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an award by MEDIAWAVE


In 2001 MEDIAWAVE Foundation initiated that an award should be created and given to those artists whose personality and/or carreer have never fitted in the actual popular trends, but who always follow the way their inner cultural/ personal compass has designated to them. They could be impulsive, strong and even difficult personalities, other times are humble, quiet people who are almost imperceptible, what unites them is that they have not been broken or dragged down to mediocrity by political pressure or the pressure of their environment.


If you can see last years award winners, click here! 





JELES András /1945/ 

film director (HUN)



 KOVÁCS Ferenc /1957/

ethno and jazz musician, composer (HUN)


NAGY József (Josef NADJ) /1957/

actor, dancer, director, choreographer (FRA/SERB)




Mike HOOLBOOM /1959/

film director (CAN)


Jirí MENZEL /1938/

film director (CZE)


David MURRAY /1955/

jazz musician, composer (USA)







JELES András

film director (HUN)



Graduated in adult education and Hungarian Literature and Linguistics from the ELTE University. He started his film career as an amateur filmmaker. In 1974 he graduated in directing from the Academy of Performing Arts. He also got a diploma as a photographer. From 1974 he was assistant, then director at the Hungarian Film Production Company. In the seventies also worked for the Hungarian National Television. He made his first feature film 'The First Fling' in 1979. In the eighties he founded an avantgarde theatre company called the "Monteverdi Wrestling Circle". Along his experimental films, the Béla Balázs Studio also made video recordings of these theatre performances. His film 'Dream Brigade' made in 1983 was only released in 1989. Awards: Béla Balázs Award (1989, he declines), Béla Balázs Award (1992), Golden Dolphin for the Best Screenplay for Dream Brigade (1989, Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival), Film Critics Award for the Best Debut Film for Little Valentino (1980 Hungarian Film Week), László B. Nagy Award for Dream Brigade(1990, Hungarian Film Week), László B. Nagy Award for Joseph and his Brothers - Scenes from a Peasant Bible (2006, Hungarian Film Week), Kossuth Prize (2008).
1969: This Is How It Will Run / Így fog leperegni (d) 1969: Audition / Meghallgatás (d) 1971: White Army / Fehér sereg (d) 1971: Fragment / Töredék (s) 1973: The Joy of Sunday / A vasárnap gyönyöre (s) 1974: The Wanderer / A vándor (d) 1974: Half Awake / Félálom (s) 1977: Be Good Forever / Légy jó mindhalálig (s/TV) 1979: Csokonai (f/TV) 1979: Montage / Montázs (d) 1979: The First Fling / A kis Valentino 1983: The Annunciation / Angyali üdvözlet 1985: Thalia’s Cart / Thália szekerén (s/TV) 1985: Wind Strom / Szélvihar 1986: The Realm of Smiles / A mosoly birodalma 1993: Why Wasn't He There? / Senkiföldje 2003: Joseph and his Brothers - Scenes from a Peasant Bible / József és testvérei - Jelenetek egy parasztbibliából



ethno and jazz musician, composer (HUN)



He was born in 1957 in Budapest. He graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Music- and Singing Teachers' College. He took his teachers' degree in singing-solfeggio-trumpet. At the outset he worked as the first trumpeter of the Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Post, then he played in the dance group of Népszínház (Folks' Theatre).
During his career he has participated in the activities of several contemporary creative workshops. He worked together with the '180 Group' and in György Szabados' band, MAKUZ. He was the founding member of the Budapest Ragtime Band, and worked with them 15 years long. At the moment he is a significant member of Mihály Dresh's quartet.
Since 1994 he has been the member of the Balogh Kálmán Gipsy Cymbalom Band and the Romano Kokalo. As a solo violinist he played in many pieces of Péter Gerzson Kovács' band TRANZ DANZ. In 2001 he became influental solist of Djabe. After a serious transformation they formed the orchestra of present day’s Magony, which is devoted to do great things both in its musical quality and its theatrical appearance. As he believes, you can play music with your friends and you can make friends in connection with music. So he plays with Kriszta Nagy painter (Tereskova), ef Zámbó Öcsi (Happy Dead Band), Pocsolyás form the VW service and so on.


