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Pavel Jech

Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Office Location: Marion Knott Studios 321
Phone: (714) 997-6537
Columbia University in the City of New York, Bachelor of Arts
Columbia University in the City of New York, Master of Fine Arts


Pavel Jech is a graduate of the Columbia University Film Division as well as of FAMU, The Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague, where he served two terms as dean from 2008 to 2016.  During his terms, FAMU was ranked among the top film schools in the world, and student films met great success at some of the world’s top festivals.  Previously, Jech was the founding chair of FAMU International, a department for English speaking students, and also the faculty liaison for NYU-Tisch, American University, Yale and other programs for American students visiting Prague. He is an active instructor of screenwriting and script analysis, and works as an expert advisor for Sundance Labs, Berlinale Talents, the Mediterranean Film Institute and for the Midpoint Center, which he co-founded and serves as head of studies. Jech lectures internationally, and his manual on dramaturgy for short films, The Seven Minute Screenplay is used by film students around the world. He also worked in over ten countries as a screenwriter and script editor, including for the feature film Grandhotel (Berlinale premiere 2007), has worked as a creative collaborator on some of the most recent films of Jan Nemec, and has directed a short film presented at the European Film Academy Award ceremony.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

The Lynching, 8 part series, broadcast Czech TV 2018, ARTE 2019, associate showrunner, co-writer
Staff writer and associate show runner of a full season (eight episodes) of The Lynching for Czech TV/ ARTE, Production and Post Production in 2018.
Script Editor (including polish writer) of the adaptation of Philip Roth's The Prague Orgy, a feature film slated for production in the Czech Republic 2018