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    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



    directed by Javier Marco

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


    Belarus, Poland

    directed by Andrei Kutsila

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


    directed by Peter Gábor




    directed by Paula Ďurinová




    directed by Rungano Nyoni

    PRIZE OF Serbian Journalists „Zora“



    directed by Hossein Jehani




    directed by Predrag Radonjic

    Honorable mentions



    directed by Quentin Perez



    directed by Lien Chien Hung


    Belarus, Poland

    directed by Vikoar Korzoun



    directed by Ali Raheem


    UZHGOROD, Ukraine, June 19 

    The International Festival of Local Televisions, held annually in Košice, Slovakia, moved yesterday to Ukraine, in a show of support for Ukrainian local televisions and in an effort to help Ukrainian producers to expand their services to their viewers.

    The festival, established in 1995, is organized by the nonprofit City TV Foundation. Its original mission was to help newly established local stations in Central and Eastern Europe with training and program exchanges. It has expanded well beyond its original area of concentration. Its program competition this year includes entries from Europe and, for the first time, Iraq.

    At their first meeting on Thursday night, media experts from the Czech Republic, Serbia and Slovakia traced the role of media in the course of their countries' recent development. There followed a two-hour discussion with Ukrainian journalists in which differences and commonalities were discussed. The Ukrainians emphasized the enormous effects on all media of the conflict in the country's east.

    The discussion continues today, with an eye to establishing links between Ukrainian local televisions and those local stations which have traditionally participated in the International Festival of Local Televisions.

    Also on Friday, Ukrainian stations' coverage of the conflict in the east of the country will be shown and discussed.

    The festival will return to Košice on Saturday, Ukrainians included, for an awards ceremony.

  3. The 'Golden Beggar' will open with the premiere of a Slovak documentary. The Festival of Local Televisions (IFoLT) starts this week!

    The 21st International Festival of Local Televisions starts in a couple of days. The Opening Ceremony will be held at the Ster Century Cinemas in OC Galéria in Kosice on Wednesday 17th June 2015, with the premiere of the film ISLAND by the Kosice-based director Olga Sedrovicova. It is a probing investigation into the world of imigrants, imigrants who are refugees from the civil wars in the countries of former Yugoslavia.

    "Opening the festival with a film premiere is a tradition. This year we decided on a documentary by Olga Sedrovicova from Kosice because we already know her work from a shared project two years ago 'Jarovnické maky' (Poppies of Jarovnice)" says festival director, Eva Dekanovskà.

    The following day, the festival will move to Ukraine. 50 participants from 12 countries will travel by bus to Uzhgorod, where workshops will be held on "The role of media in the development of democracy and the process of EU integration".

    But the citizens of Kosice will not lose their festival! From 17th to 19th June, they can watch the award-winning films from previous years in Ster Century Cinemas and KinoTabačka. "It's a unique opportunity to see documentaries that really cannot be seen anywhere else. We have made a special selection of prize-winning European productions which offer an interesting overview of the stories & destinies of particular people" adds Mrs Dekanovska.

    The festival closing ceremony on Saturday 20th June 2015 at 19:00 will be in the Historical Townhouse ( Stara radnica) on Hlavna 49 (the Main Street) in Kosice. The results of the film competition will be announced and the main prizes, the Golden Beggars, will be awarded in three categories: Local Television, Young Authors and Production Companies.

    "We will be very glad to see everyone at the closing ceremony who contributed via the portal and supported the festival financially. It is one of the ways of saying 'thank you' for your support" says Eva Dekanovska, the festival director.

  4. The Festival will discuss the situation in Ukraine

    Workshops on current topics are an important part of the festival every year. Their goal is to provide answers to which topics the media and independent producers should report and how they should report them. This year they will be led by media experts not only from the V4 countries and Europe but also media workers from Ukraine who will join the discussions. The festival is cooperating on preparation of these sessions with the European Media Centre in Uzhgorod, our Eastern neighbour's festival co-organiser.

    “One of the key condition in development of civil society in every country -and this applies to Ukraine especially at this moment- is the democratisation of the media as a whole and the creation of the space for free and independent media. These are the priority goals, which will be the topic of the panel discussion and subsequent workshop, which is adapted to the roles of the media and the needs of journalists and local television workers in the city & regional televisions in Ukraine” explains Eva Děkanovská, the director of the festival.

    The European Media Centre has chosen several Ukrainian print & electronic media journalists. The chairman of the National Journalist Association in the Ukraine is one of them, together with Oleg Chavič, a political science expert, as well as other television & print journalists from selected Ukrainian media.

    “The festival is a source of inspiration, and it is about getting to know the principles, relations and questions which are so important to the citizens of the European Union. It is also a source of information which local television workers take back to the citizens of the towns and cities they live in, after the festival. And this is perhaps the most important festival contribution within the enlargement of the European Union” adds Mrs.Děkanovská.

