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Martin Smatlak

Director of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund

Ruzova dolina 12, Bratislava 82109
Tel.: +421 253 41 50 35


Martin Šmatlák is director of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and was head of the Department of Audiovisual Production and Distribution on Film and TV Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Since January 2008 he is a chair member of the Slovak Film Institute Board, too. He holds PhD. of the Academy of Performing Arts of Bratislava and has a habilitation in the field of film science for the title of assistant professor. Between 2000 and 2004 he worked as executive director for the Slovak Advertising Agencies Association and as general director of the Department of Media and Audiovisual of the Slovak Ministry of Culture. Before, he worked for the Slovak television as director for strategy and development, the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava as lecturer and for the Slovak Film Institute as it's constituent director. In 1997 and 2006, Martin Šmatlák was the winner of the Slovak Literary Fund Prize in the category of audiovisual theory and criticism.

Between 2001 and 2006 he was member of the Council of the Minister of Culture for Mass Media. As an independent expert he has been consulting several legal regulations and governmental papers (draft laws, amendments, public notices, cultural policy projects, etc.) in the field of audiovisual, cultural heritage, media and copyright. In 2001 - 2003 he was a team member preparing National Report on Cultural Policy in the Slovak Republic.

Since 2005 he is working on international project Cultural Policy from Amsterdam to Zilina (co-author and editor of the final document on strategy of cultural development in Žilina region, Slovakia). Between 1995 and 1997 he prepared the Report on Slovak Audiovisual Landscape for Eureka Audiovisual. He is a founding member of several professional associations - Media Institute, United Filmmakers, Slovak Film and TV Academy, Film New Europe (international NGO, chairman of the board).

Since 1983 he regularly published in the field of film, television and media in the Slovak and foreign press (2 book publications, more than 20 studies for international catalogues, festivals and exhibitions, approx. 400 published expert studies, reviews and articles). Martin Šmatlák is co-founder of the Fórum Bratislava Film Festival and jury member at several international film festivals.