Our Master Tutors are award-winning and internationally recognised film professionals who cooperate with Prague Film Institute to teach students in special masterclass lessons and workshops. Simultaneously, they guarantee the high quality of our study programs and teaching know-how.
Dirk Westervelt has worked in many different film genres, including action, drama, and comedy. No matter what the genre, his primary focus is always on storytelling. After working for a time in the camera department, Westervelt moved to the cutting room on the first two features directed by F. Gary Gray, as Assistant Editor on FRIDAY and Associate Editor on SET IT OFF. He worked for George Tillman Jr. as an Associate Editor on SOUL FOOD, and as Editor on MEN OF HONOR, FASTER, and NOTORIOUS. While living and working in Prague, he served as Visual Effects Editor on Guillermo del Toro’s BLADE 2 and HELLBOY. He has also collaborated repeatedly with writer-director Rick Famuyiwa, was an Editor on JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D for director Eric Brevig. In 2014 he edited Jaume Collet-Serra’s RUN ALL NIGHT. In the last few years he has been working on James Mangold’s LOGAN, David Leitch’s DEADPOOL 2, and Mangold’s FORD v FERRARI.
Nancy is a CSA, Emmy Award Nominated Casting Director who has cast nearly one hundred projects internationally. Nancy bridges the gap between Europe and the US. She has developed a proven method for audition technique. Some of the titles she has worked on include: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, EuroTrip, Snowpiercer and many more.
Steve Lichtag is a world-famous documentary filmmaker and the author of science films with a sea theme. He is the founder and president of the CRYSTAL PLANET endowment fund, focused on the protection of underwater flora and fauna. He has worked closely with personalities such as Jean-Michel Cousteau, Céline Cousteau, Dr. Samuel Gruber, Dr. Erich Ritter, Andre Hartman, Garry Atkinson and many more. He is currently completing the feature film “Stingl – Little Big Okima” and is preparing another film with the working title “Finding the Abyss”. It tells the story of the human desire to know the secrets of the depths, but also points to the plundering of the oceans by man. Steve is a member of a number of international film juries and institutions dealing with nature and its protection. In 2004, he founded the „Water Sea Oceans“ IFF, of which he is president.
Viktor graduated in Communications and Information Security Management at the University of Defence in Brno. He then worked as a senior officer of the Communications and Information Systems and was later active in management. He completed the Executive MBA study program at the University of Technology in Brno and Dominican University of Illinois (USA). During his career, he enjoyed extensive periods in Australia and Japan. Besides that, he is active in many areas of cultural and political life.
Being part of Three Brothers Production Viktor focuses mainly in creating films with historical content. Three Brothers works with the industry’s leading dramaturgs and historians and utilizes the on site weapon house www.historicalprops.cz (the largest of its kind in Europe), workshop rooms and studios.
Alongside the numerous co-productions Viktor has also been involved in the production of a wide range of world and Hollywood movies (Dungeons and Dragons, Joan of Arc, Dune, Nomad, Knight’s Tale, Avalon, Blade II., The Children of Dune, League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Van Helsing, Hellboy, Doom 3, Narnia – Princ Kaspian, Die Papstin, Henry IV, Anonymous, Borgias, Black Death, Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, Three Musketeers etc.).
Gain close access to our unrivalled pool of professional tutors, who are always at hand to help students realise their ideas and ambitions. Our tutors are active specialists within the film industry, with wide professional experience. Through their guidance and your hard work, you will leave Prague Film Institute as an employable graduate.
Czech scriptwriter and script editor. Anna got her master’s degree in Screenwriting and Script editing at FAMU. She started teaching screenwriting at FAMU before graduation as an assistant teacher, then worked as a full-time teacher of screenwriting and film language at the film department of SPŠST Panská (high school). She wrote shows for TV Nova and ČT Déčko, dialogues and scripts for indie computer and mobile games (Dandara game awarded in 2020 by Apple TV Award), edited scripts of awarded animated short films. She worked as a chief writer of 2nd season of Pan profesor (The Teacher) series for TV Nova.
