1st, Irish semester/Dublin, IADT

The Art of the Cinematography: Matt Skinner & Guests

Technical Foundation in Camera & Lighting: Matt Skinner & Guests

Digital workflow - Frank Reid/Dublin,IADT

Frank has worked as a freelance director, writer, producer, editor and educator in Ireland. He edited the award winning short films ‘Joyride’ (Margeret Corkery) and The White Dress (Vanessa Gildea). His first feature as editor was the highly acclaimed and award winning film ‘One Hundred Mornings’ directed by Conor Horgan. His other feature editing credits include ‘Between the canals’ (Mark O Connor, Avalan Films), Come on Eilleen (Finola Geraghty, Blinder films), The Pier (Gerard Hurley, starring Lily Taylor) and the Irish Film Board/Northern Ireland Film commission funded film Five Day Shelterand he worked as on set editor on Kirtsen Sheridan’s Dollhouse. He founded Stitch Films in 2006. He wrote and directed the Irish film board funded short ‘Pump Action’ which screened at the Cork, Galway and Kerry Film Festivals as well as screening in competition at over thirty international film festivals including He recently directed the Filmbase/RTE funded short film ‘Before we wake’ starring Ger Ryan and Brian Fortune. He is the post-production lecturer at the National Film School at IADT Dun Laoghaire.

Screenwriting & Directing: Barry Dignam & Guests

Mood and Drama in European Painting: Dr. J Christine Carey

She was awarded a PhD in 1987 in Psychology by the NUI at UCD. Christine lectured in Psychology in UCD, Trinity College Dublin, and the College of Surgeons. The lecture courses included topics such as personality theory, problem solving and cognitive processing, and psychopharmacology. After eight years lecturing in Psychology, Christine was invited to London to work in Research International where she applied her knowledge and training in Psychology to commercial enterprises. In Research International, Christine was commissioned by a variety of international clients to research and present on consumer behaviours, perceptions, and beliefs so that clients could respond more effectively to consumer needs. Christine then returned to Dublin in order to run her own agency, Clark Carey & Associates, where she retained many of her international clients and ran a very successful business. Interested in Art and Architecture Christine registered for a Diploma in Art History in UCD where she won a scholarship to pursue further studies. Christine then registered with to Trinity College Dublin to study the History of Art and Architecture where she was awarded a First Class Honours BA Degree and MA, and is currently researching for a PhD in late 16th Century roman painting.

Master Degree Project: Matt Skinner

2nd, Hungarian semester/Budapest, SZFE

The Art of Cinematography: János Vecsernyés and Gábor Szabó/HSC

Aesthetics of the picture:

Márta Zimmer

Psychologist and mathematician, habilitated assistant professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE), Budapest, Hungary. She received her PhD at BUTE in 2010 in Psychology (in the topic of Cognitive Neuroscience). Márta has been teaching at BUTE since 2004. Her lecture courses included different topics such as neurobiology, neuroanatomy through clinical cases, vision, and human face perception. She is also a visiting professor at the SZFE. Besides her educational activities she is also a researcher. The major question she studies is how temporal context modifies stimulus representation. As a vision scientist her focus is on typical and atypical face perception.

Zsófia Bán

Zsófia Bán is a writer, critic and scholar, she is Associate Professor at the Department of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. She publishes essays, studies, literature and art criticism in national and international forums, has worked in film studios and has curated contemporary visual art exhibitions. Her main fields of interest are visual culture studies, cultural memory, trauma studies, the representation of historical memory and the Holocaust in the arts, gender studies in literature and visual arts, as well as contemporary literature and visual arts. Her fiction has appeared in both Hungarian and foreign translations and has been widely anthologized. She has been the recipient of several prizes for fiction, essay and criticism writing, including the Attila József Prize and the Péter Balassa Prize. The German translation of her volume of short stories Als nur die Tiere lebten (transl. Terézia Mora) was shortlisted for the International Literature Prize Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2014). Her most recent book of essays on the visual representation of historical memory in contemporary literature and visual arts came out in 2016 (Turul és dínó, Magvető Publishing House [The Turul Bird and the Dinosaur].

Zsófia Bán was a writer-in-residence with the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.

Dr. Prof. András Bálint Kovács

András Bálint Kovács is professor and founding chair of the Film Department at ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary.   

