Amazon Studios’ Ted Hope to Speak at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Ted Hope (above left, with Czech director Ivan Passer) previously served on the festival jury

Ted Hope, head of motion picture production at Amazon Studios, will be among the guests at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where he will set out Amazon’s movie production and distribution strategy. The fest is also planning a tribute in honor of Frank Daniel, the Czech screenwriter, producer, director and film school tutor who died 20 years ago.

The festival said it would organize an industry event at which Hope “will offer his fresh vision for film in the years to come.” As well as presenting Amazon’s “innovative project” to the Czech film industry, Hope would also like to “meet dozens of European distributors and individually discuss a new Amazon strategy that keeps them in the game,” the festival’s executive director Krystof Mucha said in a statement.

Hope has attended the festival twice before — once as a member of the main jury and again as one of the producers of competition film “The Collaborator.”

Amazon Studios’ movies, which have included Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” Benjamin Dickinson’s “Creative Control,” Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” are given an initial theatrical release followed by an exclusive early window release on the subscription streaming platform Amazon Prime.

The festival will pay tribute to Daniel (1926-1996) with a series of events under the banner “A Day with Frank Daniel” to mark the 90th anniversary of his birth and the 20th anniversary of his death.

The festival will hold a workshop where his teaching methods will be presented by analyzing the film “Some Like It Hot.” It will also show “Letos v zari” (1963), which he co-wrote and directed. The screening will be preceded by an introductory talk. Guests will include Daniel’s long-time friend, the director Ivan Passer, his sons Martin and Michal, and writer-director Ted Braun.

Daniel, who was a producer on the Oscar-winning “The Shop on Main Street” (1965), served as a tutor in Czechoslovakia from the mid-1950s. His students included Pavel Juracek and Milos Forman. He was the dean of FAMU film school in Prague from 1967 to 68.

In 1969, Daniel emigrated to the U.S., where he became the first dean of the American Film Institute, for which he developed an educational program that was later adopted by many other schools. One of his students at AFI was the young director David Lynch, who credits Daniel as a mentor. Daniel helped produce Lynch’s first film, “Eraserhead.” Daniel then taught at Carleton College in Minnesota and Columbia University in New York. In 1981, Robert Redford offered Daniel the position of artistic director at his new Sundance Institute. Daniel also helped to establish the screenwriting department at the University of Southern California.

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