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Achievements & Outputs

Report on Pedagogical Best-practices in the Alliance

WP 2 Case Studies

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Audit of resources and final list of technology solutions for pilot phase

WP 5 Physical and Virtual Infrastructures

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Mapping of the Alliance’s Research Structures

WP 6 Research and Innovation

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Report on Artistic Research Opportunities and Challenges

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Report on Existing Mobility Models and Services

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Report on Best Practices within and out of the HE Sector

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Report About the State of the Art of European Higher Education Area Initiatives

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FILMEU brings together four European Higher Education Institutions. Together, these institutions collaborate around the common objective of jointly promoting high-level education, innovation and research activities in the multidisciplinary field of Film and Media Arts and, through this collaboration, consolidate the central role of Europe as a world leader in the creative fields.

Conference European Universities

FilmEU Alliance coordinator, Manuel José Damásio, was one of the panelists for the European Universities: pioneering transformation in education, research and innovation.


Our Values

  • FILMEU puts creativity at the centre of all its activities and is committed to open and critical dialogue that sustains academic freedom; FILMEU is based on the conviction that active collaboration, in the form of alliances between complementary higher education institutions from various small and medium-sized European countries, is the only way to attain strategic goals with an international ambition and meaningful societal impact;
  • FILMEU defends the core European values of respect for diversity and human rights, and believes audio-visual culture and the arts play a crucial role in promoting a more equitable and diverse society;
  • FILMEU is committed to the promotion of open science and open access in all the outputs it produces, seeking to apply the contemporary principles of international co-production that underpin the European film industry to the production and sharing of academic knowledge;
  • FILMEU will constantly strive for transparency, putting public accountability at the centre of its dissemination processes;
  • FILMEU puts the students, teachers and administrative staff at the centre of its activities, regarding staff development, student engagement, and teachers’ empowerment as key components of the alliance;
  • FILMEU promotes equity, inclusion, and diversity while pledging to eliminate barriers of all kinds to higher education access, and hence to knowledge and the opportunities it creates;
  • FILMEU believes the performance of the alliance is greatly strengthened by the embeddedness of its activities in local and regional contexts;
  • FILMEU believes the consolidation of artistic-based and practice-led research activities in Europe is a requisite both for the fulfilment of the mission of higher education institutions working in the domains of the arts and for the legitimization of their key role in society. In this context, it is crucial to implement new and original forms of doctoral education that reinforce the knowledge triangle in the field and contribute to the bridging of the educational and research components of the Alliance’s mission.
  • FILMEU is committed to establishing a horizontal management structure that creates spaces of dialogue and interaction between all individuals and institutions, while ensuring everyone’s voice is heard and meaningfully contributes to the development and execution of Alliance activities.
  • FILMEU brings together four institutions that together congregate hundreds of students and thousands of alumni, plus hundreds of faculty and administrative and technical staff, representing the full diversity of European HEI. Currently these institutions offer more than 40 degrees in film and media arts, from bachelor to PhD, from local to European Joint Master degrees. These institutions look at FILMEU as an opportunity to reinforce past collaborations and greatly escalate their ability to intervene at a global level.
  • FILMEU is supported by a structure built upon collaboration and the design and implementation of a common mission based on shared values. By grounding our work in these values, European Higher Education institutions that constitute the Alliance can fully contribute to a better, richer and more humanistic society.
  • FILMEU pursues interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary education as core values to contemporary educational and research practices and positions the arts as a theoretical and empirical field at the intersection of different knowledge and competences that are central in contemporary societies.
  • FILMEU incorporates sustainability as a central value and is committed to examining and implementing sustainable practices at all levels of design and implementation.
  • FILMEU is based on the firm believe that the creative empowerment of individuals is crucial for the enhancement of all educational and scientific activities and the overall development of Europe.

Christa Vandersmissen

Employed at LUCA School of Arts since 2015. Within the research and projects department, responsible for the global overview of the use of research funds. In a previous employment experience as a project coordinator/leader in projects with national and international funding. Main subject of the projects “life-long learning”, “on-the-job-learning”.

Dieter De Vlieghere

Dieter De Vlieghere (M) is the head of the Research & Projects Office of LUCA School of Arts. Dieter and his team organize the PhD programme in the Arts (visual and audiovisual arts, music, drama and design) in collaboration with the University of Leuven. They advise and support researchers in the acquisition of funds, coordinate research support schemes with internal funds and administrate ongoing projects. Dieter represents LUCA School of Arts in national and international research working groups and networks and provides research policy support to the research council and executive committee of LUCA.

Elke Van Damme

Graduated as a social worker and a master in communication sciences, Elke pursued a PhD within the field of communication sciences. She successfully defended this PhD in 2013, after which she left Ghent and started working in the dynamic city of Brussels. Elke teaches the courses Cultural Studies and Writing and Research Skills at Luca School of Arts. She is also a thesis supervisor within the master of animation, the international coordinator of the audiovisual arts department, study career coordinator and the ombudsperson for the Visual and Audiovisual Arts Department in Brussels. Her research focuses on gender, sexuality, diversity, representations and stereotyping. She is also interested in how representational practices influence the audience.

Griet Vanhemel

As a lecturer Storyboarding & Visual Language at LUCA campus C-Mine, I am teaching and coaching 1st BA TV-Film students everything about Visual Storytelling and basic drawing skills. I also participate as the coordinator within the department TV-FILM on campus C-Mine which I have recently taken back due to a replacement. I like to combine these experiences in education with my artistic and commercial activities. My professional expertise consists of diverse work experiences that often connect to education. Freelancing as an instructional designer/digital designer for the financial and energy sector in Brussels, I am primarily involved in digital content creation related to HR management. Developing user-friendly digital solutions that direct the attention of the user/learner to give learners an excellent digital learning experience. My greatest accomplishment as an innovator within the audiovisual sector is the conceptualization of the pre-school series Uki which I started development during my studies at the University of Arts in London. This series was nominated as best pre-school series at the Kidscreen Awards in 2010.

Hannah Dick

International Coordinator at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels, capital and heart of the European Union. Background in the arts and an interest for all things Art and Design.

Hellen van Berlo

Is the head of the department of educational development and quality assurance at LUCA School of Arts. We have a team of approximately 10 colleagues supporting our programmes. Hot topics are blended and online learning and evaluating art. We support our teachers by organizing online and on campus meetings and in 2022 hope to be able to organize an on campus meeting-day LUCA-MEeT again: a day on which we share good practices, show new tools, ideas, projects to each other. The main purpose is to inspire all participants. Our department is also responsible for the LUCA quality framework KOPERA. In Flanders each institution is entitled to develop its own quality methods. KOPERA stands for analyzing the quality of our programmes together with critical peers. Every year we organize several panel visits that monitor a programme based on 9 quality criteria, a portfolio of the programme and several campus visits. Two years ago we supported DocNomads in their self evaluation report according to the European approach for joint programmes in order to get (successfully) accreditated. Before LUCA I worked 10 years for CITO in the Netherlands. CITO is an institute for educational measurement. I was coordinator of a team that for example was developing exams Dutch as a second language. I also joined a project in which we supported the Latvian government in developing tests in Latvian as a second language for the large minority of Russians living in Latvia. This was a very interesting experience. Combining politics and test-development was not always an easy task.

Jürgen De Blonde

Loves making music, sound and noise, and since his teenage years he’s been striving to achieve this in as many ways as possible. Luckily he’s now a guest lecturer ‘sound & editing’ and responsible for the ‘audio workspace’ at LUCA School of Arts in Ghent. He remains active as a sound artist and creates for stage and installation. He’s published a number of albums on LP, CD or cassette. He is “Master in Visual Arts – Mixed Media”. A fascination and sensitivity to sound, in all its facets, is what intrigues him daily and connects him to the world. His motto is therefore: “Seeing is believing, but hearing is much closer to reality.”

Kasper Jordaens

Before smashing bits together and hacking APIs to whip up prototypes for second screen apps, Kasper Jordaens (°1981) worked for the artist Wim Delvoye to make contemporary art sculptures using his favorite tools: a computer and his creativity. During 5 years of exploring computer technology there, he evolved from an engineer architect into an Internet technologist. In 2009 VRT-medialab licensed him to experiment with new technology. There he helped moving the second screen into the real-time era and contribute concepts and technology to the public broadcaster. iMinds MiX was a continuation as well a whole new lab that needed to be bootstrapped. Kasper used this opportunity to help define the first projects in the new Media Innovation Center. After putting forward a new lab in ‘de krook’, a public building in the center of Ghent, Kasper worked as a solution designer and ICON innovation manager for imec. Right now Kasper is focusing his energy on the new polymath lab at LUCA school of arts. It’s a hub connecting research, education and industry in the broad context of art and topics like immersive and AI.

