Academia Film Olomouc
Academia Film Olomouc (AFO) - International Festival of Popular Science Documentary Films - is one of the most significant popular science film festivals in Europe. AFO's objective is to present science as an attractive, dynamic, and diverse sphere, by means of films mapping various disciplines in natural science, the humanities, and social science. Hundreds of documentary films and television programmes compete in a variety of programme sections every year, traditionally including films produced by renowned stations such as BBC, The Discovery Channel, and National Geographic.
The international festival of science documentary films has been organised by Palacký University Olomouc since 1966. In the course of the years, the small-scale private meeting has transformed into one of the biggest scientific events in Europe. It is the only festival in the Czech Republic, which provided a space for a get-together of such famous scientists as evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro and philosopher and AI theorist Susan Schneider.
Programme of the festival focuses on progressive factual films and documentary films, discussions and lectures exploring various hot topics. From research of distant planets, Earth’s oceans and global warming through the development of robotics and artificial intelligence all the way to the position of women in science and society or life online and addictions.
The driving force behind the festival organisation is mostly current and former students of Palacký University. Organising the festival is a real challenge for the festival production team, helping with the organisation, students of the university can learn a lot and develop new skills. Thus, AFO has become not only a significant science festival on the European scale but also an established educational platform.