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THE WINNERS

The prizes of the festival have been given to the winners at the award winning ceremony at the Miskolc House of Arts. The ceremony was followed by the screening of Southpaw and Love 3D, which has been introduced to the audience by the director, Gaspar Noe himself. The Emeric Pressburger prize, the main prize of the CineFest went to the Turkish movie Mustang. The details are here.

JAMESON CINEFEST LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR CARDINALE

Claudia Cardinale has received her Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival. One of the legends of European cinema was welcomed with a standing ovation and accepted her prize from Ákos Kriza, the mayor of Miskolc, and Tibor Bíró, the director of the Festival on Friday, 11 September. The movie star was expressed her honor to be awarded with the prize and told the audience that she likes Hungary very much. She also added that “watching Once Upon a Time in the West again was a really moving experience”. It was the festival’s opening film.

CINECLASSICS' WESTERN PANEL WAS A BIG SUCCESS

The four classic westerns were screen with a full house just like the conference on the genre. The main topic of the conference was to grab the description of the genre itself and answer the question of its never-ceasing popularity among filmmakers. György Báron quoted André Bazin’s article saying that the success of the western is not in the genre itself but in the fact that it can be understood as the origin myth of the people of America. The keynote speech was followed by a rather exciting discussion.

FROM MEDITERRANEA TO VICTORIA

 Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea tells us about the fate of African migrants. The Romanian – Bulgarian – Hungarian coproduction, Why me? is also worth to be mentioned. Besides, the program includes films like the Ich seh, Ich she, the artistic horror by Severin Fiala and Verinoka Franz, the Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon starring Thomas Mann, RJ Cylor and Olivia Cooke, sweeping the major awards at the Sundance Festival. The audience and the jury can make their pick from films like the Aferim! by Radu Jude or the Two friends by Louis Garrel. The Chinese Chengpeng Dong makes his Hungarian debut with the film Jian Bing Man but the menu also includes the German movie, Victoria by Sebastian Schipper, the Czech film The Snake Brothers directed by Jan Prusinovsky, the American James White by Josh Mond or the Australian Sam Klemke’s Time Machine, starring Sam Klmeke himself. The Cop Car by Jon Watts, starring Kevin Bacon as the corrupt sheriff, has joined the competition program in the last minute.

STUNNING DOCUS

In the documentary competition program we have the Kismet, talking about the effects of Turkish soap operas on the society, Daniel Kocur’s 21 Days and Jan Latal’s Czech Beer War, Lorenz Findeisen’s Concrete Stories. Astrid Bussink’s Giovanni and the Water Ballet and the Hungarian-German coproduction Drifter by Gábor Hörcher are also part of the program, just like the Something better to come by the Polish star-director and Academy Award nominee Hana Polak.

FIPRESCI CONFERENCE IN MISKOLC

On 12 September a mini-conference honoring the 90th anniversary of FIPRESCI has been held. You can watch it here.


IN THE AVAS HILL AS WELL

The Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival started the CineFest Children’s Day in the Avas housing estate three years ago. On Sunday the kids had a chance to watch ‘Oops! Noah is Gone…” The screening was for free and has been held in the Theatre Room of the Avasi Grammar School.


FIPRESCI MEETING IN MISKOLC

This year, the CineFest honours the 90th anniversary of the International Federation of Film Critics: the Festival will screen a selection of former FIPRESCI prize winners and also a FIPRESCI conference has been organised on film criticism. The Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival is the only Hungarian film festival at which a FIPRESCI jury, i.e. The International Federation of Film Critics, awards feature films. FIPRESCI has 55 member states, including Hungary, and it gives out prizes at more than 70 film festivals. This year FIPRESCI celebrates its 90th anniversary. Several festivals have honoured this occasion: FIPRESCI film programmes were organised at the Bari International Film Festival and at the Istanbul International Film Festival. CineFest joins this international programme by screening three films which have been previously awarded the FIPRESCI prize.

Chinese Panorama:
the asian country introduces itself with two films and poster exhibition

From year to year, along with the official competition program, CineFest brings the films of those countries to its visitors, which may be lesser-known for the Hungarian audience. This year not only Austrian and Czech films, but also the cinema of the People’s Republic of China introduces itself with a two-day program and two contemporary films: the one entitled Jian Bing Man has been selected to the international competition of feature films, the other film, Somewhere only we know, a romantic drama will be screened for the audience out of competition. Beside the screenings a selection of posters of Chinese Film Classics will be exhibited for the visitors between 15-20 September.

The program is supported by the Embassy of People's Republic of China in Hungary and Chinese Film Archive.

JAMESON CINEFEST'S LIFETIME ACHIVEMENT AWARD GOES TO: CLAUDIA CARDINALE

The divine CC: Claudia, Marcello Mastroianni’s – that is Guido, the director - love in the 8½; Angelica, Alain Delon’s – that is Tancredi Falconeri – love in The Leopard. Venus, Jean-Paul Belmondo’s love in the Cartouche. Jill, the dream of all men, in the Once Upon a Time in the West. Ginetta, in the Rocco and His Brothers. Gabriella, in The Immortal Bachelor. Molly, Klaus Klinski’s partner in Fitzcarraldo. Doroteia in Manoel de Oliveira’s last film Gebo and the Shadow. The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Jameson CineFest goes to the muse of Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Werner Herzog, Sergio Leone and Claude Lelouch, to one of the greatest starts of modern cinema: Claudia Cardinale. In 2002 she was awarded with a life achievement award in Berlin, in 1993 in Venice, she won the David di Donatello prize several times – but even more importantly, she is one of the faces of European cinema. On the 11th of September, the idol and icon of millions, the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador will be present at the opening ceremony of the festival at which she will accept the Lifetime Achievement Award.

OPENING FILM: ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST

Jameson CineFest opens on 11 September with Sergio Leone's monumental epic, which is is as big as its Monument Valley locations, as grand as its fine, distinguished cast including one of the most beautiful women of the world, Claudia Cardinale, as tough and bawdy as every kid imagines the Old West.


IS THE WESTERN ALIVE?

In 2015 Jameson CineFest's CineClassics focuses on westerns, the genre attracting hundreds of millions in the 20th century. It was thought to be dead many times, but has always resurrected, inspiring geniuses from John Ford to Nicholas Ray, from Sam Peckinpah to Sergio Leone, from Clint Eastwood to the Coen brothers. We screen John Ford’s great The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starring John Wayne and James Stewart; the film marking the end of old-school Hollywood western is followed by the tough, modern, vendetta western Wild Bunch, which has not lost an inch of its appeal since 1969. The last piece of the selection is the epic spaghetti Western, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. On 12 September at 1 PM in the Béke room a conference with the experts of the genre will be held for everyone who wishes to know more about the western.

MARKOVICS, FRANZ AND HANEKE: AUSTRIA IN FOCUS

The ‘In Focus’ program of the festival introduces the cinema landscape of neighboring countries this year. Austria is represented by two brand new feature films in the competition program. The Superworld is Karl Markovics’ second feature. The actor is well-known also outsides of Austria thanks to the Academy Award winner movie The Counterfeiters. Markovics debuted as director with the Breathing, also in program this year, won the Main Prize of the CineFest in 2011. Goodnight Mommy, the provocative film by Veronika Franz, Ulrich Seidl’s partner in work, also has a big potential for success in Miskolc - it has already proved itself at the Venice Festival. Both movies are Hungarian premieres. A selection from the works of Michael Haneke’s students majoring in directing at the Filmakademie Vienna will also be part of the program - just like the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Palm d’Or winner Haneke’s early, provocative masterpiece Benny’s Video. Jannis Lenz, student of the Filmakademie and winner of this year’s Austrian national film festival, Diagonale, will participate in the work of the international jury. Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.

FROM SNAKE BROTHERS TO INTIMATE LIGHTING: FOCUSING THE CZECH REPUBLIC

The Czech Republic is represented in the competition program by a tough and touching movie, the latest Karlovy Vary’s huge success, the Hungarian premiere of the film Snake Brothers. Two real treasures are screened in the documentary competition program: the Czech Beer War deals with the past and the future of the world famous Czech lager (for sure, the audience will have a few glasses of beer after watching it) while the Concrete Stories focuses on the ups and downs of the prefabricated residential buildings so well-known in Eastern Europe – with humor and irony characteristic of Czech movies. The director of the Czech Film Archive, Mr. Michal Bregant, will be a member of the international jury. The festival screens a selection of the graduation films made at the legendary Film Academy of Prague, the FAMU (the school had students like Forman, Menzel, Kusturica and Kundera - to name just the greatest ones). CineClassics screens the 50 years old (and recently beautifully restored) masterpiece Intimate Lighting by eminent helmer Ivan Passer. Supported by the Czech Centre.

AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN JAMESON CINEFEST AND UNIVERSITY OF MISKOLC

The Miskolc International Film Festival and the Department of Cultural and Visual Anthropology at the University of Miskolc have a long and fruitful co-operation which has been made into an official agreement in January 2015. Tibor Bíró (festival manager), Zita Horváth,PhD (vice-rector), Mária Kovács, PhD (dean) and József Kotics, PhD (head of the department) signed a co-operation agreement that covers four main topics. Parties work together in selecting the documentary program for the Festival. The Festival provides an opportunity for the students of the Department to participate in the organizational and management processes of the Festival. The Department of Cultural and Visual Anthropology is responsible for the Roma-picture program held annually at the Festival. Once a year the Cine-Mis Nonprofit Kft. offers a scholarship for one student of the Department to carry out his/her documentary project. The finished project will premiere at the Jameson CineFest, as part of the non-competition program.

TWO MISKOLC IFF MOVIES NOMINATED FOR THE LUX PRIZE

Established in 2007, the Lux Prize pursues two main objectives: spotlighting the public debate in and on the European Union and its policies, and supporting circulation of European coproductions within the Union. This year Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida, Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood, and Rok Biček’s Class Enemy are competing for the Lux Prize. Sciamma's film received in Miskolc, Hungary the Jameson CineFest's ecumenical prize this year, Biček's Class Enemy got the festival's main prize (pictured the director with the Emeric Pressburger plaque). 16 December is the final deadline for the parliament members to get their votes in. Which of the three finalists will conquer the hearts of such a special jury? The award ceremony will be held in the Plenary Chamber in Strasbourg on 17 December.

