Tomáš Polenský (Czech Republic)

Born on May 26, 1987 in Kutná Hora, Tomáš studied directing at the Film School in Zlín, graduating with his short film Alzheimer’s Labyrinth in 2008. Subsequently, he earned a Master’s degree from Prague’s FAMU – specialising in editing, and producing his own creative projects, focusing especially on documentary film. As an editor he worked on the winning spot Nomin in the Best Video Spot Contest on the topic of Czechs vs. foreigners, held by the Czech non-profit organisation, People in Need, in 2012. Despite his short filmography he has received numerous awards for his work – his graduation film Alzheimer’s Labyrinth was awarded at the Philosophical Film Festival in Krakow 2009 and at Brněnská šestnátka in 2009; his first-year FAMU film Wipe the Rolls was awarded at FAMUfest in 2010 and Young Camera in Uničov in 2011, his bachelor film made at FAMU, The Subterranean River of Didactics , was awarded at FAMUfest in 2012, receiving the jury’s Special Mention at Fresh Film Fest in 2013. Tomáš is currently preparing several documentary films. He is working on a feature-length documentary entitled Instrument of War about Czech modern-age warriors focusing on the psychology of soldiers in action. He has also teamed up with screenwriter Irena Kocí to produce his feature fiction debut – the psychological drama, Too Close. In addition to his own films he has contributed his editing and camera operating skills to films of his colleagues, including fiction and documentary films, videos and commercials.

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