The years 2015 and 2016 have been proving surprisingly fruitful for Czech animation, even in the absence of any substantial changes to funding and support. Those should be soon to come, though, as the State Cinematography Fund has obtained a 350 million CZK government subsidy to support Czech cinematography, including animation. Surprisingly enough, even the technologically demanding and time consuming puppet films have flourished. Several anticipated Czech short films that have been years in production were coincidentally completed at the end of last year or the beginning of this year. These films include The Christmas Ballad, the 26-minute fairy-tale Deep in Moss and the Kafkaesque film Mr. Spider’s Anatomy. One rather unfortunate tradition in Czech animation is that the majority of new animated projects are student films. This year though, their very high quality is surprising.
What’s more, last year saw the premiere of Jan Balej’s co-production feature Little from the Fish Shop and this year the feature film Pat & Mat: The Movie hit the theatres. Czech student animation has also been enjoying some success – two student films have been included in the official selection of the Annecy festival (Happy End and Raven Mother). Artistically interesting series have begun development (The Great Adventures of Rosa and Dara, Stories about Mum and Dad) and several feature films are in various stages of shooting. Some of them still have to secure funding (Mice Belong to Heaven, Insects, Life in Bulk), but The Odd-Sock Eaters for example is nearing release, with its premiere set for this fall.
Animated work at FU OU in Ostrava
Bachelor studies of animated work overlapping into new media. Atelier headed by Mgr. Denisa Jánská.
Animated and interactive work FUD ZČU in Pilsen
Bachelor studies of an animated film, atelier headed by prof., academic painter Jiří Barta. Emphasis is put on mastering classical categories of drawning, cut-out and marionette animation.
Animated work at FMK UTB in Zlín
Department enables bachelor, magister and doctoral studies. Atelier headed by Mgr. Lukáš Gregor, Ph.D.
Atelier of film and television graphics in Prague
Founded in the 60s of the last century by Adolf Hoffmeister and for many years headed by Miloslav Jágr. Today´s atelier head is MgA. Jakub Zich.
Department of animated work at FAMU in Prague
Since 1990 the Department has ensured animated film studies in a three-year bachelor and two-year magister cycle. Today´s head of the atelier is Doc. Aurel Klimt.
Visual effects & Classical animation FAMO in Písek
FAMO is a private selective faculty of art with bachelor and consequent magister studies. The studies can be VFX or SFX oriented, or o3D modelling, 3D animation as well as classical animation (drawn, marionette, painting on glass or cut-out and other kinds of animation). Atelier of animated film is headed by Mgr. Pavel Kubant.
Animated work in Písek
Animated work in Písek is designed in the form of a three-year technical college, its grads will gain professional knowledge and a title of DiS. First grade is common for all branches, students are taught history of art, music and film, psychology, and namely production technology of audiovisual work. School fee worth CZK 15 thousand per semester.
Interactive graphics at VOŠ Václava Hollara
Three-year daily studies finished with graduation. Branch is connected with applied and animation graphics, students will master 2D and 3D animation programmes. School fee worth CZK 5 thousand per year.
Multimedia artistic work at VOŠG in Jihlava
Three-year education programme in daily form of studies with specialization on animated work, audiovisual work and interactive multimedia work. Monthly school fee worth CZK 3 – 5 thousand.
Animation and multimedia at SOŠ MPT s.r.o. in Prague
Educational contents made by two basic parts: general education and professional one.
Graphic design (Animated work) at SSUŠ AVE ART Ostrava
Students will be introduced to creative work of animators and designers, will master basic artistic and graphic techniques and gain knowledge from drawn and marionette animation, will learn to understand basic principles of screenwriting , editing, will understand basic principles of animation and timing itself, will learn to work out animation in computer.
Graphics and animation at SUŠ in Ostrava
In the course of studies students will proceed from simple composition and sketch exercises and gradually will get to concrete tasks from advertising graphics branch. They will master work with composition, paints and fonts. They will design logos, leaflets, posters, advertising objects or comics. They are taught basics and the ways of animation work-out in 3 – 4 hours per week. Atelier headed by MgA. Jiří Bosák.
Graphic design focused on animation at GAPE in Prague
Four-year daily studies focused on development of artistic abilities where students will master practical animation skills, design making and computer graphics.
Multimedia artistic work in Jihlava
Three-year educational programme in the form of a correspondence course specialised on animated work, audiovisual work and interactive multimedia work. Monthly school fee worth CZK 5 thousand.
Ten-day course of classical animated film held in the Aero cinema in cooperation with cinemas Světozor and Bio Oko. The course is intended especially for beginners, price CZK 4 thous.
Animania project has been held since 2006 in the so called Spring Sowing that includes long-term animation courses, animation workshops focused on concrete animation technologies, programmes for schools, accredited seminars for teachers and since 2011 also the so called Summer Ripening – thematic intensive animation training. Prices start from CZK 1,200.
Animated work at SSUŠ AVE ART Ostrava
Theoretical and practical activities leading students through animation work itself. Price for the course – CZK 37 thous. for 300 lessons.
Anomalia Project strives for exchange of experience from professional global animation and with film makers. Courses are intended to improve education and professionalism of authors and to maintain their position on competitive work labour market.
Course of graphic design in Jihlava
Fifty-six hour course, character of a weekly school of graphic design is intended for teachers and students of artistic branches, further education of employees of graphic studies and for those who are interested to improve their knowledge. Price for the course – CZK 8,400.
Spafi — Animation Academy
SPAFi holds a suburban daily camp Prague Film Holidays for children and youth between 12 and 18 years. Price of the course – CZK 10, 800 for 32 lessons.
Festival Autumn Harvest
The festival is part of Animania project. It includes competitive show of animated films made by children and youth. Within the festival also workshops of animation techniques for public and accompanying programmes are held.
International Animated Film Festival in Třeboň
The festival is held annually in early May in Třeboň. It gives a competition of short, student and feature films.
Festival Of Film Animation Olomouc
The show is dedicated to broaden awareness of animation in cinematographic and media studies, and visual art context. Always in early December.