Kris Cardinaels

Kris Cardinaels has a PhD in computer sciences – Learning Objects Lifecycle and Automatic Metadata Generation – from the KULeuven (B) and is working for LUCA School of Arts since 2001. He is specializing in databases, mobile applications and tailored information systems. Until 2020 he was working as a lecturer in the study of Communication and Media Design. Currently, he is mainly involved in the development and implementation of teaching-related projects. Since 2018 he is also a guest lecturer at the Fachhochschule Aachen (D) for the course Mobile Information Systems in the informatics study programme.

Lynn Piccu

Lynn`s background as an audiovisual artist paved the way for the startup of the Digital Design Studio at LUCA School of Arts. As a lecturer, Lynn focuses on a coaching approach, injecting students with a growth mindset and building their creative confidence. Her interest in fresh ways of collaborating with the creative industry and in experimentation in (re)designing design education found its culmination in the brand new LUCA programme ‘Design for Impact’.

Maarten Coëgnarts

Maarten Coëgnarts holds a PhD in Film Studies and Visual Culture and an MA in Sociology (University of Antwerp, Belgium). Since 2010 he has researched the interplay between cognitive science and film studies with a special focus on the relationship between embodied cognition, metaphor and film style. The results have been published in various international peer-reviewed journals such as Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, Cinéma & Cie, Image [&] Narrative, Metaphor and Symbol, Metaphor and the Social World, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Palgrave Communications and Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind. He is co-editor of the book Embodied Cognition and Cinema (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2015) and author of the book Film as Embodied Art: Bodily Meaning in the Cinema of Stanley Kubrick (Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2019). Additionally, he has over ten years of professional experience in financial higher education issues, policies, governance and administration.

Maarten Vanvolsem

Maarten Vanvolsem is photographer, lecture in photography, Vice-dean for Education of LUCA School of Arts and is Research Fellow at the Lieven Gevaert Centre for Photography (K.U. Leuven). As a photographer he is intrigued by the relationship between the viewer and the photographic image, and more specific by the experience of time which comes about when dealing with and looking at a photographic image. To influence this experience, Maarten builds his own photographic camera’s. These camera’s are a mixture between a photo- and a cinematic-camera. Among his published works on time and photography are -Motion! On how to deal with the paradox in dance photography. Image [&] Narrative [e-journal], 23 (2008), Slow-Motion (Chi-Sui Wang), Jia-art gallery, Taipei (Taiwan) (2007)- and the books -MOVE:IN:TIME in collaboration with the Concertgebouw Brugge, on the occasion of the International Dance Festival DecemberDance (December 2007) and The Art of Strip Photography, Making Still Images with a Moving Camera within the The Lieven Gevaert Series Volume 11, Leuven University Press, 2011. His artistic and research work was part of several solo- and group-exhibitions in Belgium and abroad (The Netherlands, UK, Germany, Greece, South Korea).

Marc Van De Walle

Is a Senior Lecturer BA Film-TV-Video at LUCA, teaching and training BA students Film both on a theoretical basis and coaching in projects and workshops within the disciplines of editing, directing and storytelling. He is a mentor in the 2nd year production of 6 fictional shorts every year, guiding the student-director from script to screen as well as tutoring last year’s students in their Documentary Graduation Project. As former Course Director of the BA film department, he was using his organizing and communications skills to coach 33 trainers and over 300 Undergrad Students during the last 6 years. In 2017 the Board of Directors LUCA appointed him as Vice-Dean Undergraduate Programs for developing and communicating the vision and policy within 5 Undergraduate Programs. After moving to the US, Marc joined the Board of HSA Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC. Beyond these management skills, he possesses hands-on expertise in directing, editing and overall shooting. As a fully trained editor, he has gained extensive experience in the media sector working for Belgian and European television stations and is still producing stories on the US 2020 elections. The last few years he has worked as one of the film experts for a creative impact consultancy engaged in socio-political projects and as a Program Screener for DC environmental Film Festival in the US. At the moment he is finalizing a research project within LUCA school of Arts called iFiction, investigating the cross-over from classical storytelling to 360VR.

Matthias Somers

Matthias Somers is a research support officer in the central Research & Projects Office of LUCA School of Arts. He is an expert on research funding opportunities in the Belgian and European contexts and informs and supports LUCA researchers in their search for funding and in proposal writing. He has experience leading the administrative processes of many national and international collaborative projects in which the School participates, as a coordinator or as a partner, including projects funded under Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, REC Programme (DG Justice), ESF and Interreg. Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the KU Leuven Faculty of Arts (literary studies).

Nicky Vreys

Nicky Vreys is a faculty member of the game design department of the LUCA school of arts. In 2010 he obtained a masters degree in Illustration and joined the research department of the PXL to work as a visual artist on different game related research projects (GameHUB, MaxiClass, GAMES). There he developed an interest in the broader field of gamedesign and expanded his interests towards conceptual and systemic game design. Around 2012 he started teaching design related courses on the communication and media design department of the Khlim. When the second specialization in game design started he shifted most of his attention towards the new specialization. Throughout the years he helped refine and expand the curriculum to the point that it’s now an independent department. The combination of teaching on a game and interaction design department and his involvement in different research projects helped him build up a broad knowledge base and skillset ranging from electronics, programming and visual arts to concept design. This is also reflected in his work as an independent freelance designer. This ranges from illustration work (Bosland) to graphic design and game design (Technopolis).

Robby Clerebout

Robby Clerebout is a faculty member at the game design department of LUCA School of Arts since 2013. His expertise is in game design and storytelling, making the connection between games as systems and games as experiences. He graduated from the film school RITCS as a filmmaker and has since worked to combine story, play and education. To explore these topics further he studied at the university of Antwerp, master Filmstudies and visual culture, where his skills on story in games took shape. To take further steps towards an educational profile, he achieved a teacher’s degree, also at the university of Antwerp. As a researcher and game designer he contributed to projects such as Plant Kingdom (an educational board game for children that integrated the base principles of a sustainable forest garden and changed with the seasons, in cooperation with Nadine VZW), Friend Zone (a digital escape room at Technopolis for high-schoolers about the pitfalls of social media) and Hostilia (currently running, a research group that looks at games to enhance aggression trainings in the health sector).

Dávid Mihályi

Is a media and communication professional with experience in the areas of journalism, assistance and public relations. Currently, he is working as an international contact person at the Rector’s Cabinet of SZFE.

Agnieszka Wołejko

Sound engineer specializing in post-production sound for film and tv. Working as a dubbing mixer at SDI Media for almost 7 years, mixing a great number of films and TV series in various languages. An ADR recordist of Polish versions of productions such as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, Disney’s Lion King or Star Wars’ Mandalorian. Besides dubbing, as a sound designer she is eagerly engaging in creative documentaries, currently working on a medium-length documentary about Japanese religion titled Shinto: The Way of Kami. Occasionally composing music too. Art and cinema as well as technology and multimedia enthusiast. Obtained her MA in Film and TV Sound Engineering winded with multimedia subjects at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw with a thesis about sonification and a prototype of the Sonified GPS for Cyclists. Before FCUM, she finished her BA studies at Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, which included both Sound in Film and Music Production courses. Since 2018, a lecturer at Warsaw Film School, sharing her passion for sound with students. Agnieszka Wołejko is a laureate of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship for outstanding artistic achievements.

Dóra László-Gulyás

Managing director at Maxwin Sp. z o.o. (Warsaw, Poland) media production company, executing commercial photography and video projects, and business operation tasks in media. Also performing co-production tasks in film production. Currently she is co-producing a medium-length documentary titled ’Shinto: the Way of the Kami’, about the Japanese philosophy of life. Director, screenwriter and cinematographer. Film, photography and art enthusiast. Obtained her BA in film directing from Warsaw Film School (Poland), with a thesis about disabilities in film. Previously worked at international law firms as a corporate lawyer in Budapest. Obtained her doctorate (LLD) from legal and political sciences in 2004 (Hungary). Member of the Budapest BAR Association & Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement since 2008. Currently she also teaches screenwriting and film (vocational education) to 9th grade students. Furthermore, she teaches Hungarian language and literature (basic education) for children aged 8-11, and fine art for lower and upper secondary school children (vocational education). She is member of the jury at Short of the Year Film Festival, Spain 2021 edition.