JAMESON CINEFEST 2014: THE WINNERS

The awards of the 11st Miskolc International Film Festival have been announced at the Award Ceremony on 20 September where Vilmos Zsigmond has also received Jameson CineFest's Lifetime Achievement Award.  As for the two major prizes of the festival, the Adolph Zukor Prize went to Gábor Reisz' Hungarian debut film For Some Inexplicable Reason, the Emeric Pressburger Prize to the Class Enemy by the Slovenian director Rok Bicek. The detailed list of the winners of the festival is here.

THE 2014 JAMESON CINEFEST LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WENT TO VILMOS ZSIGMOND

Vilmos Zsigmond (pictured with Goldie Hawn and Jon Voight in 1977 at the Oscar gala) is an European cinematographer – maybe this was his key to success in America. Mr. Zsigmond received Jameson CineFest's lifetime achievement award in September 2014 from Miskolc's mayor Ákos Kriza and festival director Tibor Bíró. Zsigmond's European sensitivity got appreciated when, at the beginning of the 1970s, a new generation of directors created New Hollywood, following the track of the French New Wave and the European auteurs, but of course building on the old studio system. The 1956 Hungarian emigré, who had the European cinema culture at his fingertips, was the right man on the right place and became the cinematographer of the greatest directors: Robert Altman, Michael Cimino, John Boorman, Brian De Palma, and Steven Spielberg.

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HERE COMES THE COMPETITION PROGRAM

The 11 edition of Miskolc International Film Festival, Hungary's biggest and greatest film event, will be held from the 12th to the 21st of September 2014 and will again attempt to anchor young cinema in an international context. The festival offers great opportunity to dive into the varied film and film history scene, trace current artistic tendencies and discover and rediscover quite a number of films - including Cannes, Sundance and Venice hits from Xavier Dolan's Mummy to Richard Linklater's Boyhood, from Vanessa Lapa's The Decent Man to Mike Cahil's I Origins, some of them months before the US or French premiere. And, believe or not, it`s all free. The complete list here.

CINECLASSICS CELABRATES

CineFest's film history series celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. This unique and exceptionally rich program, under the patronage of the Academy Award winner director István Szabó covers of screenings, master classes, book presentations and Q&As. See the details here.

NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN AND ILO ILO: THE WINNERS OF THE 10TH JAMESON CINEFEST

17 features in the competition program, all Hungarian (and 4 of them Central European) premieres, 8 features in the open eye program (3 Central European premieres), 5 film classics in the CineClassics program, a Sundance Channel selection, a full Kechiche retrospective, workshops, American film Showcase, master classes, DunaDock program, conferences, an international film market, several meetings for professionals - in short, this was Hungary's number one film event, the 10th Miskolc International Film Festival that ended on Saturday, 21 September. The Grand Prize of the Festival, named after the Miskolc born Academy Award winner director Emeric Pressburger went to Katrin Gebbe’s Nothing Bad Can Happen (Tore tanzt). The prize was handed to the production designer, Anna Wübber, the director thanked it via video message from Hollywood. The film won the FICC prize as well. The Prize of the jury, named Adolph Zukor prize after the Hollywood producer who was born near Miskolc and who founded the Paramount Pictures went to Cannes Golden Camera winner Ilo Ilo. The prize was accepted by the director of the film, Anthony Chen. It was the third time in the Miskolc International Film Festival when an ecumenical jury has chosen their favorit from the feature competition program. The Ecumenical Jury and also the international FIPRESCI jury decided to award the Ilo Ilo. As so, Chen’s film won three award and a standing ovation from the audience. The prize for the best short feature, sponsored by Daazo.com, went to the Israeli Welcome and Our Condolences. The director, Leon Prudovsky, thanked it via video message. The prize for best documentary, sponsored by Miskolc Auto Ltd., went to the Polish We will be happy…One day, while the prize for best animation, named after the Hungarian animation director Attila Dargay, went to Péter Vácz’s The Rabbit and the Deer.

THE 2013 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WENT TO ISTVÁN SZABÓ

Mr. Szabó received the award on 19 September. The audience of CineFest Hungary's had the chance to see the real face of Central Europe: CineClassics presented three consecutive evenings the 75-year-old István Szabó's and the 70-year-old Klaus-Maria Brandauer's three masterpieces, which show three typical Central European characters. An Academy Award, three Academy Award nominations, Golden Globe nominations, BAFTA and Cannes awards: this is the result the unique collaboration between the Hungarian director and the Austrian actor, which started in 1980. The spectacular historical tableaux were successful not only here but worldwide, making István Szabó one of the world's best directors.

CLOSING FILM: NEBRASKA, WITH ALEXANDER PAYNE'S VIDEO MESSAGE

The newest film by Alexander Payne (Sideways, Descendants) is also premiered at the Jameson CineFest in September 2013 - two months before the US opening. America presents us a face in this movie, that isn’t likely to be showed elsewhere: the social network of a small town. Payne’s movie caresses your soul; it is a miraculous cure against depression. A tale of love, self-sacrifice and a big yes to life. The main character played by Bruce Dern (pictured with the director) won Golden Palm in Cannes.


DON JON: GORDON-LEVITT'S VIDEO MESSAGE

It was fresh, crass, funny: the Central European premiere of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first direction: Don Jon (played by the director himself) was huge success. Gordon-Levitt’s chemistry with costars Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore ignited the screen with heat and emotion.Distributed in Hungary by Big Bang Media from 3 October. You can watch the director's video message here.


JAMESON: ANOTHER 3 YEARS WITH THE CINEFEST

The festival’s name remains the same: on 31 January the Hungarian agency of the Jameson Irish Whiskey and the representatives of Miskolc IFF signed an agreement on another 3 years of cooperation.Dr. Ákos Kriza mayor and MP Katalin Csöbör, Member of Parliament were also present at the ceremonious meeting. The brand of Jameson has been present at the festival almost from the beginning. This cooperation evolved together with the festival’s development throughout the years. Jameson CineFest (JCF), Hungary’s most important film event can take the pride in bearing the support of a significant international sponsor. The success story continues: this year’s jubilee 10th festival is going to be one day longer and will include more films, more programs, stars and concerts. As Mr. Tamás Singlár, representative of the Jameson and Tibor Bíró festival director said, JCF is not only the good example for arts patronage useful for both parties but also strengthens the international reputation of Hungarian culture.

BOOK ABOUT DIRECTOR ISTVÁN SZŐTS

The István Szőts memorial year, honouring one of the greatest directors of the Hungarian cinema (who is, undeservedly, is lesser known abroad), was launched in autumn of 2011 in Miskolc within the scope of CineClassics program series, with a full retrospective (including his 1941 Venice award winner mesterpiece Men on the Mountains), director István Szabó’s film intro, a lifetime achievement exhibition and a full-day conference to honour Szőts, who was born 100 years ago. The memorial year now ends with the publishing of al book. The volume titled Ember a havason (Man on the Mountains) is edited by Judit Pintér and Ábel Márk Záhonyi, and will be published at the beginning of March. It will include the articles of András Szekfü, György Báron, György Lukácsy, Péter Muszatics, Sándor Sára, Ferenc Kósa, János Tari, András Kisfaludy, Ákos Kovács, András Péterffy, Erzsébet Szilágyi, Imre Szíjártó, Györgyi Vajdovich and László Deák Sárosi.


IRON SKY: THE WORLD PREMIERE OF DIRECTOR'S CUT

On Friday, 13 September Jameson CineFest welcomed the charming German actress Julia Dietze and director Timo Vuorensola on the green carpet for the world premiere of Iron Sky's director's cut. The film is set in 2018. It starts with a kick: an American spaceship lands on the Moon finding a Nazi town on the far side, with Udo Kier as its Führer. The descendants of Nazis from 1945 are in the middle of preparing for an invasion of the Earth - it’s not a joke, this is how the hottest movie of last year’s Berlinale begins. The director Timo Vuorensola made the most expensive Finn movie ever, one million of the total 7,5 million budget was raised by fans of the website: Iron Sky Store. Part two is coming! The Hungarian distributor of the film is Big Bang Media.
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FROM SCARLETT JOHANSSON TO ROBERT REDFORD: HERE COMES THE FEATURE COMPETITION PROGRAM

Porn-obsessed Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bosnian war drama cutting through the bones, the best German debut of the past few years, the first Polish movie on homosexuals, Daniel Radcliffe, Ellen Page, the first film by Rain Man's Valeria Golino, this year’s Cannes Golden Camera winner – the best and most provocative films of the year all make their Hungarian debut at the 10th Miskolc International Film Festival. Never in the history of the festival have there been so different visions represented like in a program celebrating the diversity of world cinema. Many of them can only be watched here and now. For the complete list click here.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ISTVÁN SZABÓ

The festival's Lifetime Achievemet Award goes to István Szabó. CineClassics shows three consecutive evenings the 75-year-old Szabó's three masterpieces, which show three typical Central European characters. An Academy Award, three Academy Award nominations, Golden Globe nominations, BAFTA and Cannes awards: this is the result the unique collaboration between the Hungarian director and the Austrian actor, which started in 1980. The details here.


THE BEST ACTRESS OF CANNES IN THE JURY

Cosmina Stratan, the co-star of Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills joins the jubilee festival's international jury with Doru Nitescu, vice-rector of the Bucharest University of Drama and Film, one of the key figures of the brilliant Romanian new wave, and, among others, with stage director Attila Béres, animation director Ferenc Cakó and Variety critic Rob Nelson. The list of the juries here.


BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR

The Hungarian premiere of Golden Palm winner Blue Is The Warmest Colour (La Vie d’Adele) will be held at us in September in the Open Eye program. It is for sure that this three-hours movie will touch you: love has never ever been pictured in the history of cinema in this way as by Abdellatif Kechiche (pictured in Cannes with the two fenomenal actresses, Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos). For fans are offered a chance to familiarize with the director’s earlier works too: L’Esquive, Black Venus, La Faute à Voltaire and the Venice winner La Graine et le Mulet.

HALF NELSON'S DIRECTOR IN MISKOLC

The man who made Ryan Gosling an Oscar nominated star: director Ryan Fleck visits Jameson CineFest. American Film Showcase, a joint project of the festival and the Budapest U.S. Embassy presents great, award winning films for strenghtening the dialogue between different social groups. Ryan Fleck directed Sugar, a story of a Dominican baseball player who joins a U.S. team and his fight for the difficult integration. Andrew Garrison's documentary film, Trashdance shows a choreographer's fight - Mr. Garrison also joins the program. The details here.


