Johana Ožvold
(Czech Republic)

Johana Ožvold (birth name: Švarcová) graduated from FAMU, the film academy in Prague, department of directing in 2016. She works as a curator at the Czech national film archive, regularly co-operates with the theatre scene and alternative spaces and appears in theatre as an actress, an improviser, a writer, a musician or a director. She collaborates with Czech Radio as a writer and a director of radio plays. Her artistic works are crossing boundaries between fiction and documentary.

Her bachelor student film Hi, I'm doing fine won the award for Best Documentary at the IFF Fresh Film Fest 2014, the Mise en scene prize at IFF in Poitiers and the award for Best Documentary at IFF FIDÉ 2014 in Paris. In 2015, she directed the short fiction films Familiar Strangers and Process which received the Special Jury Award at IFF Febiofest SK 2016. Her graduation fiction movie Black Cake won the Best Film and Best Director awards at FAMUfest. Since 2015 she has been working on her first documentary feature-length project The Sound is Innocent.

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