Prarthana Gupta (Ana) is a Freelance Production Designer, Visual Artist, and Creative Designer from India, currently based in Prague, Czech Republic.
With her background in Theatre, Psychology and Art, she is able to understand and create visual media that brings us closer to the human psyche in all its weirdness. Although young and new to the industry, she has designed various short films, music videos, commercials and feature films. While she works as a production design tutor at PFI, she also doubles as a sculptor, production and graphic designer for film and TV.
Michael Havas was born in the Czechoslovakia in Prague in 1947, but already in 1948 the family was forced to emigrate because his father had been in the RAF. Michael grew up in New Zealand, where, in 1968, he graduated MA with honors in English and German literature.
1969-71 – Swiss Federal Scholarship at the University of Zurich. Postgrad studies in medieval German and modern Swiss drama.
Michael graduated from FAMU in 1979 with a master’s degree in the field of documentary film. Since 1972, Michael Havas has written, directed and produced over 60 films, many of which have won international awards.
TV companies he has worked for include BBC Bristol, Channel 4, The Discovery Channel, New Zealand TV, Maori TV, Condor Features Zurich, Nomad Films International Australia, Czech Television, ARD, ZDF, ORF, Swiss TV, MTV Europe , Bertelsmann Publishers, Beyond Films Australia, Ravensburger Film and TV Germany, Koninck International London, Lumen Films Paris, Max Planck Society, Amnesty International, etc.
People he has worked with include Caroline Kennedy, Sir Peter Ustinov, Peter Gabriel, Erich von Däniken, Joseph Svoboda, Ester Krumbachová, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Michael Frayn, Denis Marks, the Brothers Quay, Rem Petrov, HSH Hans Adam of Liechtenstein, David Crystal, Jan Švankmajer, Jiří Bárta, Pavel Koutský, Olivia Newton-John, Veronika Žilková, Jan Malíř, Igor Luther, Axel Corti, Martin Šácha, Julian Arahanga, Steve Lichtag and many others.
Dalibor Mráz (1992) is a filmmaker, music composer and co-owner of the film company QQ studio Ostrava. He studied at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava and graduated from the College of Business and Law. Dalibor is the holder of 4 national music awards. At the age of 10, he started composing music for university films. In 2006, at the age of 14, he directed his first short student film called Lednice. As a sixteen-year-old, he composed the music for the full-length film How Many Stories Have a Day, which premiered in New York. Currently, he invests in film development and expands his portfolio also with films of his own production and co-production. Its focus is very broad. From music and film production and creation, sound processing, management to idea making.
Jan Tesitel is a graduate of Prague’s FAMU Directing department. During his studies, he shot a short film People Involved, which was nominated for the Best Student film at the Czech Lion Awards (2011). His first feature film David (2015) premiered in the East of the West competition at Karlovy Vary Film Festival. He is currently in the development stage of his second feature film Plague, produced by Unit and Sofa Praha. He also works as a director on numerous programs for Czech Television, as well as on commercials.
Jan worked as an Assistant Director on films Listopad (2014) by Gary Keith Griffin and Ghoul (2015) by Petr Jákl.
Cyrus Voris has been a screenwriter and television creator, writer and showrunner with his long-time partner and fellow NYU graduate, Ethan Reiff, since the early 90s. Cyrus has written screenplays for TALES FROM THE CRYPT PRESENTS DEMON KNIGHT (1995), BULLETPROOF MONK(2003), the Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe ROBIN HOOD (2010) which began as the spec script NOTTINGHAM and Dreamworks Animation’s Academy Award Best Animated Feature nominee KUNG FU PANDA (2008); In television he has Created and Showrun such series as Fox’s BRIMSTONE (1998), CBS’s ELEVENTH HOUR (2008-2009), TNT’S LEGENDS (2014-2015) and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Showtime series SLEEPER CELL (2005-2006); most recently he has Executive Produced the Netflix Indian Limited Series BARD OF BLOOD (2019) and Netflix & History Channel’s KNIGHTFALL (2017-2019).