ABDELLATIF KECHICHE RETROSPECTIVE

Abdellatif Kechiche has an unique ability to connect new and old, European and African, sexuality and classicism: the Tunisian-French actor, film director and screenwriter broke almost all the rules of the film industry - in a realistic and poetic way. Jameson CineFest honours the Palme d'Or winner with a retrospective. He made his directorial debut in 2000 with La Faute à Voltaire (Blame it on Voltaire). Then he directed Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive), which won a César Award for Best Film and Best Director. He presented The Secret of the Grain (La Graine et le mulet) at the Mostra in Venice for which he was awarded the Special Jury Prize, such as later the Louis Delluc Prize and others César Awards for Best Film and Best Director, while the 2010 Black Venus (Vénus noire) was also premiered in Venice. Supported by the Budapest French Institute. The details here.

CINECLASSICS: AN OSCAR WINNER ART DIRECTOR FROM BUDAPEST

Alexander Trauner (for his friends: Trau, pictured with the Oscar, his favourite dog and the smoking Billy Wilder) was one of the most influential art directors of the motion picture history: from Luis Bunuel to Luc Besson, from the 1920s to the 80s he was the designer of more than hundred films. We honour the Budapest born Oscar winner master of Marcel Carné's réalisme poétique flicks (including Les Enfants du paradis), Orson Welles' Othello and Billy Wilder's The Apartment and Irma La Douce with the special screening of The Apartment, a conference and an installation. The details here.

JEUNE ET JOLIE

Young and Beautiful (Jeune et jolie) by Francois Ozon is screened in Miskolc also at the Open Eye, is also Hungarian premiere and had its world premiere also in Cannes. A beautiful teenage girl, played by the beautiful Marine Vatch (pictured), choosing to be a prostitute out of pure boredom. The story reminds us to the leading character of the Belle de Jour – not by mistake. The director openly admits the parallels with Bunuel’s classic starring Catherine Denevue, but regards it only as inspiration, Ozon’s movie is very modern ard very provoking.


PASSÉ

Last year’s Academy Award winner Asghar Farhadi’s new film, The Past (Le Passé) is also in the Open Eye program, starring Berenice Bejo (The Artist) who was awarded for Best Actress in Cannes. Again, a divorce is the main topic of the film – perfect acting, exact gestures and confused relationships bridging cultures characterize the movie, making it a shocking and thoughtful experience, just like the directors Oscar hit, A Separation was.


FRANCES HA OPENS IN MISKOLC

After Telluride, Toronto, Berlin and many other festivals Jameson CineFest brings to Hungary Noah Baumbach's latest (and best) film: Frances Ha, starring the wonderful Greta Gerwig, pictured.


SIDE BY SIDE

Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Danny Boyle, Lars von Trier, John Malkovich and Vilmos Zsigmond - with the help of these masters we investigate the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. The host is Keanu Reeves, Christopher Kenneally's documentary Side by Side, right from the Berlin Film Festival gives in 100 minutes an insight into the secrets of making movies. The screening is supported by the Budapest U.S. Embassy and is a part of the American Film Showcase and the CineClassics series.


ROBERT REDFORD FIGHTS WITH THE ELEMENTS

We will be able to relive the horror of a shipwreck at Miskolc IFF in mid September: the Hungarian premiere of the All is Lost will be in the competition program of the 10th Jameson CineFest - one month before the US premiere. Redford is simply cathartic in All is Lost. The story takes place at the Indian Ocean, where a man is shipwrecked and fights for his life. Almost everything comes to light about the fighting old man from glances and the feelings on the human face - Redford's legendary face. As the director, J. C. Chandor after the Cannes premiere emphasized: "This film is about the very existence. The water and the silence are the main caracters." The film competes for the Miskolc IFF's Emeric Pressburger Prize. The American audience have to wait a few weeks: the film opens in the US in 8 October.

THE WORLD'S END

Some call it one of the best trilogies of all times, and the third part is brilliant: the Three Flavours Cornetto series ends with The World's End - in Hungary at the Jameson CineFest. Funny, cool, unusual, deftly mixes the genres, and Rosamund Pike is simply beautiful in the film. Watch the trailer here, the movie on the big screen in perfect quality and - incredibly, but - free, in September in Miskolc.


SUPER BANDS AT THE JCF

Without being exhaustive, some bands, they will play on the September evenings: Paddy and the Rats, Heaven Street Seven, PUF, Blackie A Puppy, Odette, Kerekes Band, Compact Disco, High Mountain Underground, Neo, Wild Fruttik and many more... Jameson CineFest is not only a film festival: it is Hungary's biggest free music festival, too.


THE DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION PROGRAM

We celebrate the festival's 10th anniversary with an exceptionally strong documentary competition program: the pre-jury selected from the 205 subsissions 11 visionary movies. The audience has an unique chance to see the bests of Cannes, the DOK Leipzig and Amsterdam's IDFA etc. What happened to the child star of Slumdog Millionaire? How the Polish amish live? How the Chinese acrobats are training? At Hungary's greatest IFF you have an opportunity to see moving human stories and get know not only the latest trends of the features, but also the documentaries.

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AGNIESZKA HOLLAND’S OSCAR-NOMINATED FILM IN THE CINEMAS

The Hungarian cinemas screen the film In Darkness of the 2012 Miskolc International Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Awardee from 28 February. The Oscar nominated film is distributed in Hungary by Vertigo Média and its Hungarian premier was in last September in Miskolc in the presence of the director, Agnieszka Holland, who also held a master class after the screening. In Darkness won almost all the awards of the Polish National Film Festival (e.g. the award for Best Director) and earned many other prizes, too. The spectacular historic movie, which takes place in Lemberg during World War 2, is the perfect illustration of Holland’s artistic virtues: in perfect harmony with her actors of four different nations, speaking four different languages, she managed to create a true European piece of work.

SUNDANCE CHANNEL SELECTION: FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE

Something else, something new, something fresh: something of value. The Sundance Channel is for them. Just like Jameson CineFest. The aims of the official channel of the Sundance Festival, founded by Robert Redford after the success of the Festival and of the leading Hungarian Film Festival are the same. The best movies, documentaries and cult series like Mad Men and Rectify make their debut on the Sundance Channel. The festival offers a selection of the films of the Sundance Channel, one of the best channels offering quality time for cinephiles. With these four movies you cannot make a mistake: they all stand for the best quality among their kind. Let it be about an extraordinary friendship (Halley), Roberts Carlye’s struggle against alcohol and his demons (California Solo), a lyric and dramatic sexual awakening of two teenagers (Jess+Moss) or the struggling of a 14-year old to find herself (I Felt Like Love) – the approach is prompt and sensible. Differently though, but they all prove the success of Redford’s concept. Popularity and several prizes: from Durbant to Rotterdam and Munich and – of course – to the Sundance. The sign of the renewal of American cinema.

THE DIRECTOR OF HALF NELSON IN MISKOLC

Ryan Fleck, the director of the cult movie (starring Ryan Gosling) is going to be the guest of the Jameson CineFest. He is the artist to whom Gosling owes his Academy Award nomination. The director participates in the American Film Showcase program, organized jointly by the U.S. Embassy and the Jameson CineFest. The program offers award winning films and a chance to meet their makers. The documentary filmmaker Andrew Garrison will also be present at the festival. For further details click here.

MISKOLC’S STAR WON THE GOLDEN BEAR

The Romanian film Child's Pose (Pozitia copilului), directed by Calin Peter Netzer won the Golden Bear in Berlin this year. The film’s child character is one of the best actors of Bucharest, Bogdan Dumitrache, who was Jameson CineFest’s guest in 2011. He came to the Hungarian premier of Best Intentions with director Adrian Sitaru (pictured in the middle, with Sitaru and producer Emőke Vágási). He then came to Miskolc straight from Locarno where he won the award for Best Actor.

MISKOLC TAKES the leading

“Miskolc has a lot to thank for the film festival” wrote Gábor Muray in the leading daily Magyar Nemzet; “Miskolc takes the leading” says Gyula Varsányi in the another leding daily Népszabadság; “Miskolc wants more and raises the festival” wrote Kata Bálint in the weekly HVG, when the 9th Jameson CineFest ended. The festival’s press coverage and media echo were uniformly excellent. And Muray goes on like this: “Brand building works, Jameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival has no only caught up to the professional forefront, but became Hungary’s only respectable film festival… Jameson CineFest has proven many times that it is a perfect film summit and a real country-image-vitamin… Such a cultural event is needed nowadays more than ever.” Kata Bálint also includes “Miskolc – A city where people could manage to create such festivals from own resources as Bartók + or Jameson CineFest, one worships the opera, the other honors the world of films at the highest level.”

Revizor, the Hungarian National Cultural Fund’s critical portal reflected on the festival in two articles. According to Zsolt Gyenge “even if we have previously referred Jameson Cinefest to as the country’s best film festival for lack of any rivals, now we don’t need to make any such completion. The people of Miskolc are on a very good way to make these 10 days a regionally significant event… The true festival character of CineFest is also indicated by the fact that Agnieszka Holland personally visited Miskolc for receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award, and she even held a master class… Only few can say in the world that the number of attendance for high-quality films is increasing; however, Miskolc seems to be such a place.” László Kolozsi also says that “CineFest of Miskolc remains Hungary’s the only single internationally recognized film festival which can be taken serious… Furthermore, CineFest can supply its visitors with plenty of quality drinks due to its main sponsor Jameson – therefore it can be the perfect place for dissolved conversations, where one may find not only influential acquaintances but real friends, too”.

Linda Katona emphasized on the Transilvanian film portal Filmtett that “Jameson CineFest becomes special from the atmosphere which can form an inseparable whole from a range of repertoire. Like the right kind of yeast does with the flour, water and salt. Based on the old something brand new is born: something from which the future will certainly be able to feed itself… But what makes this festival truly different from the others?  In Miskolc, people dare to dream big and their courage is awarded. They raise the show to gesture, and serves culture as a value that is priceless. One might not pay for it not only because it is too expensive and they could not afford it but because it has no fee. CineFest is a gift. A gift for everybody. Let’s take its advantage for the tenth time, too.”

JCF’S grand prix awarded film nominated for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY AWARD

On 1 December in Malta we will see if Teddy Bear, the work which got the Adolph Zukor Prize at 9th Jameson CineFest, would become the best European first film at the European Film Academy’s (EFA) awarding ceremony. The Danish film had a great success in Miskolc. A seven-member committee decided about the five nominee this year, in the committee there were members of EFA board: Helena Danielsson (Sweden) and Els Vandevorst (the Netherlands), and EFA members Pierre-Henri Deleau (France) and Jacob Neiiendam (Denmark), and the representatives of FIPRESCI: Alin Tasciyan (Turkey), Paulo Portugal (Portugal) and Mihai Chirilov (Romania). The main character of Teddy Bear, the 32-year-old, shy bodybuilder Dennis still lives with his mother who suppresses and smothers the man. He has already bowed to give up his faith in true love but when his uncle marries a Thai girl, Dennis decides to act the same: he suddenly finds himself in Thailand, in the middle of thriving sex industry. Then one night he meets someone in the local gym who would change his whole future life.

