Hungarian cameraman and director, winner of Balázs Béla award.
Member of the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers, member of the directors’ Board of the HSC. Founder member and President of the Hungarian Film Academy.
Founder and President of the Golden Eye Cinematographer festival. Founder and director of the HSC Film Crew School 2006.
Organiser of the Cinematographer’s World Conference Budapest 2010.
He has presented more than 120 awards founded by him since 2004.
The Festival 2017
Welcome to the homepage of our Festival!
The International Nature Film Festival became an outstanding nature and environmental protection event in the region. With the support of the profession and the media we have managed to focus attention on Gödöllő, our natural values and their protection.
In 2017, nearly 300 films and several thousand guests arrived to Gödöllő from 58 countries. At the Festival we showed 100 films free of charge over a period of three days and registered appr. 40,000 program participants. More than 2,000 students participated in the Festival with classes or trips on what has become the traditional Student Day on Friday. We thank everybody who came and took part in the programs and those who followed the event from a distance.
In 2017, under the auspices of the Festival there were two Film Reviews (International Film Review and Carpathian-Basin Film Review). and the biggest European film and TV studios can be found in the competition. The full competition program was screened in Gödöllő. At the same time a selection of nature- and environmental protection themed films was be screened in other 19 Hungarian and 2 Transylvanian cities.
In additional to the free of charge screenings of the competition films, several programs waited for the visitors in May, 2017: entertaining nature-preservation and environmental-protection programs, the renewable outdoor photography exhibition entitled “Enchanting Hungary”, Trash Art Hungary sculpture exhibition, cinematic-arts and environmental protection conferences and a “Jam for Nature” musical talent show.
In the presence of Hungarian and foreign creators and representatives of the cinematic arts, six outstanding-achievement prizes, nine section prizes and several special prizes were awarded, including the Scientific and Educational Films Competition Awards, during the Festival Gala in 2017. It is our goal to reward and inspire as many talented creators as possible through the Film Reviews. Our professional partners and supporters help us to achieve this objective, we would like to gratefully thank them.
We believe that films represent the first of the creative arts that directly utilizes time and space simultaneously. It represents one of the most popular media of our day, transmitting information and knowledge as well as providing entertainment. Our Festival is built around films, though is not only about films. The primary target audiences of the films - young people and families - must see and feel the messages of films, therefore in addition to the film screenings, we organize the nature and environmental-protection exhibitions, the presentations and connected events.
President of Hungary, János Áder serves as the chief patron of our Nature and Environmental Protection Festival. We thank him for his support!
Let's meet in 2018 too! The IV. International Nature Film Festival will be in May 25-27, 2018. Everybody is welcome!
We would like to inform all potential participants about the fact that within the framework of the 2017 Festival two different Film Reviews will be organized with different requirements.
I. International Film Review
- Nature Films (films introducing our natural resources, wildlife, landscapes and the changes)
- Documentaries on nature protection and conservation (films introducing the themes of biological diversity, the effects of climate change and people who protect the environment and live in harmony with nature)
- television productions/ independent film
- short films, videos, independent short films
- Scienticific documentaries (educational documentary films, the role of science in the protection of natural resources, in the adaptation of man, opportunities and ideas that nature provides to scientists)
- Travelogues and expedition documentaries (the adventure that must be seen because it is not an end in itself, "know your world" documentary films)
- Animations (focusing on nature conservation and protection and ecological footprint)
II. Carpathian-Basin Film Review
A review of films introducing the natural resources and cultural values of the Carpathian Basin
- Natural resources and heritage of the Carpathian Basin
- Nature film
- Cultural values (rural life, life in the countryside, traditions)
In the case of both competitions films produced exclusively in or after 2014 can be submitted with the specification of category (selected from the list above).
Films submitted to the International Film Festival can be submitted to the Carpathian -Basin Film Festival/Competition as well in case the film meets the above listed requirements.
2017 Festival Awards Presented
Festival Gala: 27 May 2017, 5:30-7:30 Gödöllő Royal Palace Riding Hall
AWARDED ARTISTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND OF THE CARPATHIAN BASIN FILM REVIEW, SPECIAL AWARDS
EUROPEAN BLUE RIBBON (GRAND PRIZE)
NMHH Media Council’s 1 million forint prize was presented by Dr Tamás Kollarik, member of the Media Council and Károly Gyenes, director. The winner is Balázs Lerner, director of the film: Budapest Inferno - the secret of the Molnár János Cave
OUTSTANDING HUNGARIAN ARTIST FROM THE CARPATHIAN BASIN)
Ministry of Human Resources’s 500.000 forint prize and scuplture by artist Pál Szinvai was presented by Dr Mihály Nagy, head of department to Géza Rácz for his film: Siklód for Me
SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTARY FILM PLAN
This category was established with the support of the Ministry of Human Resources for artists under 30. The jury decided to divide the award between two young artists: Barnabás Álmos Betz and Norbert Moraru..
