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PRAGUE YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL

DECEMBER 20-22, 2019.

THE PROGRAM

Our program consists of 25 films from 17 countries around the world.

NOTE: the films are in original languages with English subtitles.


INTO THE STORM

20/12 at 19:00

AMERICAN CENTER

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67 min, United States, 2019

Directed by Carol Fauls, in her first documentary feature, this film tells the amazing story of the small-town Booker High basketball team from Sarasota, Florida, which overcame a climate of racism to put together one of the best basketball seasons in American high school history. 

DIGITAL APOTHEOSIS

21/12 at 12:00

KINO DLABAČOV

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71 min, Brazil, 2019

The first-time documentary feature from the directors Rodrigo Alves and Lais Lima takes stock of the growing culture of digital influences and the obsession of young people around the world with social media. Aiming to observe and understand the path we are taking as humans, a group of journalists penetrates this universe with their experimental film that probes the mysteries and costs of digital life.

NORTH KOREA WORLD 2019

21/12 at 14:00

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86 min, China, 2019

Directed by Guyuan Tian, this documentary chronicles a unique journey by a group of Chinese students to North Korea, one of the most enigmatic countries in the world. Featuring never-before-seen-footage thanks to their amazing access to this most protective society, the filmmakers paint a portrait of life in North Korea outside the trappings of propaganda.

DREAM STATE

21/12 at 16:00

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87 min, Denmark, 2019

The feature “Dream State” or “Natsværmer,” directed by Asger K. Bartels, is a sensitively acted and moody drama that tells the story of the complexities of millennial coming-of-age through the eyes and lens of the photographer Louis (Karim Theilgaard). Following the death of his estranged father, he is left feeling stuck in his life. Louis’ girlfriend Rosa (Kimmie Falstrøm) tries to snap him out of it, but when old acquaintances make an appearance the night draws Louis back in.

FREEDOM IN THE AIR / NARUŠITEL

21/12 at 18:00

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86 min, Czechia, 2019

This thrilling story of Czech pilots and the endless love for flying is an impressive accomplishment from the director David Balda, who was just 18 at the time of filming. This narrative feature tale of four friends and their flight mentor, who serve at the border for years, shows the life of army soldiers in socialist Czechoslovakia, filled with moments of freedom in the air. The death of a former RAF pilot after his attempt to escape State security by flying westward changes everything.

A CLEAR FELLING / "KAHLSCHLUG"

21/12 at 20:00

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 98 min, Germany, 2018

This accomplished narrative feature debut by the promising German filmmaker Max Gleschinski is an evocative rural thriller, with excellent performances. The almost Shakespearean story concerns a love triangle of two friends, Eric and Marin, who are in love with the same woman, Frenni, and the murderous extents they’ll go to get her. Featuring a climactic and violent battle in the forest, reminiscent of “Fargo”, this tense, award-winning film will haunt you for days.

FRESH VISIONS short film block

20/12 at 17:00

AMERICAN CENTER

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75 mins – various countries

Short films appropriate for all ages, featuring the feelings and cinematic visions of the younger international filmmakers in our festival.

Evka & Arno (8 mins) – US/CZ

Louiza and the Town of Iberis (13 mins) – Japan

Skate 4 Life (6 mins) – Czech Republic

I am a Refugee (14 mins) – Kenya/US

End Of Days (4 mins) – US

Space Dog (7 mins) – Russia

Dirty Business (12 mins) – Vietnam/ US

  • Cleats (11 mins) – Turkey

FRAGILE PLANET short film block

21/12 at 19:00

CHAPEAU ROUGE

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22/12 at 18:00

CHAPEAU ROUGE

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90 mins – various countries

A block of beautiful and often experimental short films about the mysteries of nature and the challenges facing our environment.

Lucas’s World (16 mins) – France

Nocturnal Sigh (14 mins) – Peru/ Abu Dhabi

Echilibru, Bear Foot (26 mins) – France

as summer days end (8 mins) – Norway

River of my childhood (26 mins) – Russia

CRUEL LOVE short film block

22/12 at 16:00

CHAPEAU ROUGE

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80 mins – various countries

Short films about the obsessions, compromises and moments of unexpected grace in modern relationships.

