The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, one of the oldest festivals of its kind held in the Czech Republic, will have a significant year in 2016. Not only will they welcome back Ted Hope from Amazon Studios but they are also holding a Frank Daniel Day to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth and the 20th anniversary of the death of one of the most widely respected filmmakers of the Czech origin, František Daniel.
Renowned producer of independent films such as 21 Grams, Happiness, American Splendor and Storytelling, Ted Hope is now a representative of Amazon Studios as the Head of Motion Picture Production. Amazon has entered the film market in recent years with a new strategy for film production and distribution. However, Amazon also simultaneously focuses on independent art house films. The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is excited to welcome Hope back this year.
Frank Daniel Day will celebrate his contributions to the film industry with an art workshop where his teaching methods will be presented by analysing the film, Some Like it Hot. There will be an introductory talk followed by a showing of Letos v září (1963) which he co-wrote and directed. Guests include Daniel’s long-time friend, the director Ivan Passar, his sons, Martin and Michal, and Ted Braun.
František Daniel was a screenwriter, producer, and director, most famous for his work The Shop on Main Street (1965). He was also a film teacher to some of the world’s great film successes. He began teaching in the mid-1950s and in 1967-68, he was the dean of FAMU. He emigrated to the US in 1969 and eventually became the first dean of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. It was here that he developed an educational programme that was later adopted by many other schools. He also taught at Carleton College and Columbia University.
In 1981, Robert Redford employed Daniel as the artistic director for the Sundance Institute and he also established the screenwriting department at the University of Southern California.