Gabor Erdélyi Jr

His childhood was filled with passion for music and musical studies with the support of his father, a sound engineer and his music teacher mother. After studying at the Jazz Department of the Liszt Ferenc College of Music a 30-year film sounding era followed in the R.D.I studio, which has been operating in the family business since 1991, and the computer sound processing was first used in Hungary. With creative contributions to nearly 100 feature films, in which he learned and applied sound editing, various sound design, and then sound mixing processes on a professional level. In his work, he strives for maximalism, but always keeps in mind what the film has to say. 2010-2016 He is the sound designer of the Neocoregames videogame software development company. 2019 Graduated composer from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. He is currently an MA graduate student and is expected to receive a master’s degree in June 2021. He specializes in the management of ambisonic space. Awards 2009 – Berlinale – Best Sound Design Silver Bear / 2013 – Mumbai filmfestival – Best Sound / 2018 – Shohum Shah: Tumbbad – 2018 Best ASIA film – associated sound / In 2020, his multichannel piece won the Palace Arts composer’s competition. Since 2018, he has been teaching film sound design in the Moholy-Nagy Art University. In 2021, he was asked to fill the position of class teacher at SZFE.

János Vecsernyés

Cinematographer with over 30 years of experience working for feature films, TV-shows, short films, TV commercials and documentaries. Worked on productions winning, among others, the Prix Europa and Prix Italia (“Gaudiopolis” 1989) and Venice Film Festival (“Dinner” 2008). Also, has a wide experience in directing feature films, short films, TV movies and TV commercials. Member of the Hungarian Cinematographers Association and Association of Hungarian Directors. 1977-1985 camera assistant, focus puller, camera operator 1985-1991 Director of Photography – Hungarian TV From 1991 free-lance cinematographer, free-lance director From 2000 teaching at University of Theatre and Film Arts 2016 DLA degree (The Intentional Statement in Filmmaking) 2013-2017 assistant professor at University of Theatre and Film Arts From 2017 associate professor at University of Theatre and Film Arts From 2017-2019 Hungarian course director and teacher of the Arts of Cinematography and Master Degree Project modules at ViewFinder (Joint Master international programme)

Krisztián Kovács

Graduated at the Faculty of Central European Studies at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (Slovakia) as a pre-school teacher. Then, knowing, that the film industry is the right way for him, he started out as a freelancer in videography and photography, slowly moving up from festivals and weddings to bigger productions such as commercials, videoclips, feature films in variety of positions, like gaffer, 1st AC, cameraman, editor or even as a director. Currently living in Budapest, working mainly as an editor.

László Kiss

He has been the system administrator of SZFE since 2007. IT developments, design, procurement expertise. It provides the IT background of international training (DocNomads, Viewfinder) in Hungary.

László Koppány Csáji

Attorney at law, cultural and social anthropologist, screenwriter, writer. Studies: 1. ELTE Faculty of Law (Budapest) – doctor degree (1996) 2. BJKMF Military Logistics (Budapest) – BA degree (1996) 3. PTE Department of Ethnography and Cultural Anthropology (Pécs, Hungary) – BA, MA, PhD degree (2020) Affiliations: 1. Hungarian Bar Association, Budapest Bar Association (1999-) 2. FilmJus (producer, lawyer, screenwriter) (2004-) 3. SIEF – International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (board member of YSWG) (2015-) 4. Hungarian Cultural Anthropological Association (supervisory board member) (2015-) 5. Hungarian Ethnographical Society (2014-) 6. Hungarian Writers’ Society (2015-) Works at: – director (owner) of the Dr. CSÁJI Law Firm (Dr. CSÁJI Ügyvédi Iroda, 1136 Budapest, 21 Balzac street 21.) – legal activity: commercial and economic law, civil law, real estate law Films: – Scriptwriter and producer: 20 documentary films (about his ethnological fieldworks in India, Pakistan, China, Russia) (2001-2014), one documentary movie film (2014) for the Hungarian State Television, one short movie (2019) – best screenwriter award for historical movies (Hungarian Film Institute, NFI) for treatment, the screenplay was accepted for implementation (2020) – His short movie (Freedom, fight, 2019) was voted into the finals in international film festival Writer: – He wrote 10 books – two contains short stories, two poetic travelogue, two poems, three scientific books and a translation of an archaic folklore epos (Manas) – Editor: Napkút Publishing House; literature journal (Napút) Scientific fields: anthropological (ethnological) researches, discourse analysis, cognitive semantics, ethnicity studies

Anastasiya Maksymchuk

Born in Donetsk, Ukraine in 1991. In 2013, Anastasiya received her B.A. as a TV & Film director. She worked on TV and released two short films which traveled internationally. In 2019, she graduated from Kino Eyes M.A. program with the degree in Film Directing and a short film Charcoal (2020). Her documentary Dogs Don`t Bite Good People (2020) is ready to be released. Anastasiya is doing her PhD in Media Art at Lusófona University, Lisbon. Her field of research is hybrid documentary and artistic reenactment as a cinematic method. She intends to explore the dynamic and transformative nature of memory, while combining fictional and documentary approaches, exploring cinematic, theatrical and digital aesthetics inherent to contemporary hybrid film.

Andreia Nunes

Producer and University Professor. Works in development and financing for projects such as tv series, feature and short films. Line producer and also post-production coordinator. Andreia goes through all the work line in an audiovisual project.

Anna Coutinho

Anna Coutinho is a communication designer and has obtained her degree from the Escola Superior Artística do Porto in Portugal. In 2015, Anna completed her Master’s degree in Graphic Design and Editorial Projects at the Faculty of Fine-Arts at the University of Porto. During her master’s, her studies focused on post-revolutionary propaganda posters in Portugal. From 2010 to 2017, Anna has worked as a communication designer and social media manager for companies and museums and was also responsible for organizing congresses, events and campaigns. Since 2016, she is a PhD student at the Lusófona University and her research aims at articulating political communication, mass media agenda and ethnographic analysis. In 2018, Anna began working as an Integrated Researcher at CICANT (Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture, and New Technologies) and she has also been granted a Science and Technology scholarship at COMEGI (Center for Research in Organizations, Markets and Industrial Management) at the Lusíada University in Lisboa. In 2019, she acted as a member of the research project European Elections Monitoring Center promoted by the University of Rome Tre, funded by the European Parliament (Events Category COMM/SUB/2018/E id. n. 0147.). Anna has assumed the position of pedagogical coordinator, cooperation projects and social media manager at the Film and Media Arts Department at Lusófona University. Anna is also the editorial manager of the International Journal of Film and Media Arts and the International Journal on Stereo & Immersive Media. As part of her commitment to transforming the world into a more inclusive place, Anna contributes to a north-American NGO Empowerment Through Integration’s projects as ETI’s Communication & Social Media Consultant.

Célia Quico

Professor and researcher at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias since 2009, Celia Quico currently participates in following research projects: LusofonAtiva, Marlene Silva (ULHT, 2021-2022), SMaRT-EU (EC, 2020-2021), “Paisagens Marítimas de Portugal e Media imersivos: Nazaré Imersiva” (ULHT-CICANT, 2020-2021), – MuSEAum “Branding de ‘Museus de Mar’ de Portugal” (FCT-P2020, 2018-2020). Currently, other main areas of interest are immersive media, interactive media, media literacy, audience development for museums, digital heritage, sustainable and creative tourism. Celia Quico teaches in the Cinema and Communication Sciences graduate courses, master degree course KinoEyes and also PhD courses Communications Sciences and Media Arts. Before, Celia joined the team of the international projects ReThink – Before Act: Alternative Narratives to Violent Extremism (EU-ISFP, 2018-2020), MigratED “Migrations and human rights enhanced through technology in Education” (Erasmus +, 2018-2020), ResponSEAble “Supporting the development of cost-effective ocean literacy in Europe” (H2020, 2015-2018), In_Nova MusEUm – “Museums comes back to the locals through art and food” (2016-2018), funded by EU. In 2008, Celia Quico obtained her PhD in Communication Sciences, in the area of Interactive and Audiovisual Media, by Universidade Nova de Lisboa, with a thesis about young people and their usage of media and information and communication technologies in the current media convergence context in Portugal.

David Novack

With undergraduate degrees in engineering (Univ. of Pennsylvania) and music (Berklee College of Music), David Novack has enjoyed an award-winning career in sound design and re-recording mixing for dozens of feature films. In live theater, he designed sound for an internationally-toured opera by Roger Waters (Ça Ira), and sound/projections for Toronto’s Meridian Arts Centre’s Death of a Salesman in Yiddish. A former lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Novack now teaches sound and cinema at Lusófona University for Humanities and Technology in Lisbon, where he is also a researcher in sound studies. In addition, Mr. Novack is a filmmaker, with widely-released and award-winning documentary films. These include Finding Babel (Special Jury Prize, Moscow Jewish Film Festival), about executed Soviet writer Isaac Babel, and Burning The Future: Coal in America, (IDA Pare Lorentz Award) about rights activists in West Virginia and their struggle for climate justice. For that film, he travelled with the US State Department’s Documentary Showcase, lectured internationally, and received an award for Best In-Depth Television Reporting on the Environment from the Society of Environmental Journalists. David also produced Kimjongilia (Sundance, Brussels International Human Rights Doc Fest/Best Film) about N. Korean labor camps.

