Jan Vališ is a cinematographer studying in his fifth year at FAMU, working professionally as a camera operator since 2014. During his studies, he has made several films, including the film Still Awake? by David Payne, nominated for the Magnesia Czech Lion Award for the best student film, Animot, which was in the Czech Joy showcase at the IDFF Ji.Hlava 2021, or currently the film Quarry by Josef Švejda, nominated in the Exprmntl.cz section at the IDFF this year. Outside of school, he works in advertising and documentary filmmaking as a cinematographer and second cinematographer.
He worked on documentary projects cooperating with Czech Television’s “Our Countryside” and “Identity – The Story of Czech Design.” He also collaborates with director Amalia Kovářová on videos for “Million Moments for Democracy”, about which he also makes a time-lapse documentary. His commercial clients include Louis Vuitton, Samsung, Radegast, and Pilsner Urquell. He doesn’t hold back on independent projects either. The film “Ramon” by director Michal Starý won him an award in 2021 at Vertifilms, the largest vertical film festival. He is also involved in music projects, especially music videos under the label ODDITY Records, which he co-founded and has released many music videos.