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Tomáš Prášek

Founder and CEO

Tomáš Prášek

 

Tomas grew up in the communist Czechoslovakia, wanted to make music and write, and in 1989 got involved in the student revolution which changed the course of his life.
After working as a political analyst, translator, assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jiri Dienstbier and English lecturer at the Assumption University in Bangkok, Tomas became Programming Coordinator at the Prague International Film Festival and then Guest Services Director at the Karlovy Vary IFF where he recognised the potential of a system his colleague Pavel Kalenda had built for KVIFF. DataKal, the world's first universal film festival software, then changed the way in which film major festivals all over the world were organised. Along with that, between 2003 and 2006, he project managed the creation of a new festival information system for the Berlinale.
In 2009, in order to bring information technology to even more festival and film organisations, Tomas co-founded Eventival, the company which has become the most influential provider of film festival production software tools worldwide. As an industry innovator, Tomas has spoken at events in Amsterdam, Cardiff, London, Los Angeles, Midway, Motovun, New York, Odessa, Paris, Prague, Vienna, Vilnius and Warszaw.
Tomas also co-founded the music series EuroConnections in Prague, MOFFOM, an international festival of music films (2004-2009), and the Film Festival Academy, served on Prague's Cultural Grants Commission, was a Czech Cinematography Fund Expert, and is the chairman of the Czech-Thai Society. 
As a producer, Tomas has worked with Ron and Russell Mael of the legendary Los Angeles band Sparks on their feature musical The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman about the imaginary adventures of the Swedish director in Hollywood, and was Executive Producer of the documentary film Never Turn Your Back on Sparks (2014) by Pini Schatz.
Tomas has a law degree from Charles University, studied sociology and cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, and translated two books (Our Global Governance by the Commission on Global Governance and Erving Goffman's Stigma). He has lived and worked in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Thailand and South Korea.