5. 2. 2014

Introducing the Honorary Chairman of the Jury of Febiofest 2014

Theodor Pištěk

The Jury of the 21st edition of IFF Prague – Febiofest will be chaired by the winner of an Academy Award, a Caesar and the Czech Lion - the  famous costume designer and painter, Theodor Pistek.

We are very pleased that Mr Pistek will lead the 33 member Jury this year. In previous years, the position has been held by Olympic sportswoman Věra Čáslavská, architect Jan Kaplický, artist David Černý, conductor Libor Pešek, former first lady Dagmar Havlová and cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček.

Pištěk is certainly a great choice to continue this line of great Czechs. He won an Academy Award for his costumes for Miloš Forman's Amadeus, he received a Caesar and an Academy Award nomination for his costumes in Valmont. He was awarded the Czech Lion for Artistic Contribution to Czech Cinema in 2003. Pistek also represented Czechoslovakia in car racing in 1970s – cars are also a frequent motif of his paintings. He also designed the uniforms for Prague Castle Guards.

He celebrated his 80th birthday last year, and as a reminder of this anniversary, the general public was invited to a large retrospective exhibition of his art at the National Gallery.
Mr Pistek is as excited about the festival as we are. He says:
The jury of Febiofest has a long tradition and an irreplaceable position, because it often rectifies certain disputable claims of professional critics. To be the chairman of such a jury is an adventure that I'm looking forward to. The thirty-three members are a representative body of evaluators and their verdict will help the viewers with orientation in the film production. They deserve credit for that.”

There is still time to join the jury
Even though we have chosen the honorary chairman of the jury, you still have a chance to become a member as well. As is the tradition of Febiofest, the jury is selected from the audience.

So if you are between 15 and 100 years old, and if you are interested in sitting at the right hand (or the left) of Mr Pištěk, along with other members of the jury, and you want to see all the films of the festival and then decide on the Grand Prix for best film, certainly do not wait and fill out the application here.
Better sooner than later. Registration ends on the 28th of February.

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