FOUR OSCAR NOMINATIONS FOR BEASTS OF THE SOURTHERN WILD

The Hungarian premiere of Beasts of the Southern Wild, which is now nominated for the Academy Award in four categories, was held in September at Jameson CineFest in the presence of director Benh Zeitlin. Though it is his first feature film, Zeitlin was nominated for the world’s most prestigious film award in the category of Best Director among such legends like Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee or Michael Haneke. The film was also nominated in the categories of Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress in a Leading Role. Actually, the six-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest actress who has ever had a chance to win the award in the 85 years history of the Academy Award. Beasts of the Southern Wild, which is distributed by Mozinet Ltd. in Hungary, has already won the Main Prize of Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival’s Caméra d'Or. 

SKYFALL LEADS THE WAY IN THE JAMESON EMPIRE AWARD NOMINATIONS

Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, recently crowned the biggest-ever UK box-office hit, leads the pack with six nominations for the Jameson Empire Awards 2013. Now in its 18th year, the Jameson Empire Awards has come of age and is firmly established in the awards season calendar as an antidote to more formal, industry-voted awards. The Jameson Empire Awards are voted for entirely by the cinemagoing public - you can vote here. Skyfall tops off its huge box-office success, in James Bond’s 50th anniversary year, with nominations across six categories: Best Thriller, Best British Film, Best Director, Jameson Best Actor (Daniel Craig), Best Actress (Judi Dench), and Best Film. Empire is now the biggest movie brand in the world. Jameson Irish Whiskey is the world’s No. 1-selling Irish whiskey. Their mix is simply irresistable: the award ceremony attracts the biggest Hollywood stars and millions of fans. Join us!

A SCI-FI WON JAMESON CINEFEST’S MAIN PRIZE

16 features in competition, all Hungarian premieres, 7 features out of competition, 3 film classics in the CineClassics section, 69 films, 3 workshops, master classes, conferences, international film market, several professional meetings – this is the rapid assessment of 9th Miskolc International Film Festival. Jameson CineFest has become Hungary’s best international film festival. The festival’s main prize, which is named after the Oscar-winner director-scriptwriter Emeric Pressburger who came from Miskolc, went to the Lithuanian Kristina Buožytė for her film Vanishing Waves. From this year on, the jury’s Grand Prix wears the name of Adolph Zukor producer who was born near to Miskolc, and who established the Paramount Pictures. The Adolph Zukor Prize went to two films: the Danish Teddy Bear and to Berberian Sound Studio directed by Peter Strickland.

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ONE NIGHT STANDS AND SOUTHERN BEASTS: HERE’S THE FULL COMPETITION PROGRAM

There will be 16 features in the 9th JCF’s competition program. All of them are Hungarian premieres: the best movies of Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Berlin. We will focus on the American indies and the best flicks from Europe and the region. Our goals remain: to create the best international film festival in Hungary – without compromise. The full program is here.

AGNIESZKA HOLLAND AND ÁGNES KOCSIS: A MASTER CLASS

Ágnes Kocsis, one of the best Hungarian film directors is going to put questions to Agnieszka Holland on the master class at the JCF. The Polish Golden Globe winner and three times Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland is one of the greatest European directors - she will receive the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year. On 16 September, Sunday, at 6 PM they will talk about generations and approaches, special issues for women and basic movie matters. After the discussion comes Holland's award ceremony at 8 PM., and then the screening of her Oscar-nominated masterpiece, In Darkness.


HERE COMES THE DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION PROGRAM

Charcoal-burners and refugee box fighters in Poland, a puppeteer’s charming road movie set in Provence, the wonder shop of a photographer from the Holy Land, the hard days of men collecting guano – JCF brings the world’s best and most relevant visual documents to Hungary this year again. In the meanwhile, Hungarian Nóra Lakatos noses for the local mustache, and Szilárd Matusik’s Moleman 2 submerges in the virtual world. You may find further details here.

AGNIESZKA HOLLAND GETS JAMESON CINEFEST’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

She worked with the entrant Leonardo DiCaprio, the already recognized Andrzej Wajda, Gary Oldman, Jean-Claude Carriere, Gerard Depardieu, Hanna Schygulla, Albert Finney, and Ed Harris. She won the Golden Globe and she was nominated for the Academy Award three times (most recently in this February). Agnieszka Holland is one of the most determinative figures of European cinema. For her latest film In Darkness she has not only been nominated for the Academy Award but her film took almost all prizes at the Polish national film festival in Gdynia - including the award for best directing. The film will be screened after her master class. The historical film takes place in Lemberg in the time of World War 2, and it perfectly illustrates Holland’s artistic virtues: in perfect harmony with her actors of four different nations, talking four different languages, she produced a European piece of work - which is able to reach the European audience. Agnieszka Holland will give a master class on 16 September at Jameson CineFest, and then she will receive her Lifetime Achievement Award before the Hungarian premiere of In Darkness.

DOCOMPASS: DAY OF THE HUNGARIAN DOCUMENTARY PROS

This year JCF is going to host the DOCOMPASS documentary-based professional program for the third time. The forum will be held on 15 September, Saturday 1 AM, and both filmmakers and supporters will represent their views and issues. Therefore, this event gives a great chance for a conversation where we will learn about the new application system and opportunities for co-production. As in the recent years, we wish to create a really useful forum which will help understanding the application system of the current Hungarian filmmaking, also giving information on the other national and foreign essential sources available for documentary production.


INTERNATIONAL FILM MARKET ON JCF

Jameson CineFest’s newest initiative is the international film market held on 20-21 September. The organizers are mainly expecting for the participation of the Central European region’s buyers and sellers but distributers of other regions will also attend the event. We look for professionals coming from the Czech and Slovak Republics, Poland, Croatia, Romania and of course Hungary. This initiative fills in a greatly required but so far lacked segment in Hungary as there hasn’t operated such a market in the country yet. We would like to make a tradition of this program hoping to become an important meeting point and market for the region and the country in the next few years.

CONFERENCE FOR ART CINEMAS

The association of Hungarian art cinema exhibitors is going to have a two-day program in Miskolc, on 20-21 September. Lectures will be held on the possibilities of digitizing smaller screens, people will be able to share their experiences and also learn about the current tender opportunities available for cinema exhibitors both in Hungary and in other countries. Furthermore, the association the members of which favourably expanded in the recent times with the cinemas of Budapest, is going to have its general assembly on 21 September.

ECUMENICAL ROUNDTABLE IN MISKOLC

The movies shot in Hungary win a prominent amount of ecumenical awards at international film festivals all over the world in the last decades - however, the work of these juries is barely known in Hungary. The ecumenical jury and their ecumenical award play a very important role at the world’s greatest international film festivals but at the same time questions continuously arise in connection with their presence in the film world, as if nowadays it wouldn’t be normal to make a relation between culture, film culture and religion. This sheds light on the issue that we might have a common message about distance and closeness. This year’s JFCF international ecumenical jury is going to share their experiences and related explanations with a platform open for the great public. Participants: Hans Hodel, Ákos Kovács, Reinhold Zwick, Dóra Laborczi; the conversation is moderated by Ingrid Glatz. Date and time: 20 September, 10 AM.


DAAZO SHORT FILM PARTY IN THE CORNER STAGE PUB

Daazo.com - European Short Film Centre is the proud supporter of the 9th JCF short film competition: let's celebrate together the shorts in competition on 20 September from 9 PM, grab a drink with the artists and party together until the break of dawn. Free entry.

AUDREY TAUTOU’S DIRECTOR IN MISKOLC

David Foenkinos, one of the great stars of the young French literature (his novel, La délicatesse sold one million copies) leads a workshop in Miskolc on 18 September, the topic of which will be the relationship between the cinema and literature - since he himself made the film from his bestseller with the help of his brother, and with the starring of Audrey Tautou. In the afternoon, he is giving a lecture for secondary school pupils on the interoperability of genres (in Zrínyi Secondary High School: Miskolc, Nagyváthy János utca 5), and in the evening he will attend the JCF screening of his first successful short film, followed by an audience meeting. The program is organized in collaboration with the French Institute, Budapest.


BEASTS IS THE FIRST FILM IN JCF COMPETITION

Beasts of the Southern Wild, this year’s winner of Sundance Film Festival will be presented for the Hungarian public in the competition section of 9th Jameson CineFest. It’s already an unparalleled success story: the astonishing drama depicts the devastating disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina from a little girl’s point of view; it made a real hit at this year’s Sundance taking the festival’s main prize and also the award for best cinematography. It’s second contest was in Cannes International Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard Section, and harvested four awards among which were the critics’ FIPRESCI award, Caméra d'Or for the best first-film and also the ecumenical jury’s prize. Most people regard the only 29-year-old director, Benh Zeitlin – who previously produced mainly short films – to as the worthy heir of Terrence Malick. Fox Searchlight bought the U.S. distribution right for $ 2 million and has many hopeful expectations towards the film’s success among the Oscar finalists – some even say that this movie is a probable winner not only in the categories of best film, best direction, best writing and cinematography but in the categories of best actor and best original score, either. The latter is especially surprising because Zeitlin didn’t charge an experienced old professional to do the job but he composed the music himself together with a fellow. Furthermore, he worked exclusively with amateurs: for example, Quvenzhané Wallis forming the main character was only 5 when shooting the film. The film’s Hungarian premiere will be in Miskolc in September, and afterwards it shall reach the theatres nation-wide in Mozinet’s distribution.

MEDIA DAY IN MISKOLC MEDIA

Program, the European Union’s programme designed to support the European audiovisual sector, is holding a conference on 21 September at JCF to inform people on their existing application system, to help applying for a grant by sharing experiences and results. MEDIA Program celebrated its 20th birthday last year, and its success in Europe is clearly demonstrated by all the movies, projects, fairs, courses and festivals supported by the MEDIA Program, and as such Jameson CineFest, which is hosting the conference. From 2014, a new initiative is launched under the name Creative Europe, about which one can learn more at the conference co-organized by MEDIA Desk Hungary.

