2017 CFMDC Scholar in Residence

The Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) is excited to welcome our 2017 Scholar in Residence, Dorottya Szalay. This residency will run until July 2017. It will focus on the strategies and practices of CFMDC to develop and maintain a working infrastructure for underground film. During her stay Dorottya Szalay will also investigate abstraction in Canadian avant-garde film. The residency will include research, screenings, and publications.


szalay_dorottyaDorottya Szalay (1985) is a film theorist and a curator from Budapest, Hungary. She holds an MA in Film Studies and is a PhD candidate at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. Her dissertation focuses on the forms of abstraction in Central and Eastern European avant-garde cinema. In 2013 she was awarded the National Scholarship of the Slovak Republic and spent a semester at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (VŠMU) studying the history of the Slovak non-narrative film. A year later she received the Visegrad scholarship for post-Masters research and spent two semesters in Prague at the Academy of Fine Arts (AVU) and at the Center for Audiovisual Research of FAMU exploring the trends of the Czech contemporary underground film. Her articles have been published in Prizma Film Periodical, Filmvilág, Apertúra, Alföld (etc.) She has curated several screenings and gave lectures on Eastern European avant-garde film in Hungary and beyond. She is the founding member of Kontra Kollektiva (2017) and the creator of artinCINEMA, an Eastern European avant-garde film database and online film journal.

Image Credit: Looking for Dózsa (Dóra Maurer, 1973)
© Balázs Béla Studios

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