Vladimir is a Ph.D. graduate from the Academy of Arts and Architecture & Design in Prague. He has been working on various film and theater project for the past 15 years. Some of the titles he has worked on are: James Bond – Casino Royale, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Mission Impossible IV, Carnival Row, and many more.
Saimir Bajo is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, director, dramaturge, producer, lecturer and scholar. His screenplays and film projects have placed in a number of prestigious film festivals and competitions including Berlinale Co- Production Market, CineLink, Co-Production Market at Sarajevo International Film Festival, ALBAScript and Cineuropa, TIFForm and Torino Film Lab, Meeting Poit Vilnius, Zagreb DOX Pro, Creative Europe. His films and documentaries have been screened at the most prestigious film festivals around the world. Recently, he has directed the fiction film The Violinist and is finishing the feature documentary: Tomas Venclova – Forms of Hope. Saimir is developing his new feature film, Journey to Awakening, a co-production of Czech Republic, Albania, Slovenia, Italy.
Lukáš Daniel Pařík is a Czech composer, screenwriter and writer. He wrote music, lyrics, libretto and screenplay for the rock symphonic musical King Arthur. He composed one of the most successful Czech soundtracks for the movie Princess Cursed in Time and he is also one of the screenwriters. Parik is the author of creative concepts, screenplays and music for dozens of commercials and also an experienced teacher of writing and music (composition, piano, guitar, singing, theory).
Pius Okaba is a film director and actor that currently lives in Berlin, Germany, over his 10- year career in the film and television industry, he worked in various fields such as Format Buying, On-Air Image Design, Content Acquisition, Content Development/Management, airtime sales, directing and Production for both the film and television industry.
Pius Okaba is an alumnus of The New York Film Academy (NYFA) where he studied acting and he holds a Master of Arts degree in film directing from the prestigious University of West London. He is currently pursuing a second masters degree (MFA) in motion pictures and is a residence lecturer at the Prague Film Institute in the Czech Republic. His controversial film AYE, released in 2019 sees a wide acceptance across the European film industry. AYE won the award of Best Short Film at the African Diaspora Cinema Festival in Florence, Italy and was nominated and screened at I Will Tell International Film Festival, London, United Kingdom, Black Star International Film Festival, Accra Ghana, The South African International Film Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa, Africa international Film Festival, Lagos Nigeria, and Inshort Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria.
Pius Okaba’s role as a witch hunter in the Czech fairy tale film Princezna Zakletá V Čase (Princess Lost In Time) has earned him an accolade in the European film market.
Dora Šustić is a freelance screenwriter and film director from Croatia. She graduated BA in Political Sciences from the University of Ljubljana and MA in Screenwriting from FAMU, Prague. Her four short fiction films have been screened and awarded at international film festivals, including the New York Film Festival, Moscow Shorts and Oscar-qualifying Cine Lebu. Her debut feature film Virgins is financially supported by Croatian Audiovisual Centre. Currently Dora works as a writer, script editor or translator on film and TV projects, mostly feature films. In addition to films, she writes prose.
Ajay is a freelance cinematographer based in Estonia, Czech Republic and India. He has collaborated with directors across the world in the fields of Music Videos, Commercial Ads and award-winning short films. With his background of Biotechnology Engineering and further studies in Film School, he has excelled in understanding the storytelling language and translating them into visuals with modern technics. He has been awarded in various International Film Festivals, such as LA Film Festival, LV Prasad International Film Festival, Rolling Stones and more.
Igor is President of the CSFA – Czech Stunt Fighters Association – a stunt coordinator, sword master and film producer. He is the youngest of the brothers who founded the Three Brothers production company back in 1991. In 1975 he also co-founded the stage fencing group, ‘The Cadets’.