International Film Review
NATURE FILM CATEGORY
The 500 EUR prize and the ‘The jumping deer’ sculpture by Zoltán Varga was presented by Kate Bradbury, member of the international jury. The winner is Zoltán Török for his film: Lemmings, Little Giants of the North.
NATURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL FILM CATEGORY
SHORT FILM SECTION
The 500 EUR prize and the ‘The jumping deer’ sculpture by Zoltán Varga was presented by Kate Bradbury, member of the international jury. The winners are: Nicolás Richat és Nico Muzi for their film: Invisible Frontier.
NATURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL FILM CATEGORY
TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS, INDEPENDENT FILM SECTION
The 500 EUR prize was divided between Ben Bowie a Naledi for his film: ‘A Baby Elephant’s Tale’ and Jared P. Scott for ‘The Age of Consequences’. ‘The jumping deer’ sculpture by Zoltán Varga was presented by Kate Bradbury, member of the international jury.
The prize for the best animation film went to Tomer Eshed for his film: Our Wonderful Nature - the Common Chameleon
The prize for best scientific documentary was presented to Joe Loncraine for his film: David Attenborough’s Light on Earth.
TRAVELOGUES, EXPEDITION FILMS
The 500 EUR prize and the ‘The jumping deer’ sculpture by Zoltán Varga was presented by dr Árpád Juhász. The winners are: Róbert Bárány, Gábor Molnár and Zoltán Szekeres for their film: OzoneTravel: Tatarstan.
Carpathian Basin Film Review
NATURAL VALUES IN THE CARPATHIAN BASIN - NATURE FILMS
NMHH Media Council’s 500.000 forint prize was presented by Dr Tamás Kollarik, member of the Media Council to Eric Balaz, director for his film: Life in the Clouds.
‘The jumping deer’ sculpture by Zoltán Varga was presented by Dr Árpád Juhász, head of the Carpathian Basin Film jury.
NATURAL VALUES IN THE CARPATHIAN BASIN - DOCUMENTARIES
NMHH Media Council’s 500.000 forint prize was presented by Dr Tamás Kollarik, member of the Media Council to Gergely Balázs, director of the film: Operation Mayfly. ‘The jumping deer’ sculpture by Zoltán Zsolt Varga was presented by Dr Árpád Juhász, head of the Carpathian Basin Film jury.
CARPATHIAN BASIN - CULTURAL VALUES
The 500.000 forint award was presented by Dr Árpád Juhász, head of Carpathian Basin jury to József Sáfrány for his film: ‘Pastorale’. ‘The jumping deer’ sculpture is made by sculptor Zoltán Zsolt Varga.
ROCKENBAUER MEMORIAL PRIZE 2017. (PRIZE FOR HUNGARIAN ARTIST OR CREATIVE WORKSHOP THAT PRODUCES A FILM OF ENDURING VALUE)
The award was created by scupltor Pál Szinvai and presented by Tamás Szabados, former colleague of Pál Rockenbauer, co-founder of the award. The winner is Dr Mihály Tarkó for his special professional achievements.
BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER OF 2017
he 200.000 forint award was founded by the Hungarian Academy of Arts and presented by Erzsébet Katona Szabó, textile artist and production designer, member of the Academy’s Applied Arts section. The winner is Rita Takács for her film: THE HELICON LIFE PROJECT 2012-2016
ISTVÁN FEKETE AWARD
This award was presented for the first time in 2017 for a film targeting young audiences. The 200.000 forint prize was offered by the P. Fekete István, manager of the writer’s legacy. The winner is Zsolt Szilágyi for his film: ‘By the road of the angry’.
SPECIAL PRIZE BY THE NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTRE
The 250.000 forint prize offered by the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre was presented by Dr Csaba Gyuricza general director for Outstanding Hungarian Scientific Film. The winner is Szabolcs Mosonyi for his film: Silent Invaders.
SPECIAL PRIZE - CAMERAMAN
This prize was awarded for the first time in 2017 by Ágoston Kollányi Jr, member of the Carpathian Basin jury. The winners are the Slovakian cameramen team ‘Arolla’. ‘The jumping deer’ sculpture was created by artist Zoltán Zsolt Varga.
SPECIAL PROFESSIONAL PRIZE BY THE NATIONAL CULTURAL FUND OF HUNGARY, NATIONAL MEDIA AND INFOCOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY AND THE FESTIVAL
The award was presented for the first time in 2017 by Dr Tamás Kollarik, member of the Media Council to the directors of two outstanding Hungarian film festivals, acknowledging and thanking their work. The winners are: Tibor Bíró ((Jameson CineFest, Miskolc) and István Demeter (International Scientific Film Festival, Szolnok).
