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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

  2. The Golden Beggar will be held under the patronage of Minister Lajčák

    The 21st International Festival of Local Televisions, which will take place in June in Košice, will be held under the patronage of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Miroslav Lajčák. “We appreciate that the idea of this unique festival has yet again been supported by a public figure recognised not only in Slovakia but throughout Europe. Mr. Lajčák knows our festival and we cooperated with him when he served as a Slovakia’s ambassador in Serbia,” says Eva Děkanovská, the director of IFoLT.

    The festival is also held under the auspices of the President of Košice's Self-governing Region, Mr.Zdenko Trebuľa and the Mayor of Košice, Mr. Richard Raši.

    There are 300 films from 49 countries registered in the competition show this year. The international jury has shortlisted 30 of them. These films will compete for the major prize of the Golden Beggar statuette in three sections.

    This year’s festival will take place not only in Košice but also in Ukraine. About 50 participants from 12 countries will travel to Uzhgorod. “We want the festival to unfold just as it does in Košice. The participants will watch films selected for the final and take part in workshops and discussions. The main topic will be the present-day situation in Ukraine through the eyes of Ukrainian journalists, but there will also be a discussion on the future of the democratisation processes as Ukraine continues its journey to the EU,” adds Mrs. Děkanovská.

    Slovak political science expert Grigorij Mesežnikov, Vladimír Borovič from Serbia as well as European and Ukrainian media delegates will take part in the panel discussion: “The Role of the media in the development of democracy and the process of integration into the EU”. Moderator of the discussions will be a French-based journalist Ed Baumeister Jr. Co-organizer of the festival is the European Media Centre based in Uzhgorod.

  3. Golden Beggar bows to everyone who helped


    The Crowndfunding mission for the 21st International Festival of Local Televisions in Košice, started by the organisers in the middle of April via the Czech portal, was successful!

    “We wanted to raise the 12 thousand euros that we missed out on in unsuccessful grant applications, to complete the budget we needed to be able to organise the festival the way we had planned. While we were uneasy at the beginning of our crowdfunding adventure, we are pleased to see that our efforts brought success.” sums up Eva Děkanovská, the director of the festival.

    Via HitHit, the festival reached 109 % of the required sum, totalling €13,080. All in all, 139 people contributed, 32 of them anonymously.

    “We thank everyone who donated. It is very pleasing to see how many people support the festival. We regret that we don’t know some of the contributors' names, however we would like to welcome them to all the events within the festival, which will take place thanks to them and the sum we managed to collect.” Adds Mrs. Děkanovská.

    The money collected will be used especially for the film screening – Košice International Film Festival (KIFF), which had no financial coverage until now. This ensures that the citizens of Košice will have the unique opportunity of seeing films which they would not be able to see in regular cinemas. Award-winners from previous festivals will also be screened during KIFF.

  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. There is 200 films from 49 countries of the world in the ‚Golden Beggar‘ competition.

    21. International Festival of Local Televisions in Košice has registered 200 films from all over the world into its competition show.  „We are glad to see that the competition show this year will be varied and colourful, the films really came in from all over the world. Among the film makers there are authors from exotic countries sucha s India, Taiwan, Iran, Iraq, Iceland or Japan. The majority of films came from Spain. Slovak films are present in all categories“ says the director of the festival Eva Děkanovská. There are 3 main sections – local television, production company and young author, within which the international jury will award „Golden Beggar“ for the best film. The international jury has 7 members. The chairman of the jury is a Swiss writer and an actor Roger Worrod. Local television section will be judged by a Slovak director Marcel Děkanovský and Andrea Remencová from the Council of broadcasting and retransmission in Slovak republic, production company section will be judged by a Romanian producer Ovidiu Dumitrana and an English writer James Sutherland-Smith and the young author section will be assessed by an Italian journalist Elena Romanato and a director and cameraman Darko Kovič from Serbia. The jury has already been watching the films online. The preselection of the best films will be presented to the citizens of Kosice during the festival in Kulturpark from 17th to 19th June 2015.

    21. International Festival of Local Televisions Košice 2015
    17. – 20. June 2015 Košice – Uzhgorod

  7. The Golden Beggar begs in advance !


    The 21st International festival of local televisions is well under way. This year it will be held from 17th to 21st June 2015, not only in Košice but also in Uzhgorod as well. “We decided on Ukraine because we think it is necessary to do the same thing there that the festival has been doing throughout its 20 years of existence – spreading democracy in local media and restoring media to its rightful place & space” says Eva Děkanovská, the director of the festival. The Festival of Local Televisions has built a unique reputation on the European media map and it is a strong forum for many reputable media workers and journalists. “Since 2014, despite its uniqueness, the festival has not enjoyed the financial support it used to have. For this reason we decided to invite “crowdfunding” via the Czech website If it works as it should, it will generate the necessary extra finance.”

  8. The “Golden Beggar” statuette will be created by Vladimír Račko


    Since 1995, traditionally, the main prize for the best local television film has been the Golden Beggar statuette. The copy of a statue which stands on top of one of the burgher houses in Hlavna, the Main street in Košice, was originally created by Master sculptor Arpád Račko, who sadly left the world of art for good, when he passed away in January of this year, at the age of 84. “We regret that an artist who breathed so much spirit into our festival has died. But we are pleased that cooperation with the Račko family continues. His son Vladimír has inherited the tradition, so producers can strive once more to win this year's “Golden Beggar statuette” says Eva Děkanovská, director of the festival.

    Vladimír Račko, son of Master sculptor Arpád Račko, has already started work on his statuette, the ultimate destination of which remains unknown. We will only learn which author it will go to and to which country it will travel on the 20th June 2015, when the Award Ceremony takes place. Over the past 20 years, the statuette has stayed at home in Slovakia only twice; more statuettes have been awarded to authors from Serbia and Poland than from any other country.

    Who is the Golden Beggar? There is a story, very much alive in Kosice, about a man who begged for many years on the streets of our town. He used the money he collected wisely and built a house in the Main Street, Hlavna. On the roof of that same house there is a statue of a beggar, bowing to those who pass by below. Traditionally, a golden copy of this statue has been awarded as the main Local Television prize at the International Festival of Local Televisions.

  9. 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.

  10. 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’.