FIPRESCI JURY AT JAMESON CINEFEST

The International Federation of Film Critics, also known as FIPRESCI, is going to delegate a 3 member international jury to Miskolc International Film Festival. According to György Kárpáti, the FIPRESCI’s Hungarian vice-president elected in March, the JCF’s application enjoyed the board’s unified trust. Their unanimous decision is not only the recognition of the festival’s high niveau but also the sign of unbroken trust towards the Hungarian film. Jameson CineFest is the only Hungarian film festival where FIPRESCI is going to evaluate the films in competition. With this a very important and old target has been accomplished: together with the ecumenical jury having started its work at JCF in 2011, the two most important professional juries of the greatest festivals will be present at a Hungarian film festival.

TIBOR BÍRÓ RE-ELECTED TO CICAE BOARD

During the Cannes Festival Jameson CineFest’s festival director was elected to another 3 years into the board of CICAE, the international organization collecting art cinema all over the world. CICAE includes some 3000 cinemas and 15 festivals from 29 countries. Furthermore, during his stay in Cannes Tibor Bíró took part in MEDIA Salles’s general assembly where he was elected to member of the organization’s Executive Committee. Hungary’s Art Cinema Association and the Hungarian Cinema Owners’ Association are members of MEDIA Salles, which organizes such international film professional events as DiGiTraining Plus that will be held from 29th August to 2nd September in Amsterdam.

JCF COOPERATES WITH THE BRATISLAVA IFF

Hungary's leading film event Jameson CineFest and Slovakia’s leading film event, the Bratislava International Film Festival have agreed on cooperation. In the future, the two festivals will work on joint projects and they will promote each other.

Ecumenical roundtable and jury in miskolc

In September an international ecumenical roundtable conference will be held at the Miskolc International Film Festival, as Jos Horemans, president of SIGNIS Europe and Tibor Bíró festival director agreed in Cannes. As the leader of the organization bringing together the continent’s Catholic journalists, and Jameson CineFest festival director said, the program will focus on the spiritual approach of film and media. This year again, a four-member international ecumenical jury delegated from SIGNIS and INTERFILM will award the films in competition.


EU'S MEDIA SUPPORT FOR JAMESON CINEFEST - AGAIN

EU’s MEDIA Program is supporting Miskolc International Film Festival this year again. Following years 2009 and 2010, this year the 9th edition of Jameson CineFest has been regarded to as worth their support for the third time – making it unique among the Hungarian film festivals. The festival’s MEDIA application has been assisted by Inventio Consulting.

Old ’N New Sponsors

Jameson is proud to support CineFest in 2012, too. Furthermore, the festival still cooperates with Red Bull, MTVA (the Hungarian public radio and tv), and Funzine as strategic media partner. The organizers are constantly negotiating with several other companies.


A JCF FILM WON THE FILM CRITICS’ AWARD

This year, Caught Between Two Words directed by Viktor Oszkár Nagy received the Hungarian film critics’ award in the documentary section. In September last year the film won the award for the best documentary at the 8th Jameson CineFest, too. The film, which was produced by HBO, gives a close-up of the everyday life in a Hungarian refugee camp.


THE HELP NOMINATED FOR THE OSCAR

Jameson CineFest’s opening film and the hit of many award ceremonies, The Help has been nominated for the Oscar in the category of the Best Film. Viola Davis is expecting the award for the Best Actress (she has already won the Screen Actors Guild award, and she has not only nominated for the Academy Award but also for the award of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, i.e. BAFTA). Octavia Spencer goes for the Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actress (after having received the Golden Globe). Among her contestants is the film’s other great performer Jessica Chastain, as both of them were nominated in this category. Among the four Academy Award nominations, The Help was nominated in five BAFTA categories , too. We will see who gets the reward in the middle of February in London and at the end of the month in Los Angeles.


CINEMAS OF THE MONTH: URÁNIA AND BÉKE IN MISKOLC

FNE (Film New Europe) interviewed cinema director and festival director Tibor Bíró this month. The interview also gives a look on the Hungarian movie perspectives.

YOUNG POLISH FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL

The Young and Beautiful Festival of Warsaw is a great place for Hungarian film students and young film makers to share their work with an international audience, gain valuable experience and meet kindred spirits. The festival is dedicated for the young creators, passionate about film, who do not dispose of multimillion budgets but nevertheless want to talk about the problems they encounter, via their art. Our Festival allows the small forms made by film school students not to go straight to the drawer, but to be shared with wide audience and amuse, move or surprise them just as the well-known authors’ productions do. After all, every one of them had to start somewhere! The Festival gives a chance to have a really good start. More info here.


'IT FEELS LIKE WE WERE IN CANNES' - JAMESON CINEFEST'S MEDIA ECHO

'2011 will be remembered as the year of the turning point in the history of the festival: it became visible in the map of the great European film festivals' says the article of László Valuska on index.hu, Hungary's leading and most popular online magazine. The 8th Miskolc International Film Festival received the unified appreciation of the Hungarian critics.

'Great festival, little money, and all the other clichés… Jameson CineFest is not all about that but about dedicated people who are pro in bringing out the maximum from the minimum' says Linda Katona, critic of filmtett.ro, in her article with the title 'The Human Festival'. And she goes on like this: 'Screening the 70-year-old People on the Alps (Emberek a havason) on a festival is an image determing program. István Szőts would be 100 next year and talking about him is the celebration of the Hungarian film… Jameson CineFest is proud to do so, either for the profession or the audience… Drastic films, intense competition, lessons to be learnt, and all in human voice: this Miskolc vacation in the autumn sunshine was a real theme park of films, and no one could desire more – but same time, next year, here again!' In his article in the leading daily Népszabadság, Gyula Varsányi wrote that 'Miskolc has been an oasis in the desert of Hungarian films', and that the competition program was 'special, balancing on the border of art and genre films.' Gyögy Báron wrote in the weekly Élet és Irodalom that 'Jameson CineFest, the Miskolc muster of young filmmakers' productions is not only existing and surviving but also keeping the high level by which it managed to emerge from the field of the Hungarian festivals in the last few years… The whole competition program reflected the sophisticated taste and the mastery of international films.'

'By today, CineFest has indisputably become the best Hungarian international film festival. The work of the last eight years could be harvested in this year's September' wrote László Kolozsi in Revizor, the critical portal of the Hungarian National Cultural Fund (NKA). 'Who was there could believe that they live in a country and be hosted by a city where culture is important. And for the time being, no festival could aspire for more.'

BEST INTENTIONS IN THE HUNGARIAN CINEMAS

Best Intentions is the 7th film getting cinema release in Hungary out of the 13 domestic premieres from Jameson CineFest`s 2011 competition program. Awarded with the Best Director and Best Actor prizes in Locarno, "Romanian writer/director Adrian Sitaru`s... talky, family-centered drama relies on subjective, point-of-view camerawork to an extent seldom matched since Robert Montgomery's 1947 noir The Lady in the Lake.", writes The Hollywood Reporter reviewer. The Hungarian co-production (with Emőke Vágási`s Cor Leonis Film) starts countrywide on 20 January.


MEPHISTO ON DVD

Acclaimed director István Szabó's 30 years old masterpiece Mephisto is finally released on DVD in his native Hungary. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1982 and was the first of three creative collaborations between the director and Austrian actor Klaus Maria Brandauer. On the surface, Mephisto is the story of the corruption of one vain man's soul through his vile dealings with the Nazi regime in pre-war Germany. But the film is also a denunciation of all who collaborated with an evil system. The film was a German-Hungarian-Austrian co-production created at a time when Hungary was still behind the Iron Curtain. What could have easily devolved into a politically ham-fisted and constrained film stands instead as a very engaging human drama that boldly invites the audience to make its own assumptions. The film is presented in restored 16:9 screen, in German and Hungarian languages and with English subtitles. Extras include interviews with the director.


'IT FEELS LIKE WE WERE IN CANNES' - JAMESON CINEFEST'S MEDIA ECHO

'2011 will be remembered as the year of the turning point in the history of the festival: it became visible in the map of the great European film festivals' says the article of László Valuska on index.hu, Hungary's leading and most popular online magazine. The 8th Miskolc International Film Festival received the unified appreciation of the Hungarian critics.

'Great festival, little money, and all the other clichés… Jameson CineFest is not all about that but about dedicated people who are pro in bringing out the maximum from the minimum' says Linda Katona, critic of filmtett.ro, in her article with the title 'The Human Festival'. And she goes on like this: 'Screening the 70-year-old People on the Alps (Emberek a havason) on a festival is an image determing program. István Szőts would be 100 next year and talking about him is the celebration of the Hungarian film… Jameson CineFest is proud to do so, either for the profession or the audience… Drastic films, intense competition, lessons to be learnt, and all in human voice: this Miskolc vacation in the autumn sunshine was a real theme park of films, and no one could desire more – but same time, next year, here again!' In his article in the leading daily Népszabadság, Gyula Varsányi wrote that 'Miskolc has been an oasis in the desert of Hungarian films', and that the competition program was 'special, balancing on the border of art and genre films.' Gyögy Báron wrote in the weekly Élet és Irodalom that 'Jameson CineFest, the Miskolc muster of young filmmakers' productions is not only existing and surviving but also keeping the high level by which it managed to emerge from the field of the Hungarian festivals in the last few years… The whole competition program reflected the sophisticated taste and the mastery of international films.'

'By today, CineFest has indisputably become the best Hungarian international film festival. The work of the last eight years could be harvested in this year's September' wrote László Kolozsi in Revizor, the critical portal of the Hungarian National Cultural Fund (NKA). 'Who was there could believe that they live in a country and be hosted by a city where culture is important. And for the time being, no festival could aspire for more.'

BERLIN COMES AFTER MISKOLC: EUROPEAN FILM AWARD NOMINATION FOR THE WINNERS OF JAMESON CINEFEST

Both Austrian films, Michael and Atmen, which were awarded in Miskolc, got to the final of the best films in the contest for the European Film Academy's Discovery Award. FIPRESCI is going to decide which European first-film-maker deserves the award being the best. On Jameson CineFest, Markus Schleinzer received the Jury's Grand Prix for Michael, and Karl Markovics' Breathing won the main prize, i. e. the Ememic Pressburger Prize, and also the critics' and the ecumenical jury's awards. On 3rd December, on the European Film Award's gala in Berlin, we will see which is going to be Europe's discovery.


Obscurantist awarded FNE Visegrad Prix for best documentary coproduction

Czech producer Radim Prochazka was awarded the FNE Visegrad Prix for Obscurantist and His Lineage or the Pyramids' Tearful Valleys (Tmář a jeho rod aneb Slzavé údolí pyramid). It was awarded at the closing ceremony of the 15th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival on 29 October 2011. The film was directed by legendary Czech experimental documentary filmmaker Karel Vachek.

