Jameson CineFest’s submission platforms for short films expanded

We are happy to announce that from February we are waiting for short films submissions not only on Reelport but also on the online submission platform of Festhome. You just need to click on Festhome’s button, and you can already start your submission! Find all details in our Entry Regulation. We are waiting for the best pieces of art until end of May.


Jameson CineFest, Hungary's best and leading international film festival, 14-23 September, waits for you - and waits for your film: the call for entry is already open. We are looking forward to submissions in features and short films sections until 31 May, and in our special category called CineNewWave (designed for exclusively Hungarian short-film- and animation-makers) until 31 July. In the short films category, you may submit your film entry only through the following website:, by clicking on our film festival’s logo and by paying an entry fee of 10 EUR/film. In the feature films and CineNewWave categories, please submit your film entry according to our Entry Regulation. You may find detailed information by clicking on Registration, where you can download our updated Entry Regulation and the Entry Form for long features.

Western, The Nothing Factory, Welcome and The Transfer are the winners of the 14th Jameson CineFest

The Pressburger-prize for the best film of the Festival at the 14th Jameson CineFest went to ‘Western’. According to the jury, the director, Valeska Grisebach focuses on the questions of seeking home and the difficulties of communication between two different cultures with sensibility and a touch of irony.” The other main prize of the Festival, the Zukor-prize went to the Portugese film, ‘The Nothing Factory’. The jury pointed out that “the film approaches its topic with fresh dramaturgy and a new cinematic way. It analyzes the ancient and ever-present tension between employees and employers from many perspectives and layers.” Kristóf Jurik has received the Dargay-prize for the most promising young talent in animation. The best short feature is The Transfer, while the CineNewWave’s jury gave the category-prize to Balázs Dudás’ Welcome. The Audience Award went to the M.F.A. For the full list of prizes click here.

Scriptwriting workshop

In the frameworks of the Jameson CineFest Talent Campus 10 promising young scriptwriter got the chance to participate at an intensive workshop in the last two days of the Festival. The young talents worked with experienced mentors: Bálint Hegedűs, Yvonne Kerékgyártó, Norbert Köbli, Balázs Maruszki and Gergő Nagy V. worked with the participants on their scripts. At the end they had to present their work in front of a professional audience as well. The program included two interesting case studies: Bálint Hegedűs talked about the process of making ‘Kincsem’ while Norbert Köbli presented the story of shooting ‘The Exam’. The participants were informed on the process of application at the Film Fund, especially on the Incubator program supporting filmmakers to realize their first project.

Hong Kong Film Days

The unique cinematic art of Hong Kong has been introduced to the Hungarian audience for the first time at the Jameson CineFest with the support of the Berlin-based Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office. During the program two outstanding films of Hong Kong has been screened: the legendary thriller ‘Infernal Affairs’ by Andrew Lau and Malan Mak and Pang Ho-cheung’s horror ‘Dreamhome’. Before the 13 September screening of ‘Infernal Affairs’, Alison Lo the vice-director of HKETO Berlin talked about the outstanding performance of the Hong Kong film industry: “Hong Kong has one of the biggest and most dynamically developing film industry of the world. Due to the diligent and humble work of the people of Hong Kong the film industry of the country has changed a lot recently and it is ready for the new challenges as well.”

TorinoFilmLab script development workshop

The program offered by the TorinoFilmLab Feature Lab (TFL) is organized as a professional program at the Miskolc International Film Festival. The TorinoFilmLab was founded nine years ago and became one of the development programs of highest prestige. The program is established to help the development of script for first and second features. The Hungarian participants of the workshop in Miskolc are Sára László and Marcell Gerő producers (Hivatal, Cain’s Children, Soft Rain) with their newest project ‘Természetes fény’ (based on Pál Závada’s novel). The 12 teams participating at the workshop in Miskolc had opportunities to develop their scripts in one-on-one meetings and prepare for the TFL meeting in November where the participants will ‘compete’ for the scholarships offered. Well-known professionals held the consultations on the workshop: Franz Rodenkirchen, Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten, and Eilon Ratzkovsky script development consultants, Thanos Anastopoulos director, Niko Remus post-production expert, Tatiana Vialle casting director, Peter Albrechtsen sound designer, Riema Reybrouck and Joanna Solecka promotional experts. During the workshop Joanna Gallardo is giving a speech ‘Green Film Making’ which is also opened for the public. The main sponsor of the workshop organized by the Laokoon Filmgroup is the Hungarian Film Fund.


