Tamás Gergely Kucsera, PhD, Dr. habil
Art Theorist Writer, Historian of Ideas
With two-decade experience in education and research, he is currently an Associate Professor (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary), Honorary University Professor (University of Pécs), and he is also the Chief Editor of the journal ‘Valóság’ [Reality] and Co- Editor-in-Chief of the ‘Magyar Művészet’ [Hungarian Art].
Earlier he had worked as a Chief Councillor of the President of the Hungarian Academy of Science, he has been the Secretary General of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (HAA) since 2011.
He is one of the concept creators of the artistic public body’s life paths-movie series, he assisted to the organisation of its conference on cinematography. He is the editor of volumes related to cinematography and film management. He is a Co-Organiser of numerous foreign exhibitions representing the Hungarian art of movie animation, in cooperation with the Hungarian Academy of Arts and the National Media and Infocommunications Authority, and he also participates at international film festivals as a national representative. He is the public body’s coordinator of the long-term program related to film restoration and digitalisation jointly established by the predecessor of the National Film Institute of Hungary’s Film Archive and the HAA.
He is currently taking part in the work of the Board of the Civil Service, as also the Committee of the National Cultural Fund of Hungary, and he is the Chairman of the Documentary Judging Committee of the National Film Institute of Hungary.
Acknowledgments: Flórián Kováts Memorial Medal, Knight’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit, Miklós Bánffy Prize.
Dr Tamás Kollarik
Tamás Kollarik has been working in various fields of film profession and film administration. Lawyer, master of arts, public administration manager, founder and coordinator of the Hungarian Media Patronage Program, member of the Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority. Former director of the Neumann Nonprofit Ltd and the Hungarian Audiovisual Archive. He was the founder of the Magic Valley- Media Literacy Education Center, later on director of the same institution.
Between 2019 and 2020 he was the operational manager of the Television Patronage Program, vice president of the film board. From 2020 board member of the National Film Institute. As a publisher, producer, project initiator, script writer, editor, author and expert he has participated in the creation of numerous books, DVDs, documentary and advertising films. Presenter at national and international film festivals and conferences, his name linking up with many film publications and books.
Lecturer at Gáspár Károli University and the University of Theater and Film Arts, representative tutor of the Metropolitan University, his fields of expertise are film law and film administration.
Painter, sculptor and graphic designer
Critics mention him as a universal artist, who feels comfortable at various genres of fine art. His objects and installations invisibly cross the borders between genres.
He started his career as a poster designer, which expressed the spirit of the age through strident messages, which is especially true of his alternative rock posters. At the Hungarian Rock Museum there is a permanent exhibition of his works of posters and portraits of contemporary musicians. These sentiments of life can be found in his graffiti and street-art works as well. He has become the master of contemporary art with his light installations and neon statuettes formed in his individual tone. Besides posters, he has created many set and production designs for TV channels and theaters in his own studio.
So far there have been eight albums of his art work published. He has had over 30 individual exhibitions his works, and he has participated in more than 100 exhibitions throughout Hungary. Besides his awards received at exhibitions, he has been awarded with the Munkácsy Prize and the Hungarian Gold Cross of Merit as a recognition of his achievements.
After graduation at the University of Szeged, Juhász Gyula Faculty of Education as an ESL teacher in 1994, he worked as a teacher of English in a high school in Szentendre for three years, then for one year as a pedagogical assistant in Szolnok.
He started working for the editorial office of the film magazine called Filmvilág in 1998, and since then he has been a image editor and columnist of the magazine. Between 2000 and 2005 he taught film analysis and film reviewing at Vitéz János Roman Catholic College in Esztergom. Since 2008 he has taught film history at the University of Theater and Film Arts for students majoring in directing-cameraman studies, and between 2002-2014 he was a lecturer for the department of film analysis and film history at Eötvös Lóránd University. Meanwhile he also taught genre interpretation at Werk and at the Budapest Film Academy for students majoring in directing and scriptwriting.
His film-related writings have been published in the magazines Metropolis, Filmtett, Prizma and Mozinet besides Filmvilág. He wrote director and genre portraits included in the following books: Filmrendezőportrék (2003), Korszakalkotók (2008), Grindhouse (2007), Zsánerben (2009), Horrorfilm (2015), Sci-fi (2016) and Bergman 100 (2019). His own volume called Cult-Comics was published in 2007. In 2004 and in 2007 he participated in the preselection jury of the Hungarian Feature Film Festival in the category of short and experimental films.