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Bara Kopecka has been working in the film industry for over 30 years – as an editor, director, producer, scriptwriter, in the last five years also as a script doctor and dramaturgist for Czech Television and other productions.

She obtained a Master’s degree in Film Editing at FAMU and has been teaching there since 2002, in the years 2002–5 she was Chair of the Editing Department at FAMU. Between 1999–2002 she worked for various film and TV productions in Canada and USA. She also writes film essays for film and culture magazines. And, last but not least, she very much loves to explore the possibilities of film language together with her students, since she loves to share her passion for film editing and its powers to create meaning and emotion in all film genres. She appreciates the new modern input and point of view of new generations of young filmmakers.

While working abroad, among other projects, Bara edited and co-wrote a feature documentary The Second Front, which was awarded a prize by The National Foundation for Jewish Culture in 2001.

After returning to Prague, Bara focused on directing and co-producing documentary films. Her film DK won the Koutecký Award (a prestigious documentary film award in the Czech Republic), was nominated for the Czech Lion Award, and was in the official selection at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Her documentaries for Czech Television have been chosen to compete at specialized festivals such as Paris Science. Her documentary trilogy won a prize at the Envirofilm Festival for an original approach to ecology.

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