Eduardo Leal

Eduardo is currently an executive board member at Penazeites – Azeites Tradicionais, S.A. where he outlines the business strategy and oversees its day-to-day operations, including production and commercial activities. In addition, he holds a management supporting role at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, currently assigned as Project Manager to the Digital Transformation process. Eduardo worked from more than 8 years in the IT industry across Europe and is fluent in Portuguese, English and French.

Elisabete Lourenço

Work Experience: 20 years serving International Education in higher education Education: Sociology, Communication, Educational Sciences, Diplomacy and International Relations

Érica Faleiro Rodrigues

Faleiro Rodrigues is a filmmaker, curator and lecturer. She holds a BA in Film and Video (Directing) by the University of the Arts London and an MA in Television Drama (Directing) by Goldsmiths. She is a PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London. Her work as a filmmaker granted her a Skillset Millennium Fellowship Award for a series of documentaries on the role of art in the life of refugees. Amongst various roles in the film and television industry, she worked as assistant editor for the BBC series Storyville. She has taught both in the UK and Portugal, and has designed and taught film history, film practice and the history of film censorship courses at Nova’s Summer School. She was film curator at the Barbican Arts Centre, collaborating with Mike Leigh, Emir Kusturica, John Malkovich, and Kazuo Ishiguro, amongst others, and curating numerous exhibitions and installations by filmmakers and visual artists. She is founding director of UTOPIA – UK Portuguese Film Festival, supported by Instituto Ca-mões, last year celebrating its 11th edition. In 2017 she created Underscore, a festival of music, sound, moving image and archive. Faleiro Rodrigues’ research has recently focused on the Audiovisual Essay, around which theme she organized a symposium in Lisbon in 2019. In 2020 she secured a grant from ICA in Portugal to direct a documentary on Portuguese pioneer women filmmakers.

Filipe Luz

MSc and PhD in Communication Sciences by the New University of Lisbon, Filipe Costa Luz coordinates Videogames Ba and is vice-chair of Communication Design Ba at University Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias. He lectures digital post-production for film, television, games and animation and also does research activities in projects of communication science, Design and arts. His work at MovLab (Laboratory of Interactions and Interfaces), where he integrates technologies such as Motion Capture, Animation, VR or Stereoscopic Photography, it’s an example of the cross-media projects that evolve him in academic or professional work for the entertainment, design or communication area.

Filipe Roque do Vale

Filipe Roque do Vale is a teacher of Film Editing and Film Language at Universidade Lusófona. He is also director of Reshape.Studios, the university’s studio and equipment management platform. He has twenty years of teaching experience in national and international programs. PhD student in Media Arts. He graduated from Universidade Lusófona, and has directed several short films. He is a film editor that has worked in feature films, shorts, documentaries, music videos and advertisement.

Gonçalo Gato

Gonçalo Gato was born in Lisbon, Portugal. His works have been performed in UK, Canada, Germany, France, Portugal and Brazil. He recently released a monographic CD — NowState (2020) — with the prestigious Austrian label KAIROS. Gonçalo was one of the Panufnik Composers associated with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2016–17, subsequently becoming Young Composer in Residence at Casa da Música during the year 2018, developing new works for the in-house Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto and the Remix Ensemble. In the UK, Gonçalo worked with foremost orchestras: in addition to the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia. Distinguished ensembles such as ensemble recherche (Germany), Chroma Ensemble (UK) and Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble (Portugal) have performed his pieces. As composer-researcher, he has been most active in the field of computer-assisted composition, having completed his doctoral degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Julian Anderson’s supervision. This research led to the publication of a chapter in the OM Composer’s Book 3 (2016), published by IRCAM (Paris), an institution where he has received training and at which he was invited to present ongoing research. He currently teaches sound-related subjects at ULHT Lisbon.

Inês Gil

Inês Gil is an Associate Professor at Universidade Lusófona where she teaches film since 2000. She concluded her BA on Film Heritage Restauration at IFROA in Paris (the actual Institut Français du Patrimoine). She worked at the UCLA Film Archive (Los Angeles) from 1994 to 1997 where she edited the outtakes of The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton-1955). She was a preservationist at the film archive of the Academy Motion Art and Sciences and was the coordinator of the Lisbon Photography Archive at Centro Português de Fotografia until 2001. She completed her PhD in Cinema at the Paris 8 University in 2002, with a thesis on Atmosphere in Cinema. In 2010, she concluded a Post-Doctorate on cinematographic patina in film archive. Inês Gil is currently coordinating a research project on Portuguese Scientific Cinema. She is also a director of documentaries and installations in video art and regularly participates injuries of international film festivals.

Inês Santa

Inês is currently responsible for the Pedagogical coordination of the national courses (BA Hons, Master and PhD Degrees) in the Film and Media Art Department. Inês graduated in Cinema from the Film and Media Arts department where she has been working as technical assistant and project manager in the last fifteen years. Inês has strong past experience in events management and project monitoring.

Jacopo Wassermann

Jacopo Wassermann was born in Italy in 1989. He took his bachelor’s degree in Arts, Music and Spectacle at the University of Turin. He earned a master’s degree in Film Studies at Universidade Lusófona, where he teaches Visual Culture since 2018. He’s currently working on his PhD in Media Arts at the same institution. His thesis project is dedicated to science films. He has worked in film production since 2016, acting as production and director’s assistant in short and feature films (The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Frankie, among others).

João Miguel Real

Animation Film Director working in animation for the last 15 years in several animation studios. Coordinator of RE:ANIMA, European Joint-Master in Animation. Phd student in Media Arts and Invited Assistant Professor at Lusófona University for the last 7 years in the Digital Animation Degree.

Jonas Runa

His artwork was presented at the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, 55th and 56th Venice Biennale, 798 Art District (Beijing), ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Galerie Scheffel (Frankfurt), Logos Foundation (Ghent), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Santiago do Chile), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Arnold Schoenberg Hall (The Hague), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (UK), Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon), among other venues. He holds a PhD in Science and Technology of the Arts by Universidade Católica Portuguesa, and a Post-doctorate (CEEC) by Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He currently teaches at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and is the Co-PI of the FCT Project TEPe- Technologically Expanded Performance (PTDC/ART-PER/31263/2017).

José Gomes Pinto

José Gomes Pinto holds a Ph.D in Philosophy: Aesthetics and Art Theory (Salamanca University, Faculty of Philosophy: Summa Cum Laude and Best Dissertation Award in 2002). He teaches in the School of Arts, Architecture, Arts and Information Technologies at Lusophona University, Lisbon and at Lusophona University of Oporto, Portugal. In 2016 is had accomplished his Habilitation in Communication Sciences at Minho University with a report on Media Theory (Approved by unanimity). He is Vice-Dean ECATI, ULHT since 2012. He is Invited Professor at Fine Arts Faculty, Lisbon University, Master in Communication Design and New Media, since 2012. He taught as a guest Professor at Salamanca University, Spain, and Évora University, Portugal. He was the Head of a PhD Program in ‘Media Art’ (2012-2019). In 2007 he was a visiting post-doctoral fellow at Humboldt University, Faculty of Philosophy, Medienwissenschaft Seminar, under the supervision of Prof. Friedrich A. Kittler. He main areas of interest are Aesthetics and Art Theory, Media Art and Media Theory, Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Communication. He is also a Vice-President of the Portuguese National Association of Communication.

Luís Cláudio Ribeiro

Luís Cláudio Ribeiro is professor and head of Communication Sciences Department at Lusófona University, in Lisbon. Ph.D. in Communication Sciences, develops research activity in the field of media epistemology and sound. His recent publications focus on the medium, identification and characterization of changes by the use of sound mediators in contemporary society: O Mundo é uma Paisagem Devastada pela Harmonia (Lisboa: Vega, 2011); O Som Moderno – Novas formas de criação e escuta (Lisboa: Edições Lusófonas, 2011); Fundamento e Imersão (Edt.) (Lisboa: Orfeu Negro, 2019). He is the main investigator of the projects Lisbon SoundMap, supported by the Portuguese Government (FCT) (2011-2014): and; The Technique and the Media as a Problem: from representation to thought (CIC-DIGITAL-CICANT, 2017-18) and Aural Experience, Territory and Community (2018-2021). In addition to the academic activity, he is also a poet and novelist. The most recent books are Sucede no entanto que o Outono veio (Lisboa: 2013) and Um Jardim Abandonado que Desbota (Lisboa: 2014).