He teaches film history of modern cinema and film analysis. He has been visiting professor at École Normale Supérieure, Paris; Université de la Nouvelle Sorbonne, Paris; University of Stockholm. 

Currently, he has two research projects: quantitative style analysis, and psychological research on emotion regulation and causal thinking in film viewing.

Publications include: The Cinema of Béla Tarr, Columbia University Press, 2013; Causal Thinking and Narration in: Projections No.1 pp.51-68, 2011; Things that Come After Another. In: New Review of Film and Television Studies. Vol.5 no.2 August 2007. pp. 157-173; Screening Modernism, University of Chicago Press, 2008. Les Mondes d'Andrej Tarkovsky (together with Ákos Szilágyi) L'Age d'Homme, Lausanne (Switzerland) 1987. Metropolis, Paris. The Abstract Subjective Style in Film. Képzõmûvészeti Kiadó, Budapest (1992). He translated Deleuze’s Cinéma 1-2 into Hungarian.

Péter Korniss

Péter Korniss was born in Kolozsvár (Cluj, Romania) in 1937, he has lived in Budapest since 1949.

He has worked for many international magazines, including  National Geographic, GEO Magazine, Fortune, Time and Forbes. He has published twenty one books.

As a documentary photographer he has spent more than forty years recording the disappearing peasant way of life and culture. From the end of the 1970s he followed the life of a commuter labourer with his camera for eight years. From his work over these decades the more important books published include: Heaven’s Bridegroom (1975), Passing Times (1979), The Guest Worker (1988), Inventory - Pictures from Transylvania (1998) and Attachment (2008).

His pictures can be found in the following collections: The Hungarian Photographic Museum (Kecskemét), Musée Nicephore Niépce (France), National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (UK)

He is a member of the Advisory Boards of World Press Photo (Amsterdam) and the W. Eugene Smith Foundation (USA). Since 2007 he is a founding member of Sony World Photographic Academy (UK).

Exhibitions of his photographs have been held in various galleries and museums in sixteen countries.

He was awarded the Balázs Béla Prize in 1975, the Kossuth Prize in 1999, and in 2004 the Pullitzer Memorial Prize.


Advanced Camera Operation: Buda Gulyás/HSC

Buda Gulyás graduated in 1979 at College of Theatre and Film in Budapest, and having worked more than three decades as a camera operator and D.P. is one of the most experienced cinematographers in Hungary. His most recent films are:

Kincsem (2015, feature film, 2nd Unit director and D.P.)

Strike Back eps. #7, 8 9, 10 (2014, TV series 1st Unit camera operator)

Houdini (2013, TV-series, 2nd Unit D.P.)

Die Hard 5 (2012, feature film, 2nd Unit camera operator)


Creative Postproduction:

Szabolcs Barta

He  started his career as a photographer 27 years ago.

Very soon he focused his interest on photo finishing and pursued assignements all around the world.   

Having  experience in analog technology helped him to become a color timer in the Hungarian  Filmlaboratory.

As the studios started to phase out film, he got involved in digital color grading.

During the years he worked his way up to be a senior colorist.

He has completed more than 100 international feature productions and several commercials, television series. He had a chance to work with a large number of excellent D.O.P-s in Hungary and abroad.

His regular clients are from Hungary, Israel, France, Slovenia, Poland, Serbia and Macedonia.

Lately he has been working as a Post Production supervisor, responsible for the post production process,  maintaining the clarity of information and good channels of communication between the producer, editor, supervising sound editor, film labs, CGI studios and the production.


Vilmos Thernesz

He started his professional journey as a DoP, later the VFX magic led me to digital filmmaking. As VFX supervisor, lighting TD, compositor, stereographer I have experience in commercials, television productions and Hollywood blockbusters.
Recently he has been focusing on the new digital medium, which might eliminate conflicts and enhance understanding between people, countries and cultures.


Thomas Ernst

Thomas Ernst is a film editor, story editor and author. He has been involved in fictional productions, documentaries, music videos, short films, and also in the animated series ” Mr. Bean “. Feature documentaries like “When Pigs Come”, “Overdose”, “Stream Of Love” and “ULTRA” are on his long credit list. The film “Drifter” won the “First Appearance Award” at IDFA 2014. He was awarded the German Kamerapreis for Best Editing 2015 for his editing of the film “The Queen of Silence”. The feature documentary “The Pearl of Africa” can be found on NETFLIX. “Drifter” (2015) and “ULTRA” (2017) have both been selected for the European Film Academy award. He also works as a consultant and lecturer at international workshops as EsoDoc, Rough Cut Boutique, Dok.Incubator and EDN.

