The first year of the legendary summer festival for film gourmets was organized back in 1963. Originally, it was meant to be designed solely for film lecturers and film club members. However, it grew large throughout the following years and in the era of socialism it took up the role of a gathering for alternative films, culture and discussions . Before 1989, the festival always faced the threats of being prohibited by the Communist government, which helped its community to become even stronger.
In 1993 after the Velvet Revolution, the festival opened to public. Number of screenings, festival guests, discussion and masterclasses has grown continually. There are more accommpanying events (concerts, art exhibitions, theatre performances, or public readings). Since the 1990s Uherské Hradiště has hosted a number of the world’s masters such as Terry Gilliam, Aki Kaurismaki, or Emir Kusturica.
Summer Film School has been one of the most significant cultural summer events in the past 40 years.