Manuel José Damásio

Manuel José Damásio holds a Ph.D in Media studies by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a tenure by Universidade do Minho. He is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Film and Media Arts Department at Lusófona University. He holds a vast experience in consulting and production concerning several areas of the field of audiovisual and multimedia production. He is the author of several papers and chapters in international peer-reviewed publications and was the principal investigator in numerous international R&D projects. He is the chair of GEECT – the European association of film and media schools and a member of the board of CILECT – International association of film and media schools. He is the coordinator of FILMEU

Margarida Santos

Science manager @CICANT Worked for several years in ULHT Quality Management team, following and monitoring the evaluation and certification process both of the study cycles and University.

Margaryta Kulichova

Margaryta Kulichova is a composer, sound designer, music producer and educator. Since 2014 she was releasing music and touring in Europe and USA under the moniker Grisly Faye. Between 2016 and 2018, she worked with the “Festival of Documentary Film and Urbanism 86” in Slavutych city (UA, Chernobyl area). She composed for the festival trailers, held sound workshops for teenagers and directed special music events, such as outdoor show with the organ and electronics and opening ceremony with the Military Orchestra. In 2018, she participated in an exchange program for musicians called OneBeat (USA) where she was producing music, touring and working with teenagers in rapidly gentrifying communities, set up site-specific performances, street studios, and other kinds of music-based educational activities. She composed and sound designed the feature documentary “Heat Singers” about the amateur choir of a company that provides central heating to a Ukrainian City. It premiered at Visions Du Reel in 2019 and in 2020 was nominated for the best score and won the best documentary award from the Ukrainian Film Institute. In 2020 she graduated from the KinoEyes European Movie Masters, and currently working on PhD at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias.

Mariana Duarte

Mariana Duarte is a Brazilian Filmmaker and Editor based in Lisbon and currently working between Portugal, Brazil and Scotland. Her academic background is in History (Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil) and Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices (University of Münster, Germany). After six years working as a Film and TV Editor at Globo Network, the leading Brazilian television production company, she graduated from the MA Kino Eyes in Film in 2020, with a full-degree Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and mobility at three European institutions: Screen Academy Scotland (UK), Baltic Film School (Estonia) and Lusofona University (Portugal). She has also worked as a Multimedia Journalist, directing a series of video reports on social-cultural issues and the short film “Newcomers” – about the situation of asylum seekers in Belgium – produced by the Centre Vidéo de Bruxelles and screened at festivals in Europe and Brazil. She is currently a student at the PhD in Media Arts at Lusofona University, exploring issues related to Border Aesthetics in creative documentary film, postcolonial cinema, feminist studies and migration.

Marta Vaz de Sousa

Marta is a creative film and TV producer based in Lisboa, Portugal. Originally a copyright lawyer, over the past 20 years she has developed and produced cinema and TV projects, all the way from overseeing script development to distribution. With a focus in business development, film production, television and international sales, she is currently academically engaged at Universidade Lusófona, teaching film production at Kino Eyes (European Film Masters) and film and Tv production at B.A. (Film, Video and Multimedia Communication). She is carrying out research at Communication Sciences PhD (School of Communication, Architecture, Arts and Information Technologies) and at FilmEU (European Universities Alliance for Film and Media Arts) and as member of CICANT (Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture, and New Technologies) and ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association).

Micaela Fonseca

Micaela Fonseca holds a PhD in Physics (Universidade Nova de Lisboa [PT], 2011). Micaela is Principal Researcher at HEI-Lab (Digital Human-Environment Interaction Lab) and assistant Professor at the School of Communication, Architecture, Arts and Information Technologies, Lusófona University. Micaela has been engaged in several VR-based simulation projects, she is co-founder of VR4NeuroPain and Games for Good. She has published several scientific papers in ehealth and serious games. Micaela also studied Directing Fiction and Ceramics (her works have been exhibited in contemporary galleries).

Paulo Ferreira

Paulo Ferreira has a degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Communication Science. He is an assistant researcher and teacher in the Film and Media Arts Department at Universidade Lusófona / CICANT and he is currently pursuing his PhD on the topic of Digital Transformation of Higher Education Institutions. He is also an IT Project manager in the area of Higher Education and the coordinator of the eLearning Lab and the Lusófona X – Digital Academy at Lusófona University. He has taken part in several Portuguese and European level research projects.

Paulo Viveiros

Paulo Viveiros is associate professor at the ULHT, where he is director of the master and bachelor in Animation. He is also a member of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Re:Anima’s academic board, a program he helped to conceive. He holds a PhD in communication studies/cinema.

Pedro Caetano

Pedro Caetano studied Cinema in Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon, Portugal and since 2013 he handles the course secretariat of 3 Erasmus Mundus Masters: Kino Eyes, RE:Anima, DocNomads-Lisbon, within the M&ACKT – Media and Arts Centre for Knowledge Transfer. He is also responsible for the content management of social media platforms in the Film and Media Arts Department of Lusófona University.

Pedro Matias

Pedro Matias has a BSc in Technological Physics Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (1998), a MSc in Mathematical Physics at University of Cambridge (1999) and a PhD in Mathematics at Instituto Superior Técnico (2006). He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen for six months and he started his academic career as an Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Portugal where he stayed until 2012. From 2009 to 2012 he was also Vice-Director for academic affairs and internal quality assurance of the Faculty of Engineering. From 2012 to 2020 he was a Project Coordinator at the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES). During this period, he had a leave of absence of one year and a half and he was a Counsellor in the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Higher Education working on the funding model for the Portuguese higher education system. Since December 2020, he is an Associate Professor at Lusófona University. His main scientific interests are in the areas of Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Finance and Industrial Mathematics.

Pedro Pinto Neves

Pedro Pinto Neves holds an MA in Digital Game Design and did his PhD thesis (Communication Sciences) on agency in games. He is an integrated research with HEI-Lab and an Auxiliary Professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Portugal), teaching on Interactive Narratives and Game Design. Pedro’s research interests are game design vocabularies and conceptual tools.

Phil Lopes

Dr. Lopes is a researcher focusing at the crossroads between Digital Game AI, Affective Computing, Neuroscience and Game Design. His main research interest lies in developing autonomous technologies capable of generating virtual environment and game mechanics using human-based emotion as input. His studies has led to the development of several systems exploring the influence of different digital games facets (e.g. Audio, Lighting and 3D Environments) and its relation to human biofeedback data such as: Electrocardiogram (ECG), Electrodermal Activity (EDA) and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). Dr. Lopes has also collaborated with several top neuroscience research laboratories in Switzerland, collaborating with the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA), helping develop several experimental protocols (using games) for the task of emotion recognition. Furthermore, during this time, Dr. Lopes also collaborated with the company Logitech, where he developed several tools capable of collecting physiological data from professional e-sport players during multiplayer sessions.

Possidónio Cachapa

Writer, teacher and film director. PhD in Film Adaptation Studies, by the University Lusófona, Lisbon. Professor in this same university since 2010, and research member of CICANT. Currently teaching as an Assistant Professor in masters and undergraduate degrees in the Film and the Digital Animation departments. Published author of several novels, short stories, chronicle books and screenplays for feature and short films. Also, developed some work as film director in fiction and documentary. Working in the education field since 1991, also developed other works in the area of teachers’s development and training with several companies, schools and universities.

Rita Grácio

Sociologist (PhD, Exeter University). She is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow at Lusófona University, CICANT, for the project muSEAum – Branding of Portuguese Sea Museums. At Lusófona University she also teaches Organisational Behaviour. She has published her research on several outlets, such as Museum International, Working with Older People, Cadernos de Arte e Antropologia, Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais, among others; and she is one of the editors for MAiA – Music and Arts in Action (University of Exeter). Her research interests are on the sociology of culture and arts, creativity, cultural and creative industries, the production and consumption of arts, maritime cultural heritage, (digital) communication and culture, sociomateriality, gender studies, intersectionality, visual culture, using mostly qualitative methodologies (interviews, ethnography, focus group, arts-based research). She has collaborated with the filmmaker Francisca Marvão on the documentary “She is a song”, about Portuguese women rockers, debuted in the independent film festival IndieLisboa 2019. Rita Grácio is also a poet, and she has delivered poetry readings and creative writing workshops and published in poetry maga/zines and blogs.

Sandra Rocha

Sandra Rocha studied Communication Sciences and Audiovisual and currently leads the M&ACKT – Media and Arts Centre for Knowledge Transfer at Lusófona University, where she is responsible for managing its team. M&ACKT is responsible for CICANT – Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture, and New Technologies – but also for the international academic offer and communication for the Film and Media Arts Department. For the past 19 years she has been managing all cooperation actions between partners, both from academia and industry, namely several cooperation projects funded under Media Programme Training, H2020 and Erasmus+. She is the coordinator for the Erasmus Mundus joint Master degrees offered by Lusófona University and one of the coordinators for the FilmEU Alliance.

