Tomáš Prášek

Founder and CEO

Tomáš Prášek

 

Tomas is a Czech entrepreneur and co-founder of two tech companies that changed the way film festivals around the world were organised. After a string of seemingly unconnected jobs (working for Jiří Dienstbier and Václav Havel, teaching English in Bangkok, translating books), he was hired to build a guest department at the country's leading film event, the Karlovy Vary IFF.
It was during his five years here that he inspired and then led the creation of DataKal, a data management software system that became the first globally used film festival platform.
In 2009, Tomas co-founded Eventival - the company that has been the eading provider of festival software tools worldwide for over ten years. Tomas has been a guest speaker at at film industry 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, and is the chairman of the Czech-Thai Society.
Tomas is Executive Producer of the documentary film Never Turn Your Back on Sparks (2014) by Pini Schatz, about the legendary Los Angeles band Sparks, and worked with the Ron and Russell Mael on their feature musical The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman about the imaginary adventures of the Swedish director in Hollywood. In 2013, he brought them together with the French director Leos Carax which resulted in their collaboration and the feature musical Annette which opened the 74th Cannes Film Festival in 2021 and became one of the most discussed films of the year.
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.