The Hungarian premiere of Behind the Column was held at the Jameson CineFest in the 12th of September. This is the first film that has been realized in the framework of Hungarian National Film Fund's Incubator program. Several of the filmmakers (in the picture) accompanied the film to Miskolc. The film will be screened in the domestic theatres from 21 September. Distributor: Skyfilm.

Francesca Eastwood dazzled the audience of the Jameson CineFest

The leading actress of M.F.A., Francesca Eastwood (in the picture with Tibor Bíró festival director) and the director of the film, Natalia Leite accompanied their film to the CineFest where they dazzled the audience with their talent, informality and loveliness. The daughter of the four-times Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood was enthroned in the heart of Miskolc. With an actor and an actress as parents, Francesca Eastwood wanted something else. She dreamed of a ‘civil’ life, with a suburban home, a dog and a degree in neurology. She was a model, a reality-show start but later on she turned towards acting. In the US the critics consider her a great talent. With her 2016 movie, ‘Outlaws and Angels’, she ended up being the big discovery of the Sundance Film Festival. ‘Fargo’ is also one of her outstanding movies, but she has also played a role in the newest episode of ‘Twin Peaks’. The M.F.A. (2017) by Natalia Leite is her latest film.


Szeptember 8-án, pénteken kora este a Művészetek Házában, Jiří On the 8th of September, 2017 the 14th Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival opened its gates in the presence of the Festival’s guests of honor, Jiří Menzel and Magda Vášáryová. In his opening speech Tibor Bíró festival director thanked all the sponsors for their support and pointed out that, besides keeping the traditions, the Jameson CineFest aims toward progression as well. This year a new screening venue with the capacity of 200 persons has been added to the Festival’s venues and, speaking of progression, world-known stars are now regular guests at the Festival. Ágnes Havas, the CEO of the Hungarian National Film Fund emphasized in her speech that it is extremely important to keep the power of human voice for which film festivals are especially important because people actually talk to each other at these events. The mayor of Miskolc, Ákos Kriza pointed out in his welcoming speech that by supporting the CineFest that is known for keeping the traditions but also seeking for new ways and talents the city wishes to deliver a message saying that by hard work it is possible to create value of the highest international standards in the Northern Hungarian region.

The world premiere of the re-mastered film

The Jameson CineFest hosts the world premiere of the freshly re-mastered 4K digital format of ‘Somewhere in Europe’ and also launch of the 2-Disc DVD Pack of the film. Géza Radványi’s film that marks the beginning of a new era is 70 years old. It has been an international success in 1948, won in Locarno and received the UN patronage. The fully re-mastered copy is subtitled in English and has also SDH. A 24 pages leaflet and an extra disc with a portrait film talks about the carrier of Géza Radványi and a documentary on the war-orphans has made it to the disc as well. A sneak-peek of the re-mastering process and an interview with Ferenc Török, the director of the film ‘1945’, completes the DVD pack.


Did you miss the opening ceremony of Jameson CineFest? You can watch the program here, Jiri Menzel's and Magda Vásáryova's press conference here, Francesca Eastwood's and Natalia Leitr's press conference here.


This year the Jameson CineFest’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to Jiří Menzel. Menzel’s first film, ‘Closely Watched Trains’ won the Oscar in 1968. As the Academy Award winner István Szabó said in his laudation: “I have always admired your work. I have always envied your films. I have always wanted to know the secret of your films being so lovable. Then I realized that your films are lovable because you are a lovable guy and you watch your characters with love making them lovable as well. And this magic of yours makes the audience lovable too.”


