Miloš Forman, born in Caslav outside Prague, lost both his partents in the Nazi death camps. After studying in Prague he made his first feature film in 1963: Black Peter, an autobiographical acoount of a teenager in a small Czech town. He gained international recognition with The Loves of a Blonde. Despite this, his next film, The Firemen’s Ball, attracted the attention of the Communist authorities and was banned. After the Soviet invastion of 1968 Forman settled in America, winning international fame with One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It swept the Academy Awards, winning all five major Oscars. From his earliest Czechslovakian work through his American period to Goya’s Ghosts, Forman’s directing remains close to the reality of life; its absurdity and transforming joys.
The financial portion of Milos Forman's HRE Citizenship Award has been divided into three part of 50.000,- crowns each to provide scholarships for students of the Film Academy of Miroslav Ondříček in Písek. The first recipient was the 27-year-old student of film, Martin Palouš, who received the Award from Marc Ellenbogen on 11 October 2007 at the celebratory opening of the Písek Film Festival