ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
16th Titanic Budapest International Film Festival
26 March - 5 April, 2009
Since its maiden voyage in 1993, Budapest’s international film festival has refused to live up to its name and sink. With attendances and the number of films growing significantly each year, and the festival gaining recognition nationwide as well as internationally, Titanic has recently joined the chain of Central European Film Festivals.
Originally a festival aimed at the Hungarian capital’s film loving audience, Titanic, under the guidance of festival director György Horváth, made a giant step in 2006 by becoming a competition-based festival. The Breaking Waves Award comes with a €8.000 cash prize for the winning film, which is selected by an international jury. The name of the award reveals the festival’s philosophy that has remained the same since the beginning: to collect a wide variety of daringly new, original, and trend-breaking motion pictures from every possible corner of the world; be it dark comedies, emotionally charged drama, genre films, or documentaries.
Opening March 25th 2009, the 16th Titanic Budapest Film Festival will attempt to deliver another load of exceptional cinema in its cargo, divided into several different thematic and regional sections.
Titanic Budapest Film Festival runs for 10 days in late march, earley April, in four cinemas of the town’s significant art cinema circuit. The festival centre is set up in the main lobby of the historic Urania National Film Theatre, where gala screenings and audience discussions with guests are held. The programme runs in Urania’s secessionist film theatre as well as in three additional traditional cinemas in the heart of Budapest.
The Festival works in close collaboration with the National Film Archives, which in past years resulted in running a series of retrospective, thematic film programmes. The festival brings exceptional media attention to the films and the guest filmmakers. In addition, it often contributes to the further success of the films, as a number of them have been picked for Hungarian cinema or television distribution after having been shown at the festival.
In 2008 the international jury of three, GRAINNE HUMPHREYS, director of the Dublin Film festival, MAREK DOBES, Czech filmmaker, scenarist and KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ, Hungarian director, praised the eight films competing for the Breaking Waves Award and the requisite 8,000-Euro prize colorful and of high quality. They found Jar City, the Icelandic crime story of Baltasar Kormakur the strongest film, „which does uniquely balance real and ironic look inside contemporary Island.”
Mr. Balázs Vízer
film (at) titanicfilmfest (dot) hu
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