The Ambassador of the European Cinema in 2017: Magda Vášáryová

Last year Juliette Binoche has received the Ambassador of European Cinema award. This year Magda Vášáryová was given the honorary prize. In her acceptance speech Magda Vášáryová told the audience that the most important of the messages of the ‘Cutting It Short’ for her are those saying that you shall not be sad. Every single day of life can easily be beautiful especially if you have some craziness added to them. Let us be foolish, frolicsome and happy because nothing is more important than to spend every day in happiness. András Bálint, Kossuth and Jászai Mari prize holder actor pointed out in his laudation that “Magda Vášáryová started her carrier as a beautiful, sensitive and sensual actress and later on became an elegant, moderate and intelligent diplomat.”


You can find the program of the 14th Jameson CineFest here. See you from 8 September on the biggest Hungarian film event!


The Miskolc IFF brings the freshest and most outstanding film selection to Hungary again: feature films, shorts, documentaries and animations that are domestic, some of them Central European premieres – for the 14th time. In the feature competition program we selected films that show all the happenings of the cinematic world of the year. Unconventional pieces like Bruno Dumont’s Jeannette, a musical on Jeanne d’Arc’s childhood that is the quasi-unmake of the genre, or Loving Vincent, a British-Polish coproduction that is unique and remarkable because it is the world’s first fully painted feature film. After the Mediterranea, Jonas Caprignano is back to the CineFest with his second feature, A Ciámbra, a true coming of age story as it has never been showed before and also spin-off since one of the supporting characters from the director’s first feature has been given a film of his own now. The worst and most cruel mother of the world is brought to us by the Mexican thriller-drama April’s Daughter, which is absolutely eerie up to the last frame. A unique love between two men is pictured in the Scottish movie God’s Own Country and we also have the world’s newest sweetheart, Columbus, a poetic tale of emotions conquering against all odds in the program. Talking about stars, the action-madness of the Safdie brothers Good Time starring Robert Pattinson will only be shown in the big screen at the Jameson CineFest before premiering on Netflix. Francesca Eastwood delivers the best performance of her career in Natala Leite’s M.F.A., raising several hard questions on moral and ethics. Dakota Fanning shows why she is considered an actress of great expectations in the Brimstone that is really not for the faint hearted. Mark Hamill plays a surprising character in Brigsby Bear, a lovable tale from the crossroad of past and future.


short feature competition

The short feature competition is back with 36 Hungarian premieres. From Jordan to Spain, Iran to Austria the shorts of 21 countries made it to the official selection. Besides the traditional strong participation of Rnace, Poland and Germany, this year five Russian shorts have been selected as well. We have jaunt satires like “#selfie’, animations of truly black humor like ‘Second to None’, a Jack London adaptation the ‘Lost Face’ and dramas that keep you haunted for days, like ‘All of Us’ or ‘From Hasakah with Love’.



On the 8th of September the festival opens its gate with the screening of ‘Shortcuts’ aka ‘Cutting it Short’ with the director, JiřiMenzel and the leading actress, Magda Vásáryova as special guests. The Academy Award winner director is this year’s Lifetime Achievement Aawrd winner, and the actress and diplomat Vásáryova has been chosen as the recipient of the Europe Award, founded last year. Menzel is one of the most influential figures of the Central European cinema. His first movie ‘Closely Watched Trains’ won the Oscar in 1968. The film ‘Larks on Strings’ shot one year after the Oscar was withheld by censors and released only in 1989 in which year’s Berlinale it won the Golden Bear – something that has been unprecedented before. “Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! That’s what I call original great humor!” – wrote Kunder to Menzel after the premiere of ‘I Served the King of England’. In a country of ten million people, the film attracted more than one million viewer in the Czech Republic in 2006. It was Menzel’s sixth Hrabal-adaptation. In his films comedy, tragedy, sentimentalism, humor and irony plays together in a way that is only the characteristic of the greatest masters. The legendary director of ‘Capricious Summer’, ‘The Snowdrop Festival’, the Oscar nominee ‘My Sweet Little Village’ and the ‘Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin’ has also played in several films – including some Hungarian ones as well. He is also a well-known stage director.


