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21ST FESTIVAL OF LOCAL TELEVISIONS ENDS WITH AWARD CEREMONY IN KOŠICE, SLOVAKIA

21ST FESTIVAL OF LOCAL TELEVISIONS ENDS WITH AWARD CEREMONY IN KOŠICE, SLOVAKIA

KOŠICE, Slovakia, June 22 – The 21st International Festival of Local Televisions drew to a close here over the weekend with an awards ceremony that brought prizes to films from as nearby as Slovakia and as far away as Australia.

In an unusual twist, half of the festival this year was held in Ukraine, where the worrying political situation has presented grave challenges to local televisions.

Created in 1995 to support newly established local televisions in Central and Eastern Europe, the festival has grown well beyond its original geographic intentions, but remains true to its core principle of support of the local television segment of the media space. With program entries from Australia, Iraq and Brazil, for example, the festival extended the meaning of “International” in its name. Two of the four festival days were held in Ukraine, near Uzhgorod. At panel sessions and workshops, participants from the Czech Republic, Serbia and Slovakia presented summaries of the role and development of media during their countries’ political and economic transitions. Journalists and producers from Ukraine reacted, citing the special circumstances of their situation, with a virtual war and foreign occupation in the country’s east. One of the Ukrainian participants, who went to eastern Ukraine as a nurse, explained how she turned herself into a journalist with her smartphone, filming what she saw. She now works for a Kyiv television station. Several hours of discussions were held about the situation in Ukraine vis-à-vis the recent historical situations in neighboring countries. Some 60 participants from 13 countries participated in this year’s festival. “We had fewer people this year by design,” said Eva Děkanovská, president of the City TV Foundation. “Because we were going to Ukraine, we had to limit the number of participants to one busload.” A continuation of cooperation between the City TV foundation and its Ukrainian partner, the European Media Center in Uzhgorod is planned, with an early effort on training local television journalists on how to cover armed conflict. A list of winners of the program competition, known informally as the Golden Beggar, follows.

GRAND PRIX GOLDEN BEGGAR 2015 of The Representation of European Commission in Slovakia for Production Company

CASITAS,

Spain

directed by Javier Marco

GRAND PRIX GOLDEN BEGGAR 2015 of The MAYOR OF KOŠICE for Local Television

WHERE YOU BELONG

Belarus, Poland

directed by Andrei Kutsila

GRAND PRIX GOLDEN BEGGAR 2015 of The City TV Foundation for Young Author   SANCTIFICATION

Slovakia

directed by Peter Gábor

PRIZE OF THE COUNCIL FOR BROADCASTING AND RETRANSMISSION

BARO MARIBEN

Slovakia

directed by Paula Ďurinová

PRIZE OF THE FOGELSONG FOUNDATION OF THE USA

LISTEN

Denmark

directed by Rungano Nyoni

PRIZE OF Serbian Journalists „Zora“

RUKAN

Australia

directed by Hossein Jehani

PRIZE OF THE TV FESTIVAL PRESS VITEZ

A THEATER FROM A SHOEBOX

Serbia

directed by Predrag Radonjic

Honorable mentions

REQUIEM FOR MY FATHER

France

directed by Quentin Perez

IT’S DRIZZLING

Taiwan

directed by Lien Chien Hung

AMERYKANKA

Belarus, Poland

directed by Vikoar Korzoun

BALANJA

Iraq

directed by Ali Raheem

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