Academia Film Olomouc is the oldest festival in the Czech Republic to focus on consistent mapping of science documentary film. It was founded in 1966 with mutual initiative of Short Film Prague, the Palacký University and the Czechoslovak Academy of Science. Presently the Palacký University in Olomouc is its main organizer.
The organization of the festival goes into the hands of the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies of the Palacký University. The organizers return to its spring term, Petr Bilík becomes its director. AFO begins to co-operate with the non-government organization JSAF, the organizer of the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. The aim of the new organizational team is to not overlap the program of the Jihlava festival, to anchor the program structure tightly within educational and science documentary films and strengthen its international character. This is why AFO gives space to educational programs by BBC or Discovery Channels. Academia Film Olomouc does not want to be just a spectacle show that would “be forced to change its face according to moods and momentary attitudes of its audience,“ as Petr Bilík puts it. We want it to be “an artistic encyclopedia of informative and inspirational experiences”. The festival adopted the name the International Festival of Science Documentary Films. “Watch and Know” is its motto. New conception and organizers have the effect of increase of interest about the festival particularly on the part of wider public and AFO becomes an event of a worldwide importance.
Three statutary awards and three non-statutary awards are given to films screened in two competitions of the festival – The Best World Science Film Award (World Competition), The RWE Best Czech Science Film Award (Czech Competition), Student Jury Award (World Competition), Audience Award (Czech Competition + World Competition), The Best Czech Science Film in Natural Sciences (Vesmír Magazine Award), The Best Czech Science Film in Humanities (Dějiny a Současnost Magazine Award).
No premiere requirement
Jury and Organizers
The festival is organized by the Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Academia Film Olomouc
771 47 Olomouc
Phone: 00420 725 931 611
Email: Ms. Gabriela Knyblova:
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