Dr. Tamás Joó
Tamás Joó studied film dramaturgy and aesthetics at the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest between 1996 and 2001 as the student of Academy Award winner director István Szabó. With the support of a DAAD scholarship, he also studied at the HFF Munich and at the IFS Cologne. During his studies, he gathered work experience at different international companies like Studiocanal World Sales (Cannes Film Market), Filmwelt (Munich), MTM (Munich) and Anonymous Content (Los Angeles). From September 2003 to August 2004, he participated at the German-French Masterclass for European producers at La Fémis (Paris) and at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Ludwigsburg). In May 2004, when Hungary joined the European Union, he was invited by Vivian Reding to the first meeting of the enlarged EU’s cultural ministers in Cannes, where he represented the new generations of European filmmakers.
Between 1998 and 2004, Tamás also produced and directed films for cinema and television (i.a. “Last Year For Ever”, HBO, RTL, Hungarian Film Week; „Retiens la nuit” ARTE, San Sebastian) and worked as an assistant director in international co-productions (i.a. for Peter Greenaway). Between February 2005 and August 2010 Tamás had been working for EURIMAGES, the cinema fund of the Council of Europe and gathering professional experiences at CINE-REGIO, the Association of European Regional Film Funds. In 2005, he worked as a production support and strategy consultant at the EURIMAGES Fund’s Headquarters in Strasbourg. From 2006 until August 2010, he was Member of the Management Board and the Representative of Hungary at EURIMAGES. As Member of the Board, Tamás evaluated more than 1000 international co-production projects. The list of co-production projects successfully represented by Tamás include: The Maiden Danced to Death by Endre Hules (HU-SI-CA), The Door by István Szabó (DE-HU), Aglaja by Krisztina Deák (HU-PL-RO), Egill, the Last Pagan by Áron Gauder (HU-IS), Retrace by Judit Elek (HU-RO-SE), Mission London by Dimitar Mitovski (BG-HU), Womb by Benedek Fliegauf (DE-FR-HU), The Turin Horse by Béla Tarr (HU-DE-FR-CH) and Bibliothéque Pascal by Szabolcs Hajdu (HU-DE-GB). In this period, the annual net return on the contribution of Hungary to the EURIMAGES budget was between +250% and +370%. With this result, Hungary reached place Nr. 3 in Europe among 34 countries.
Since August 2010 he focuses on his work as the Managing Director of MARS MOTION PICTURES. In 2011-2012, he co-produced The Spy, a high-end ARD event movie, a historical thriller directed by Miguel Alexandre. Beyond working as an executive and line producer in a number of co-production projects, Tamás also develops projects for the international market with an ambitious international creative team.
He is Member of the European Film Academy and lecturer of international film production and financing at various film academies in Europe. Between 2008 and 2012, he was elected Member of the Board at Atelier Network, the International Alumni Association of La Fémis and Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.
Tamás speaks English, German, French and Hungarian. He is a passionate photographer, runner and tennis player.