Ark participating International Film Festivals

After official international premiere of Ark in Germany at NaturVision Ijan svatos romi strakova naturvisionFF, we are preparing another heap of projection in Australia, Finland, Kenya, China and USA. Hold your fingers crossed.

We have some latest good news:)



Official selection-  Wildlife Vaasa International Nature Film Festival, Finland
Official selection, KIFF, Kansas Internattional Film Festival, Missury,  USA
Official selection,Tallgrass Film Festival, Kansas, USA
Official selection , MAFF- Matsalu Nature FilmFestival, Estonia

Official selection , International Documentary Festival Ecofilm, Czech Republic

More about awards and presentation of Ark at festivals


International premiere at NaturVision

Our documentary is to be screened first time to the international audience at IFF NaturVision.
When? Saturday,  July 21, 7 p.m.
Where:  in Kleines Haus, Union Theater, Solitudestraße 6, 71638 Ludwigsburg,
After the screening, there will be Q&A with director Jan Svatos and cinematographer Romi Strakova.
Ark has won main Award Grand Prix
After 10 years of hardwork we received first award-recognition – our film has won main Award Grand Prix at International Festival Tfilm in Ostrava . Hallelujah!;-)Thank you all who participated and helped us during all the time!

World premiere at FEBIOFEST

febiofest-600x399Our documentary the ARK of LIGHTS & SHADOWS is going to be released in a world premiere at the International film festival FEBIOFEST (March 15 – 23, Prague) at one of the most prestigious film event in Czech republic. You can buy tickets since March 8.

New trailer is ready!

mame trailerSince March 19, the Ark of Lights and Shadows is starting theatrical release in Czech cinemas all aroud the country.






The Ark of Lights and Shadows in Cannes

mip cannes archa svetel a stin(Cannes, France) Our movie the Ark of Lights and Shadows was pitched by our producer Art Francesco. The movie was for the first time presented infront of the international audiance during one of the most prestigious film event MIP Doc /MIP TV in  Cannes. We were selected from 300 projects among best 10 for pitching at Sneek peaks 2017 in Cannes.




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Meeting a Legend: Jan Svatos and David Bordwell

jan svatos library of congress 3(Washington D.C., USA) During the Jan Svatos‘  research of lost rough film archive footage made by Martin Johnson in 1920s and 1930s stored in  Library of Congress  has appealed famous film historian David Bordwell. The author of film „bible“ Film History. The  international reporter of the Czech television has met with Jan  Svatos to make an interview.

The research in Library of Congress is reaching its peak

library of congress the ark(Washington D.C., USA) Director Jan Svatos was accepted to make a research for our documentary the Ark of Lights and Shadows in the Library of Congress. While searching for vergotten rough archive footage from Martin Johnson, Jan was allowed to enter even for public inaccessible parts of the library. One of it was the audiovisual center located outside of Washington D.C. in Culpeper where are safely stored  unique higly flammable nitrate reels. Next to Martin Johnsons reels are secured here even original reels of tresures of the world cinematoghraphy as Casablanca or The Godfather and many other.  The whole research lasted one week – nearly 45 hours.

Werner Herzog as the dramaturgy consultant

herzog-300x214Living legend, famous feature and documentary film director Werner Herzog (Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Fitzgeraldo etc.)  has met again with the director  Jan Svatos in Vienna to discuss our documentary The Ark of Lights and Shadows. Its pleasure for us to cooperete with such amazing personality  on our movie.

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Kenya revealed new link to Johnsons legacy

We have just come back from Kenya. We were filming at four destinations, Mt.Kenya, Amboseli, Tsavo and Nairobi in which we filmed elephant orphans.  All of the destinations above somehow refer to the work of Martin and Osa Johnsons. We climbed up to Mt. Kenya to pay a tribute to them – it was a harsh experience, but Mt Kenya is such an amazing place on Earth! Now we fully understand Martin´s anxiety to film in its breathtaking heights. The mountain has many to offer but is really cautious about revealing its beauty and is also dangerous. Afterwards we filmed anti-poaching patrol with rangers in Tsavo NP. We also spent unforgettable night at waterhole with them to wait for rhinos – and 8 of them came to drink. We have taken amazing footage and now prepare special lecture and second teaser.

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