Jan Tesitel

Jan Tesitel
Though his characters may speak Czech, English, or no words at all, Jan Tesitel connects with audiences around the world thanks to his fluency in the international language of cinema. His works achieve the highest goals of filmmaking: to crystallize human emotion and tell a full story in every single frame, no matter the genre, tone, or run time.
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Jan Tesitel began attracting acclaim for his films well before his graduation from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. While still a student, he wrote and directed a number of short films welcomed into film festivals across the globe. His most recently released narrative project, People Involved, was a Magnesia award nominee for Best Short Film at the 2011 Czech Lions, as well as being featured in the Warsaw International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, FilmFest Munich, and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival’s Prague Shorts division.

Based on an award-winning screenplay developed at MIDPOINT Central European Script Centre in 2013, Jan's feature film debut, David, premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and was selected to compete at the Montreal Film Festival in 2015. Meanwhile, he’s injected his distinctive mix of on-screen emotion, atmosphere, and aesthetics into the commercial realm, including spots for Ceská pojistovna, EKO-KOM, Era, Tesco, and others. His Western-themed webisode The Brave One—a part of EKO-KOM’s Samosebou.cz series—was shortlisted for the 2012 Louskacek Prize. And if history is any indication, it surely won’t be the last honor he receives in this industry.