Jan Šikl (born 1957) graduated from the Film and Television Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in documentary filmmaking in 1984. After graduation, he worked as director in the Short Film Prague studio. In the period of five years, he made five documentary films, thirteen commissions and eleven screenplays for the series The Adventures of Criminalistics/ Dobrodružství kriminalistiky.
From 1991 on, he has worked in his own film company Pragafilm. He made a great number of documentaries for Czech Television, such as Leaving for the Unknown/ Kufry do neznáma, The Final Kick-off/ Finálový výkop, On the Way/ Na cestě, Czechoslovakia 1957/ Československo 1957, Forever on the Road/ Stále na cestě, Jan – the Confession of a Child/Jan - zpověď dítěte, Another Possibility/ Jiná možnost.
In the DaDa company, he worked as screenwriter and director, making numerous parts of the documentary series Ten Centuries of Architecture/ Deset století architektury broadcast by Czech Television.
Films from the series Private Century/ Soukromé století were also made in cooperation with Czech Television. They were screened at a number of international festivals (e.g. Museum of Modern Art in New York) and received a whole range of international awards (e.g. the Pavel Koutecký Award, IDFF Jihlava 2005, 2006, The Trilobit Award, The Elsa Award).
Tatíček a Lili Marlén/ Daddy and Lilli Marlen (52´, CZ, 2002)
Král Velichovek/ King of Velichovky (52´, CZ, 2002)
Sousoší dědečka Vindy/ Statuary of Grandad Vinda (52´, CZ, 2004)
Mávnutí motýlích křídel/ A Stroke of Butterfly Wings (52´, CZ, 2005)
Sejdeme se v Denveru/ See you in Denver (52´, CZ, 2006)
Nízký let/ A Low Level Flight(52´, CZ, 2006)
Líbám tě a miluji/ With Kisses from Your Love (52´, CZ, 2006)
Ruské obláčky kouře/ Small Russian Clouds of Smoke (52´, CZ, 2008)
Mávnutí motýlích křídel (Orig.) / Czech Republic / 52 min
A stroke of Butterfly Wings a view into the family background of composer Václav Felix from the 1930’s to 1980’s. It shows the sequence of events and context in which Václav’s politically involved procommunist attitude was formed.
Tatíček a Lili Marlén (Orig.) / 2002 / Czech Republic / 52 min
Daddy and Lili Marlene is a lose sequel to the “King of Velichovky” part. The story is narrated from the poin-of–view of little Eva who recollects her memories of Velichovky farmstead and mainly her parents: daddy and Lili. The private films present us with an intimate view of their life and the relationships within the family.
Sejdeme se v Denveru (Orig.) / Czech Republic / 52 min
The life story of each of us is unique and unrepeatable. The „Private Century“ shows history as intimate human stories. The fate of two generations of Hvanhara family depicted through 1920 - 1970 is an apt reflection of the fate of Czechoslovakia of 20th century.
Ruské obláčky kouře (Orig.) / Czech Republic / 52 min
Small Russian Clouds of Smoke narrates a story of Popov family, who settled in Prague and became one of prominent families of the pre-war Russian emigration in Czechoslovakia. Life turmoil he captured on his cine-camera brings a unique testimony of life 70 years ago.
Sousoší dědečka Vindy (Orig.) / 2004 / Czech Republic / 52 min
Statuary of Granddad Vinda is a story of sculptor Vincenc Havel who lived in the Opava region of north-Moravia in the 1950's. His film memories are a set of images that nicely depict this interesting personality, which is firmly anchored in the milieu of 1950s.
Líbám Tě a Miluji (Orig.) / Czech Republic / 52 min
History is a mosaic of unrepeatable human destinies. Another part of the the cycle Private Century deals with 40s and 50s of the last century. The source of narration of a life story are private film archives of Šlechtl family.