The leading actress of the opening film ‘Shortcuts’, Magda Vásáryova was 19 when she played the leading role in the Czech film, ‘Marketa Lazarova’. The nearly three-hours widescreen epic is considered by the critics and film historians one of the European masterpieces of the golden years of the 1960s. A few years back, the premiere of its digitally re-mastered copy has been a true headliner. The actress is not only acknowledged for dozens of great roles but also for her career in politics. After the regime change she became a politician and a diplomat, making it up the being Slovakian presidential candidate. She also served as ambassador and state secretary of foreign affairs. The actress and politician speaks several languages and has a truly European point of view. After Juliette Binoche in 2016, she is named Ambassador of the European Cinema by the 14th Jameson CineFest in 2017. 

Cooperation of 14 International Film Festivals

20th Shanghai International Film Festival set off on 17 June, in the scope of which a new initiative was launched called “Belt and Road” for the cooperation 14 countries’ film festivals and film institutions. Among the signing countries were Estonia, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Greece or Egypt, and Hungary was represented by Tibor Bíró, festival director of Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival. On 17 June, representatives of the participating countries ceremoniously signed a declaration of cooperation, and on 18-19 June, in the Film Market they had the opportunity to present the actual situation of their country’s film industry and tendencies characterizing their film culture. This cooperation makes it possible for the participants to exchange experiences on the fields of festival organization, audience cultivation and marketing strategy, furthermore, it also helps the mutual understanding of each other’s film culture. The initiative SIFF – which is China’s internationally recognized “A” category film festival – hopes to communicate, establish and share the partnership network in the film field with other countries, and promote the films from countries along the Belt and Road.


On Saturday, the 17th of September, Miskolc International Film Festival closed, the prizes and awards of the festival has been given to the winners. After the closing ceremony the screening of Paul Verhoeven’s Elle closed the Jameson CineFest, Hungary's leading film event. The Main Prize of the festival, the Emeric Pressburger Prize was given to Matthew NEWTON’s From Nowhere, while the Grand Pix, the Adolf Zukor Prize went to the Danish Martin ZANDVLIET for his film Land of Mine. Szabolcs Hajdu received the Audience Award for his newest film, It’s Not the Time of My Life, while the Lifetime Achievement Award went to the legendary Hungarian helmer Károly Makk (pictured). At the the Miskolc International Film Festival Hungarian and Central European premieres and exciting professional programs were offered, several well-known Hungarian and international filmmaker accompanied their films to the festival. The first day of the event was of great interest: at the opening ceremony Juliette Binoche was awarded with the newly founded Europe Award. The CineClassics screening of Kieslowski's Trois couleus trilogy was a huge success. The unwinking attention of the professionals and the love of the audience accompanied the whole event. The full list is here.

The first EuropE AWARD winner of the festival: juliette binoche

After a long round of applause Juliette Binoche was given the newly founded Europe Award of the festival. As festival dirctor Tibor Bíró pointed out: “For the last 12 years the goal of the festival was to bring the freshest and most valuable films of the world to Hungary and for 10 days make Miskolc the film capital of Hungary.” In her speech MP Katalin Csöbör expressed her gratitude toward the founders, organizers and staff of the Jameson CineFest for their devoted work. Ákos Kriza, the mayor of Miskolc emphasized in his welcome speech that the Jameson CineFest enchants the viewers form year to year “Not only by organizing a festival that is able to renew itself, that is recognized in the industry but also because more and more starts attend the event.” As Péter Muszatics film historian, the curator of the CineClassic series said in his laudation: “Juliette Binoche is the only actress who was given the prize of Best Actress in Venice, Berlin and Cannes as well. She is a great and unique actress, a true European star: role model and point of alignment for millions.”

Boy on the train: EUROPEAN PREMIERE

Roger Deutsch, American independent filmmaker accompanied his movie Boy on the Train shot in Hungary to the Jameson CineFest. The film’s European premiere was held in the Open Eye section of the festival. Barnabás Tóth, the Hungarian actor in the leading role of the film was present at the premiere. The Boy on the Train starts with a home video from 1991 shot by Roger Deutsch when travelling on the Úttörő (pioneer) train. He has already used this shot in four of his films. It is a common approach for Mr. Deutsch to base fictional stories on real life shots by giving new personalities to his characters. The Boy on the Train is a self-critical film, putting the thics of documentary filmmaking into focus.

