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.