• Dialektus Fesztivál 2002
  • Dialektus Fesztivál 2004
  • Dialektus Fesztivál 2008
  • Dialektus Fesztivál 2009
  • Dialektus Fesztivál 2010



Main sponsors

  • National Cultural Fund (Hungary)
  • Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary
  • Ministry of Culture and Education (Hungary)
  • Budapest - IX. District

Budapest, 10-14th April 2007


Call for Entries and Rules

Entry deadline: 20th October 2006.




The Dialektus Festival was created in order to show the world's cultural diversity and to present the manner in which European filmmakers see the real world. THERE IS NOTHING MORE EXCITING THAN THE STORIES OF REAL PEOPLE! The anthropological aspect is not one of traditional documentaries and does much, much more than simply document what it captures! It's an adventure! It creates a link between two cultures, between THEM and US. This is just as true for a film on a Muslim community in Amsterdam as it is about a piece that deals with the cultural identity of the Csángó ethnic group in Moldova!




The Dialektus Festival operated as a national festival in 2002 and 2004. The previous festival received 185 entries; 650 visitors watched 60 films over a period of 4 days and took part in discussions with film directors; the winning films were taken on a tour of the country as part of the Travelling Dialektus Festival and shown in Debrecen, Dombóvár, Eger, Kolozsvár and Miskolc.


Dialektus Festival 2007


An independent, international documentary-film festival has never been held in Hungary before. Dialektus will be the first!

We are going to be running an international festival in 2007 drawing on our experience gained working with the national festival in previous years!


We plan to show 25 hours of competing films as well as a further 25 hours of information films over the 4 days.


There will be a moderated debate held every evening covering the films shown that day with the participation of the directors concerned.


We are intend to present four European, documentary-film festivals to visitors throughout the days of event: International Festival of Ethnographic Film (Göttingen, Germany), Documentary Film Festival (Tartu, Estonia), International Festival of Ethnographic and Documentary Film (Cadca, Slovakia), Documentary Film Festival (Jihlava, Czech Republic). The directors of each of these festivals will present the winning entries in these partner festivals.


There will also be workshops that will take a look at European, documentary-film distribution as well as opportunities for selling Hungarian films outside the country.


The festival will be accompanied by a photographic exhibition, book presentations and music performances every evening.




European productions made between 2002 and 2006 may be entered (EU member states and Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City). More than one film may be entered but each one will require its own entry form to be submitted. Directors under the age of 25 may enter their films into the young filmmakers' category.


Entry requirements:



We ask that foreign entrants should provide English language copies and dialogue list.

Hungarian films entering the competition are also expected to provide English language copies or English dialogue list. (Failure to do so will mean that we will not be able to show the film as part of the competition programme.)


The signed entry forms are to be sent by post to:

Palantír Film Visual Anthropological Foundation
H-1163 Budapest,
Katóka u. 46,

By email: dialektusfesztival@enternet.hu


Entry deadline: 20th October 2006. (date of postmark).

Any entries received after this date will unfortunately not be accepted.


Directors of films entering the festival will be hosted for the period of the festival with food and accommodation provided. We hope to be able to cover the cost of travel to Budapest depending on the outcome of on an outstanding application for funding.




A pre-jury will place entries into one of the following categories:



The selection committee has the power to place outstanding films that fail to gain entry into the competition, into the information programme.


All entries will be available for viewing in the video library at the festival venue.


The competition films are to be judged by an international jury and total prize money is expected to amount to 7,000 €.


Further Conditions


The Palantír Film Foundation will not return films submitted but will place them in a collection and make them available to members of the public via a library lending scheme. Details of the films will be listed on the internet and excerpts of each film (max. 3 minutes) may be used to promote the festival.


A detailed catalogue with professional commentary will be published in book form as well as on the internet.


The films will be included in the Travelling Dialektus Festival and shown both in Hungary and abroad.


Uploaded Documents