Tomáš Prášek

Founder and CEO

Tomáš Prášek

 

Tomas has been running Eventival since its establishment in 2009. Prior to that, he co-founded DataKal, the company that turned hospitality management system originally developed for the Karlovy Vary IFF into the world's first globally used festival software. An expert on festival management, Tomas has been a guest speaker at events in Amsterdam, Cardiff, London, Los Angeles, Midway, Motovun, New York, Odessa, Paris, Prague, Vienna, Vilnius and Warszaw.
Before entering the film industry, Tomas worked for the Czech politicians Jiří Dienstbier and Václav Havel, taught English in Bangkok, and worked as a freelance translator and publicist. He also co-founded the music series EuroConnections in Prague, and MOFFOM, an international festival of music films that ran in Prague from 2004 to 2009, as well as the Film Festival Academy.
A life-long fan of Sparks, Tomas was Executive Producer of the documentary film Never Turn Your Back on Sparks (2014) by Pini Schatz, and spent several years working with the Ron and Russell Mael on their feature musical The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman. Bringing them together with the French director Leos Carax in 2013 resulted in their collaboration and the feature musical Annette which opened the 74th Cannes Film Festival in 2021.
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.