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  • Dialektus Fesztivál 2007
  • Dialektus Fesztivál 2008
  • Dialektus Fesztivál 2009



Main sponsors

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

Dialëktus Festival 2010

European Documentary and Anthropological Film Festival

Budapest. June 23-28, 2010



Awards - Dialëktus 2010
Program - Dialëktus 2010


Festival sites in Budapest: Vörösmarty Cinema, DocuArt, Architects' Court (Építészpince), Örökmozgó Film Museum (cinema), Czech Centrum


Further festival sites: Cluj-Napoca/Kolozsvár (RO) - Tranzit House


In 2010, 43 documentaries from 15 nations line up to compete for the Golden Stag Award!


This year's retrospective programme commemorates the life and works of Pál Zolnay.


During the festival we will once again organise the popular Docu-critic workshop.


The myDEER Workshop, a documentary film development workshop and pitching forum, will be held in Hungary for the first time during the festival!



Some important events:


June 23rd, Wednesday, 6 pm: Dialektus Opening Gala (Vörösmarty Cinema): Fotográfia by Pál Zolnay (Hungarian with English subtitles)


June 24, 25, 26th, 9:30 pm: Screening of previous years' winner films (Architects' Court) - free entry.


June 25th, Friday, 5-9 pm: Zolnay Pál - retrospective programme; discussion with former colleagues & friends of Pál Zolnay - free entry


June 26th, Saturday, 9:30 am - 1 pm: myDEER Project Development workshop - public pitching forum (Czech Centre) - can be attended with professional accreditation!


June 26th, Saturday, 7 pm: 'To be in the picture - to be informed.' Is Hungarian documentary film in need of a theoretical framework? Discussing contemporary Hungarian documentary film based on the documentary issues of Metropolis journal. (Architects' Court) - free entry.


June 27th, Sunday, 2:30 - 7 pm: Pál Zolnay's untouched realities; screening and discussion with the director's colleagues (Örökmozgó Cinema) - free entry.


June 27th, Sunday, 2:30 - 9 pm: Panorama: Africa - a thematic outlook beyond Europe + 1 film (Vörösmarty Cinema) - free entry.


June 28th, Monday, 6 pm: Dialektus Awards Gala (Vörösmarty Cinema)



The programme of screenings and other professional events can be found here.



Ticket and pass prices: 450 HUF tickets are available for each film-screening block.
Passes are available for 2000 HUF valid for all screenings and events, and includes the film catalogue's price.


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"myDEER" Project Development Workshop


MyDEER 2010 workshop will be launched on the 22nd of June 2010, with nine participating projects from Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Iraq.


For more details, executive summary of the participating projects and public events during the workshop please click here.


Funded by:

Cseh Center
Nemzetközi Visegrádi Alap - Visegrad Fund

Our partners:

Institute of Documentary Film (Cz)
Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing (Pl)
Polish Institute of Anthropology (Pl)
Early Melons International Student Film Festival (Sk)




Dialektus with strawberries!

Budapest. June 23-29, 2010


Dialektus Festival delayed!


Due to our main sponsor's financial difficulties, instead of our usual March date, Dialektus Festival will take place in June this year. We'll do our best to turn this to our advantage, with open air screenings, musical entertainment, strawberries, raspberries and a beach atmosphere! We hope the fragrant summer will do justice to the films, so we suggest daytime chillouts indoors, followed by evening garden cinema sessions with spritzers and firebugs.


The delay will not otherwise affect the usual order of the Festival. This year's Dialektus has received 191 entries from 25 European countries, and preliminary judging is now all but finished.


Two major professional events will accompany the festival:


Docucritics' Workshop

Last year's good memories have encouraged us to follow up the documentary film critics' work shop with coordinators Ágnes Blaskó and Balázs Varga. focus will be on the birth of dialogue, the concepts and instruments of documentary film analysis, individual writing exercises, as well as the challenge of presenting the freshly-printed works to the audience.
The workshop will be held in Hungarian.


"My Deer" Project Development Workshop

For the first time this year, but hopefully not the last, we are organizing a project development workshop with the support of the Visegrád Fund. We welcome those documentary projects to the workshop which are still being filmed, and are set in at least two of the Visegrád countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia). The workshop aims to nurture coproductions and support the production of European films suitable for general distribution, giving a sensitive view of the culture and everydays of Visegrád countries. The workshop will end with a pitching forum open for public.




Film submissions

Submission closed.


Submissions deadline: 2009, September 25.
Payer submissions deadline: 2009, October 9.


Some of the films we saw this March are still in our mind's eye, however we are already preparing for next year's festival. At any given time we may recall the neon coloured sculpture of Rhunama, the so-called Holy Book manifesting the megalomania of the Turkman dictator, as well as remembering the Palestinian sportsmen and -women practising with track tires for the Olympic Games in Beijing, or the overcrowded elevator of 'Chicago block' in the outskirts of Antwerp, the mature hippies who refused to return to welfare society after the sixties and seventies India-mania...


These stories now belong to us too! We own them all, because we have seen them, we could laugh and cry, fret, remember and live together with people we would never have got to know without documentaries and the people who made them...


We ate up the world in 2009 March, but that feast is long over and unfortunately (or even fortunately) our appetites are whetted again, and admittedly we're already looking out for next year's menu...


Give us more!


In 2009 we had 47 films from 17 countries in competition, all of them were (and still are!) available in the archive of DocuArt Shed, one of the festival's locations.
Our aim for next years March is to surprise and delight the audience with at least as many splendid documentaries on Dialektus Festival 2010. For this we hardly need more than for auteurs to make their films and then... send them to us.


From now on we're awaiting entries for Europe's most creative and keen documentary film competition!
If you are a filmmaker and you have a documentary film made in 2007 or later, we hope to receive your entry before 25th September, 2009!


Are you a notorious latecomer? Do not give up! It is possible to send us your application until the 9th of October 2009 on the understanding that you must pay a default fee.


Like in previous years, we reserve a separate category for student films. Watch out: competition is pretty tough in the "Student Work" section!


Download application form: here.


Attracting ever more attention both in Hungary and throughout Europe, Dialektus Festival pays special attention to creating opportunities for filmmakers and other trade representatives to meet each other and their audience on professional forums, targeted, thematical events besides creating an informal, inspiring, buoyant festival-atmosphere. All because we need documentaries and documentary needs us too: to discover its priceless values, to point out to the possibilities it carries, to celebrate it, to talk about it - to treat it as well as it deserves. This is our way of encouraging dialogue between European filmmakers of different countries and different cultural backgrounds, to boost the popularity and strenghten the distribution of the documentary film.





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