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 2016, nearly 300 films and several thousand guests arrived to Gödöllő from 34 countries. At the Festival we showed 100 films free of charge over a period of five days and registered 10,500 program participants. More than 1,000 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 will be two Film Reviews (International Film Review and Carpathian-Basin Film Review). From 58 countries around the world and nearly 300 entries were received to this year's competition, among the biggest European film and TV studios can be found in it. The full competition program will be screened in Gödöllő. At the same time a selection of nature- and environmental protection themed films will be screened in other 19 Hungarian and 2 Transylvanian cities.
In additional to the free of charge screenings of the competition films, several programs will wait 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 will be awarded 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. Welcome all visitors!
In 2017, President of Hungary, János Áder will again serve as the chief patron of our Nature and Environmental Protection Festival. We thank him for his support!
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.
The Festival Gala will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
at the Riding Hall of the Gödöllő Royal Palace.
The winners of the awards listed below will be announced at the gala
- The European Blue Ribbon (the festival's grand prize)
- International Nature Film Review
- 6 section prizes
- Carpathian Basin Film Review
- 3 section prizes
- The 2017 Rockenbauer Memorial Prize (prize for the Hungarian creator or creative workshop that produces nature films of enduring value)
- The creative prize for Hungarians living in the Carpathian Basin outside of Hungary (outstanding Hungarian work, filmmaker's special prize)
- Prize for the best young filmmaker of 2017
- Special awards
The value of this year's festival awards adds up to 12 000 EUR. We thank the featured supporters of the festival for the section and technical awards.
We count on the appearance of all entered filmmakers and nature film fans!
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.