Helena Kardova

Helena Kardova

Film-maker and journalistLondon, United Kingdom
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Helena Kardova

Helena Kardova

Film-maker and journalistLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am a journalist and documentary film-maker based in London. Between 2015 and 2021 I worked in-house at Monocle, heading up the film department for most of my time there. I collaborated with Monocle’s writers to create visually arresting and journalistically sound short films. As well as editorial productions, I handled commercial partnerships and directed or shot stories on hospitality, travel, business and urbanism for brands such as Adidas, Audi, Rosewood Hotels and tourism boards of various cities and countries. I studied journalism in Prague, Madrid and London and outside of Monocle my work has been published by Agence France-Presse, The Observer, Al Jazeera English, the Czech business daily Hospodářské noviny or Respekt magazine.
Projects
  • Icebreakers: rescue know-how
    Icebreakers: rescue know-howFinland has obvious natural advantages that have helped it become an icebreaking powerhouse but the country’s dominance in the field is startling. We travel to the Bay of Bothnia to bear witness to the beginning of the icebreaking season. Film-maker and producer: Helena Kardová Writer and narrator: Andrew Mueller
  • Monocle’s digital decency manifesto
    Monocle’s digital decency manifestoTechnology is everywhere but that ubiquity can come at a cost to our health, wellbeing and the quality of our conversations. View Monocle’s manifesto for a more dignified relationship with all things digital and learn to be a little kinder and more cautious online. Director: Helena Kardová Animator: Christine Peters Illustration: Vincent Kilbride Sound editor: Helena Kardová Writer: Josh Fehnert Narrator: Josh Fehnert Graphic design: Maria Hammer
  • The future of Japanese craftsmanship
    The future of Japanese craftsmanshipThis series sheds some light on intrepid entrepreneurs, craftsmen and designers who are committed to saving traditional Japanese crafts by reinventing them to be used in a modern context. Join us on a tour of this breathtaking country from bustling Tokyo to remote regions. Film-maker and writer: Helena Kardová Additional camera: Kohichi Ogasahara and Ignas Kazlauskas Narrators: Joleen Goffin and Tom Edwards Published by Monocle
  • Power pack – driving renewables
    Power pack – driving renewablesIn the first episode, we travel to Copenhagen and Mexico City to see how cities and their citizens are facing the challenge of building sustainable mobility in urban settings. Next, a trip to Iceland for a masterclass in sustainable living and a whizz around Audi’s electric car plant in Brussels leaves Monocle Films with a positive vision of the future. Film-maker and producer: Helena Kardová Writer: Saul Taylor Narrators: Dominic Rye and Chloe Potter
  • São Paulo: building better cities
    São Paulo: building better citiesBrazil’s business capital has reinvented its city centre through clever urbanism. We meet the architects, gallery owners and transport visionaries powering this change. Film-maker: Helena Kardová Writer: Lucinda Elliott Narrator: Robert Bound
  • The art of hosting
    The art of hostingAs part of Monocle’s partnership with LG SIGNATURE, we speak to five experts about what it takes to become the consummate host – including curating the perfect guest list, creating a welcoming environment and offering an exquisite food and drinks menu. Director and producer: Helena Kardová Illustrator and animator: Motiejus Vaura
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Projects credited in
  • Building a place for culture - Documentary
    Building a place for culture - DocumentaryI visited a Kengo Kuma-designed art museum in Eskisehir that’s set to become Turkey’s new cultural hotspot.
  • Athens: The Monocle Travel Guide
    Athens: The Monocle Travel GuideThe weekly pilgrimage to a ‘laiki agora’ is at the heart of Greek lifestyle. To celebrate the launch of the latest book, Monocle Films takes stock at one of its favourite Athenian food markets. Narrator Joe Pickard Writer Karolos Michailidis Producer Helena Kardová
  • A different view with Adrien Sauvage
    A different view with Adrien SauvageThe distinctive designs of House A Sauvage fuse elegant British tailoring with the laid-back lifestyle of Beverly Hills. We meet founder Adrien Sauvage who takes us on a tour around this dazzling city that fuels his imagination and allows him to dream. Monocle Films has partnered with Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau to reveal hidden gems through the eyes of local creatives.
Work history
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    Head of Monocle FilmsMonocle
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
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    Senior ProducerMonocle
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
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Skills
  • Interviewing
  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Filming
  • Editing
  • Video Scriptwriting
  • Drone Footage
  • Reportage
Education
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    MA International JournalismCity University London
     - London, United Kingdom
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    ErasmusUniversidad Carlos III de Madrid
     - Madrid, Spain
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