Katherine is Executive Director at the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival, Canada's largest environmental media arts organization that promotes film as both a cinematic art form and a meaningful tool for social change. She has worked extensively in the arts sector as a producer in film, theatre and visual arts including the UK-based Cape Farewell - The cultural response to climate change as Development Director for Carbon 14: Climate is Culture in partnership with ROM Contemporary Culture. Katherine has an MA in Communication and Cultural Studies with a research focus on fresh water as both a commodity and a human right through the historical narrative of Toronto’s R.C. Harris Filtration Plant.
Film reviews 2019
Nowadays the International Nature Film Festival Gödöllő has become an outstanding nature and environmental conservation event in the region. With the support of the profession and the media, we have managed to draw the attention to Gödöllő, to the values of the nature and their importance during the Festival. In 2018 more than 1500 films were submitted from 104 different countries!
Two Filmreviews are announced every year:
International Nature Filmreview in 6 categories
Carpathian Basin Filmreview in 3 categories.
During the Festival last year 160 films were screened freely, in 5 different spots and approximately 40 000 people visited the Festival, Gödöllő and watched films.
Thematical screening spots are the followings: Riding Hall, Royal Palace, Gödöllő - naturefilms; two section room, Royal Palace, Gödöllő - documentaries; Animations tent, Alsópark; Main stage, Led-wall, Alsópark – highlighted films every evening and movies from the partners, supporters of the festival during afternoons.
At the same time of the festival in 27 different locations – besides them in 6 national parks – films were screened about nature and environmental conservation, protection in the frame of the National Nature and Environmental Protection Film Days where thousands of visitors participated.
Together with the M5 TV channel, we have created the „Nature’s Day” program which broadcasted two hours long sessions live three times on Sunday’s programs of the Festival.
Thanks to everyone who visited to the Festival and took part in the programs or just followed the events.
Dear filmmakers, we are waiting for the films for two filmreviews until 28 of February.
We believe that the film is the first among the arts, which uses time and space at once directly. Nowadays it has been one of the most popular informative, entertainment and artistic medium. The Festival is built around this, but not only for this purpose. The films’ messages should be seen and felt.
The main patron of the Filmreviews and the Nature and Environmental Protection Festival is János Áder, the president of the republic of Hungary. Many thanks for this support!
The date of the V. International Nature Film Festival is 24-26 May, 2019.
Let’s meet at this time, too!
International Nature Film Festival Gödöllő
Nature and Environmental Protection Festival
Festival place: Gödöllő
Festival date: May 24–26, 2019
Application dates: November 15, 2018 - February 28, 2019
The mission of the International Nature Film Festival is to raise the awareness of the public regarding to the protection and conservation of biological diversity, natural resources, values and beauties of the world with a special emphasis on Europe and the Carpathian Basin through the display of films connected to the topic. The festival brings a good opportunity for filmmakers, professionals and the public to meet and initiate conversation on these important issues through different meetings and conferences within the framework of the event and to enjoy nature films at the same time.
Within the framework of the 2019 Festival two different Film Reviews will be organized.
1. 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 films
- short films, videos, independent short films (max. 26 minutes)
- Scientific 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, “know your world” documentary films)
- Animations (focusing on nature conservation and protection and ecological footprint)
2. Carpathian Basin Film Review
- Natural resources and the heritage of the Carpathian Basin (the Carpathian Basin is one of Europe's special climatic and geological place with a wealth of treasures and values. Protecting and preserving them is a very important mission.)
- Nature films
- Cultural values (rural life, life in the countryside, traditions)
Application dates: November 15, 2018 and 24.00 pm (CET) February 28, 2019
In the case of both competitions films produced exclusively in or after 2017 can be submitted - which were not submitted to the 2017-2018’s festivals. If the film was produced before 2017, or it was submitted, but it was significantly modified or updated it can also be submitted
Films submitted to the International Film Review can be submitted to the Carpathian Basin Film Review as well if the film meets the requirements listed below.
For the Carpathian Basin Film Review only and exclusively those films can be submitted which are about the Carpathian Basin’s natural and cultural values!
The official languages of the Festival are English and Hungarian. The participants are required to upload or send any information in English.
For the International Film Review the submitted films must be in English language or have English subtitles.
For the Carpathian Basin Film Review English language is not obligatory if the film is Hungarian. In case of films not in Hungarian language, filmmakers must provide the films with English voice or subtitles.
