Entrepreneur, festival organiser, film producer and co-founder of several tech, film and music companies
After studying law in Prague and cultural anthropology in Amsterdam, Tomas worked as a political analyst and writer, translated two books, taught English at the Assumption University in Bangkok, and worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Presidential Office until yet another job – a film programmer at the Prague International Film Festival – brought him to the film industry and changed his life. His collaboration with computer programmer Pavel Kalenda during the five years as hospitality director at KVIFF resulted in the creation of DataKal, the first ever specialised film festival software. DataKal was adopted by major film festivals around the world and paved the way to the use of information technology at cultural events at large.
The partnerships ended in 2009. Drawing upon his experience as a festival organiser, his entrepreneurial vision and his contacts in the film industry, Tomas co-founded Eventival – the company whose software is today used by festivals on all continents and is widely regarded the benchmark in its field.
Alongside running DataKal and later Eventival, Tomas also spent three years as project manager on CuBa, the project of a new database system for the Berlinale, co-founded Prague's music series EuroConnections, MOFFOM, an international festival of music films, and the Film Festival Academy. He also served on Prague's Cultural Grants Commission, was an expert of the Czech Cinematography Fund, and is a board member of the Czech-Thai Society. He lectured at film and music events in Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Midway in Utah, Motovun, New York, Odessa, Paris, Prague, Vienna and Vilnius.
An admirer of the legendary Los Angeles band Sparks, Tomas has also been working on the production of The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman, a feature musical about the imaginary adventures of the Swedish director in Hollywood, based on a radio play written by Ron Mael and Russell Mael. He is Executive Producer of the documentary film Never Turn Your Back on Sparks (2014) directed by Pini Schatz.