EILEEN PRATT selected to screen on the Omeleto network

‘EILEEN PRATT’ has finally found a home online, selected to screen on Omeleto, a channel devoted to acclaimed short films. Great to see the film seems to be resonating with people emotionally, with some interesting interpretations in the comments section. The film can be viewed HERE along with a great analysis of the film.  


‘IGOR & MAL’ selected to screen on VCA Digital Archive

Way back in 2007 at film school, I wrote/directed a short horror film called IGOR & MAL, about two brothers and their journey into the afterlife. Very cool to see the VCA School of Film & TV have resurrected the film on their You Tube channel, along with an article on a curated group of films that explore the theme of ‘life after death’. IGOR & MAL was shot on super 16mm, combining live action, digital animation, still photography, with a great cast and crew. 


‘JUDETH’ selected for 2nd draft Feature Film Development Funding at Film Victoria

Pleased to report that my debut feature film as a Writer/Director was selected for 2nd draft Film Victoria Development Funding. Working again with Script Editor Lynne Vincent Mccarthy on the next draft and producer Michael Wrenn.   


Working with Truant Pictures on ‘Biohackers’, supported by Screen Australia

Some good news! I’ll be writing a feature film script, BIOHACKERS, which has been supported by Screen Australia. Working with a really great team on this at Truant Pictures / Animal Logic. Here’s the Variety link and the Screen Australia funding announcement.  


Selected for Film Victoria Feature Film Development Funding

Very pleased to report that I have been successful in getting script development funding from Film Victoria, as part of their Feature Film Development Program for my debut feature film as a writer/director JUDETH.  


Awarded runner-up for 2016 Australian Writers’ Guild Award

My supernatural thriller feature script THE PARADISE SYNDROME ended up making it all the way to runner up for the AUSTRALIAN WRITERS’ GUILD 2016 JOHN HINDE AWARD FOR SCIENCE FICTION in the unproduced category.

It was highly commended by the judges, alongside THE KETTERING INCIDENT in the produced category and apparently came very close to winning. So close!  


Semifinalist in the Austin Film Festival 2015 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition

Some good news.  One of my screenplays made the semifinals in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition. Apparently out of 8,627 scripts submitted to the festival, it is one out of only ten scripts selected in the “Horror Award” category, sponsored by the production company founded by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead).   


Michael Kratochvil 2014 Showreel


EILEEN PRATT picked up for US/Europe & South African distribution on SHORTS HD

More great news, my short film EILEEN PRATT has been picked up for distribution through SHORTS HD for US/Europe and South Africa territories.  A division of  SHORTS INTERNATIONAL, Shorts HD is the first high definition channel dedicated to short movies and is available in the US on DirecTV (Channel 568) and AT&T U-verse (Channel 1789).


EILEEN PRATT picked up for Japanese distribution!

I’m very pleased to report, my short film EILEEN PRATT has been picked up for Japanese distribution through PACIFIC VOICE INC  – the operation company of Japan’s SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL & ASIA


EILEEN PRATT screening at Brisbane International Film Festival

Great to have another Australian festival screening for EILEEN PRATT.  The film screened at the BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL as part of their Australian Shorts program. 


Accolades for feature film script THE WITHIN: 

Some good news coming from the US regarding my horror, feature film script THE WITHIN.  

The screenplay advanced to the Quarter Finals of the SLAMDANCE 2013 Screenwriting Competition and was a Second Rounder, making the top 10% of over 8,600 entries in the AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL, Screenplay & Teleplay Competition.


Fantastic praise from TWITCH FILM for the Ladyhawke remix, music video:

So often directors trying to capture history on screen tend to fail their ambitions by making everything look brand new, or by mistakenly incorporating anachronisms, but here Kratochvil really succeeds in capturing not only the old look but also the mood and mannerisms of these gangs.   

Now, whoever is writing a Mods vs Sharpies movie please give the directing reins to this guy. I think it’s high time we had a worthy successor to Romper Stomper.”