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KARL MARKOVICS' VIDEO MESSAGE

Markovics' first feature receiverd three major awards at the 2011 Jameson CineFest - here the artist's video message:

ZOOM IN JELENIA GORA, POLAND WAITS FOR YOUR FILM

Jameson CineFest's partner festival, Jelenia Gora's ZOOM - ZBLIŻENIA is a significant cultural event in Poland. The goal of the festival is presentation of the filmmakers' accomplishments, coupled with any new trends and ideas in the independent movie making scene. The character of the festival makes room for variety of forms - feature films, documentaries, and all kind of experimental forms created with the help of a video camera. There are no restrictions on themes and topic. ZOOM will celebrate its 15th edition in Feburary 2012. They are waiting for your film until 30 November, 2011. All information on the official festival website: www.zoomfestival.pl


AUSTRIAN FILM WITH OSCAR CHANCE WON THE MAIN PRIZE OF JAMESON CINEFEST

14 feature films in competition, all Hungarian premieres, 6 feature films out of competition, 9 classical movies in the PORT.hu CineClassics section, 19 short films, 10 documentaries, 15 animated movies, 3 exhibitions, 3 workshops, conferences, several professional meetings – issues of the 8th Miskolc International Film Festival which ended on 25 September. Due to the achievements of the last 8 years, Jameson CineFest has become the best film festival in Hungary.

Jameson CineFest’s main prize, named after the Miskolc born Oscar winner director-screenwriter Emeric Pressburger, was awarded to Karl Markovics’s movie Atmen (Breathing), and the award was received by Thomas Schubert, the film’s leading actor. It is Markovics’s, one of Austria’s most famous and most popular actors’ first work as a director, and it is the official Austrian Oscar nominee. Austria received the jury’s grand prix either: the film Michael arrived to Hungary straight from Cannes, and it is the first direction of Markus Schleinzer, Michael Hanekes casting director.

Max Zahle’s Raju proved to be the best short film and its award was offered by Daazo.com. The best documentary was Viktor Oszkár Nagy’s Két világ között (Caught Between Two Worlds). The best animated film’s award, which is wearing the name of Attila Dargay for the honouring of the animation artist with Miskolc origins, was offered by KEDD Animation Studio and it went to A Lost And Found Box of Human Sensation. FICC, the International Federation of Film Societies favoured Christian Schwochow’s Die Unsichtbare (Cracks In The Shell) and honoured this production with the Don Quijote Award. Film New Europe’s award went to Adrian Sitaru’s Best Intentions as the best (Hungarian-Romanian) coproduction, and the award was received by Emőke Vágási co-producer.

This year, in Miskolc International Film Festival, international ecumenical jury awarded the films for the first time, and it is a very important step in enhancing the festival’s international reputation. They also awarded Atmen, a film which due to receiving the film critics’ award, either, could bag three awards at once.

The ever improving PORT.hu CineClassics film historical program series, with the patronage of legendary director István Szabó, screened a complete István Szőts retrospective. In the Miskolc Galery, an exhibition and conference commemorated the great director of the Emberek a havason (People in the Alps) which was shot 70 years ago. The audience could visit a large-scale Krzysztof Kieslowski and Tamás Major exhibition; furthermore, there was a film forum held on the transformation of film industry’s support system, and roma workshop and a three-day cinema conference were also organized. And, of course, several concerts and parties were hosted by the festival – staying faithful to the Jameson CineFest traditions.

Best Intentions awarded FNE Visegrad Prix 2011 for best fiction coproduction at Jameson CineFest

The Hungarian coproducer of Adrian Sitaru’s Best Intentions has been awarded the prestigious FNE Visegrad Prix for best fiction coproduction. The prix was awarded at the closing ceremony of the 8th edition of Hungary'leading film festival, the Jameson CineFest – Miskolc IFF.

Hungarian coproducer Emoke Vagasi of Cor Leonis Films (www.corleonisfilms.hu) collected the 1000 euros prize from FNE editor Cathy Meils at the festival’s closing ceremony on 24 September 2011.

The winner was selected by the festival’s main jury. The Romanian-Hungarian coproduction was a testament to Hungarian tenacity in the face of a film funding crisis that saw domestic film production nearly grind to a halt over the past year. Vagasi told FNE that she produced the film without any state funding. Cor Leonis was able to provide 45% of the film's 750,000 budget, largely through theatrical distribution and TV presales. The film also received a grant from Eurimages.

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SZŐTS WORKSHOP

During the festival film students of the Cluj (Kolozsvár) Sapientia University with Orsolya Tóth shooted short features based on scrips by the great Hungarian director István Szőts. Watch the films here.

HERE’S THE WHOLE COMPETITION PROGRAM

The list is ready: you can find the competition program of 8th Jameson CineFest here. We can say that this year’s program is much stronger than last year’s, moreover, it is going to be the strongest Hungarian festival competition program ever. Our aim is unchanged: to create a true international film festival in Hungary – without any compromises.

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Die UnsichTbare

There’s nothing worse for an actress than being ’invisible’. The Hungarian premiere of Cracks in the Shell (Die Unsichtbare) is going to be on 21st September evening at Jameson CineFest. This film is regarded to as the German Black Swan, deservedly. It comes to Miskolc from Karlovy Vary where the jury, the president of which was István Szabó, awarded it for the Best Actress; and it won the international ecumenic jury’s award for the Best Film. Its story actually does remind us on the Black Swan: the young and shy actress is invited for the leading role in the famous director’s new theatre production. The role she has to play is the very opposite of her personality… Stine Fischer Christensen, the young Danish actress is considered to give a better performance in this film than Natalie Portman in the Oscar-worthy thriller. Die Unsichtbare is one of the best European films of the year. At 10 PM, on 21st September.

BREATHING & MICHAEL

There are two Austrian films in the competition program. Michael is Marcus Schleinzer’s, Michael Haneke’s casting director’s first production – it took part in the competition program of Cannes Film Festival, dividing opinions: due to pedophilia’s naturalistic description it attained not only indignation but it also made people think. We can see the days of a small boy kept locked up by a man: the dispassionate ordinary routine of horror. Premiere: at 6 p.m., on 18th September. The other Austrian film is Atmen (Breathing)which managed to bag the Best Film at Sarajevo Film Festival and Austria’s official Oscar-nominee. This movie is the first direction of actor Karl Markovics and it recalls the works of the Dardenne-brothers. Premiere: at 6 p.m., on 22nd September.

Attack the Block & HARRY BROWN

South-London and East-London: scenes of a sci-fi and a revenge drama. Even though they take place in the same city, they are very much different from each other. In Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block aliens get to a building estate and meet with teenage street kids. At 4 p.m. on 23rd September. The other film, Daniel Barber’s Harry Brown is a revenge drama placed in East-London, with the main character of a senior citizen in a building estate. We might find it more interesting when we learn that it is Sir Michael Caine who fights the murderers of his best friend in this movie. In the background: thousands of blocks of flats. Brutal. At 10 p.m. on 22nd September.

THE OTHER OLSEN GIRL AT JAMESON CINEFEST, BEFORE THE AMERICAN PREMIERE

Sean Durkin has been awarded for the best direction at Sundance for his film Martha Marcy May Marlene which is going to be screened in the competition program of the Miskolc International Film Festival in September. The Hungarian cinema-goers can watch the film, which appeared in the Un certain regard section in Cannes, much earlier than the Americans - as the film's US premiere is going to be held only on 21st October. Among the stars of this masterful psychological thriller are Christopher Abbot, Hugh Dancy - and Elizabeth Olsen, the talented sister of the Olsen twins, who gives Oscar-worthy performance in the film. Martha Marcy May Marlene escapes from the captivity of a sect, but her memories still keep her suffering for a long time. Sean Dunkin's first feature film has a good chance for the Academy Awards, just like the opening film of Jameson CineFest, The Help, which has been leading the US charts for 14 days.


KEKIM MEETING: SEPTEMBER 20, 6 PM,
COURTYARD OF THE MISKOLC GALLERY

The members of the Kunt Ernő Képíró Műhely (KEKIM) are documentary filmmakers, who are linked by thousand ties to Miskolc and the work of the promiment visual anthropologist Ernő Kunt (1948-1994). They are committed to take photographs and make documentaries through which a vivid and touching meeting of different people, social groups or cultures evolve. For one of the documentaries screened during this year’s Jameson CineFest the KEKIM has offered a special award.

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FNE Visegrad Prix nominations for best fiction coproduction announced

Nominations for the second edtion of the FNE Visegrad Prix for best fiction film coproduction from a Visegard country have been announced. The films are all screening in Hungary, in the Jameson CineFest – Miskolc International Film Festival's (17-25 September) official programme. The final selection will be made by the festival's main jury and announced at the festival's closing ceremony.

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THE HELP IS A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS

The Help is being mentioned as the great Golden Globe and Oscar expectant movie of the year. It was first screened in the USA on 10th August, and on 15th it has already been at first place on the American top charts – and it is still keeping its position. The film is marked by the names of director Tate Taylor and such stars as Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Bryce Dallas Howard, and it has already bagged 88 million dollars. We don't have to wait for long to see the film's Hungarian premiere: we are proud to present the movie at Jameson CineFest as openig film on 17th September. Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns from college and tries to earn money as a journalist. She decides to write a book on servants working for the aristocrat families in the South, but from the servants' point of view. After many attempts made for persuading her, Aibileen (Viola Davis), Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper becomes the first who breaks the silence and talks about the fears of black people, a very isolated community in the eyes of the outsiders.

Sarajevo's Best PICTURE on JAMESON CineFest

A few weeks ago in Sarajevo, Angelina Jolie handed over the award for Best Actor to Thomas Schubert, the young star of Atmen (Breathing). This is the first direction of Austrian actor Karl Markovics. In his homeland he is a very well known and popular artist, and the interational public might be familiar with his very characteristic face from Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiters) which won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar three years ago. In Cannes, Markovics competed with his film in the Director's Forthnight section. The film's Hungarian premier in the presence of the director is going to be in September, in the competition program of Jameson CineFest.


International ecumenical jury, national ecumenical retrospective

Jos Horemans, president of SIGNIS Europe is going to head the international ecumenical jury of 8th Jameson CineFest. 'It is a great honour to be the president of the first international ecumenical jury in Hungary', says Horemans, the leader of the European branche of the catholic world association for media and communication. 'We are present at the world's leading festivals and it is a great pleasure for us that in Hungary, at the dynamically developing Miskolc International Film Festival there will be a body of two catholic and two protestant members.'

