The International Filmworkshop in Balatonalmádi 2008 summer


The International Filmworkshop in Balatonalmádi 2008 was holding on 23th of June till 29th of June 2008 where Polish, Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian filmmakers were participating.
Young filmmakers: participated 35 people.
Organizers: 4 persons
Lecturers, teachers: 3 person
Visitors: 50 persons

The films that we created during the workshop were shown at the local cultural house at the and of the program for 70 viewers. It is to be regret that the Polish delegation (2 persons) could only participate for 2 days at the beginning of the Work Shop. We hope this will not happen any other time within our relationship. First we had a psycho-training (held by Attila Rudas) to configure 4 film-maker working group. These international groups worked together during the next four day.

Their aim was to produce short movies from the idea of “The first 10 sentence” wich meant that we had chosen 10 words that had to be heard in the films in all languages (Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, English). You can see the attached DVD ad a result, and we are very proud of it because they made more film that we supposed to (6 films). 

We provided cost and board for free for all the participants, we also give cameras and staff and film-studio (where they could cut the films with 4 computer and programs. We also paid the travelling cost in Hungary for all the invited gests. The schedule was:

First exercise was writing film scripts. The proviso was that it had to be realisably, so we worked on them until it become that. After we started to realize the films. In the meantime the international leaders give us sound-technique practice (József Kardos-HU and Miroslaw Obratil-CZ), lightening-technique practice (Viktor Pálfi, chief-lightener - HU and András Matkócsik, cameraman-director – HU)  and editing practise (Ákos Mester, editor – HU). 

The other important aim was to get to know each other, so we had film-clubs there we screened the films that the participants made at home in the last year. So Tuesday the Polish, Wednesday the Czech, Thursday the Slovak, Friday the Hungarian films were screened.  The clubs were open for public and held in the Pannonia Cultural Center and Library in Balatonalmádi, so residents of the place could also come and watch.  

The aim of the workshop was to bring together young filmmakers from Visegrad countries in order to get to know each other, make films in co-production and work alongside the others. This aim we achieved very well. Last but not least we produced some (6) short films. We only expected 4 pieces but the participants had more ideas and more capacity, so they made other two films. We think it will be strengthened inter-organisational relationships and communication as a result of the project. This was a good start for later co-operative work, exchanging experiences and the establishment of a workshop of young film pros.

The co-production opportunities going to open up for us. We would like to achieve to have more films produced not only in workshops but also on usual way. We were invited to festivals by Visegrad countries. We think the Visegrad 4 idea gets more popular by the means of film making and showing these films on festivals an different TV channels

That is also important for us to shoot as many as possible road movies in these countries and bring them to the Hungarian public. So the Hungarian-youth can get to know the other countries cultural-natural values. We decided to work on it more in the next year.



1st partner of us came from Brno (Czech Republic) Art School, lead by Miroslav Obratil. 2nd partner of us was the Film School of Poznan (Poland) lead by Katarzyna Ueberhn. 3rd parter came from Komárno (Slovak Republic) the organization SZMAFF managed by Miroslav Zselinszky. The participants of the Hungarian group were selected from the Student Film Festival in Hungary. 

All the partners sent 4-6 youths to Hungary for making new short films – except the Polish, they only sent 2 persons. Balaton is one of the most beautiful side of Hungary so they could see the natural countryside and the people who live in this village. We believe that is a good way to get to know each other lifestyle and culture. This is also a cultural exchange between the 4 country witch could facilitate more activities and product. All the participants felt that we have similar past and present and we have very close situations in the field of culture, financing and plans. 

We advertised the film clubs and the screening night in some local media. So viewers came to see the films in the club and the final day. We created 6 films that we edited to 1 DVD than made 50 copies. All the participants got one of this DVD before they left. We also created a database help the communication between the young filmmakers.