Terezie Krizkovska – co-founder – NaFilm: National Film Museum
FRED’s Matt Micucci interviews Terezie Krizkovska, one of the creators and founders of NaFilm – National Film Museum in Prague, Czech Republic.
NaFilm is a project which was started by a group of students, with the aim to raise awareness of Czech cinema among a wider public, and give the Czech Republic its first true National Film Museum.
The exhibition that is running at the moment, from June to October, at the Museum Montanelli is – as Terezie tells us – just the start, a trailer, a teaser, a testing ground. Through this exhibition, she says, their intention is not only to achieve a solid level of education and entertainment on Czech cinema and filmmaking in general, but also to understand what they need to have in the resulting museum and film centre from the feedback they will be receiving to the visiting public.
Terezie also tells us about the long and hard journey to get the project off the ground. How it started out of an idea and a passion, and how they were able to raise awareness and gather enough funds to get it all going. She also shares with us her opinion and ideas on film education, and about whether or not film belongs in a museum as much as it does in the cinema.
NAFILM – NÁRODNÍ FILMOVÉ MUZEUM – NATIONAL FILM MUSEUM: Why doesn’t Czech cinema have its own museum? Hasn’t Czech film heritage been hidden in archives and depositories for too long? What if we finally – after over hundred years – present it to public?
NaFilM was founded to answer all these questions.
The founders of the NaFilM (National Film Museum) project are students from the Film Studies department at Charles University, Prague. They endeavor to establish a unique institution whose purpose is to examine, re-evaluate and publicly present the importance of the Czech Republic’s national film heritage not only to the Czech people but also to visitors from all around the world.
The intended institution should become an engaging place to experience film open to both the general public and to experts and film professionals. Students and academics from the Film Studies department have been in dialogue with theorists, experts and curators to work on the concept of a National Film Museum for the past two years.
The elaborated film museum concept and its architectural design along with selected sections of future museum exhibitions will be showcased at a special exhibition held in Prague in June 2015. This exhibition will present not only our significant cinematographic heritage, but also possible curatorial approaches to exhibiting the film medium and its history.
The accompanying program of the exhibition will consist of various workshops, screenings and discussions, including a series of lectures called ‘How to present film or Why doesn’t Prague have a film museum?’ that will offer a unique opportunity to participate in the process of establishing the National Film Museum.