Barry Dignam

In 2021 Barry Dignam was appointed to the new role of Head of European Projects at the National Film School, IADT. Formerly he was the Head of Department of Film & Media, Chair of Film & Television and Irish Course Director of Viewfinder (the Erasmus+ Joint Master of Art in Cinematography). As an educator, he has over twenty years’ experience in teaching, academic strategy and quality assurance. He studied Drama at Trinity College Dublin and Film at the National Film School IADT. As a filmmaker, he has made many multi-award-winning short films including ‘Chicken’, ‘Dream Kitchen’ and ‘A Ferret Called Mickey’. He’s had been nominated for a Palme d’Or at Cannes and a Berlin Bear. ‘Monged’ a feature he co-wrote with Gary Duggan premiered in 2015. His films have been presented in official selection at over a hundred and fifty international film festivals. They have been screened by top broadcasters and released on DVD, VOD and theatrically in Europe, the US and beyond.

Brian Carty

Brian Carty is the Director of Education at the Sound Training College in Temple Bar, Dublin ( Since joining the company in 2010, he has led a significant expansion through collaboration and programme development. Before this, he taught for 4 years in the Music Department at Maynooth University, while he completed his PhD on Binaural Audio (as an Irish Research Council & John Hume Scholar). Brian has published and presented his research widely. More recently, he has focused on the commercial application of his PhD work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Maynooth University. His role as Product Lead on this project involved developing a software product to improve headphone listening. After initial industry engagement, this project ran from 2018 – 2021. Brian has also served as an academic expert in a number of contexts, most recently as External Examiner for Trinity College, Dublin.

Claire McGing

Claire McGing is Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Manager at IADT Dún Laoghaire and a member of the central management team. She chairs the IADT Athena SWAN self-assessment team and the IADT Promoting Consent & Preventing Sexual Violence Working Group. Claire is a member of numerous sectoral committees concerned with EDI issues in higher education, including the HEA National Committee for Gender Equality/EDI, the Athena SWAN Ireland National Committee and HEA Intersectionality Working Group. She is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy Higher Education Futures Group and EDI sub-group. In 2020/21, Claire coordinated a collaboration between IADT animation students and academic staff, NUIG Active* Consent and UCC Bystander Intervention to develop a series of animations on sexual consent that will be shared with the higher education sector (funded by the HEA). Claire’s academic research centres on the theory and practice of women’s political representation and she has published extensively in this field. Recent publications include Women doing politics differently: Developing local caucuses with women councillors (2021, for the National Women’s Council of Ireland) and a co-edited special issue of Irish Political Studies on gender and politics on the island of Ireland (forthcoming, 2021).

Colm Hennessy

Colm has been the Head of Information Technology for Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT) since 1997. Colm’s main responsibilities include the oversight of all information technology resources and systems for the Institute, these include management information systems, websites, online services, student’s labs, research labs and staff ICT resources. Colm has a keen interest in VR, AR, IT security and learning technologies. Prior to his appointment Colm was a consultant software engineer for EDS.

Conor Brennan

Conor Brennan is a lecturer in the Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire. He lectures on the BA(Hons) in Creative Music Production and the BSc(Hons) in Creative Media Technologies. Conors areas of expertise include Audio and Music Technology, Interactive Performance Systems, IoT, Creative Computing and Assistive Technology. Conors current research interest includes the creation and adaption of technology to allow disabled musicians to perform and compose music.

Damien Byrne

Damien Byrne is a lecturer in Animation at the National Film School, IADT where he teaches at both undergraduate and post graduate level. He is also an award winning producer with over 20 years’ experience.

Deirdre O’Toole

Deirdre O’Toole is a lecturer in the National Film School of Ireland, IADT. She lectures on the BA (Hons) Film and Television Production, BA (Hons) New Media Studies and the Erasmus+ MA Cinematography. Deirdre has a practice-based PhD in Film and Visual Studies from Queen’s University Belfast, where she made documentaries collaborating with storytellers who had experienced trauma. Deirdre is a filmmaker who has worked for many years as a cinematographer where she filmed documentaries, music videos and dramas. Deirdre has directed three documentaries which have been shown extensively in film festivals and galleries around the world including Chagrin Documentary Festival, Ohio, Red Rock Film Festival, Utah, Docs Ireland, Belfast, Aspen Mountain Film Festival, Colorado, On Art Film Festival, Poland, Kinosmena Festival, Minsk, Irish Film Institute Documentary Festival, and Europa Documentary Festival, Egypt. Her work was showcased for four months in the Turchin Centre for the Arts, North Carolina in 2019, twice in the Saranac Gallery in Washington and twice in CIACLA, USA.

Díóg O’Connell

Dr. Díóg O’Connell lectures in film and media at IADT, specialising in Irish Cinema, Documentary Studies, Television Drama and New Media Production. She is Programme Chair of New Media Studies. Her research interests include narrative strategies in Irish cinema, women in early Irish film and the short film narrative. She is the author of New Irish Storytellers (2010) and Documentary in a Changing State (2012) and has written extensively for academic books, journals, peer-review publications and film magazines. She is a member of the international research group, Screenwriting Research Network.

David Quin

David Quin has lectured in Animation in IADT since 1999. David Quin’s work with undergraduate students centers around client interaction, project messaging and information transfer, communicating difficult subjects to diverse audiences. David Quin is also involved in action research and international collaboration in the field of higher education teaching and learning. David Quin is IADT coordinator on multiple International Credit Mobility projects and on an EU KA2 project (DESTIN). David Quin’s personal research work revolves around the exploration of animation as an experimental medium and questions of dedigitisation. David Quin has also been a member of the IADT Academic Council and IADT’s Teaching and Learning Committee since 2010. From Jan 2014, David Quin worked on the TEMPUS ALIGN project, capacity building with National Quality Assurance Agencies and Higher Education Institutions from Armenia, Ukraina and Russia. David Quin also works on international review panels for agencies such as SKVC in Lithuania and AZVO in Croatia. David Quin completed a Masters by Research in the Creative Arts in 2016 – his research project was entitled ‘Disruptive Change and The Digital Turn in Irish Animation Filmmaking’. In 2017, David Quin was a member of IADT’s Award Winning DELTA Project Team.

Elena Somoza

Elena Somoza is the Erasmus Co-ordinator at IADT, Ireland. She manages all aspects of the Erasmus student and staff mobilities (both outgoing and incoming) in projects KA103 and KA107: promotion and communications, student/staff selection, preparation of students for departure/arrival, documentation, grants, ECTS recognition. She also organises the establishment and monitoring of all IADT Erasmus partnerships, and works closely with the Irish National Agency in relation to applications for funding and reporting requirements. Prior to her current role, Elena worked in the IADT Marketing Office (student recruitment, promotion and communications, advertising, event management) and the IADT Support Services Department (co-ordinating supports for students with disabilities, learning difficulties, or from disadvantaged backgrounds).

Linda Carroll

Linda is currently the FilmEU Project Co-ordinator for IADT, Dublin. She studied at the Institute of Public Administration and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, where she graduated with a Postgrad Diploma in Public Management and a Bachelor of Business Studies. She is a member of the Faculty Executive Team and is part of the strategic development of the Faculty. Her role includes the development and management of administrative processes and systems related to the Faculties teaching Programmes. She has extensive expertise in the Programmatic Review process, Finance, Report Writing, Supervisory Management, Communications and Academic Administration. Linda is also a member of various Committees within the organization. She has worked on various Erasmus + projects and was responsible for the financial returns for these EU projects and other Capital Programmes.

Maurice Coen

I am a Senior Technical Officer in the Institute of Art Design and Technology. I have been working in the ICT department of IADT for the last 20 years looking after staff and student technical needs.

Michael Connerty

I’m Co-Chair of the Animation Programme at IADT, and I teach film and animation history and visual culture on the Animation and Graphic Design programmes. I also teach a cross-Faculty elective module, Introduction to Comics. In 2018 I completed a PhD from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, where my research was centered on Victorian comics, and specifically the work of Irish artist Jack B. Yeats. I have published on comics and animation history, and my monograph, The Comic Strip Art of Jack B. Yeats is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan in 2021.

Paul Curran

Paul is one of IADT’s Educational Technologists. He is a graduate of the Institute, earning a degree in Film and Television Production in 2008. He holds a Masters in Online and Distance Education and a Professional Certificate in Data Analysis and Statistics. He has a background in the use of digital media for community development purposes and holds a Certificate in Youth Work Practice. He is also the chairperson of Young Irish Film Makers, a Kilkenny based registered charity dedicated to the promotion of youth film practice.