Click the LINK for the full story. 


Ladyhawke ‘Blue Eyes’ remix music video I directed officially released: 


Selected by Ladyhawke and Modular People as the winner of Nikon Blue Eyes video competition! 

On a roll with the good news this week. I’m happy to announce that I’ve been selected by LADYHAWKE and MODULAR PEOPLE as the winner of the MY NIKON LIFE ‘Blue Eyes’ video competition! I’ll get to direct an official video clip for the Jacques Renault remix of the Ladyhawke track ‘Blue Eyes’ based on a treatment I submitted. Look out for the clip in December.


EILEEN PRATT @ Starz Denver Film Festival: 

Another stop in the EILEEN PRATT U.S tour 2012! The film will be SCREENING at the Starz 35th Denver Film Festival in Colorado on November 10th and 11th. 


EILEEN PRATT screens before FRANCINE at Loft Film Fest: 

EILEEN PRATT will screen before the feature film FRANCINE, starring Melissa Leo, at the Loft Film Fest in Tucson, Arizona on Monday Nov 12th. I’ll be in attendance for the SCREENING .  It looks like a great line up of films and guests, including Roger Corman and one of my favorite directors Don Coscarelli (Phantasm) in attendance at the festival.


EILEEN PRATT @ Cucalorus Film Festival! 

Eileen is heading back to the US! EILEEN PRATT will be playing the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, screening on Fri Nov 9th, 10:15pm in the Phargon Shorts (say what?) block as part of the Midnight Madness program. I’ll be flying out to attend the festival, looks like a great lineup of independent film. 


EILEEN PRATT screens in Italy! 

EILEEN PRATT screened in Italy! I’m happy to report the film had its Italian premiere at the 63rd Montecatini International Short Film Festival – Film Video.


EILEEN PRATT @ Cockatoo Island Film Festival 

EILEEN PRATT screened at the debut Cockatoo Island Film Festival in Sydney amongst a great line-up of films at the festival, including the Australian premiere of The Master, with director Paul Thomas Anderson in attendance.  


EILEEN PRATT @ Mill Valley Film Festival, 2012

EILEEN PRATT is headed back to the US! I’m pleased to report the film will be screening at the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival in Marin County, California. Looks like a fantastic line-up of films and guests, including the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Ben Affleck, Ewan McGregor, Ang Lee, Walter Salles, Billy Bob Thornton, David O’Russell and Stevie Nicks expected to attend. The film will screen in the short program “[email protected]: Slippery People” at the Rafael Film Centre on Oct 7th 9:45pm and Oct 9th at 5pm. 


Michael Kratochvil 2012 Showreel:


Rhode Island International Film Festival 2012: 

I’m pleased to report that EILEEN PRATT will be screening in competition at the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival on Wed 8th August 4:00pm. This will be the 3rd Academy Awards accredited festival in the US that the film will screen at so far this year.  Click the LINK for more details on the screening.


Winner of Best Pitch award at 2012 EIFF Talent Lab: 

Michael Kratochvil won the “Best Pitch” award at the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab.  Voted by a panel of internationally renown feature film producers and heads of development, the pitch was for Michael’s forthcoming project, a feature length horror film script.  

Watch this space for more information as the script develops. 


Filmink interviews Michael Kratochvil:

Interview in Filmink about EILEEN PRATT.  Read it HERE


Australian premiere at Dungog Film Festival:

I’m pleased to announce that EILEEN PRATT will have its Australian premiere at the Dungog Film Festival in NSW.  The film will screen as part of the “A Girl’s Gotta Do” program. CLICK to check out the lineup.


Californian Premiere at Palm Springs International ShortFest:

The good news keeps on rolling in!  EILEEN PRATT has been selected to screen at the 2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest in June.  It is a great honor to have the film screen amongst such a star studded selection of films.  Click to check out the lineup.