Entries can be made in the following ways:
Submissions are valid on both platforms mentioned before, but please, one film submit only on one platform! If you submit the same film on several platforms, we accept only the latest one. We prefer the festival’s official entry form.
The submission to our Festival is free of charge.
Requested information for valid entry:
For valid entry you should add all the requested information and materials!
Entries must contain the category in which the film is submitted.
The requested information:
submitter: name, e-mail address, telephone number
submitted film’s basic data: original title, English title, completion date, production country, running time, language, English synopsis (max. 500 characters)
director(s): name, year of birth, nationality, e-mail address, biography in English (max. 500 characters)
credits: director(s), animation director(s), director(s) of photography, editor(s), music editor(s), producer, distributor
Please, pay attention to the maximum number of characters!
The requested materials:
the submitted film (upload it or add an online link for it)
photo of the director (min. 300 DPI quality and with min. 800x600 resolution)
3 stills from the film (min. 300 DPI quality and with min. 800x600 resolution)
English text (in srt format or in a Word document with in-out timecodes – can be required if the film is selected for screening and it is not in Hungarian language)
Please, upload or send the biography in doc or in txt file, not in PDF. Do not use upper case with any of the information added.
REQUESTING SCREENING COPY
The submitted films will be first evaluated by the pre-jury and selected films will be evaluated by the Festival Jury. If the film is not submitted to the appropriate category, the Jury has the right to move in the right category. The filmmakers of the selected films will be informed by 15 April 2019 whether their film was selected for the competition. Until 15 April we will provide you a link accessibility where you will be able to upload your screening copy.
The screening copies of the selected films must arrive by May 1, 2019.
The screening copy – if it has not been sent with the submission - should be uploaded with the following min. quality:
File format: Mpeg4, mov, mxf, M2ts etc.
Resolution: min. 1920x1080 (full HD)
Bit rate: min. 20 Mbit
You can also post the screening copy on DVD or Blu-ray disk (we prefer the online sharing):
(Carplove International Nonprofit Ltd.)
Budapest Jászdózsa street 30.
The entrants must cover the shipping costs of all materials entered.
With the entry of a film to the Festivalthe filmmaker agrees that the organizer of the Festival can screen the submitted film during the festival at different screening locations of the Festival. Film parts (max. 3 minutes) may be used by the International Nature Film Festival Gödöllő during different events and demonstrations (educational and exhibition screenings) and in the different fields of media (with reference to the filmmaker) to propagate the Festival for non-commercial purposes.
The Festival is able to translate the films and screen them with Hungarian voice or subtitle. All festival documents will be published in Hungarian and English.
The festival does not pay any screening fee to the filmmakers.
All Festival programs are free of charge.
The decisions of the pre-Jury and the Jury are final and cannot be changed, there is no opportunity for appeal.
Please note! Entries with missing information will not be accepted! The organizers will ask the participants to complete documents only once. If the participants do not respond and provide the relevant information within the deadlines, their entry will not be accepted.
At the 2019’s Festival Gala the total sum of the prizes will amount to €16.000. The Gala will be held on 25 May 2019 in the Royal Palace of Gödöllő. Special thanks to the supporters of the festival.
The organizers will provide accommodation (1 night, maximum 2 people) for the filmmakers for the day of the screening of their film and also the opportunity to participate in the professional activities (conferences, meetings) of the event (preliminary registration is required).
PROTECTION OF PERSONAL DATA
The organizers of the Festival will handle all personal data given to them in connection with the Festival entry confidentially; they will use them only for the registration and for festival publications and will not hand them over to any third party. In case of data and files uploaded to Filmfreeway the same data protection rules will be applied. The films uploaded to the site mentioned before will be used exclusively for preliminary selection. The films not selected by the jury for screening in the festival program will be deleted.
International Nature Film Festival Gödöllő
(Carplove International Nonprofit Ltd.)
Hungary, Budapest Jászdózsa street 30.
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Natalia started her career in film development and production in 2004 and moved into TV distribution in 2011 when she began working for Digital Rights Group (DRG). After 3 years with DRG, Natalia made the move to All3Media International where she became Format Sales Executive looking after CEE and the Middle East working on projects like Gogglebox and Undercover Boss. In 2015 she moved to the position of Director of Sales for CEE, Russia & CIS at FremantleMedia International looking after brands like Jamie Oliver, Got Talent and new content such as the Young Pope. In 2017, Natalia set up F3 Media, a boutique consultancy firm specializing in distribution to Central & Eastern Europe. The mission is to represent high quality programming across the factual, film and format genres which we are passionate about.
