In the last 15 years the CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival became the most well-known and, based on the feedbacks, the most popular film festival of Hungary. In every September the film professionals and the audience have a chance to watch the most outstanding, most valuable films of the year – mostly for the first time, since all films in the competition program and the Open Eye selection are Hungarian premieres.

When we came up with the idea of the Festival we had a dream: we wanted CineFest Miskolc to become a significant international film festival in the region. By the thoughtful selection process and the rich joint programs we were able to succeed.

The competition program of 2019 matches, again, that of the leading European film festivals in quality. The most important films of the year premiere at the CineFest. In our Open Eye section we present the greatest festival successes of the year. This year, as always, we screen some Hungarian classics and also present some masterpieces of the international cinema. Following the tradition of last year we award one young talent of Hungarian animation with our Attila Dargay-prize.

The Festival works together with several international organizations as a result of which the FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) sends a jury of well-known film critics to our Festival. The SIGNIS and the Interfilm delegates an International Ecumenical Jury while the CICAE jury (Confédération internationale des cinémas d’art et d’essai- International Confederation of Art Cinemas) awards the films that are considered the best from the cinema operators’ point of view.

The international recognition of the Festival is signified by the fact that the most prestigious ‘A’ category film festival of Asia, the Shanghai International Film Festival signed a partner festival agreement with us in 2017. As a result, the Chinese cinema is represented with several films at this year’s CineFest. The Miskolc International Film Market, organized for the eight time this year, has been a great success of the last year. From year to year it attracts more and more professionals of the film industry. Several other professional events are organized for the filmmakers and producers together with workshops, animation and documentary programs.

In the last couple years the Festival was able to extend and renew its venues: the Zukor-screen awaits our guests in the Puppet Theatre of Miskolc and the chairs of the screening rooms at the House of Arts have also been replaced.

We would like to express our gratitude to all of our sponsors. Without them the Festival would not be able to offer such a great selection and to grow.

In the name of the organizers I would like to welcome every filmmakers, professionals, film lovers in Miskolc and I hope that everyone will find her/his favorite in this year’s program!

Bíró Tibor

Festival Director