London premiere at Rushes Soho Shorts Festival in July:

More great news.  EILEEN PRATT has been selected out of over 1200 entries to screen in competition at the Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival in London in July. Rushes is yet another BAFTA accredited festival that the film will screen at.

Click to visit the Rushes website.


UK premiere at 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival

Some more exciting news regarding EILEEN PRATT  The film has been selected to screen at the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.  It will screen as part of the Fusion Shorts program.  Great to see they have used the EILEEN PRATT trailer on their website to promote the program. Click to check it out.Writer/Director Michael Kratochvil was also fortunate enough to be one of just 30 filmmakers worldwide selected to join the Talent Lab at the Edinburgh festival, which will be a fantastic opportunity to learn from established industry professionals in a workshop environment.  He will attend the festival in June. 

Keep an eye on the EILEEN PRATT Facebook Page and this website for updates from the festival.   


New York premiere at Brooklyn Film Festival

Great news, EILEEN PRATT has been accepted to screen at the Brooklyn Film Festival for a New York premiere in June 2012.  The film was fortunate enough to be selected out of over 2000 entries and 111 countries.  The internationally renown festival is recognized as a British Academy Awards (BAFTA) qualifying festival. Click to check out the Eileen Pratt page.  


Happy new year!  The Slamdance 2012 festival program is now live.  Please visit the link below for more information on the films screening at the festival and for how to purchase tickets to see the world premiere of Eileen Pratt in Park City.    

Purchase tickets to see Eileen Pratt at Slamdance 2012: 



With over 3000 short film submissions to the Slamdance festival this year, Eileen Pratt was one of just 32 narrative shorts selected to screen in competition at the festival and will screen as part of the Shorts Block 3 at the Gallery Screening Room at the Treasure Mountain Inn on:

  1. January 20th 1pm
  2. January 26th 12:30pm

Writer/Director Michael Kratochvil will attend the festival.  Please visit the Slamdance website for ticket details and keep an eye on our facebook page for more news and details of upcoming screenings in other territories.

For an Eileen Pratt press kit or more information on the film, please contact Michael at:

[email protected]


The Eileen Pratt teaser trailer.

Eileen Pratt – TEASER from Legitimate Films on Vimeo.


Eileen Pratt facebook page now live.  Please visit the page for behind the scenes photos, news updates and content.



The Volatiles – ‘Deaths in the U.S.’  

A music video, filmed, directed and edited by Michael Kratochvil. 

Click below to view the video and be sure to select 720p for HD playback:


Eileen Pratt, a 14 minute short film, written and directed by Michael Kratochvil, has just finished post production.  The film will be submitted to the worldwide film festival circuit shortly. 

Starring Susanne Chapman as “Eileen’, Eileen Pratt is a narrative drama about a socially awkward bus driver who embarks on an unusual downward spiral after being terminated from her job.  

We’ll keep you updated with festival screenings along the way.


Michael is currently in pre-production on his next short film Eileen Pratt, produced by Scott Baskett from Legitimate Films.

Eileen Pratt isscheduled to be filmed in October with a 2011 worldwide festival release.  


Michael has recently written, directed and edited two 20 minute educational programs for Video Education Australia, to be distributed in Australia and overseas markets.  The videos are “Practical Use of Materials: Plastics” and “Practical Use of Materials: Metals”.


Igor & Mal will also screen at OH! THE HORROR! FILM FESTIVAL on Sunday, 23rd August.  The film has been described by the organizers of the festival as a “Lynchian, nightmarish voodoo / familial zombie movie”.

Tickets available: 

Doors open at 8pm, Igor & Mal will screen between 9 and 10pm on the night. 

Location:  The Order Of Melbourne / 2/401 Swanston St / Melbourne CBD. 

Igor & Mal is to screen at the MELBOURNE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (MUFF) on Sunday, 23rd August.  Session begins at 9 PM.

Location:  LOOP / 23 Meyers Place Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9654 0500