Joanna Rathe is working in the television industry for over 14 years. She has been acquiring factual content for thematic channels in Poland. Currently, she holds the position of Senior Programme Manager at BBC Studios Poland. She is also Director of International Mountain Film Competition during Mountain Film Meetings in Zakopane, Poland.
More than 30 years he has been directing movies and writing scripts in animation and action genres too. Ha has made five full-night ficton movie, around 150 episodes of TV series, commercials, videos, documentary and informative films, moreover he wrote more than one hundred scripts. He worked all of the big Hungarian animation studios, the Hungarian Television, one Australian, two American, one South-Korean, one Taiwan, one Indian and one Arabic Studio. The only Hungarian director who won EMMY prize. He teaches in the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest, in the Animation Course of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. Ferenc works at the Hungarian Media Mecenatúra Program and he is the member of the Hungarian Film Academy, furthermore he is the member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts.
Journalist, author and director of more than fifty international TV documentaries, producer, developer and author of dozens of nonfiction formats and series. Since 2014 lectures at the University of Applied Sciences, Vienna. Lecture on basics of script writing and filmproduction. Since 2005 lectures at the Dept. of Antropholgy, University of Vienna, seminar on documentary filming and production. 1993 co founder and executive producer of Cosmos Factory Filmproduktion in Vienna. Since 1990 various articles for magazines and books focusing on scientific topics. Since 1989 scriptwriter and director. 1988-1996 freelance producer at the Austrian Broadcast Company ORF at the department for education and science. Since 1976 freelancer at various dailies and magazines, writer and photographer. 1974 to 1990 freelancer at the Austrian daily “Kurier”, working in the graphics and layout department, later author for a variety of department.
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.
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.
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
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.
Between 2005 and 2011 as the mayor of Pusztaszer he was one of the main organisers of the Csizmazia György Nature Film Festival, Pusztaszer, Hungary. The profession remember of its feeling nostalgically. To keep this memory alive Pusztaszer Council regularly offers special award for the most talent young artist in the International Nature Film Festvial, Gödöllő. The Csizmazia György Nature Film Festival is thougth as the ancestor of the International Nature Film Festvial, Gödöllő. However, he does not have nature photography or filmmaking past, but because of his son, Bence and the Csizmazia György Nature Film Festival, he has taking an active part in the Hungarian nature filmmaking and photography for two decades.
He has been in every continent – including the Antarctic - with the Hungarian Television camera. He has taken part in a wide variety of programs such as programs for children and art programs as operator. Live commentations of musical informatives, TV games and national events. (Mazsola film was his diploma work.) After meeting Pál Rockenbauer he specialised to nature film making. From 30 years he has been making only these programs. As director-operator he made 300 small movies. His most well-known film is the "Másfélmillió lépés Magyarországon" series (One and a half million steps in Hungary). Tamás ha won the Hungarian Heridity prize. Three years ago he has retired, only holds lectures in clubs, libraries trying to bring the focus to the nature, its conservation and to the fresh water. With his son he is the founder of the Pál Rockenbauer prize.
For 10 years he was the colleague, filmcritic and reading editor of the Heti Válasz (Weekly Answer) newspaper. His writings appeared in the Magyar Konyha (Hungarian Kitchen) gastronomy and the Szív (Heart) Jesuit magazine, moreover in the Kommentár newspaper. He is the profession of films for the Duna and the M5 cultural channel. György is the editor of several documentary films and script-writer. He won the Art Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Art. Since 2018 he is the literary colleague of the National Theatre.
Dr. Zoltán Kőváry is clinical psychologist, and has bachelor of art diploma in Hungarian language and literature. He is a docent in the ELTE PPK Clinical Psychology and Addictology Department. His first diploma was about Géza Csáth in the Hungarian language course of the Szeged University, Hungary. After that, he studied psychology in the University of Debrecen, later clinical psychology in Budapest.
He has worked for years in the psycology, drogambulance, pedagogy and lifecouching advisory office. For many years he tought in the University of Szeged. After Szeged, he moved to the ELTE University, Budapest in 2015. He made his PhD in the Psycology Doctorial School of the University of Pécs. His research field was about the outstanding creativity with the method of the psychobiography. He publishes regularly national and international newspapers, his book chapters sold in Hungary and in the USA. He published two independent volumes, furthermore he frequently holds scientific and informative lectures.
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.