LIVELY Q&A AFTER the hungarian premiere of A Slovenian film

The Jameson CineFest welcomed the Slovenian director Damjan Kozole accompanying his movie Nightlife. This year in Karlovy Vary Kozole was awarded Best Director with this film. Nightlife is based on true story. It is a unique interpretation of a murder that grabbed the attention of the media and the whole country. By picturing the self sacrifice of the main character, the director wanted to draw attention to the cruel attack and the brutal media as well. After the screening a very lively and interesting Q&A session was held.

Sándor sára remebering zoltán latinovits

The Jameson CineFest commemorated the great actor Zoltán Latinovits by the screening the Hungarian classical film Szindbád and with an exhibition. After the screening cinematographer Sándor Sára shared his memories on the shooting and about the legendary artist  who died 40 years ago with the audience. To watch the talk click here

Károly Makk masterclass, dvd and HANGOSFILM.HU PRESENTations

The 90 years old Károly Makk held a great masterclass. After the screening of the film Szerelem (Love) and Hungarian Film Archive`s DVD presentation film critic György Báron interviewed the legendary filmmaker (click here to watch the video). The other program of the CineClassics, the presentation on the operated by Márton Kurutz and his colleagues can be watch here.


Szabolcs Hajdu’s new film, It’s Not the Time of My Life, was an especially great success in Miskolc. On the film's Hungarian premiere the director emphasized that, even though the film shot in their own apartment seems to be a true story, it is a piece of fiction bringing up problems and situations coming from his and his friends’ lives. The It’s Not the Time of My Life got the greatest round of applause ever and ended up with getting the Audience Award.


This year's competition program at the Jameson CineFest is great - again: carefully selected works by Oscar nominees, Cannes and Berlinale hits and young talents will make it to the big screen from 9 September in Miskolc. For more details click here.


The star of the opening ceremony of Hungary`s leading IFF, the 13th Jameson CineFest will be Juliette Binoche. The festival starts with the screening of the masterpiece Three Colors: Blue on the 9th of September. The great French actress will receive a special award and the festival is going to remember the director of the film, Krzysztof Kieslowski, who passed away 20 years ago.


Hungarian film is represented by Szabolcs Hajdu’s This Is Not the Time of My Life, but there is a Hungarian co-production as well, Anca Miruna Lazarescu’s That Trip We Took with Dad. nThe most innovative piece in the competition program is undoubtedly the Motel Mist by the Thai writer genius, Prada Yoon. Yoon will be present at the Festival to introduce his film. There are also two artful science fictions, the Native and the Equals, the later one, by Drake Doremus, being a special Orwell adaptation, parallel in many ways to George Lucas’ THX 1138 that is also screened at the Jameson CineFest.


The Open Eye section is stronger than ever with films like the Death in Sarajevo by the Bosnian director, Danis Tanovic, the witty romance Love&Friendship by Whit Stillman, or Paul Verhoeven’s absurd thriller, also the closing film of the Festival, Elle that can be understood as the sequel to Basic Instinct. Hungarian films have also made it to the Open Eye selection: the screenwriter István Tasnádi’s directorial debut Memo, and an American co-production The Boy on the Train starring Barnabás Tóth and Tibor Szervét.


Károly Makk is one of the most prominent figures of Hungarian cinema. His long career can only be described in superlatives: he made – as his first film – one of the best Hungarian comedies, Liliomfi (1954) and, simply, some of the best Hungarian films ever. The takes and faces of The House Under the Rocks (1958), The Obsessed Ones (1961), The Paradise Lost (1962), Love (1971), A Very Moral Night (1977) or Another Way (1982) present dozens of destines and stories, events of the Hungarian past and present: real personal stories and histories. The 1955 Cannes world premiere of Liliomfi and the screening of the re-mastered Love in 2016, in Cannes Classics program frame a great international career, the Prix du Jury for the Love (1971), the Academy Award nomination for Cats’ Play (1972). The details here.


