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Hungary Announce Launch of Budapest's 1st International Film Festival at Cannes

The Hungarian Minister of Culture and the Hungarian Audiovisual Producers Association (HAPA) used Cannes as a platform to announce the launch of the Budapest International Film Festival. The first edition is planned to kick off in late 2012.

In tandem with the future event, HAPA also announced the creation of a film market, set to operate during the festival.

Full release follows, with details on prizes:

Hungary to launch Budapest’s 1st International Film Festival in 2012

Cannes, May 11th 2011 – The Hungarian Audiovisual Producers Association (HAPA) and the Hungarian Minister of Culture are excited today to announce the launch of the Budapest International Film Festival (BIFF.) The first edition of the festival will run in the late season of 2012, and through this cultural partnership, international filmmakers will be invited on a new platform for opportunities to showcase and promote their films to the Hungarian audiences.

The HAPA has also announced the creation of a film market which will fully operate during the event and invite film professionals to exhibit, screen and reach a large group of producers, sellers and buyers to engage international business interaction. One of the Hungarian film market’s main focus is to prioritize the value of co-productions in Europe, fostering international film co-productions opportunities especially from low audiovisual production countries.

The event organizers will also be curating a series of forums and panels during the film festival to start discussions among European and international film professionals to debate on common issues about filmmaking, film financing, distribution and sales, and continue to educate and assist the future generations of European filmmakers and artists.

BIFF Technical Information

Date: 22-30 September 2012 (9 days)

Locations: Corvin Budapest Movietheater, Uránia theater, Puskin theater, Toldi theater , Odeon theater, Congress Centre, MOM Park

Categories: Feature film, Documentary, Short Film, Animation

Prizes: 1st Prize for the best feature film: Golden Chain-bridge and € 20,000 Euro, Silver Chain-bridge – for all the other winners.

Winners: 11 prizes in total including Best Feature Film – 1st Prize; Best Directing; Best Actor; Best Actress; Best Cinematography; Best Documentary; Best Short Film; Best Hungarian Film; Best Animation; Best Visegrad Film Prize; Audience Prize.

Jury: International experts consisting of 5 members. (Hungarian and International)

Entry fee: None

Selection condition: Submitted films must be a co-production films with at least one co-producer from a country that is a member of the EU.

Format: 35 mm, Digital, Beta.

Languages: English or English subtitle

Conditions of the entry: Films were made after 1st of January in the previous year of the festival.

HAPA’s official delegates, President Mr. Adam Neményi and Vice-President Mr. Peter Barbalics, are attending the Cannes Film Festival along with their governmental counterpart, Hungary’s Minister of Culture Mr. Géza Szőcs who said: “It is a very exciting time to launch a new film festival and film market in Europe when, clearly, the models of film financing, marketing and distribution continue to be reinvented. As we see the co-production world constantly develop itself and plug-in new cultural energies, we are working hard with the creation of the festival to be an active part of that world and hope that BIFF will become a thriving venue for filmmakers and filmmaking.”

Hungary’s history of cinema, going back to the Lumiere brothers era, has given birth to successful line up of local filmmakers who became key players in the international film business - native Hungarian Fox Studios’s founder William Fox, Alexander Korda from the Korda Studios and Paramount Pictures’s Adolph Zukor to name a few of them - and BIFF’s initiative with the film festival of co-productions has been created with similar vision Hungary brought to the world of motion pictures in the early 20th century.

BIFF will be electing and announcing their Artistic Director later in the year of 2011.

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