Prague Faculty: 35mm Visual Storytelling at FAMU

Central European Film

Since 1989, Ivana Doležalová has worked as a researcher, interpreter and co-correspondent for the Central European Office of National Public Radio and The New York Times in Prague plus for various other foreign media (BBC, Danish TV, ABC, PBS). She has also worked as a translator and moderator for Center of Independent Journalism in Prague, Czech Republic, and has translated the works of Fay Weldon, Woody Allen, Susan Sontag, Erica Jong, and Sue Grafton.

A Fulbright scholar and later visiting professor teaching media, film and literature at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and University of Washington, Seattle, US (1994-97, 1999, and 2001), Dolezalova was also invited to give talks on film, history and feminism at University of Washington, Stanford and Harvard.

Presently, she is lecturing on Czech and European Film, Collegium Hieronymi Pragensis and Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Dolezalova also writes articles, reviews and interviews for various magazines and newspapers (Respekt weekly and The Presence quarterly). She is a Juror of the International Committee of Women of Europe Award, Brussels, Belgium and President of the Czech Committee of Women of Europe Award.   

Mentor at FAMU Editing department and FAMU International Editor, Director, and Producer

Czech-born editor, director, and producer of documentary films, Tomáš Doruška graduated from FAMU's Editing Department in 2001. As an editor, he has participated in nearly 50 projects, both feature films and creative documentaries. Also profiled as a producer, he co-produced his own short doc/fiction 35mm movie debut Radhošť (2001), his graduation film which was released in cinemas and won the 2002 FICC prize. Doruška has taught at a variety of filmmaking workshops and courses during the past 13 years at different universities and film schools. Since 2006, he has worked as a mentor at FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) and FAMU International. He is a freelance director, editor and producer in his own company Tomáš Doruška Film.    

Intermediate Production: 35mm Cinematography

A professional filmmaker since the mid-seventies, Michael Gahut works as a Director of Photography on feature films, TV dramas, and documentaries, and also as a Director and Cinematographer for TV commercials. A FAMU graduate, Michael Gahut has been a professor at the school since the eighties, and in recent years has served as mentor and course director for APP and CDM programs and for FAMU exchange programs from NYU and Emerson College.

For complete filmography and prizes see IMDB 
Watch short documentary about Michael made by international students: Part I and Part II.

Teacher in the FAMU Cinematography Department; Tutor, and Cinematographer

Marek Jícha has his Master's in Cinematography from FAMU film academy of the Czech Republic. He currently teaches at FAMU and is the head of the cinematography department. He is a founding member of the independent film company Lampafilm Praha ( and regularly works with Czech Television and private film producers.

As a Director of Photography, he has numerous full-length features to his credit. He has been twice nominated for the Czech Lion award for Best Cinematography and his feature films have six times been nominated and one time successfully awarded the prize for Best Cinematography from the Association of Czech Cinematographers.

His work includes numerous documentaries, award-winning experimental projects, films for television, music video clips and collaborative work with the National Theatre of Prague.

Marek represents the Czech Republic in Imago, the European Society of Cinematographers. In 2012, he was elected as President of Association of Czech Cinematographers. Marek is teaching as Professor at FAMU cinematography department, since 2005 functioning as Head of Cinematography Department (succeeding Prof. Jaromír Šofr) and as professor at AU Abroad Program Washington DC, CET program, NY UNIVERSITY, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, YALE UNIVERSITY, EMERSON UNIVERSITY + FAMU International Academic Programs. He is member of Czech Film and Television Academy CFTA and European Film Academy EFA.

Screenwriting/Script Analysis

Mgr. Eva Papoušková is an author of screenplays, books and playscripts. She graduated from the screenwriting department at FAMU and has written more than 120 hours for prime time TV, written one feature, and co-wrote on documentaries since. She has worked with the Oscar-winning director Malcolm Clarke. Currently she is focused on teaching screenwriting in English and writes highly-praised books for children in Czech.

Head of FAMU Editing Department, Tutor, Director, Producer, and Screenwriter

Ivo was born in Skopje, Macedonia and graduated from FAMU in Prague. Upon graduation he decided to stay in Prague and start his career in the Czech Republic. His filmography as a director/screenwriter includes five feature-length films for which he received numerous awards. He works in a wide range of genres: comedy, docudrama, experimental films, and historical drama. As a producer, Ivo Trajkov was involved in more than 60 episodes of a critically acclaimed documentary series “Unexplained Deaths”.