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.