At the world's top festivals, these bodies have been granting awards for long decades now. Only few may know but many Hungarian films have also been awarded with the ecumenical jury's award in Berlin and Cannes and other festivals. Jameson CineFest has prepared with a retrospective film selection to honour the first ecumenical jury in Hungary. The program contains such films as Szerelem (Love), the legendary film by Károly Makk (awarded in 1971, Cannes); Pál Schiffer's Cséplő Gyuri (Gyuri Cséplő), which is focusing on roma matters and was awarded in 1978 in Locarno; the staggering documentary Száműzöttek (Exiles) by Imre Gyöngyössy and Barna Kabay (1991, Montreal) and the excellent but rarely screened Azonosítás (Man with No Name) by László Lugossy (1976, Berlin).

HYUNDAI, THE CAR-PARTNER OF JAMESON CINEFEST

This year the festival's guests will be transported by Hyundai. Miskolc International Film Festival's newest sponsor and car partner is Borsod Auto Ltd. Hyundai Trade.

NESPRESSO IS PARTNER WITH JAMESON CINEFEST

Nespresso, one of the world's leading quality coffee producer is going to sponsor the festival. Nestlé Nespresso S.A. is the pioneer and market leading firm of premium quality portioned coffee. Due to the combination of the most excellent quality Grand Cru coffees, the versatile and stylish coffee machines and the unique service department, the Nespresso experience is beyond all praise. Thus, everybody will certainly find their favourite flavor at the opening ceremony of Jameson CineFest.


JAMESON CINEFEST COMPASS FOR DOCU MAKERS

This year, the Miskolc International Film Festival is hosting the documentary professional program called Compass for the second time. Due to the current transformation of the Hungarian film subsidy system, the national documentary film industry is heading towards serious changes. The main aim of the organizers Eszter Buslig, Nóra Ruszkai and Péter Szalay, is to provide a wide forum for the documentary profession at the Jameson CineFest where the filmmakers and the decision makers can meet each other.

LOCARNO'S BEST DIRECTOR IN MISKOLC

Adrian Sitaru's Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intentii (Best Intentions) won the best director's award of Locarno International Film Festival. The Hungarian premiere of the Romanian-Hungarian co-production will be in September at CineFest competition. Sitaru's previous work, Pescuit sportive (Hooked), started its journey in Miskolc, too, two years ago making a huge critic and festival hit. The leading actress, Maria Dinulescu, was the guest of CineFest then - she is one of the greatest stars of the Romanian new wave, also to be familiar from California Dreamin'. Miskolc will welcome the filmmakers again: this time not only the director but also Emőke Vágási, the film's Hungarian co-producer, Orsi Tóth, Orsolya Török-Illyés from the cast and Bogdan Dumitrache who has been awarded Best Actor in Locarno.


JAMESON CINEFEST STARTS WITH SELF-CONSCIOUS BLACK WOMEN

The 8th edition of Miskolc International Film Festival opens with the screening of The Help. Such names are among the stars as Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis and Emma Stone, and the story is set in the 1960s' US, at the very beginning of the civil rights movement of black people.

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DCI DIGITAL SCREENINGS: FIRST TIME IN HUNGARY ON JAMESON CINEFEST

For the first time in the history of Hungarian film festivals, some of the films in competition of Jameson CineFest are going to be screened with DCI, the most developed digital technology. Since the premiere of Avatar in 2009, the cinemas' transition to digital technology is going on at a more and more spanking pace. In September, with the support of Christie Digital, the global market leader of digital projector technologies, the location of the opening show and the Uránia screen will be changed into a digital screen where the cinema-goers shall enjoy the films in competition in a crystal clear picture quality in a more than 2.2 megapixels resolution. The Christie's digital projector makes it possible to screen the digital copies according to the DCI standard, in 2K resolution, with an efficiency exceeding 13000 Ansi brilliance. This year as part of CineClassics, the Miskolc International Film Festival gives opportunity of introduction to Europe's Finest – a company which is going to give a show of European film classics apt for DCI standard distribution.

CINECLASSICS: KIESLOWSKI EXHIBITION

"It gives me the creeps, and I have an impression that somebody is speaking through Kieslowski" , said Robert de Niro in 1989. Krzysztof Kieslowski's films have had huge impacts all over the world, and right at the time of the Central European regime changes. Signs and Memories, the joint exhibition of the Łódz Film Museum and CineClassics, is going to be held in the House of Arts, Miskolc (Rákóczi u. 5.) and it is going to demonstrate the director's life, career and films. The inaugural will be held by Krzysztof Wierzbicki, Kieslowski's assistant director (who is going to be the member of CineFest's international jury this year). The exhibition will be opened at 5 p.m., 18th September.

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"The most exciting Hungarian film event" - CineFest's Media Echo

"We will take Tibor Bíró" this somewhat humorous saying of Zoltán Kőrösi, president of the Hungarian Motion Picture Public Foundation at the closing ceremony of Jameson CineFest was much quoted in the Hungarian media afterwards. What Mr Kőrösi was referring to that the Miskolc festival director and his team created one of Hungary's best cinematic events and that his skills would be much sought after elsewhere, too.

The reactions to the 7th Miskolc International Film Festival were unanimously positive. "Kőrösi's no doubt unofficial announcement was a kind of compliment: Tibor Bíró festival director and Péter Madaras program director accomplished something - from a meagre budget in European standards - in the city of steel, which is second to none among Hungarian film events." wrote Gábor Muray in Magyar Nemzet, one of the country's leading daily newspapers. Gyula Varsányi, film critic of Népszabadság, another of the largest dailies in the country, agreed: "No doubt, from now on Jameson CineFest has become the most exciting Hungarian film event alongside with Titanic." The doyen of Hungarian film critic, György Báron, wrote in Élet és Irodalom, the cultural weekly thus: "The extravagant film selection at this year's CineFest was the best of all Hungarian festival line-ups ever." also adding that the Miskolc International Film Festival is the first Hungarian event that managed to break into the international festival arena. "CineFest needed less than ten years to grow into becoming the most important Hungarian film festival with the best official selection." wrote László Kolozsi in Revizor, the critical portal of the Hungarian National Cultural Foundation.

 "We have already praised the professional programs of CineFest many times but we cannot emphasize enough how high quality presentations we heard again" wrote Anita Libor about the program of CineClassics in magyar.film.hu, on the most read Hungarian film webzine. Many press publications like the leading weekly Heti Válasz in its article "Star extravaganza at CineFest Miskolc" highlighted that lifetime achievement award winner Miklós Jancsó was congratulated in video messages from luminaries such as Martin Scorsese and Darren Aronofsky.

JAMESON CINEFEST: THE WINNERS ON THE GREEN CARPET

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.

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Exciting times at Jameson CineFest

The festival gathered momentum in the past few days. Feature films in and out of competition drew large crowds making filling Urania and Beke cinemas beyond capacity. We saw quality films, like Hungarian Adrienn Pál and American Precious, both telling a story about an overweight woman in a sensitive way, the very non-Hollywood Frozen River, also from the US, about a struggling single mother of two desperately trying to keep above water financially, and Tehroun about surviving the Iranian capital. All intensive, meaning-laden pictures that drew intense discussions in and around the House of Arts, analysing, debating, liking and not liking.

Documentary and short films brought us to far away and exotic places, allowed us glimpses into different cultures. Professional programs broadened our horizon. In the DoCompass Documentary Workshop veteran filmmakers shared their experiences with young and inspiring colleagues their maps to the often treacherous terrain of finding a worthy theme for a documentary and trying to raise money to make it. In the Zoltan Korda Conference we got a very thorough picture of this Hungarian-British director.

On the lighter side after a VIP dinner festival organisers and participants were transported with a vintage bus to a disco venue where partying went on into the night.

Women Without Men Stir Emotions

On Monday feature film competition continued with The Scientist and Mall Girls both screened in front of packed audiences, but it was Iranian directors, Shirin Neshat's and Shoja Azari's visually poetic film, Women Without Men, we saw on Tuesday evening was the first that drew passionate emotions from the members of the audience. This emotional film deals with a very important political event in Iranian history and the dismal situation of women in society at the same time. First time directors, maybe, but they, it seems, have managed to fulfill their goal with the film admirably.

In the documentary competition the highlights were perhaps Still Times from France showing us the timelessness of long term imprisonment in a musical way, and the story of two young social misfits in Hard Lines (Sorsod Borsod) from local Miskolc filmmakers, István Nagy and Nóra Ruszkai.

JENS RYKAER DEAD

President of MEDIA Salles,Jens Rykaer died at his home in Vaerloese, after having confronted a difficult period of illness with courage and dignity. In his 20 years of work with MEDIA Salles, Jens held various positions in the association, contributing, thanks to his passion and competence, to giving impulse to European and Hungarian cinema, which thus loses both a friend and and an enthusiastic supporter. Jens served at CineFest as the president of the international jury four years ago.

THANKS FOR THE FILMS

This year CineFest received more than 500 entries from more than 40 countries. Thanks for the films, the pre-jury will announce the list of the films in competition in mid August. See you in Miskolc in September 2011!

INTERNATIONAL ECUMENICAL JURY ON JAMESON CINEFEST

  It is unprecedented in Hungary: for the first time in the history of Hungarian film festivals, a four-member international ecumenical jury is going to value the films on Jameson-CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival from September, 2011.

In the last decades, juries have awarded such legendary Hungarian films as István Szabó's Confidence (Bizalom), Pál Gábor's Angi Vera, Károly Makk's Love (Szerelem) or, for the last time, Ágnes Kocsis's Pál Adrienn. Besides the above mentioned retrospective film series, the work of the juries will be presented by a roundtable discussion, familiarizing the Hungarian audience with the most memorable moments of the jury history of the previous decades.

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CINECLASSICS CONTINUES WITH KIESLOWSKI, SZŐTS AND PASCAL

  After the positive resonance of CineFest's film history series CineClassics, the program continues in September 2011 with retrospective screenings, exhibitions and conferences. CineClassics' aim is to emphasize Central Europe's contribution to world cinema. A retrospective of director István Szőts celebrates the 70th anniversary of his 1941 masterpiece Men of the Alps (Emberek a havason). An exhibition and an international conference will accompany the film. Another great attraction of CineClassics will be a spectacular exhibition, based on the legendary Polish series Dekalog (Ten Commandments) by Krzysztof Kieslowski.

