On the 14th March, in the Museum of Fine Arts, Zoltán Balog, the minister of human resources, distributed the national prizes for outstanding activities on the field of film art and culture. Jenő Hartyándi festival director, film director, cinematographer received the Béla Balázs Award. The same award was given to László Csáki, animation and documentary film director, university teacher, former MEDIAWAVE student, while one of the founders of the MEDIAWAVE-spirit Dresch Mihály, Ferenc Liszt-awarded jazz musician, received the Excellent artist prize.
By clicking the link under the names of the awarded persons, you will find a film or concert from each of them.
Hartyándi Jenő - Csáki László - Dresch Mihály
Hailing from Ghent, Belgium, Humble Grumble set out to follow the path laid by influential performers the likes of Frank Zappa and King Crimson with their unique blend of progressive rock / fusion.
Although progressive rock is generally regarded as an open and unpredictable music genre, there are patterns and limitations. Unlike many contemporary exponents of the genre, Humble Grumble refuses to get stuck in a box or to fall into the trap of emulation.
Instead, the band strives to use genres as styles in a way that is not unlike the colors available to an impressionist painter: The band happily welcomes shades of jazz, rock and roll bursts, folk song-writing and much more.
The band stemmed from an input of guitarist and singer Gabor Vörös, who finally settled into Belgium after wandering around Europe for several years. After a wide range of musical project and experiences, Humble Grumble finally started to find their voice and shape.
Following several demos, ideas and line-up changes, the band grew more and more experimental, striving to voice Gabor's wild imagery and eclectic vision. The band is known for often relying on extended line-ups of guest musicians to keep things interesting and on the edge.
Frédéric Doazan (FRA)
director of the animation Supervenus
"Mediawave took place in an amazing and unique location where you will get lost into labyrinthic corridor. The festival is in constant activity with music, screening, exhibitions, food and folklore.
You'll meet awesome people there (musicians, filmmakers, audience, and the whole organization team) It was kind of a change of scenery for Vandy and I, and it was definitely worth it!
Go there, you can't be disappointed."
Kritjan Holm (EST)
director of the animation Worst Case Scenario
First, it was the first time to be there, had no idea what to expect. Most of the time went by in deeply positive confusion and once you finally realized what is going on, it was suddenly over. There will just be friendly people, crazy music, cricket’s stridulation, morning sandwiches, colored walls, talking drums and many other strong feelings hovering in your memories. Feelings those get stronger after every moment.
Secondly, it’s hard to find better location than this old fort for this kind of mixture. Hard to get in, impossible to get out!
Last, but not least, I can't continue, otherwise I will get too melancholic that it‘s over for this time..."
Beniamino Saibene (ITA)
president and founder Milano Film Festival, the member of Jury
"I waited to write to you because i wanted to see how long the "mediawave effect" would last…
and it is still going on, i'm still there!!! i still have the festival in my mind, in my blood, in my soul
and will have it for ever in my heart;
Gyuri, Violetta: it was fantastic, i felt so good with you there, all the people i had the chance to meet were wonderful, all the films, the concerts i had the chance to join
are to remember, some count between the best i've ever joined in my life.
Also the food, the wine and the palinka were very good, only the pasta perhaps could have been better…
I'd like to find out how to collaborate together in the future,
love you all!"
photo: Nagy Péter
Until New Year's Eve, we have got 800 submissions to the MEDIAWAVE 2014. According to the previous years' experiences, now it seems that we may receive more films than ever before. The selection committee has already started to watch the films and the results are to be revealed in the end of February. Don't forget that the entry deadline is 10 January!
ON THE ROAD is the special theme of MEDIAWAVE 2014 recently announced for film makers as well as in other areas of our program, which intends to strenghten the spirit of the Gathering. A little bit differently, with a new system, we expand the Fortfest to online gathering for a while.
We are waiting for films in all genres to this category until 10 January, 2014 (entry form is availbale here) which present ’being on the road’, let it be either a physical or intellectual journey or individuals, communities, minorities travelling temporarily or constantly, from free will or under pressure. Migration, emigration, crossroads or parallel directions, creation processes as well as intellectual or spiritual paths.
For us, it is even more interesting if they avoid the highways of media industry and the colorful boulevards of film market.
For further information, please, click the details.
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. The title is 'Tamam', featuring: Tuncel Kurtiz. Worth to see.
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, the great chello player, Reyent Bölükbasi also passed away last year. Let's remember them with their performance at Mediawave 2004.
May you rest in peace, dear friends!
The deadline for entry to the PASSPORT CONTROL 27 - MEDIAWAVE film-photo-folk music-folk dance workshops which take place in Ostyán, Slovakia. 25% discount price until 5 June. Details coming soon here.
Reduced fee entry until 10 July!
During the Ördögkatlan Festival, we organise again the Art camp in Kisharsány. The submission to the film and photo sections are open to everyone but the music, slam poetry, beatbox and artchitect workshops are by invitation.
For the details, click here.
You can find the entry form and regulations and the method of film uploading in the left menu column.