The festival introduces a new competition program this year: CineNewWave program focuses on young Hungarian talents, offering the joy of discovery and meeting the filmmakers. Since its first year the festival has put an emphasis on finding new voices, discovering new talents and addressing young cinema lovers. The program brings multiple prize winners and completely new discoveries as well. Among the 17 competitors we find two animations invited to Cannes this year (Réka Bucsi’s LOVE and Luca Tóth’s Superbia), student Oscar nominee Beautiful Figure, Hajni Kis’ graduation film, and the Hungarian Film Award winner in short feature, The Sound of Concrete by István Kovács. The CineNeWave program welcomes the audience with the best Hungarian short features and animations in Miskolc. For a detailed program click here.


The festival’s new special program, Midnight Screenings brings us old and new horrors to watch: from the digitally re-mastered Wes Craven classic A Nightmare on Elm Street to the Cannes debut Train to Busan that is the most expensive South-Korean super production of all time.


Another new program is the MusicDocs selection, bringing us a genius documentary on Frank Zappa by Throsten Schütte, an IDFA hit When The Earth Seems To Be Light and Csaba Bereczki’s Soul Exodus that talks honestly and deeply about klezmer musicians form New York.


In the CineClassics program of the Jameson CineFest, screening classics and rarities under the patronage of István Szabó since 2010, we will screen Krzysztof Kieslowski’s last works: The Three Color: Blue is screened on the 9th, while White will be show non the 10th and Red on the 11th. The Three Colors trilogy (1993-1994) is unique in the film history and has won 40 prizes at the most prestigious festivals of the world. The Three Colors: Blue premiered in Venice, the White in Berlin while the Red in Cannes. One Golden Lion, several Césars, a Silver Bear, the Independent Spirit Award, four Golden Globe and three Oscar nominations (Best Director among them) show that this unmatched attempt triggered unmatched response. The beautiful pictures and puzzling stories raise serious questions. What do we think of the basic values of modern Europe, like freedom, equality and fraternity? The entwined motifs of the three films tempt us to analyze them for long. After twenty years, the audience of the CineClassics has a chance to watch, explore and evaluate again a great director’s testament. Kieslowski raises only questions about Europe, our values and goals, but it seems like these questions are more relevant than ever – according to Juliette Binoche as well. The program is kindly supported by the Budapest French Institute and the Polish Institute.


Miskolc has become a meeting point for the rising starts and well-established professionals of the film industry. We are proud to say that Kevin Macdonald (the Academy Award winner grandson of the legendary British director-writer Emeric Pressburger who was born in Miskolc), the Polish cinematographer Sɬawomir Idziak, the legendary director Agnieszka Holland, Claudia Cardinale, the Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat, the Finnish provocateur Timo Vuorensola, Gaspar Noé have all been our guests. Blue is the Warmest Color, Boyhood, Whiplash and Love 3D have made their Hungarian premieres in this section, to name only a few from the extremely rich selection. The show must go on - this year we continue with the best films of the year and the freshest stars of the industry - join us from 9 September!


While Juliette Binoche is in Budapest, Budapesti Francia Intézet will screen Sils of Maria by Olivier Assayas. In official competition during 2014 Cannes Film Festival, she stars an actress at the peak of her international carrier who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous 20 years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria… In English with Hungarian subtitles, Budapest Francia Intézet (Budapest, Fő u. 17, 1011), Thursday 13th of September, 6.30 PM, free entrance.


The partner festival of Jameson CineFest, the Tirgu Mures (Romania) based Alter-Native International Short Film Festival is one of the oldest and best film festivals of Central Europe with specific goal of supporting and promoting cinematography and fresh filmmaking talent. The program supports individual alternatives to the mass products of the media market, presenting various less-known styles and unique viewpoints, discovering independent self-expressions in film. Deadline for submissions is September 15th, 2016, details here.

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