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CINEFEST IN FULL SPIN

During the last days Jameson CineFest got into a high gear. The Dargay exhibition about Hungary's top animator is the darling of the kids while in the darkness of the cinemas the red eyed jury and audience members fell into a visual overdose from watching one good film succeeding the other. The animation and short film competition screenings refused to go quietly in the shadow of the feature film screenings and drew near full houses. The highlight was Bálint Szimler's Here I Am, that went to Cannes in May and attracted many questions from the audience afterwards.

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Scorsese and Pacino opens Jameson CineFest

The 7th Jameson CineFest started off with a personal message of master filmmaker Martin Scorsese, tasting the word "Miskolc", then wishing well to young filmmakers. Then Mr. Tibor Biro, festival director, greeted the audience, followed by Mr. Vilmos Fedor, the deputy mayor of Miskolc and finally Ms. Judit Váradi-Bor, the representative of the Hungarian Government, praised the festival for its outstanding achievements and the winning the title of "Outstanding Hungarian Arts Festival". The formalities were over with the introduction of the members of the international jury. Then the audience was treated with the preview screening of the latest Al Pacino Barry Levinson flick, You Don't Know Jack. The controversy was then drowned into Jameson shots at the opening party where mingling and getting ready for the festival could start in earnest.

The winners of Jameson Cinefest 1 minute shortfilm contest are announced!

Vote for your favourite short -the audience award is still not yet decided!

Amateur and professional filmmakers were challanged with creating their favourite film classics in 60 seconds. The jury included Geza M. Toth, Academy Award nominated, and Cannes Film Festival winner Agnes Kocsis directors, besides other well-known people from the film business. The winning pieces were screened at the Jameson Cinefest International Film Festival in Miskolc.

In the category of under 18 years old Gergely Timar has won an award with his short "PSYCHO chicken". This is a one minute long remake of the famous shower scene of Hitchcock's PSYCHO.
http://daazo.com/film/0dba4116-b6c6-11df-ac35-0050fc84de33/

In the category of over 18 years old the winner Orsi Nagypal has won with an other interpretation of Hitchcock's famous work, Birds.  Birds (in one minute)
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Gabor Csizmadia "Cheese" won a special award for two of his shorts, "Choir of Forrest Gump" and "Scent of a woman with the eye of Al" http://daazo.com/film/2b116ce8-b4f6-11df-ac35-0050fc84de33/

The festival was organized by Jameson and Cinefest with the contribution of Daazo.com, the Shortfilm Center of European filmmakers, where all the workpieces of the festival contest are uploaded, besides Academy Award winner and Palm d'Or winner shortfilms.

The audience award is still not yet annonced, the call is open until september 18., 2010, and the most "liked" short will be winning. The audience's favourite short will be announced at the Cinefest's award ceremony on Saturday. The winner will receive a bottle Jameson, and will be an invited guest of Cinefest 2011.

PERVERTED ADVENTURES

MEAT - September 11, 8PM

Interview with directors Victor Nieuwenhuis and Maartje Seyferth

What is Meat about?

Meat is a film about changing identity. A butcher's shop is the ideal place to unfold a sexual stage play of bodies searching for a perverted adventure. In this case, a mature erotomaniac butcher and his young voyeuristic female employee - who compulsively documents everything with a video camera. The butcher gets into her head, she gets into his. It's more like his fantasy world, where he can live out his sexual fantasies, play out his dark side and forget about the miserable life he has. And there is the inspector investigating the mysterious death of the butcher. A man not much different than the butcher, in fact they're sharing the same face. Then the inspector gets involved with the same girl.

Has the film selected at other film festivals?

Meat is doing quite well at the festivals. The world premiere was at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Until now, festivals in Buenos Aires, Sydney, Split, Utrecht, Berlin, Montreal and Tbilisi invited our film. Of course, we hope that many more will follow.

You have made four feature films, all of the you and Maartje Seyferth co-directed. How this working relationship started?

Maartje Seyferth and myself started filmmaking together. We always work as a team.

How do you divide the roles among yourselves?

We produce and co-direct our movies. In pre-production we take decisions together. On the set, during shooting, Maartje directs, and I shoot the film as director of photography.

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Lifetime Achievement Award 2010 for Miklós Jancsó

88 years old film legend, Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó will receive Jameson CineFest's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. The award will be given to Mr. Jancsó on Saturday, September 18, 6 PM during the closing gala of CineFest in Miskolc, House of Arts.

Mr. Jancsó will also conduct a master class in Miskolc, on Saturday, September 18, 3 PM.

The festival program will also include a retrospective series in honour of the great veteran master of the Hungarian cinema, a selection of classics from the 1960s and 70s, including My Way Home (Így jöttem), The Red and the White (Csillagosok, katonák), The Confrontation (Fényes szelek) and Red Psalm (Még kér a nép).

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BERGMAN'S FORMER HUNGARIAN COLLBORATOR PRESIDES CINEFEST

Katinka Farago is a Swedish producer with Hungarian roots, former collaborator of Ingmar Bergman and Andrei Tarkovski. Katinka worked with Ingmar Bergmar for decades, first as a continuity girl, later as production manager and producer. She assisted the legendary director in films, among others, like Smiles of a Summer Night, Silence, Cries and Whispers, Autumn Sonata, as well as the four times Oscar winner Fanny and Alexander. Farago was the producer of Tarkovski's last film, Sacfifice, that was shot in Sweden, she also contributed to the creation of films of Jan Troell and Bille August's Oscar and Palm D'Or winner Pelle, the Conqueror.

THANKS FOR YOUR FILMS

CineFest received about 550 films from more than 30 countries. The pre-jury will select the 50 bests until August 10.

CineFest is one of the bests

December 2, 2009. CineFest Miskolc is one of the best Hungarian festivals - according the recent release of the prestigiuous Hungarian Festival Association.

They voted the Miskolc International Film Festival to the best ever Hungarian festivals. In the category  'Outstanding Hungarian Festival' there are 26, in the exclusive category 'Outstanding Art Festival' there are 16 festivals, selected from more than 400.  Thanks to the outstanding achievements of the last years CineFest is one of the youngest festivals to receive this great honour.

Watch the ultimate list of the bests:

THE WINNERS OF CINEFEST 2009

CineFest honoured Mr. Sławomir Idziak with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

His virtual film studio, Film Spring Open Festival (www.filmspringopen.eu) is open for all filmmakers. Their motto: We don't show film, we MAKE them!

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CINEFEST - this festival is unique,

because it showcases films from some of the most talented filmmakers under 35 from around the world. This year  the festival will screen films from 46 different countries. Besides films, there are fine workshops, parties and special events where festival goers can mingle with the filmmakers themselves.

ZIFT - SEARCHING FOR THE DIAMOND IN BULGARIA

 Zift is the debut feature film from the Bulgarian filmmaker Javor Gardev. He has directed 23 plays as a stage director as well as three video shorts. I had a chance to meet Javor here in Miskolc and talk about his film.

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HOOKED - LOW BUDGET, HIGH EMOTIONS

  Hooked  is the first film from Romanian filmmaker Adrian Sitaru. It is a low budget film and was shot in only ten days.  The majority of the film is shot using hand held cameras and  is meant to intensify the relationship between the characters. The film has been in competition in numerous film festivals. It has won several awards including Best Actress at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, Best Screenplay at the Mons International Festival of Love Films, and New Visions/New Voices award at Palm Springs Film Festival.

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CINEFEST STARTS ON FRIDAY

This must be a great weekend - check the details:

After the presentation of the international jury the Lifetime Achievement Award 2009 will be given to Mr. Sławomir Idziak on Friday, 11 September, 5.30 PM during the opening ceremony of CineFest in Miskolc, House of Arts, Uránia - PORT.hu terem. Mr. Idziak will

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ZANUSSI'S AND KIESLOWSKI'S CONGENIAL CINEMATOGRAPHER   

Sławomir Idziak. One of the world's best cinematographers. Remember Juliette Binoche's face in Three colours: Blue? Or the suggestive takes of the other Kieslowski hits, The Double Life of Véronique and A Short film About Killing? Or Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down? Or Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix? He was the man behind the camera.

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KEVIN MACDONALD VISITS CINEFEST

Academy Award winner director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), who is currently preparing his new movie in Hungary, will visit CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival in September 13. He will attend a workshop dedicated to the memory of his grandfather, Emeric Pressburger.

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RARE PÉTER BACSÓ FILMS AT CINEFEST

Eminent Hungarian director-screwriter Péter Bacsó died at the age of 81 in March 2009. CineFest Miskolc honours the master of the Hungarian cinema with four lesser known films from the seventies.

 

 

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Uránia - Port.hu terem

Béke - Funzine terem

WATCH THE ULTIMATE LIST OF FILMS IN COMPETITION!

The pre-jury had it's best: they seletced 77 fine movies from the record number of entries. The list of the films, which you can see in September in Miskolc:

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Short description of Borders workshops

You have dreams, You want to discover, exchange, invent, create, be involved, make your ideas come true, acting to improve social links and the ways of living in community, We are waiting for you.

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Even from Antigua

CineFest received more than 400 entries this year; after a careful pre-selection the top 70 movies will have the chance to compete in the official program. We've got the films from 46 countries, most of the films came from Germany, the US and Central Europe, but we received a film from the isle of Antigua, as well. CineFest is very proud of the record number of entries: it signalizes the groving reputation of the festival and its top-position in the Central European festival landscape.

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MISKOLC MEETS HOLLYWOOD

It's a lesser known fact, that Hungary (or, more precisely, the town of Miskolc and its surroundings, Borsod county) is the birthplace of several moguls of the Hollywood cinema. Founder of Paramount Pictures, Adolph Zukor was born in Ricse, about 35 miles from Miskolc. Another studio founder, William Fox (né Vilmos or Wilhelm Fried or Friedman) was born in Tolcsva (in the heart of the renowned Tokaj wine region), also a few miles from the town. He created Fox Film Corporation, and his name lives in the namesake of 20th Century-Fox, one of the planet's greatest movie studio.

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MEDIA support for CineFest Hungary

Good news in difficult economic times: MEDIA Program of the European Union supports the 6th edition of CineFest Miskolc, one of Central Europe's finest film festivals, with 25,000 euro. The event, as MEDIA Desk representative says, is an 'an enjoyable and stimulating festival' for both local and international participants, mirroring the cultural diversity and richness of the region and the world cinema.

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Europe loves European Festivals

A privileged place for meetings, exchanges and discovery, festivals provide a vibrant and accessible environment for the widest variety of talent, stories and emotions that constitute Europe's cinematography.

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Since the first CineFest in 2004 the Miskolc festival is on a promising way to became a major Central European film event. Year by year, the International Film Festival for Young Filmmakers attracts thousands of film fans and visitors from the whole world.

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