A rising star of the Czech animation scene, Michaela Pavlatova is part of the next generation of innovative animators carrying on in the tradition of Jan Svankmajer and Jiri Trnka. Her lively pencil drawings are replete with social commentary and dark humor, and she also paints and illustrates magazines and books. Born in Prague, Pavlatova studied animation at the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague. Her films have received numerous awards at international film festivals, including a prestigious Oscar nomination for Reci, reci, reci (Words, Words, Words) (1991). Her film Repete (1995) won the Grand Prize at the International Animation Festival in Hiroshima and the Golden Bear in Berlin. Between 1996 and 1998 Pavlatova collaborated with filmmaker Pavel Koutecky on the films This Could Be Me and Az naveky. Between 1998 and 2002 she lived in San Francisco, where she worked with the animation studio Wild Brain. In 2002 she returned to the Czech Republic to direct her first live-action feature film, Neverne hry (Faithless Games) (2003). Pavlatova has taught animation in Prague at the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design; the Film Academy; and the Academy of Fine Arts.