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? To answer all of these questions, we founded NaFilM.
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.
Film is more than just what they’re showing in the cinema… Come and join us for a film in the museum!