Joint Programme Management Board

Course Directors

The course directors and their close local colleagues are excellent professionals, active cinematographers/ directors participating in the development and realisation of the common teaching methodology of Viewfinder. They act as leaders of the main professional modules and they monitor the academic development of the students throughout the semesters and the entire joint masters programme.

Elen Lotman/Tallin, BFM

Elen Lotman has been a part-time lecturer in BFM since 2007. She graduated cinematography BA cum laude in 2004 in the Tallinn University film department, the predecessor of BFM. She has given cinematography classes at both BA and MA levels. She is a professional cinematographer, a member of the Estonian Society of Cinematographers and a Member of the Board of IMAGO, the European Federation of Cinematographers. She is the head of film department in BFM since October 2013 and is enrolled in the PhD programme at Tallinn University.

Barry Dignam/Dublin, IADT

Barry studied drama at Trinity College Dublin. He holds an MA in Screenwriting and a B.Des in Film & Video Directing & Producing. He has lectured in film practice at the National Film School at IADT for 15 years primarily in the area of directing and screenwriting. As a filmmaker, he has made a number of internationally successful short films including “Chicken”, “Dream Kitchen” and “A Ferret Called Mickey”. His films have been presented in official selection at over a hundred and fifty international film festivals and have won numerous awards. He is the only Irish director whose work has been screened in official selection in competition at both the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals. “Monged” a feature film that he co-wrote premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2015. He is the course director of the Irish semester and teacher of the Screenwriting & Directing module of the semester 1.

János Vecsernyés/Budapest, SZFE

János is a cinematographer with over 30 years experience working on feature films, short films, TV movies, TV commercials and documentaries. After working for the Hungarian TV station, he joined the Hungarian Film School in 1982. He has worked on hundreds of productions winning awards that include the Prix Europa and the Prix Italia for “Gaudiopolis” 1989 and at the Venice Film Festival for “Dinner” in 2008. János also has wide experience of directing feature films, short films, TV movies and TV commercials. He is a Member of the Board of the Hungarian Association of Cinematographers. He has been a lecturer at the Hungarian Film School, SZFE since 2000. He is the Head of the Cinematography Department of SZFE. He is the Hungarian course director and teacher of the Art of Cinematograhpy 2 and Master Degree Project moduls. His PhD thesis: The intentional approach in filmmaking. 2016.

Joint Programme Manager

Erika Winkler/Budapest, SZFE

Erika has worked in the film profession for 30 year and in higher education in the field of film and media for 10 years. She is the idea-owner and the consortium coordinator of DocNomads, the first joint masters in the field of film in Europe. She has been the project coordinator of all international education development projects at SZFE. From 2007 until 2015 she was the Erasmus coordinator of SZFE. She lead the best-practice projects sharing with the biggest European film schools: the London Film School, Den Danske Filmskolen, Den Norske Filmskolen, Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid, and film schools from Portugal, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland. Project leader from SZFE’s part in the CIAKL, the pilot project of the new Knowledge Alliance programme type in Erasmus+. She is the project leader of the current 3 years strategic partnership programme “Three layers telling a story” lead by SZFE with 7 European partner higher educational institutes.

Senior teachers

Matt Skinner/Dublin,IADT

Matt is a cinematographer with over 30 years experience across film, TV and theatre. He completed an MA in screenwriting at the Irish National Film School at IADT where he works part-time as the cinematography lecturer. As a cameraman, he has a very wide experience having worked on productions featuring Morgan Freeman, Denis Hopper and Jackie Chan while also having experience with TV series, documentaries, commercials, pop promos and exhibition films. In the early 1980s, he spent four years in RTE Television as a studio lighting technician and vision controller. The following five years he worked as Artistic Director to an experimental theatre company. He Shot and directed the Irish film Board/Arts Council funded Arts documentary “Circus Born” in 2009. His most recent film as DoP was “Spiders Trap” in 2014 while in teaching cinematography, recent events have involved Des Whelan and Bruno Delbonnel at the Digital Biscuit Festival.

Mart Raun/Tallin, BFM

He is cinematographer for feature, documentary and short films, commercials and a freelance storyboard artist and illustrator for films and hundreds of commercials. For ten years he has also worked as gaffer and electrician for films and commercials and as a freelance Assistant Camera and DIT for films and commercials (35mm, 16mm, HD, HDV). His short film “Distance" (2012 directed by Janno Jürgens) was chosen by Locarno International Film Festival 2012 - Pardi di Domani short film competition programme. In addition to filmmaking and teaching he has writing about films since 2012 and is currently a film critic for Estonian newspaper Äripäev, one of the most successful economic newspapers in Europe. Mart Raun is the course coordinator of Kino Eyes JMD programme.

Gábor Szabó/SZFE,Budapest

He is cinematographer, Balázs Béla Award winner, Meritorious Artist. Cinematographer/Director of Photography of some 30 feature and TV films, many documentaries, shorts, commercials and concert films in Hungary and in many countries of Europe, winner of more than 60 prizes at Hungarian and international festivals. He was awarded the title of “Best cinematographer of the year” several times. His film “The Revolt of Job” was an Oscar nominee. An artist experimenting with the renewal of the cinematic language, Gábor Szabó’s book (Filmeskönyv, “Book of Film”) became a standard work of film education in Hungary. Professor since 1980, in the positions of department head and specialisation leader, Mr Szabó is one of the Hungarian cinematographers who have been longest engaged in education. Founder and board member of the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers. Main films: The Revolt of Job (Jób lázadása), Meteo, Tandem (Városbújócska), The Long Shadow, Tirza, Galloping Mind. Publications: Filmeskönyv- Hogyan kommunikál a film (Book on Films: How the film communicates)(2001) gaborszabo.hu