SPECIAL PRIZE OF MTVA M5 TV CHANNEL
he special prize went to Frigyes Olma, director of the film: Gemenc - Wild Danube. The award wes presented by Ágnes Dér, channel director.
SPECIAL PRIZE BY SZENT ISTVÁN UNIVERSITY
The winner of the prize is Áron Gauder for his film: The Bait. The award was presented by Dr Katalin Posta, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Szent István University.
SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE TOWN OF GÖDÖLLŐ
The winner of the prize is Attila Szabó for his film: ‘Ivy Green Tales’. The award was presented by Dr Csaba Lantai, vice mayor of the town of Gödöllő.
SPECIAL PRIZE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE
The winner of the special prize is Szabolcs Mosonyi for his film: Silent Invaders.
The total sum of the prizes in 2017 was EUR 12.000. Congratulations to the artists!
Special thanks to the supporters of the festival.
Hungarian cameraman and director, winner of Balázs Béla award.
As Head of Infotainment Portfolio, László Gáspár is responsible for the programming and acquisition strategy of AMC Networks Central Europe’s factual channels, among them Spektrum, one of Hungary’s leading documentary channel. With 14 years of marketing background in various industries - among them filmmaking and television – László took over the programming duties of Spektrum in 2012. Since then he has been working on building a strong library of nature and wildlife, history, science and technology programmes, which he acquires from the world’s biggest content providers and distributors. He is also active in developing Spektrum TV’s local productions and thus he is involved in many productions of Hungarian filmmakers.
Composer and music producer. This has included CD productions, which he created with his inimitable style of symphonic electronic music. Gleisberg’s work is rounded off by a large number of soundtracks for film productions. Music composed by him was also used for the Hollywood production “Blade”. In addition, Gleisberg composed music for TV nature documentaries, such as “planet e” (ZDF) and “Abenteuer Lerchenberg”.
Geoff Luck has been making award-wining science and natural history films for over twenty years—fifteen of them at National Geographic. He’s produced, written, shot or edited over a hundred programs, filmed on six continents, and served as the showrunner for ten television series. His work has also been featured on PBS, ZDF, Discovery, Sundance, Showtime and showcased at the United Nations and Museum of Modern Art. He holds degrees in filmmaking from Harvard University and the San Francisco Art Institute and currently lives in the mountains of Virginia with his wife and two daughters.
Kate Bradbury has been freelancing for Off the Fence for the past six years. Her producer skills have brought her to the seven continents of the world. From the Antarctic filming Killer Whales to the Horn of Africa filming the last herd of elephants. With a background in marine zoology and a masters in wildlife filmmaking with NHNZ, she has produced and series produced for PBS, National Geographic, Channel 4 and Discovery. Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale, which she co-produced, is her first feature film now airing on Netflix worldwide.
She graduated from Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE) majoring in Hungarian language and pedagogy. Of the 30 years of her editor-filmmaker career she has spent 22 with making nature films in many genres. At the beginning she worked in the Natura newsroom, today she is an independent artist.
Television journalist, leading editor of public media until 2016. She edited several public television programmes during her career in the past 25 years, she supervised Channel M2 for kids as an intendant and she was managing editor of the new Petőfi TV from its beginning. She also participated in the launch of several artistic and scientific-educational series as a cultural producer.
is an exemplary member of the Hungarian scientific education community. After doing reseach work for 15 years as a geologist his main pursuit became scientific education. He was director of TIT Stúdió – an Agency of Natural Sciences – for 16 years and then for more than a decade Editor in Chief of the Sciece Department of the Hungarian Television. He published 25 books. Various television channels currently broadcast more than 70 of his ducumentaries
Director, winner of Balázs Béla award, his film on ancient cypresses won an award at Filmszemle festival. His more than 100 films ranged from space exploration to archeology. He directed Delta, the weekly scientific programme of the Hungarian Public Television between 1975 and 2013. He was head of jury at the Pusztaszer Nature Film Festival for three times.
I have lived in Budapest all my life. First I tried nature photography in Nimród photo club in 1987. I have become an active member of several other similar organizations since then, and I am also in the leadership in some of them. I organize exhibitions and I have been teaching since 1999. I have been a member of several temporary and permanent juries. My life is photography and its service.
For more than a decade she has been working for the Hungarian public service media as a festival manager. During her career, she has managed the international participation and promotion of many Hungarian productions including fiction, documentary and nature films, as well. She has contributed to the international successes of several nature films and has a wide range of experience in the field of nature and science film festivals. Currently, she is the International Director of the Hungarian Paralympic Committee.