Past Scholars

Dorottya Salazay


Dorottya 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.

2016: Stephen Broomer

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Stephen Broomer (b. 1984) is a filmmaker and film preservationist. He holds a BFA in Film and Video Production, an MA in Film Studies, and a PhD in Communication & Culture, his dissertation is a study of the origins of the Canadian avant-garde film. He has given public presentations of his film restoration work at Harvard, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Pleasure Dome (Toronto), and the Canadian Film Institute. His own films have screened at Views from the Avant-Garde, TIFF Wavelengths, and the MassArt Film Society. In 2015, his films were the subject of a book of essays, The Transformable Moment: The Films of Stephen Broomer, edited by Scott Birdwise and Tom McSorley, and published by the Canadian Film Institute. His first book, Hamilton Babylon: A History of the McMaster Film Board, was released by University of Toronto Press in February 2016.