The Festival 2017
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).
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.
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. Must see and feel the messages of the films.
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!
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.