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FAMU to get its first-ever female dean

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- Documentarian, film theoretician and curator Andrea Slováková has been voted to lead FAMU

FAMU to get its first-ever female dean
Andrea Slováková

Czech documentarian, film theoretician and curator Andrea Slováková, who works on the management team of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, currently curating experimental films and the VR programme, and is one of the founders of the DAFilms portal, has been voted to become the next dean of the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Slováková is thus poised to become the first female dean in the history of the school, since it was established in 1947. Slováková studied documentary filmmaking at FAMU and briefly served as a vice-dean under the current dean.

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Producer Čestmír Kopecký, who lectured at FAMU, and Ondřej Zach, who currently leads FAMU International, were the other candidates for the post. Six senators out of nine voted for Slováková; Kopecký and Zach received one vote each, while one senator abstained from voting. The outgoing dean, Zdeněk Holý, decided not to run for the position, and he will return to film production.

Slováková aims to concentrate on the school’s openness, “on the mechanisms of ongoing reflection” and “on supporting the school’s internal organisation and manner of functioning in order to ensure that FAMU remains at the forefront of development”. She summed up her vision and concept for the development of the institution, mentioning five strategic pillars: “Openness in relation to the cultural environment in the Czech Republic and abroad, supporting the diversity of audiovisual creation considering changing processes and technological innovations in the areas of production and distribution, improving working conditions, augmenting knowledge and critical thinking at the university level, and encouraging the different departments to interconnect and communicate.” Her goals also include reducing FAMU’s carbon footprint and incorporating environmentally friendly practices into the running of the school.

The rector of the Academy of Performing Arts (AMU) has yet to officially appoint Slováková to the position for 2020-2024.

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