Michaela Pavlatova was born in Prague, Czech Republic. In 1987 she graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague. As an animation film director, her films have received numerous awards at international film festivals, including an Oscar nomination for Reci, reci, reci/Words, words, words, the Grand Prix in Montreal, and accolades at Berlin, Tampere, Hiroshima, Stuttgart and the list goes on. Her short animated film, Repete, has also won a series of awards including the Grand Prix at the International Animation Festival Hiroshima and Golden Bear in Berlin.
Since 1998, Michaela has divided her time between Prague and San Francisco, where she worked as the art director with animation company Wildbrain inc.
After 2002 Michaela returned back to Prague. In 2003 she directed live action film Neverne hry (Faithless Games – Negativhttps://greatwomenanimators.com/wp-admin/tools.php Productions) starring Zuzana Stivinova and Peter Bebjak. In 2006 she finished, together with Vratislav Hlavaty, animated film Karneval zvirat (Le Carnaval des Animaux / The Carnival of Animals). In 2008 she directed another feature film Deti noci / Ofka (Children of Night / Ofka) on the script of Irena Hejdova, starring Martha Issova and Jiri Madl (Best Actress and Best Actor on Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2008)..
In 2012 she finished a short animation film TRAM which had a premiere at Cannes Film Festival and won Annecy Cristal.
Besides her work for film, Michaela made animations for theatre performances in LaFabrika Prague – Krasavice interkontinentalni / Intercontinental Beauties (2013 – starring Martha Issova and Anna Polivkova) and Mario and the Magician (2014, dir. Peter Butko).
Michaela Pavlatova teaches animation in Prague (FAMU / Academy of Performing Arts, Film and TV School), she also tought at VSUP / Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague, and abroad – in San Francisco (Academy of Art College, Computer Arts Institute, CCAC), and at Harvard University. She is a frequent member of juries at international film festivals.
She lives and works in Prague and in Dolni Lomnice.