NOTE: some of the film feature mature language.

Tradition (23 mins) – Georgia

Fishbowl (9 mins) – China/CZ

Vessel (9 mins) – Canada

Screw the boys (8 mins) – Canada

Life in the Dream (11 mins) – UK

Overcoming Mars (20 mins) – UK/CZ

THE FESTIVAL

The Prague Youth Film Festival’s mission is to highlight and provide a boost to emerging filmmaking talents.

MANY CATEGORIES

MANY CATEGORIES

Short narrative films (ages 15-25), student shorts (15-35), top ten under 10 (ages 4-9), first-time features (ages 15-25), narrative features (under 35), documentary short films (15-25), documentary features (under 35).

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

Get your work seen by industry professionals in one of Europe’s cultural capitals, receive tons of exposure, network with other filmmakers and producers, link up with our international media partners to further your career!

WIN AWARDS

WIN AWARDS

Our jury will choose winners in all the categories. Awards and prizes from our sponsors will be presented at a special gala following the weekend of PYFF screenings.

Among the esteemed international jury members are:

  • American film producer Rick McCallum (Star Wars, Britannia, In Love and War, Borgia)
  • British director Kirk Jones (known for Waking Ned Devine, Everybody’s Fine, What to Expect When You’re Expecting)
  • German cinematographer Rene Richter (Head Full of Honey, Zone Rouge)
  • Czech production designer Petr Kunc (Lea, Day of the Dog, The Hypnotist)
  • New Zealand cinematographer Michael Seresin (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, War for the Planet of the Apes)
  • Pavlína Žipková of the Czech Film Commission.

More exciting jurors to be announced shortly.

about us

PYFF organizers: Paul & Petra Ratner

PYFF co-producer: Pavlina Saward

Petra & Paul Ratner have been organizing film festivals for over a decade. They produced the Prague 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) from 2011 till 2018, starting it from scratch and growing the contest to 84 teams. Over 10,000 people have visited 48 HFP screenings over the years, garnering millions of views online. The winners of Prague 48 HFP have also won international awards, showing their films at Cannes and at prestigious film events in the United States. Numerous winners have gone on to successful careers in film and television.


In their work in organizing festivals in the Czech Republic, Petra and Paul worked closely with such corporate partners as Canon, Stella Artois, Jameson, Nova Cinema, Czech Television, ČEZ Group, Copy General, Magnesia, Voyo, Panavision, Bonton Film, Kinobox.cz, Radio One, Radio Spin as well as the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Czech Tourism, Czech Consulate in the United States, Czech News Agency, and the Czech Film Commission.


Petra is now also the Director of Operations for the acclaimed Sarasota Film Festival, a 21- year event in Sarasota, Florida in the United States, with a yearly attendance of 50,000 people. Paul is the Director of Education and Outreach for the same festival.

Paul also organizes the International Screenlife Contest, now in its second year, for Bazelevs Entertainment, the company of the acclaimed director and producer Timur Bekmambetov.


Paul & Petra have previously worked on the jury of the Santa Fe Film Festival, while Paul worked for several years as a programmer and digital reporter for the Slamdance Film Festival. Both are also award-winning filmmakers in their own right, having won dozens of awards at film festivals worldwide for their narrative and documentary work like “Moses on the Mesa” and “The Caveman of Atomic City”.


Pavlina Saward started her filmmaker career as a Production Assistant on the TV series “Lovejoy”. Since then she has worked in various film production positions like Production Coordinator, On Set Coordinator and Production Manager.<
She has worked on 19 Feature Films, including “Mission Impossible,” “Fatherland,” “Dungeons & Dragons,” “From Hell” and “Bourne Identity.”
Aside from Feature Films and TV movies, Pavlina also worked on more than 130 commercials as a Production Manager. For the last 10 years, she’s been running the Agency Driven By Creatives,which represents international directors, cinematographers, production designers and photographers.
Pavlina has also been one of the judges on the 48 Hour Film Project in Prague for a number of years.
She lives in Prague with her two children and husband Nick, who is an executive producer.

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