All good things must come to an end. Jameson CineFest of Miskolc is no exception. We have seen 20 feature films, 14 of them were in competition, all Hungarian premieres; 54 documentaries, shorts and animated films and probably all who have taken time to see at least some of them may agree that this year we had the strongest lineup of flicks in Miskolc.

Individual diferentness struggling against societal rules was the predominant theme of the feature films. Many of them told us stories where their protagonists were or became social misfits through no fault of their own.

The winner of the Jameson CineFest Emerich Pressburger Prize, named after the Oscar winning Hungarian-British director-writer, was awarded to Women Without Men, the picture from exiled Iranian filmmaker Shirin Neshat for the film's visual riches and poetic storytelling. Neshats's Q&A session after the Miskolc screening of the film was one of  the most touching events of the fest. The Jury Prize went to Mia Hansen-Love's Father of My Children.

Hungarian Lili Horváth's Sun Stroke won the Best Short Film prize, There Once Was an Island by New Zealander Briar March was awarded Best Documentary. The animation award, inaugurally named after legendary Hungarian animation filmmaker Attila Dargay from Miskolc, was presented by his widow to Tünde Molnár for I am Simon. The International Critics Jury Prize was unanimously awarded to Ágnes Kocsis for Adrienn Pál.

The festival attracted unprecedented interest. Most films, not only feature films, were screened before full house, many patrons missing some films as people were sitting even on the aisle steps. And make no mistake, it wasn't because of bad weather.

The third Lifetime Achievement Award stayed also in Hungary. It will join the numerous other accolades on the shelf of master filmmaker Miklos Jancso who was greeted in video messages by Martin Scorsese and former student Darren Aronofsky which were shown him at the time of the awarding ceremony.

But events were not restricted to the cinemas' darkness. Guests could see four exhibitions, four conferences the professional programs included the inauguration of CineClassics series, CineFest's retrospective conference on legendary film director Zoltan Korda, and the screening of three Viennese silent classics. On the lighter side, each day we could hear a different band playing on the Jameson Stage in front of the House of Arts - in fact, it was impossible not to hear them. Participants could relax their eyes and dance or mingle with colleagues at four festival-organised whiskey parties.

This is the end. But don't get too discouraged: we can look forward to meet again next year, at an even better festival. Jameson CineFest 2011.

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