department of Directing won the Vesna Award for the Best Student Film at the Festival Slovenskega Filma in Slovenia for his Hra/Play.
- Mezery/Spaces by Nora Štrbová won the Doc’Anim Award 2020 at the Animatou Genève Festival.
- Proč se cítím jako kluk?/Why Do I Fell Like A Boy? by Kateřina Turečková, a student of FAMU’s Department of Documentary Film, won the Best Film Award at Queer Lisboa in the European Schools Short Film Competition category.
- Terézia Halamová from the Department of Directing won a special mention in the Papaya Young Directors competition for his Move Honey videoclip made for Smolik/Kev Fox.
- Jakub Jirásek from FAMU’s Department of Directing won the Jury’s Special Award for Nebát se ničeho/Don’t Be a Pussy at the 22nd edition of the Equinoxio Festival.
- Graduate of the Department of Animated Film Martin Smatana won Slovakia’s supreme film award, Slnko v sieti (Sun in Net) for the best animated film of 2020 with his Pouštět draka/The Kite.
- Czech sound designer and FAMU graduate Juraj Mravec was nominated for the Emmy Award in the Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series category for the third season of The Crown.
- Lea Petříková, FAMU student and teacher, is the first female laureate of the Jacques Derrida Prize, bestowed by the French Embassy in Prague as part of the 26th edition of awards for young scholars.
- FAMU teacher and cameraman Josef Špelda won the Thálie Award for promoting the art of theatre on television.
- FAMU student Daria Kashcheeva and her Dcera/Daughter are the absolute winners of the CILECT film school competition. The short animated film also won the Still Voices Short Festival Grand Prix. In effect, the year 2020 added prestigious awards to the young director’s collection of some 70 awards including the Annecy Cristal from the Festival international du film d’animation d’Annecy and the Student Oscar for the best international animated film. In all, Daughter was selected for almost 200 film competitions and festivals.
- Film producer, FAMU graduate and a long-time teacher of FAMU’s Department of Production Jaromír Kallista won the Czech Lion for his outstanding contributions to Czech cinema.
- Department of Documentary Film teacher Martin Mareček won the documentary section of the Czech Lion Awards for 2019 with Dálava/Over the Hills.
- SH_T Happens, a short directed by Michaela Mihályiová and David Štumpf (FAMU’s Department of Animated Film) premiered at the 76th edition of the prestigious Venice Film Festival.
Music and Dance Faculty (HAMU)
- Pianist and HAMU teacher Ivo Kahánek along with conductor Jakub Hrůša won the Angel Award for their recording of Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Concertos in 2019 in the Classical Music category. BBC Music Magazine rated the album the Recording of the Year in 2020.
- HAMU in cooperation with CESNET won the 2020 EUROPA NOSTRA/European Heritage Award. The Cross-Border Cooperation for European Classical Music Project of HAMU’s Musical Acoustics Research Centre (MARC), CESNET and renowned artists from among HAMU teachers won the major European award for using network transmission for international collaboration in live culture.
- HAMU students and graduates ruled the prestigious Classic Prague Awards. Pianist Marek Kozák, a student of Professor Ivan Klánský, became the Talent of the Year, and violinist Jan Mráček, also a HAMU student, won a solo performance award. Belfiato Quintet, a chamber ensemble of HAMU graduates, won the Chamber Performance Award.
- Films made by the students of FAMU’s Department of Animated Film were nominated for the largest animated film festival in Annecy, France. Student Daria Kashcheeva’s Dcera/Daughter won the main Annecy Cristal prize, and Pouštět draka/The Kite by Martin Smatana won the Children’s Jury Prize.
- Trio Incendio made of HAMU students won the 20th edition of the Kiejstut Bacewicz International Competition of chamber ensembles in Lodz, Poland.
- Petr Erbes and Boris Jedinák, graduates of DAMU’s Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre, and the entire class of acting students won the Director’s Prize at the Setkání/ Encounter International Category for their direction of Bartered Bride in DISK Theatre.
- Documentary filmmaker and teacher of FAMU’s Department of Documentary Film Helena Třeštíková became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will take part in the voting regarding the Academy Awards in the years to come.
