News - MEDIAWAVE Foundation
MEDIAWAVE is the special guest at Hungarian Film Week organised in Bucharest, Romania between 10-17 November. At the first night, a MEDIAWAVE mood photo exhibition is going to be opened in the Hungarian Institution. The pictures were taken by Radu Igazság, jury member and workshop teacher of the Mediawave Festivals. Next day, a three-day long music workhop will start with Miklós Both, Hungarian guitarist the top of which will be a closing concert in the Peasant House club. On the 11th, Tuesday, Gábor Deésy (MEDIAWAVE) will hold a Hungarian wine tasting. Next day, György Durst will present the films of the Duna Workshop and Jenő Hartyándi will show the the best short films of this years' MEDIAWAVE. On the 13th, Hungarian short films in selection of MEDIAWAVE are going to be screened.
The film week will be organised for the 7th time by the Cultural Ministry of Romania in cooperation with the Hungarian Institute in Bucharest. You can reach the full program here.
We received the following news from our Hungarian-born good friend, exhibitor and jury member living in Iran.:
An exhibition titled MODERNITES PLURIELLES 1905-1970 has just been opened in Paris. It can be visited until January. They selected paintings from all over the world like India, Turkey, South America and East Europe.
Five artsists' works from Iran are exhibited including mine as Iranian painter. I am proud that I have contributed to the glory of this culturally rich country and that it is a honour to Hungary as well!
My painting is from my first period, I usually call 'From West to East' (1967-1978).
The title is Lambhead Cooker (Kallepaz) 100x150cm, mixed technic, 1974
I wish you all the best,
You can see the painting in the details.
Hereby we would like to honour the memory of our friend, Tuncel Kurtiz, died on the 27th of September. We met this generous great man during the 'Festival on Wheels' in Kars, East Turkey, where we were eagerly studying the coomon roots of Hungarian and Turkish language and made a short film together in a local tea house. Here you can see this funny film, Tamam, featuring the Turkish star, Tuncel Kurtiz.
A year later he was our guest at the MEDIAWAVE Festival, as the grand vizier of a group of Turkish artsists. The festival visitors immediatelly surrendered to the Turkish troop...
Unfortuatelly, from among this group, an other friend of us, Reyent Bölükbasi also passed away last year. Let's remember them together with their performance at Mediawave 2004.
May you rest in peace, dear friends!
A 25-hour contest using digital technology.
Nowadays anybody can buy a digital camera or a smart phone for suitable for shooting a film. Using a HandyCam or a modern phone and even freely downloadable cutting and editing software, anyone can start making a film. The goal of the festival is to provide an opportunity for amateurs and pros to let themselves known in set surroundings keeping the values of filmmaking in mind.
Made by Passport Control 26 - MEDIAWAVE Youth Art Workshop - Film Section. Fort Monostor, Komarom, Hungary.
However the 2013 Mediawave festival pointed out mostly films with thematic of women and war subjects, now we would like to draw your attention to two documentaries that are not or just partially concerned by the central questions of this festival. The Polish „3 days freedom” seizes the first dawdling steps of a prisoner getting a short leave to go out, until the French „Love Market” scouts a custom of an Indo-Chinese ethnicity, the hmongs.
With participation of Csángó folk musicans from Moldva, Chinese artists and several performers and fim makers, the Film Prizes and Parallel Culture Awards were announced at the closing ceremony of the 23rd MEDIAWAVE Gathering. The csángó wedding week came to an end with a fascinating dance performance on stage. See the award list below in this article.
photo: Péter Nyikos
20 April is the deadline to the art workshops of MEDIAWAVE, which takes place in the Fort Monostor, Komárom, parallel to the Gathering between 30 April and 4 May.
Acclaimed teachers will introduce the secrets of different artistic branches to the participants.
Acoustic Workshop: György Ferenczi musician
Singer's Workshop: Leena Conquest jazz singer from the USA
Lightpainter Workshop: MÉHKASAULA Group
Csango Folk Workshop: Benke Grátzy musician from Moldva (ROM)
Gipsy Music and Dance Workshop: Romungro Gipsy Band
Mária Vizi – director, dramaturge, script writer (Duna Television)
László Hargittai "Pamacs" - editor (4Cut)
Péter Dömötör - cinematographer
Gábor Szepesi - cinematographer
Balázs Gotthárdi - editor
Photo Workshop: Imre Zalka
VFX Workshop: András Marcell, visual effect teacher
You can check the conditions of participation here.
Beside the surprising number of French submissions, lots of films were sent from Belgium, Germany, Israel, Iran, Spain, Portugal, UK and the USA. So far the preview jury has been selecting films from 58 countries to feature, short fiction, animation, experimental and documentary film categories.
Hopefully some of our special themes encourage film makers to submit their films to our competition program. We are waiting for films dealing with the topics of "The Great War", "Womanhood" and minority/integration. Here you can watch the trailer of a film from Namibia.
Gentille M. ASSIH (Senegal): The Rite, the Lunatic and I
You can find the entry form and regulations and the method of film uploading in the left menu column.
We summarised the results of the MEDIAWAVE Summer Film Camp during the Ördögkatlan Festival (click here).
On the 4th of May, 2013, avoiding the protocol-centered award ceremony clichés of big film festivals, the organisers attempted to find a more human-centered and personal form of giving the awards and closing the 23rd Gathering in the Fort Monostor.