Mikulas Novotny co-founded Background Films in 2012, debuting as a producer with Tomasz Mielnik's spiritual comedy “Journey to Rome” and a short documentary “Resort”, both competing at Karlovy Vary IFF 2015. He graduated from Producing (FAMU) and Theory of Interactive Media (Masaryk University). He is an EAVE Producers Workshop graduate (2018) and the Czech EFP Producer on The Move (2020). He has since produced Czech New Wave legend Karel Vachek's six-hour film essay “Communism and the Net or the End of Representative Democracy” (IFF Rotterdam 2020) as well as numerous shorts of exceptional emerging authors from the Czech film and visual-arts environment. Mikulas is currently co-producing Jan P. Matuszynski's “Leave No Traces” and developing a slate of feature films including Mielnik's ambitious period comedy “Gregorius, The Chosen One”.