History and Theory of Cinematography: János Vecsernyés and Gábor Szabó

Documentary Directing course with DocNomads EMJMD: Dr. Prof. Tamás Almási

He is the DocNomads course director at SZFE Budapest. He holds a DLA, and has many years of experience as a professor (dr, habil). As a film director he directed documentaries and feature films. His latest film “tititá” won the Sarajevo Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize in 2015. His previous film “Puskás Hungary” won the main prize in Valladolid International Film Festival 2009. He has made documentaries and fiction films, which have been screened and awarded at a number of highly rated festivals, such as FIPA Biarritz, Karlovy Vary, Cairo International Film Festival, Visions du Réel Nyon, Prix Europa Berlin, Cinema du Réel Paris, Golden Gate San Francisco, Dok-Leipzig. His films have been broadcasted and shown on the big screen in various parts of the world. He has been awarded the main prize of the Hungarian Film Week six times and the Hungarian Film Critics Award five times. In 2010 he was awarded the Kossuth Prize, the most prestigious award Hungary gives to outstanding artists.

Documentary Directing course with DocNomads EMJMD: Attila Kékesi

He teaches at SZFE Budapest, and has been a documentary film director, producer, cinematographer and editor since 1994. He received his higher degrees (MA, DLA) at the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) - Budapest, where he has been teaching since 2001. He wrote his thesis for DLA degree about the ethical responsibility of documentary directors. In his filmmaking career he has made approximately 15 films so far. His major works are “The Spirit of the Age” (1998), “The Face of the Revolution” (2006), “Motalko - The Chronicle of a Petrol Station” (2011), “View from the Prison” (2012), “Close to Capa” (2014). His films have been presented and awarded in several festivals. He received the prestigious Hungarian professional acknowledgment “Béla Balázs Award” in 2010. Attila Kékesi has been the vice-president of the Association of Documentary Directors (DocClub) in Hungary since 2000. He is currently the vice-president of DocNomads Association.

3rd, Estonian semester/Tallin, BFM

Cognitive Film Theory, Master Degree Project: Jarmo Valkola

Associate Professor of Film History and Theory in the Department of Film Arts at Tallinn University, and also Associate Professor at Aalto University, University of Lapland and University of Jyväskylä. He is Doctor of Philosophy, and has previously worked as Professor of Art Education at the University of Jyväskylä. He has published 17 books and numerous articles on art, cinema and aesthetics. His 2015 publications include a book on Audiovisual Language of Cinema (in Estonian), and a book on Pictorialism in Cinema. He has worked as Visiting Professor at Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Chaire Roger Odin: Arts & Médias) in Paris, and among his filmic interests, cinema-and-the-city theme has a prominent role, and he has contributed with many conferences, and special editions on fiction and documentary. Chris Marker, cinema and architecture, film and travel culture, etc.

Style Studies in Color Grading: Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw C.S.I. has been a color grading for 30 years, he lives in England, and works all over the world as a colorist, restoration specialist, technologist, consultant and instructor. Kevin is equally at home working on DI Feature productions, TV episodic programming and for three years headed up the BBC S&PP restoration team. In the early 1990s da Vinci began using Kevin as their preferred instructor, and he ran their training program on a freelance basis. In 1998 Kevin joined da Vinci Systems in Florida to open the da Vinci Academy. He ran the da Vinci Academy and contributed to product design until 2004. In 2009, he co-founded the International Colorist Academy (ICA) to share his knowledge and experiences with the growing new generation of software colorists. In 2012 Kevin took a lead role in building a new facility for the BBC to do digitisation, compliance editing and restoration. He is a co-founder of Colorist Society International (CSI), which is the first organisation to represent professional colorists. He gained a BA (Hons) degree in Photography Film and Television in 1984, and worked as a stills photographer for a year, before finding his way into post-production. He is a member of the BKSTS.

The Art of Cinematography, Master Degree Project: Mart Raun

Interpreting the Screenplay