NAGY József (Josef NADJ)

actor, dancer, director, choreographer (FRA/SERB)




He was born in 1957 in Magyarkanizsa. He is a world-famous actor and director, the founder of JEL Theatre in Magyarkanizsa and the director of Centré Chorégraphique d'National Orléans’ contemporary dance theatre.
At the end of the 1970’s he studied ethnography and playing the flute. He also learnt pantomime in Szkéné Theatre. After it he went to Paris, where he was taught pantomime, contact dance and acrobatics by Marcel Marceau and Eugene Decraux. He presented his very first play, The Duck from Beijing in 1987, with which he became world-famous rapid. During the twenty years of his carreer such memorable shows with drama historical importance were created as: The Seven Rhinoceros Leathers, Commedia Tempio, The Death of The Governor, Woyzeck, Ladders of Orpheus, Travellers, Habakukk Comments, Watchers, Philosophers, After Midnight, The Diary of A Stranger.
He was awarded by la Légion d'Honneur by the French Republic for his cultural works. For his play, Philosophers, he was given the French Critics’ Award for the Best Performance of the Year. In 2003 he got the Award For Hungarian Culture. In 2004 his play, the 2nd part of Apocrif Codex, Eden received the Main Prize in BITEF, Belgrade. In addition he was also given the popular Golden Masque Prize in Moscow, the Main prize of UNICEF and Taormina Award from the Associations of European Theatres.
The dance theatre in Orléans directed by him, Centré Chorégraphique d'National Orléans, is regarded as one of the most excellent contemporary theatres. He usually plays in every European counrty, in North and South America, Russia, Japan, Israel…





film director (CAN)



Born in 1959, Toronto, Mike Hoolboom is a director, a producer, an editor and a writer. He is considered the finest experimental filmmaker – or in his words – "fringe filmmaker" of his generation, the prolific and mercurial Hoolboom has made over 50 films and videos since 1980. He has also played a major curatorial and critical role in the Canadian avant-garde film community, working as the fringe film officer at the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre from 1988 to 1990, where he started the now defunct magazine The Independent Eye. In 1989, with Jonathan Pollard, Barbara Sternberg, Philip Hoffman and Gary Popovich, he formed the artist-run exhibition group Pleasure Dome, devoted to fringe film and video. He has also collaborated with some of the foremost experimental film- and videomakers in Canada: Kika Thorne (Two, 1990), Steve Sanguedolce (Mexico, 1992), Ann Marie Fleming (Man, 1991; The New Man, 1992) and Shawn Chapelle (Shooting Blanks, 1995).



film and theatre director (CZE)



Jiří Menzel (born February 23, 1938 in Prague), is a Czech film director, theatre director, actor, and scriptwriter. He became famous in 1967, when his first feature film Closely Watched Trains (based on the novel by Hrabal) won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He was nominated again in the same category in 1986 with his dark comedy My Sweet Little Village. His film "Larks on a String" was filmed in 1969, but was initially banned by the Czech government. It was finally released in 1990 after the fall of the Communist regime. His films often combine a humanistic view of the world with sarcasm. Some of them are adapted from works by Czech writers such as Bohumil Hrabal and Vladislav Vančura.



jazz musician, composer (USA)


The saxophonist David Murray’s music is a mix of blues, jazz, and gospel. (Grammy Award, 1989) He was born on the West Coast, brought up under the influence of the Christian Church, then emancipated by the libertarian trends of the 1970s, and became a leading light on the New York scene, the summit of jazz, in the 1980s. Since then, he settled for a while in Paris, and then moved on, looking for new adventures in sound… But he doesn’t try to wipe out his past – without roots, you don’t have a future. From the end of the ‘70s to the beginning of the ‘90s, David Murray recorded seventeen albums for the Italian label, which brought him a certain degree of fame, with the World Saxophone Quartet, with Randy Weston, Dave Burell, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Olu Dara, Anthony Davis, Craig Harris, John Hicks, James “Blood” Ulmer, Don Pullen, Steve Coleman and many others… David Murray recorded a new album in New York, in January 2007. It’s entitled “Sacred Ground”, and features two key members of the Black Saint Quartet, old friends who are an illustration of the open attitude of the saxophonist, the bassist Ray Drummond and the percussionist Andrew Cyrille.
David Murray's awards include: a Grammy and several nominations; a Guggenheim Fellowship; the Bird Award; the Danish Jazzpar Prize; Village Voice musician of the decade (1980s); Newsday musician of the year (1993); personality of the Guinness Jazz festival (Ireland, 1994); the Ralph J. Simon Rex Award (1995). Two documentaries have been made about David Murray's life : "Speaking in Tongues" (1982) and "Jazzman", nominated at the Baltimore Film Festival (1999).



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