This year, the Adolph Zukor International Film Festival will be held for the first time in the world between the 12th and the 14th of August in Mátészalka. About 100 entries were received from 19 countries.
The organizers believe that the festival – named after the world-famous movie mogul – will not only put the city where he spent his schooldays on the international map of film festivals but also bring fame to the county and the entire country.
Who was Adolph Zukor?
He was born in a Jewish family in a small village in Zemplén, Ricse. At the age of 15, he embarked and traveled to the United States of America in the hope of a better life. He succeeded as he built a floruit film empire and laid the foundations of the Hollywood film industry. In 1960, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
We talked about the international film festival with Balázs Bokor, the president of the Hungarian Hollywood Council, who said:
We considered it necessary to create this film festival because his spirit pervades Hollywood film production and international film production in general to this day. And why are we organizing it in Mátészalka? Because besides the Adolph Zukor Film Festival, there is no Adolph Zukor Film Theater anywhere else in the world. Only Mátészalka has a multiplex movie theater that was opened not long ago, because Adolph Zukor finished his schools here.
emphasized by the president of the council.
Balázs Bokor also revealed that the hugest prize is the audience award, since Adolph Zukor’s great saying was that the public is never wrong.
In addition to Hungary, the festival also received films from Ukraine, America, Australia and Bangladesh.
In addition to the three-day screening of the movies, the festival also offers a series of interesting professional discussions to viewers interested in films. Among others, film historian Gergely Hubai will talk about the past, the present and the future of Paramount Pictures, editor László Hargittai will introduce you to the behind-the-scenes aspects of film post-production, György Ráduly, head of the Hungarian National Film Archive, will present 120 years of Hungarian film in an international perspective.
Academy Award-winning director István Szabó will be the festival’s guest of honor, and Academy Award-winning director Kristóf Deák will welcome the attendees in a video message.
More information about the festival can be found on the event’s Facebook page.