Rónán Ó Muirthile

Rónán Ó Muirthile is a member of the FilmEU management board. He is the Head of Faculty of Film Art & Creative Technologies at IADT in Dún Laoghaire. The faculty has a student cohort of over 1600 full time and part time students. He is responsible for all aspects of academic delivery, quality assurance, budgeting, administration and strategic development for the faculty. He is an active practitioner. His credits include all genres of TV; high end, award winning documentary films, international formats and some of the best-known and loved Irish prime time programmes. The documentary ‘Flann O’Brien: The Lives of Brian’ which he wrote & produced was awarded the IFTA for best single documentary in 2007 and ‘Connected’, a twenty part series he series produced, won the IFTA for best Constructed Reality in 2015.

Ruth Barry

Ruth is Head of Marketing at the Institute of Art, Design + Technology. She is responsible for all marketing and communications activities including promoting the National Film School.

Stephen Boyd

Stephen Boyd is a lecturer in Film and Digtial Media Studies at IADT specialising in screen media, with a focus on Non-Western Cinemas, World Cinema, Irish Cinema, and film history and theory. He previously taught at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and Trinity College Dublin and has published numerous articles on topics relating to Irish cinema and culture. Stephen has directed a film on 35mm with full cast and crew and he has taught and organized educational courses for the Irish Film Institute. Stephen has been a regular contributor on film culture in his capacity as a film critic on RTE Radio 1 for over 10 years (and for 5 years previous to that on Dublin City FM). He received his MA in Film Studies from University College Dublin, and is currently engaged in his PhD at Trinity College Dublin under Dr. Ruth Barton on the history and development of Irish surf films and their relationship with cultural heritage in the age of digital media. Stephen is a regular attendee and presenter at conferences and his most recent publication is a review of The Quiet Man Miscellany in the Estudio Irlandeses Journal (2021).

Roel Vande Winkel

Roel Vande Winkel has a background in history (MA) and communication studies (PhD). He worked at the Belgian Royal Film Archive (Cinematek) before pursuing an academic career. He is currently associate professor of film and television studies at the KU Leuven (Institute for Media Studies) and at the LUCA School of Arts. He is the Belgian course director for the DocNomads European Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) in Documentary Film Directing. He published several monographs and edited volumes about film and cinema history, such as ‘Cinema and the Swastika: The International Expansion of Third Reich Cinema’ (with David Welch, 2007, rev. 2011), ‘Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship around the World’ (with Daniel Biltereyst, 2013), ‘Researching Newsreels. Local, National and Transnational Case Studies’ (with Ciara Chambers and Mats Jönsson, 2018) and ‘Film Professionals in Nazi-Occupied Europe’ (with Pavel Skopal, forthcoming in 2021). He also published numerous articles and uses online platforms to share his research and his data: and

Valery De Smedt

Valery De Smedt is Head of Research LABOpro, a research unit centered around an r&d approach on art- and design-driven innovation, sustainable challenges and digital opportunities. To this end, LABOpro develops an international platform that maximizes vital collaborations, confrontations and collisions between artists, researchers, industrialists, young people and active citizens. The focus is always on current scientific and technological developments and imagining alternative human-centered and innovative scenarios. Valery De Smedt has more than 10 years of experience in Cultural Management, Artistic/cultural projects, international collaborations with Art Centers, Universities and European Institutions. For 6 years she was the Creative Director of the art collective CREW, internationally recognized as a pioneer in immersive media. She has participated in European and international academic and technological research programs (i.e. FP7 2020 3D Media, IBBT/Explorative TV, FP7 Dreamspace, ‘PRESENT’ (Photoreal REaltime Sentient ENTity) ICT-25-2018-2020, etc.)

Veerle Van der Sluys

Veerle Van der Sluys is vice dean research of LUCA School of Arts, Belgium. As a researcher she has an interest in interaction design, playful design and the interplay between design and science/technology. She has been involved as coordinator and researcher in several national and international projects e.g. Traders, JamToday, PLAI and GameHUB. Veerle Van der Sluys holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Gent (B).

Wim Aerts

Wim Aerts is working in the international relations office (IRO) since 2003. He was in charge of the IRO unit at campus Sint-Lukas Brussel since 2003 until 2017 and is currently one of LUCA’s senior experts on policy matters with regards to International Mobility, International Programmes, Funding Opportunities for External Projects and Admissions. He wrote or contributed to several successful project proposals in the field of Erasmus+, Leonardo, Erasmus Mundus and Creative Europe since 2005. In his role as expert he also coordinates centrally–led processes on internationalization at LUCA, as well as providing active support for the international officers at the different LUCA campuses and advising policy makers of LUCA School of Arts on these fields. He has also joined the project development team of the Erasmus Mundus Master Doc Nomads from the early start of its implementation, for which he served as liaison officer between the campus administration of Sint-Lukas Brussel, the management of LUCA School of Arts and the other Doc Nomads partners.

Tarun Madupu

Tarun Madupu is a sound designer, composer and filmmaker from India. After graduating from Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music with a focus on audio engineering, he went on to get his Master’s degree from Kino Eyes – The European Movie Masters. Through his education and experience in film and music, he has equipped himself with an understanding of the mechanisms that weave film, narratives, and soundscapes together into something powerful. He is now centering these elements as the focus of his PhD study. With his unique perspective of film owing to his time working both in India and Europe, he hopes contribute meaningfully to the art and craft of filmmaking.

Tobias Frühmorgen

Tobias Frühmorgen is a filmmaker, film editor and film lecturer. He is a professor at Lusófona University (ULHT) for KinoEyes and Master Film Studies and Cinema Bachelors, as well as project supervisor on exchange programs like Looking China and research programs like Filmterms and The European University Alliance FilmEu. He is currently developing his artistic PhD about Creative Artificial Intelligence at the Filmuniversity Babelsberg. His works include fictional, nonfictional and experimental narration films, – feature films, short films, television, music video clips, and art. His film “Menschenkörper” was screened on more than 25 festivals worldwide. Among his editing works is the restoration and re-editing of Yilmaz Güney’s “YOL – The Full Version” which premiered in Cannes 2017. He also works as a story analyst for international feature screenplays.

Victor Candeias

Victor Candeias, member of the academic board of DocNomads – Master in Documentary Film Directing, is since 2012 the coordinator of this international programme in Lisbon, where he’s also a leading participant in the curriculum of its 1st and 4th semesters. He holds a Master in Film Studies (ULHT, 2011) concluded with the MultiFilme project and the thesis “A Model to Produce Multi-variant and Multi-linear Films” in the field research of experimental digital cinema. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in the Arts at KU Leuven, Belgium. Since 2002 he teaches documentary and fiction course subjects in the film degrees at Lusófona University and has been involved in several training programs and workshops for other schools and organizations since 1990. He has been both a producer and a director for short films, commissioned documentaries and commercial videos.

Victor Flores

Victor Flores holds a PhD in Sciences of Communication from Nova University of Lisbon. He is an Associate Professor and Head of the PhD Program in Media Arts at Lusofona University, in Lisbon. He currently works as a full time researcher at the research centre CICANT, where he runs the Early Visual Media Lab. He is the founding organizer of the International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media: Photography, Sound and Cinema Research, and the principal editor of the corresponding International Journal on Stereo & Immersive Media. He has been organizing and curating since 2018 the ‘Catalogue Raisonné of Carlos Relvas’s Stereoscopic Photography’, an online searchable database that allows the first comprehensive presentation of Carlos Relvas’s stereoscopic work (prints and negatives from 1862 to 1874). He currently lectures on graduate and postgraduate courses in photography, visual culture and media arts. In 2019 he was the editor for the book ‘The Third Image. Stereoscopic Photography in Portugal’ (Documenta). Since 2015 he has curated several exhibitions dedicated to stereoscopic photography. In 2020 he has joined the administration board of the ‘Fundación para la Difusión de la Fotografía y Estereoscopía Histórica FBS’ in Madrid.

Szilvia Kucsera

Szilvia currently works as an International Erasmus Coordinator at the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) – coordinating the incoming exchange students. Banking Expert. Formerly worked as General Manager of the Treasury Trading Division at MKB Bank, Budapest.

Szilvia Zsákai

International manager in University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest manage and run Erasmus+, International Credit Mobility and Campus Mundi projects from 2016. Main role is preparing mobility applications, interim and final reports, developing internationalization strategy and action plan for the University, prepare statistics, data analysis and evaluation reports. Previously worked as an International Coordinator in Corvinus University from 2003 in charge of Erasmus+, EGT Norway Grant projects and English Sociology BA program. Meanwhile she was a University teacher from 2003. Obtained her PhD. in Social Sciences in 2008. Teaching subjects and research areas were Change management, Conflict management, Social deviant behavior, Basics of Social Theory, Well-being and health sociology, EU sociology.

