Zora Cejnková, * 1971 Brno, Czech Republic
1989-1994: studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. Master degree in television journalism, mass communication, political science, and TV television production
1994-1997: commercial TV channel TV NOVA as an investigative reporter, presenter and director
1998-1999: commercial TV channel TV PRIMA as a screenplay writer, presenter and director for public affairs programs (law, crime, society)
2000- independent film maker, screenwriter and director, in particular for Czech television and independent producers
2009- KMB INTERNATIONAL FlLMS Ltd. founded
2010: set up of a film production company KMB International Films Ltd.
2014 - 2015: Zora wrote and implemented her new format "Holiday in the Protectorate“, which was awarded a prestigeous prize for the best original TV format by the Eurovision Creative Forum Berlin 2015
The Landscape Game(25 min, 2001) describes the political battle between the new highway construction supporters and opponents. The D3 is planned to connect Prague and southern Bohemia but it might destroy an untouched part of the landscape.
Egypt and Egyptologists(112 min, 2001) shows incredible work of the team of Czech egyptologists who have been excavating in Abúsír near Giza in Egypt for more than 80 years.
Czech Crime Changes(57 min, 2002), a unique description of how the Czech crime scene changed after the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Police specialists and witnesses talk about the most serious cases, police video reveals the investigation of the most significant criminal activities of the 1990´s.
Moravian Luxembourgs (28 min, 2002), documentary unveiling the unknown history of Czech king´s dynasty of Luxembourgs which ruled Bohemian kingdom in 14th century.
Dear Leonid Iljic(26 min, 2008) investigates the tragic story of Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and secretly written “invitation letter” by the Czechoslovak hard-line communist officials which was used by Breznev as an excuse to occupy the country
The Tap Tap(26 min, 2010) a joyful movie about sad stories of disabled musicians who achieved a great public success
When Dad is in Jail (26 min,2011) - film on children whose parents are jailed, made in close cooperation with the Helsinki Committee
3 part TV documentary series about the most significant criminal cases of last 50 years for Czech criminal police department, valued by viewers and critics: /2002/
The Phantom of Chomutov(30 min)
The Case for Psychiatrists (25 min)
The Egyptians (57 min, 2003) investigates the way how today´s Egyptians live and how they deal with the heritage of the ancient Egyptian civilization.
The Frontier (57 min, 2003), the documentary presents the a generally unknown history of Roman Empire on the Danube river in central Europe. It was filmed in the Czech republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary.
Second Life (57 min, 2004) describes personal experience of several Czechs who decided to spend rest of their lives in Thailand
Solo for Technology (28 min, 2005) presents a story of the most sophisticated technical university in the Czech republic and its ´way how to finance the scientific research in difficult conditions of ex-communist country.
Stories of Inventions (57 min, 2005) shows the most sophisticated inventions of the Brno Technical University.
Cuba Incognito (57 min, 2005) is an unusual travel film produced despite the strict bann by Cuban authorities. It presents the beauties of the country but also the difficulties of a daily life on „the island of freedom“. This film was awarded the first prize in Tourfilm International Festival in Karlovy Vary (2005)
I was at Lenin´s Funeral (57 min,2006) shows the unique story of a one hundred years old man from Brno who as a young man witnessed the bolshevik revolution in Russia 1917
The Hunt for st. Maurus (57 min, 2006) is a thrilling espionage-like story from Czechoslovakia of the 1985
Cymru am Byth Wales Forever (58 min, 2008) presents the Welsh people and Wales as unique example of a traditional culture surviving and developing despite many English attempts in the past to swallow them and turn the Welsh into the English A License to Kill /57 min, 2010/ a psychological film about a dreary world of road pirates and their victims. Can the victims achieve the justice, will they ever forgive?
World According To The Pernsteins (57 min, 2012) the best of aristocratic Moravian family who almost made it to the very top
Mystery of XIV A 13 Codex (52 min, 2014) unveils a long-time forgotten story of the most valuable manuscript in the Czech Republic named later as Codex of Vysehrad. Film includes unique reconstruction of medieval techniques of book painting dating back to the early 11th century and also a story of coronation of the very first Czech king Vratislav II. who could have been the possible secret donor of the book.
Skimania or Report on Liberec 2009 (58 min, 2009) feature
s a turbulent year of Katerina Neumannova, the Czech cross-country Olympic gold medal winner, who was given the unique chance to run the organization of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championship Liberec 2009, the greatest sport event ever in the Czech Republic. Her performance turned in a great controversy, it remained one of the most media covered sport stories since.
The Doctor´s Odyssey (58 min, 2013)
ten years ago group of Czech doctor´s from Brno, specialized on heart and neurological diseases, decided to make a direct collaboration with the most prestigious US Mayo Clinic. Despite all the odds, this attempt turned into the one of the most thrilling and progressive medical science projects in present central Europe.
... And Man Created the Robot (65 min, 2017)
A documentary film which was filmed in 2013 - 2017 following top Czech scientists under the leadership of Prof. Vladimír Mařík, seeking the creation of a new scientific institution for excellence in research, CIIRC within the Czech Technical University in Prague. The implementation of this ambitious idea soon becomes a battleground, putting the very existence of the leading personalities under the threat. Using strong film language, raw and ironic, the film points out how difficult it is to beat the stereotypical thinking of those who make decisions.
"Holiday in the Protectorate“ (TV series, 2015) awarded a prestigeous prize for the best TV format by the Eurovision Creative Forum Berlin 2015
International Film Festival Arts Film Telc 2014, 2nd place in the category of Arts and Culture for Mystery of XIV A 13 Codex
Tourfilm International Film Festival 2005: 1st prize in the documentary film category for Cuba Incognito
Tourfilm 2008 Prix Jury for Cymru am Byth Wales Forever
16th annual Czech and Slovak documentary and animation film review 2008:
documentary film Dear Leonid Iljic presented at the opening ceremony
Art&Film International Film Festival 2011: 3rd prize for The Tap Tap
Client: Museum of the City of Brno, advertising spot for an exhibition about Moravian Luxembourgs (2006), footage 20 sec
Client: Museum of the City of Brno, advertising spot for an exhibition of 100,000 Years of Sex (2008), footage 20 sec
The Pernstejns and Time (2012) film for the exhibition , which took place at Prague Castle, the client Czech National Heritage Institute
Moravian Luxembourgs (2002) Client Museum of the City of Brno
Vyšehradský Codex for Schools (2014) The National Library, tutorial film for public schools