A documentary film about a few out of 669 children rescued by Sir Nicholas Winton from the hands of the Nazis

Matej Mináč

Born 1961 in Bratislava, SK
Film director, producer, writer 


Nicky´s Family

The film has received so far 37 prestigious prizes worldwide
Full-length documentary film with feature reconstructions
35mm, Dolby Digital 96 minute 


"Audience Award - Best Documentary", Dayton Jewish International Film Festival 2013, USA
"AUDIENCE AWARD - BEST FILM" -  10th European Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013

"Audience Choice Award  - Best Documentary Feature Film" – Sedona Int´l Film Festival – USA
"Audience Award – Best Film 2012", Scottsdale International Film Festival, USA
"Audience Award Winner – Best Documentary Feature" – Atlanta Jewish Film Festival – USA
"Audience Award Winner – Best Film" – Charlotte (North Carolina) Jewish Film Festival – USA
"Audience Award Winner – Best Documentary" – 16th Denver Jewish Film Fest
"Audience Choice  Award  - Best Documentary Film" –  AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival – USA
"Audience  Award Winner  - Best  Film" – Houston Jewish Film Festival – USA
"Audience  Award - Best Documentary" - Hartford Jewish Film Festival - USA
"Audience Award - Best Documentary" - 19th Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival
"Audience Award - Best Film" - 9th Rockland Int´l Jewish Film Festival
"Audience Award - Best Documentary" - Zagreb Jewish Film Festival, Croatia
"Grand Prix - Nine Gates Film Festival", Czech Republic
"Onion Seed Award for best film for children and youth, Creative Documentary"  Festival MakeDox, Macedonia
"Best Director Award for the masterful staging of a narrative technique which alternates a cinematic report with a very personal vision about the characters". MECEFF Festival – Romania
"PRIX ITALIA´S  SPECIAL SIGNIS AWARD 2012" – Prix Italia 2012 – Torino, Italy
"FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement AWARD  for best use of archive", British Film Institute, London 2012
"GRAND PRIX -  – Best film of the festival", XVII International TV Festival Bar, Montenegro
"Best collection of films – Award for Czech TV", part of the collection was Nicky´s Family, XVII International TV Festival Bar, Montenegro
"Audience Award - Best Film", Three Rivers Film Festival 2012, USA


"Best Documentary" - Montreal World Film Festival, Canada
"Jerusalem Film Festival", IsraelForum for the Preservation of Audio-Visual Memory Award
"Audience Award" - Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic
"GRAND PRIX" - Zlin Youth Film Festival, Czech Republic
"Prize of the Mayor of Piestany", IFF Cinematik, Slovak Republic
"Prize of Oty Hofman for the best film" Children´s Film Festival of Ota Hofman
"Special Prize of Jury for film with the most impressive moral accent" - Children´s Film Festival of Ota Hofman – Czech Republic
"David Camera Award for the best music" – Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland
"AWARD of the Slovak Literary Union for the best screenplay" - Slovak Republic
"SLOVAK FILM CRITIC´S AWARD for the best documentary film" - Slovak Republic
"Shores Audience Award for the Best Documentary" – UK Jewish Film Festival
"Audience Award for the Best Documentary" – Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA


"The most moving and inspiring film I have taken part in.“ (Esther Rantzen - BBC TV presenter)

"It is a film that inspires through goodness.“ (Zdeněk Svěrák, Czech screenwriter and actor, author of Oscar-winning film “Kolya”)

"The best documentary I have ever seen.“ (Václav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic)

Nicholas Winton - The Power of Good

AWARD for outstanding documentary program
Documentary film shot in English 35mm, Dolby Digital 62 min. coproduced with HBO, USA


"2006 Christopher AWARD"
– New York
"2008 Czech Lion" – Best Czech Documentary for the last 15 year
for film that affirms the highest values of the human spirit
“Special Mention” at the 19th Troia Int´l Film Festival (Portugal)
"TRILOBIT Prize" (Czech Republic),
"Slovak Film Critic’s Prize"
 and "Prize IGRIC" (Slovak Republic)
"2005 Pacific Jewish Film Festival Spirit Award" 
"Grand Prix" - Nine Gates Film Festival (Czech Republic),
"First Award" – Warsaw Jewish Film Festival (Poland)
"Audience Awards" - Washington Jewish Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival

Most important film festivals:

Closing night gala film of the Palm Springs Int´l Film Festival, USA,
Official documentary competition Karlovy Vary Int´l Film Festival,
Vancouver Film Festival (the 12th most popular film of the festival rated by the audience),
Haifa Film Festival, Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary,
Barbican Film Season,

San Diego Jewish Film Festival,
Phoenix Jewish Film Festival,
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival,
closing film of Toronto Jewish Film Festival,
Brighton Jewish Film Festival
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival,
Cleveland Int´l Film Festival.


All My Loved Ones


Feature film Czech/Polish/Slovak/German cooproduction
supported by Eurimages 

The film tells the true story of a Czech Jewish family of whom only the ten-year-old son survives the holocaust thanks to the Winton rescue mission. British actor Rupert Graves plays the part of Winton. The film was screened on more than sixty film festivals and won twelve international prizes. The film is currently in DVD and video distribution in the USA.
Coproducer and European distributor of the film is Beta Film (München).



Slovak Republic nomination for the Academy Award Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, for the best foreign film, OSCAR; XVI; Troia International Film Festival – Portugal – Jury Prize; Grand Prix - International Film Festival Sedona (USA); Annual Czech Film Prize (Czech Lion) for Jiri Bartoska for the best supporting actor (Czech Rep.), Award of the Slovak Television Union and the Literary Fund Igric 2000 for best editing and photography (Slovakia)

ADIENCE AWARDS (Best Feature):

Nortel International Palm Springs Film festival – USA (was rated by the audience as the second best film of the 180 films in the competition), Finale Plzen – Czech Republic,
Washington Jewish Film Festival,
Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival,
Festivals of Festivals - Palm Springs,
Würzburg Film Festival (Germany, 2002),
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (2002).


Other Movies

Matej Minac shooting a film profile with Federico Fellini in 1989.

Four Angry Men (Čtyři rozhněvaní muži)
feature film (Critic‘s Prize at Trutnov Festival of Comedy)

I’m Shooting from up on a Branch and I feel Great
film documentary about film director Juraj Jakubisko

Numerous film portraits of notable Czechs for the series GEN and GENUS for Czech Television;
Tomáš Bata, Adolf Born, Emil Zátopek, Jan Svoboda, Břetislav Pojar, Miroslav Holub;

Documentaries, large-screen audio visual programmes and short action films:
Casanova, An Ambiguous Trip to the End of the World (Nejasná cesta na konec světa), Trails (Stopy) (awarded the Red Cross Prize in Varna), A Slovak Day in Paris (shot in French)

A five-part TV series The Magic of Photography about the foremost Czech photographers;
(Jan Saudek, Karol Kallay and others) produced by KODAK and by Slovak Television.

Directed the Riddles (Hádanky)
a visual part of the National Theater‘s Laterna Magica multi-media ballet performance

Artistic documentaries and music films:
I was born a Prague Jew, The reconstruction of the family Album (with Jiří Menzel), Hebrew Meditation