Tímea Kiss

Teacher with over ten years of experience, teaching students of all ages, from small classes to summer camps, from Europe to Australia. Experienced curriculum developer and Co-founder of The Grund – Hungarian-American educational center. Teaching is one of her favorite things, and she is grateful for the opportunity to communicate, connect and collaborate with students all day. Her educational background includes a B.A. and M.A. in Pedagogy and a PhD. in Teaching Methodology from Selye János University in Slovakia. She has a graduate certificate in counseling children and adolescents from IAOTH and in bibliotherapy from the Hungarian Association of Bibliotherapists in Hungary. Eco-friendly life is the core of her philosophy. When she is not keeping busy, you can find her in a library or around her horses.

Zoltán Bódi

Linguist, online media and Internet researcher, language planning expert. Research topics: media, Internet communication, public administration communication. Senior teacher at the SZFE, senior research fellow at the Institute for Hungarian Studies. He is a lecturer at different universities. He is teaching linguistics, rhetoric, stylistic, online media, communication, online communication studies for media students. He is a member of a special mentoring project for talented media students. He has experience in leading of Media and Communication Department, he has experience in higher education accreditation projects, curriculum development projects and student mentoring projects. He was taking part in Erasmus training programmes. He has international experience in Erasmus programs, he was project coordinator of an Erasmus Intensive Programme. He is the author and editor of several papers, books. He is developing and leading training programmes for public administration experts. He is leader of Supervisory Board of Hungarian Association of Applied Linguists and Language Teachers (MANYE).

Areas of intervention

WP 1 Management and Coordination

This WP deals with the overall project management for the funding period, including different activities that establish teamwork, decision making, communications and collaboration, reporting, financial management and quality control.

WP 2 FilmEU Institutional and Staff Capacitation

FilmEU strategically positioned WP2 at the beginning of the project as a key WP whose main objective it to equally capacitate all partners in different domains central for the implementation of the future university. The central tenet of the proposed pedagogical model is that artistic teaching and research has to be a practice-based endeavour that engages with societal problems with the intensive use of technological mediation. Considering this, our models build on the principles of design thinking, social constructivism and the Trinity Bridge 21 model, to propose a challenge-based model – the Samsara model – that combines a cross-disciplinary purview with team-based education rooted in project development.

WP 3 Curricula Design and Educational Development

This work package concerns the development of the educational component of FilmEU. This includes the core component of the harmonisation of the curricula of the degrees currently offered by the Alliance in order to allow for the implementation of the proposed Samsara model (WP2) and its embedded mobility (WP4) that is crucial for the implementation of the projected pedagogical strategies. This process will support FilmEU’s vision of developing and exploring pedagogical models for the creation of challenge-driven programmes that enhance mobility and allow for the transference of the artistic, critical and technical skills required for the implementation of inclusive, student-centred international programmes that: build strong connections with the industry; educate in a global setting; integrate critical, theoretical and historical components in the educational process; and adhere to the state of the art in technological terms, as FilmEU postulates. Complementarily, the WP involves the preparation of a number of proposals for new Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters degrees and an international BA that will deepen the educational offer of the Alliance, increase its internationalisation and reinforce its sustainability.

WP 4 Future Mobility and Pedagogies

The FilmEU Alliance aims to identify and describe the existing types of mobility at each partner, their associated management models, HR capacities and IT systems used, and define the future mobility matrix based on the new types of Mobility to be implemented via the Samsara model. The effort to implement the mobility matrix and the new mobility model proposed for the Alliance needs to be built from a common ground. Mobility becomes a norm and something intrinsic to the provision of education and research. Under the term “mobility” we understand all types of virtual, blended and physical mobility, whether it is short or long term, a mobility of a student, academic, non-academic, researcher or other staff member. Mobility is not an exchange anymore but rather a flow of activities and opportunities that participants will naturally experience. We will, in particular, stimulate forms of mobility attached to project development (Samsara model) and the intense use of technologies available in different campuses of the University (FilmEU HUB).

WP 5 Physical and Virtual Infrastructures

FilmEU will design and implement a digital and physical infrastructure to manage, support and facilitate learning and research across all the campuses of the University. This will be our shared campus – a cultural and creative hub for all those who have an interest in traditional film practices and increasingly in new and emerging disciplines at the intersection of film and technology. This infrastructure is a key differentiating aspect of the European University since it materialises its positioning in the multidisciplinary field of artistic creation and experimentation, while reinforcing its international and cooperative dimensions. This hub is also a key driving element of the proposed Samsara model, since project development and associated mobility are dependent on the facilities and resources offered by this network of labs. We have named this network FilmEU HUB. FilmEU HUB is composed of three interlinked layers of shared physical and virtual infrastructures:
  • A virtual repository and media management layer that will provide the Alliance with storage and media assets and metadata management services;
  • A VLE that will integrate three different components: a dedicated platform for LLL and internal training entitled Lusofona X based on the Edx framework and APIs; a dedicated implementation of Moodle supported by the existing implementations in the partner HEIs; and a number of virtual rooms for education and collaboration;
  • Four distinctive labs in each of the campuses of the Alliance as represented in the figure below, corresponding not to mere amalgamations of technology but to a collection of equipment, resources and facilities consistent with the future areas of innovation for the culture and creative industries recently identified in the EU report “100 radical innovations for the future”.

WP 6 Research and Innovation

Artistic research in Film and Media Arts is still developing and requires a boost to tackle the fragmentation of creative and cultural industries and their innovation capacity. We’ll create a new ecosystem for the current micro or small size companies to implement change, support the change in business models, increase market orientation, and expand the entrepreneurial mind-set. The outcomes are often intangible, and more knowledge is needed, particularly in IP management in the audiovisual industries. Artistic Research is transdisciplinary and collaborates with media, social and cognitive sciences as well as with music and performing arts. Within this WP, research groups will be formed by the TF, led by supervisors from each HEI, to tackle the different topics in question. A model for a joint PhD will be established focusing on how to combine creative, research and innovation skills in a ground-breaking manner. Fruitful dialogue between theory and film art is a starting point for the curriculum development. Working methods are planned to be agile, sustainable and iterative. Collaboration with WP5 is a necessity, since research requires a state-of-the-art infrastructure. The future research areas will work closely with FilmEU HUB Labs. The joint doctoral school provides opportunities to develop European-wide research activities within the field of Film and Media Arts. The focus is on how to combine creative and research skills in an innovative manner, with mobility that enhances future co-production possibilities.

WP 7 FilmEU Joint Future Governance

This work package outlines the framework and processes that mark the journey to create an innovative governance and management model. The management model to be designed must ensure the operationalisation of the Alliance’s mission — creating a European University that is a model for European collaboration and integration in the fields of the Arts and the creative industries, greatly contributing to Europe’s leading role as a provider of education and research in the creative and artistic areas. The envisioned governance and management model must be: relevant – empowering involved HEIs with adequate resources; participatory – allowing for equal participation from all stakeholders; transparent – in order to allow for clarity and accountability of decision-making; financially sustainable – with consideration to the different funding models participating HEIs have; engaging – by assuring active involvement from all parties; inclusive – ensuring that all groups participate; flexible – in order to instil adaptability in face of a changing environment; and responsible – by clearly assigning duties and addressing merits or flaws. This model must be implemented in a multicultural and international context.

WP 8 Digital Learning Services

FilmEU Alliance will define, design and implement the Digital Learning Ecosystem that will be used by FilmEU students, teachers, staff, and partners across the knowledge triangle to implement all of the activities of the Alliance and support the future activity of the European University.

WP 9 Quality Assurance

The main objective of this WP is to design and test an Accreditation system for FilmEU, creating a program that goes beyond the national approach while corresponding to the specificities of arts education and research. The development of a European accreditation process is something the Alliance is deeply committed to, namely because all of the Erasmus Mundus programmes the Alliance is promoting are also moving towards a common European Quality Assurance Framework and one of the programmes already concluded its international accreditation last year (Doc Nomads, 2019).

WP 10 Sustainability and Dissemination

Sustainability if the key aspect of the strategy of the Alliance and it’s with that in mind that we have designed this WP both as a sustainability and dissemination WP. The need to define the actions beyond the funding period implies we include in this WP a final toolkit that summarizes all the findings and results of the previous WPs in the form of a deliverable ready to be transferred and used for the implementation of the European University in the period after the funding. In our view, this also implies the defined model is fully accepted at all levels, both internally and externally. This is why we have designed a multi-layered dissemination strategy that will reach internal and external stakeholders in order to communicate the achievements of the Alliance but also engagement with its vision and proposals. Complementarily, we will from the beginning work towards a unified identity of the Alliance and this is why a common branding strategy is included in this WP.
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