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.