With The Cadets, he helped give rise to the fame of the Kaltenberg Knight Tournament and, with more than 3 000 performances, has gained acclaim for the art of stage fencing throughout Europe, USA and the United Arab Emirates. Between years ´90-´93 he independently directed group performances in Germany and Denmark. He created dozens of choreographies for TV and film projects and, as Assistant Director, has more than 60 documentary productions behind him, in most case international projects. Since the 90’s he has also been producing feature movies and TV series.
Our guest lecturers are all industry professionals, who you will have a chance to learn from. Most of them you will be allowed to visit in their professional premises and take a part in the filmmaking workflow.
With hundreds of hours of work on shootings and thousands of hours in editing rooms and post-production, Tomas is real professional. During his career he managed and supervised large number of projects and worked with leading Czech directors and cameramen on dozens of films and television series.
During his studies Tomas gained experience with the film industry as a film technician and then gradually moved to his specialisation. Since 2013, he has run successful post-production studio CINEPOST at Barrandov Film Studios. In 2017, CINEPOST combined with another company PFX. Currently in PFX, Tomas is one of partners and also in charge of film and television post-production department.
Roman Kašparovský is an experienced producer living in Prague. He has two Master’s degrees (English/Geography and Film&TV Production) and a Ph.D. in Czech Film (from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague). He has produced over 80 music videos and short films, one of which (“This Is Not a Picture”) was nominated for a Student Academy Award in 2004. He has also produced over 30 commercials, among others for Pringles, Kozel (Czech beer) and Coca Cola. He has worked alongside Timur Bekmambetov on Wanted and was a post-production supervisor of the feature film Corn Island in 2014. He has been the line producer or unit production manager on many films and TV series including The Last Visa, The Three Brothers, Mamas & Papas or Lidice. He has also taken on the role of executive producer in feature films like The Godfather’s Story, Normal and Gangster Ka. He has been teaching at FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) and the Prague University of Economics (Arts Management) since 2010. He speaks fluent Czech, Slovak and English, and a bit of Russian.
Sasha is a professional make-up artist, hair-stylist, and SFX artist. His 27 years of experience has amounted to working on dozens of films, commercials, fashion shows, magazines, and music videos. He has worked with numormous big names in the film and fashion worlds. He also has expertise in historic make-up and hair design. Sasha works on Czech and international projects and he speaks four languages – English, Czech, Persian, and Russian.
Kevin has written over 30 different screenplays which resulted in produced films. They range from commercial action to critically-acclaimed features. They have attracted Academy Award winners and nominees including Donald Sutherland, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Nick Nolte, Djimon Hounsou, Christopher Plummer, Sylvester Stallone and Dennis Hopper. Other prestigious collaborators include Orlando Bloom, Kevin Bacon, Patrick Swayze, Chris Rock, Michael Shannon, Ben Foster, Roy Scheider, Lesley Ann Warren, Tia Carrere, Michael Biehn, Charlie Sheen, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller, Jennifer Beals, Tom Berenger, Daryl Hannah, Amy Smart, Matthew Goode, Til Schweiger and Wesley Snipes. Bernhardt’s latest film MEDIEVAL was produced with Viktor Kristof, stars Ben Foster and Michael Caine, and was written and directed by Petr Jakl. Bernhardt’s latest screenplays include TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING, to star Joe Pesci and an adaptation of the NY Times Bestseller THAI HORSE, to star Jackie Chan. He is presently co-writing a new screenplay with Academy Award nominee John Cleese.
Petr is a Czech director, DOP and VFX supervisor. His projects include the action TV movie, Lost Legion, which was successfully sold to the Hollywood studio, Lions Gate, and the road movie feature, Montenegro, which is currently being distributed in cinemas through Europe.
Petr always seeks to tell the story with a visionary approach. Thanks to his skills as a VFX supervisor and editor, he applies early foresight to matters of post-production, which results in his trademark of polished and beautiful final scenes. As a storyteller he enjoys exploring the power of the imagination.