The Faludi Ferenc Academy announces its 22nd thematic international film festival and the related photo competition. This year’s theme is CALLING.
We are now unused to attaching any importance to a call that we receive or make. A really important call might easily get lost in the ocean of calls made by commercials, programs, social media and smart phones. While being on constant alert, it seems as if we were losing the refined skills of our senses, which have developed over millions of years.
In the great silence of the night of Biblical ancient times, Samuel hears God calling him by his name. He answers the call: ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening!’ Today no one, let alone God, calls us by our name in the general rush. Am I here, standing alone, nameless, in the giant market of calls?
I want to hear, see and speak, listen and be listened to, so that I can freely serve something, someone, you, the other. Let the voice calling me from the deepest level of my soul be meaningful: the voice that might expect me to make a commitment for a lifetime – as wife, father, monk, bricklayer, doctor. Let my existence, my life, my thoughts be purposeful.
Call me and I will hear your call. I am finally beginning to understand that I may also receive something important. Now for five minutes, or even for a whole lifetime, I am listening to you and will be offline for everyone else.
Competitors are invited to process this theme in the form of a film or photo in accordance with the terms and conditions of the festival. We are looking for professionally demanding elaborated works that are suitable for creating a forum, in the language of pictures, for a dialogue between different viewpoints and opinions.
The submissions are evaluated by international juries. Prizes up to HUF 3 million in total.
Deadline for entry and submission: 18 October 2019
Date of the festival: 27-30 November 2019
Ákos Lázár Kovács
Károly Ujj Mészáros
About the festival
Since its, foundation the Faludi Ferenc Academy has been concerned with cinematic art through organizing trainings and workshops. In 1996 the Academy created a thematic film competition and festival to promote amateur filmmakers. The festival has come a long way since its early years and in 2019 it announces its 22nd edition.
Every year a certain value or taboo is placed in the focus of the festival to inspire creating and initiate social discourse around the given topics. We attach crucial importance to choosing real values as the theme of the festival and to initiating conversation about them. Every year the institute expects projects that focus on such a topic that puts a social or spiritual need or problem in the spotlight. In recent years miracle, sacrifice, mercy, trust, loyalty, thirst and love have been chosen as the theme of the festival, just to name a few. It is essential for the films and photos to have an original message which they express through the language of pictures.
Every year the members of the jury are well-known, active artists from the world of films: directors Géza Bereményi, Sándor Buglya, András Dér, Lívia Gyarmathy, Szabolcs Hajdu, Attila Mispál, György Pálfi, Sándor Sára, Dénes Nagy, Ildikó Enyedi, cameraman András Nagy, aesthetes Gábor Gelencsér, György Vidovszky, Ákos Lázár Kovács. The jury is usually chaired by an internationally recognised personality of cinema such as Krzysztof Zanussi, Jaczek Petriczky, Pupi Avati, Jerzy Stuhr or Francesco Casetti who have all held this pot. Since 2007, there is also a photo competition organized simulatenously with the film festival. The members of the jury of photos are acknowledged photographers of Hungary (among others László Haris, Zoltán Móser, Zsófia Pályi, György Stalter, Balázs Telek, Magdolna Vékás) who, just like the jury of films, share their experiences and opinions at a public evaluation event in the presence of the young filmmakers and photographers.
Stay tuned for this year’s jury!
The festival is organized by the laic fellow workers of the Jesuit religious order without any kind of direct religious intentions. Everyone is welcome regardless of race, age or religion. We receive a lot of applications from around the world (e.g. Argentina, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, China, Russia, USA, Japan, Lebanon), around 160-200 films a year. The films entered are first short-listed by a pre-jury. Around 40-50 films are selected for the competitive section. The prizes are awarded in different categories: short feature, experimental, documentary films (short and long – max. 60 min.). There are also special prizes such as best first film director or best film directed by a film student.
This year’s theme
This year’s theme Calling challanges our vocations, the motives behind our actions. We all try to find our path which would lead us to a fulfilled and meaningful life.
Place and time
The 22nd Faludi International Film Festival and Photo Competition will take place in the Premier Kultcafé and Cinema in Budapest, between 27-30 November 2019.