- Kiruna-překrásný nový svět/Kiruna – Brave New World made by FAMU (Centre for Audiovisual Studies) student Greta Stocklassa had its global premiere in the main competition section of the Visions Du Reel documentary film festival in Nyon, Switzerland.
- Petr Salaba, student of FAMU’s Department of Documentary Film, won the Spotlight Award for young and hopeful documentary makers at the Academia Film Olomouc festival for his film with an unusual title – llllllIIII.
- FAMU students win Czech Lion Awards: Všechno bude by Department of Directing graduate Olmo Omerzu won six awards including for the best director, and the Magnesia Award for the best student film went to Ondřej Erban (Department of Scriptwriting) and his Sto dvacet osm tisíc/One Hundred and Twenty-Eight Thousand.
- Violinist Milan Al-Ashhab (HAMU) won the Classic Prague Awards Talent of the Year prize.
- The animated Plody mraků/Fruits of Clouds by Kateřina Karhánková, a student of FAMU’s Department of Animated Film, was voted the best short film for children at Berlinale 2018.
- Šmelhaus, a comic book resulting from a successful collaboration between the Illustration and Graphics Studio of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and scriptwriting students of FAMU, won the Magnesia Award for the Best Student Comics of 2018.
- Diana Cam Van Nguyen, a student of FAMU’s Department of Animated Film, won the Best Czech Experimental Film Award with Spolu sami/Apart at the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival in 2018. The film had its international premiere at a film festival in Rotterdam, then it was shown at IFF Berlinale and made it to the finals of the BAFTA Student Film Awards.
- Films by the students from FAMU’s Department of Animated Film and Department of Documentary Film, Malá/The Little One (dir. Diana Cam Van Nguyen) and Komplex epopeje/Slav Epic Complex (dir. Jan Strejcovský) won awards at the 11th edition of the Night of Film Hopefuls festival in the categories of Best Animated Film and Best Documentary Film, respectively.
- Violinist and HAMU student Milan Al-Ashhab was the absolute winner of the IX. INTERNATIONALER VIOLINWETTBEWERB WIEN 2018 global violin competition.
- Cukr a sůl/Sugar and Salt directed by Adam Martinec (FAMU’s Department of Directing) was selected for the competition section of the Nest International Film Students Award of the prestigious film festival in San Sebastian, Spain.
- Films from FAMU ruled the Czech Lion Awards: The Magnesia Prize for the Best Student Film went to Michal Blaško (Department of Directing) for his Atlantida, 2003; Bába z ledu/Ice Mother directed by Bohdan Sláma (Department of Directing) won six awards including the Best Film; Laika by Aurel Klimt (Department of Animated Film) won the Best Film Set award; Křižáček/Little Crusader by Václav Kadrnk (Department of Directing) won the Best Soundtrack Award and Špína/Filth by Tereza Nvotová won the Best Editing Award.
- The Mečiar documentary directed by FAMU student Tereza Nvotová won the TRILOBIT MAIN PRIZE 2018.
The debut road movie of FAMU graduate, scriptwriter and director György Kristóf was selected for the prestigious “Un Certain Regard” competition section at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was originally a FAMU graduate project.
Natálie Schwamová won the YAMAHA piano competition.
Happy End, a black comedy about death with a happy ending by FAMU’s Jan Saska, is among a narrower selection of ten films competing for a student Oscar for the best short animated film.
The acted film Furiant by director and scriptwriter Ondřej Hudeček won the special jury award for short film directing at the Sundance Film Festival. It also received an award at the Palm Springs International ShortFest in the category for student acted films under fifteen minutes, and was nominated for a student Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The sound composition Princess with an Iron Mask by composition student Martin Klusák celebrated a success at the prestigious Phonurgia Nova competition in Paris. In the Pierre Schaeffer Discovery category, it placed together with four other compositions by authors under 30 years of age.
Excellent horn player Kateřina Javůrková, a fresh HAMU graduate, took second place in the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in Munich (first place was not awarded).
Marek Kozák, a student of Prof. Ivan Klánský, earned a fantastic second place in the Prague Spring competition.
A production of The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas at Prague’s DISK Theatre directed by Adam Svozil won the Mark Ravenhill Award for the best Czech theatre production of a new play in 2015.