27. International Film Festival ZOOM – ZBLIŻENIA 04 – 10.03.2024 / Jelenia Góra / Poland


Writer, director. Born 1967. He studied script-writing at the Prague Film School, FAMU 1986-1991. Between June 1990 and March 1991 he worked as a script editor at the Barrandov Film Studios, 1990 – 1996 four of his original television screenplays were produced by Czech Television.



“MŇÁGA-HAPPY END” (1996), his feature director’s debut,  an award at the Cottbus Film Festival, Germany 1996 and The Golden Kingfisher of Pilsen Film Festival;

“BUTTONERS“ (1997), the film has became a major Czech cult film of the decade, winning many local and international awards: 4 “Czech Lions” 1997 (Czech Film Academy Award) – Best Film, Best Script, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor; Best Film at: Tiger Award 1998, Rotterdam FF, Bergamo (Italy),  Art film (Slovakia); Sarajevo FF, Talin FF – Grand Prix, 2nd prize at: Thessaloniki FF, Cottbus FF, Lagow FF; VALLADOLID FF – FIPRESCI prize;

„LONERS” (2000), a film for which he wrote the script, directed by a friend David Ondříček. The film was released in April 2000 in Czech Republic and became the No. 1 box office hit of the year. It has won a couple od audience awards (Thessaloniki F.F, Warsaw F.F.);

„YEAR OF THE DEVIL“ (2002), main prize at:  Karlovy Vary FF., Alpe Adria Cinema,  Chanty-Mansijsk festival Spirit of Fire; 6 “Czech Lions” (Best film, director, sound, music, editor, box office, poster); „WRONG SIDE UP“ (2005),  Prize of Russian Film Critics at Int. Moscow FF 2005; 2 “Czech Lions” (sound, best supporting actor); Bergamo FF award;

„KARAMAZOVS“(2008), FIPRESCI prize and Special mention at Karlovy Vary IFF 2008; 2 “Czech Lions” for the Best Film and Best Director;

„LOST IN MUNICH“ (2015), feature film about the film crew shooting a film about Edouard Daladier´s talking parrot, awards: Czech Films Critics prize for the best director, Czech Films Critics prize for the best scriptwriter, Czech Films Critics prize for the best film, Český lev (Czech Film Academy Award): Best Script, Český lev (Czech Film Academy Award): Best Editor, Film festival in Puna, India, Best film; Droneman (2020), (writer, director, producer), feature film about a young navigator who attempts to kill Dick Cheney with a drone. Story of love, friendship and politics.


Zelenka is also the author of many plays.

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