  5. Winning poster author is Jozef Mnich


    The organisers of the International Festival of Local Televisions have decided to cooperate with promising young artists this year. For the first time in the festival’s history, the organisers have included students from the School of Applied Arts in Košice in the conception of the festival visual design. “We approached young graphic designers so that they could take part in a concrete project, to find out how their ideas could be realised and become a part of the visual design of a major event” says Eva Děkanovská, the director of the festival. Ten graphic designers set out to work on the assignment. Their goal was to create a poster capturing the core idea of this year’s festival, which takes place not only in Slovakia but also in Ukraine. The Festival organisation team then chose the work of Jozef Mnich, a 2nd Year student at Košice's School of Applied Arts.

    Winning poster author of which is Jozef Mnich, student of Košice's School of Applied Arts. Another innovation is the cooperation with the Dramatic Arts Faculty of The Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica.  “I am glad that the festival offers more space to the young filmmakers. A proof of the quality of their productions lies in the fact that many of them won awards in the festival in previous years” sums up Mrs. Děkanovská. Agnes Dimun was awarded the Golden Beggar in the Young Author section with her film “Long-haired Boys”. Andrej Kolenčík was awarded the Golden Beggar in the Young Author section for his film Star. And the prize of the 'Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission' was awarded to Matej Ligač, also a student from Banská Bystrica, for his film “Sledge Hockey”. You can watch the dissertation films of the students from the Academy of Arts in a separate festival segment during the Košice Film Festival from 18th to 19th June in Kulturpark.

  6. Thank to all contributors

    We would like to thank to all of you who contributed to the crowdfunding on Thank you for your support and solidarity with the 21st Internationl festival of Local Televisions Golden Beggar.


  7. Over 60 films registered before the deadline


    Just as in previous editions, this year there are 3 sections –Local Television, Production Companies and Young Authors– in the main Golden Beggar prize competitions.

    We expect entries that reflect the lives and fates of people living where you live. We also welcome works that uncover serious problems of present-day society, such as corruption, blackmail, minority and cross-border problems and the fate of children and women, as well as works that inform about the impact of global warming or the current financial crisis” says Eva Děkanovská, director of the festival.

    The International Jury will watch the competition films via special access on and Seven jury members will work under the leadership of Roger Worrod, the Swiss-based actor, writer and producer. “We are pleased that again this year most film entries, including those from Slovakia, come from creative young authors. We are also glad to see successful authors from previous years coming back. Last year’s winner Jerzy Kalina, has sent what is, I’m sure, once again an excellent film” says Eva Děkanovská.

  8. Preparation of the 21st festival is well under way


    The date of this year’s International Festival of Local Televisions has been announced. Local television delegates, independent producers and journalists from all over the world will come together in Kosice in June.

    This year’s festival will be held from 17th to 20th June 2015 and, based on current information and invitations, we expect guests from at least 25 countries from Europe and overseas. says Eva Děkanovská, the director of the festival.

    The Festival this year will be divided into four independent parallel parts: Film competition – The 3 Golden Beggars; panel discussions & workshops; a noncompetitive Košice International Film Festival (KIFF) 2015 and accompanying events named ‘Essence of Košice'.

    Part of the festival will be held in Ukraine, which is an innovation. After 20 years of building relationships between those who make programmes for local and regional television and almost as many years in encouraging young producers and small production companies, the International Festival of Local Televisions/Golden Beggar, held in Košice, Slovakia, wants its 21st edition to respond to an urgent need next door, in Ukraine.

    The plan is to move the 2015 festival to the Transcarpathian region, in an effort to duplicate in Ukraine what the festival has done in other parts of Europe – create a network of producers, encourage programme-exchange and take steps to improving media space for broadcasters.

  9. Festival responds to an urgent need next door


    This year, our Festival wants to respond to an urgent need next door, in Ukraine. In cooperation with Uzhgorod’s European Media Center and Korzo internet television, the organisers are prepared to duplicate in Ukraine what the Festival has done in other parts of Europe. It was the director of this centre, Nikolaj Koshuta, who first proposed the idea of organising the festival in Ukraine. “We would like to help our colleagues create a network of producers, encourage programme-exchange and improve the media space” says the IFoLT festival director Eva Děkanovská. “There is a deeper reason for organising the festival in Ukraine. It should be perceived as a step forward towards Ukrainian media workers and Ukranian media, an act of solidarity, demonstrating our openness and willingness to share mutual know-how.”

    The festival has been preparing panel discussions where it wants to open the topic of the role of media in democracy-development and the EU integration process and also a workshop on ‘Local televisions in Ukraine: the armed conflict – war broadcast live’.