This section focuses on the latest work by distinctive auteur personalities of today's cinema. Most of the films included in Masters premiered at festivals in Cannes, Locarno, Venice, San Sebastian or Toronto, and the names of the filmmakers appear in the programme of our festival and of Czech cinemas regularly. This year, we can also find lighter comedies and biographical dramas. The connecting element of all the films is creative confidence and time-tested quality. Masters offers the crème de la crèmeof European as well as worldwide auteur cinema of the last year, and it is up to the viewers to judge how productive the year was.