Dear Film and CineFest friends,

In the last 12 years the Jameson CineFest became the most well-known and, according to many, the most popular film festival in Hungary. Each year, in September the film professionals and the audience have a chance to see the most outstanding, most valuable films of the world, most of them being Hungarian premieres.

We had a dream when establishing the Festival: one day the Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival should be one of the leading international film events of the region. By the high standards of film selection and the increasingly rich professional programs we were able to achieve our goal.

Our competition program matches that of the leading European festivals and the most important premieres are brought to Hungary by the CineFest. The Festival cooperates with several professional organizations, as a result of which we are proud to host a FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Talent Campus this year. We have outstanding relationships with the SIGNIS and the Interfilm, who will decide on the prize of the CineFest’s ecumenical jury, the only one in Hungary. This year a roundtable discussion provides opportunity to learn more about their work and views.

In our Open Eye section we present the work of great film artists, bringing the most important festival successes of the year to Hungary.

This year’s novelty is the CineNewWave – a new competition program for Hungarian filmmakers working in animation and short feature.

This year the legendary director, Krysztof Kieslowski and his Three Colors trilogy is in the focus of the CineClassics program. The first film, the Golden Lion winner Three Colors: Blue will be screened in the presence of Juliette Binoche. The other programs of the CineClassics are just as exciting: we honor the memory of Zoltán Latinovits who died 40 years ago. The DVD release and screening of Károly Makk’s digitally re-mastered masterpiece Love will be here and last year’s big success the genre centered screenings continue as well. This year we put the greatest masters of horror into focus, with Wes Craven, George A. Romero, John Carpenter and others. I hope that these unique screenings will grab the audience’s attention.

Last year’s big success, the International Film Market of Miskolc will be organized for the fifth time together with several other events for Hungarian filmmakers and producers. Discussions, Q&A sessions, animation and documentary programs are waiting for those who visit Miskolc during the Festival. We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support. With their help the Festival has a chance to keep up with the highest standards and develop further.

In the name of the organizers I would like to welcome every filmmaker, professional, film lover in Miskolc, and I hope that everyone in our audience will find something to love in the program.

Bíró Tibor

Festival Director