It is the fifth time that this competition will present a selection of the most noteworthy live-action, animated, documentary and experimental short films. The title In the Middle of Europe concerns the V4 countries (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland) along with our close neighbor, Austria; the competition thus remains in the central European space, in between countries which are interconnected the most.


Csaba Bollók

In the early years he made S8 and 16mm shorts as an independent filmmaker and later at the legendary Béla Balázs Stúdió. His filmschool work Silent Years (1994) got into cinema distribution, his debut feature North by North (1999) received the Hungarian Filmcritics’ Prize. Iska’s Journey (2007) won Grand Prize at the Hungarian Filmweek, premiered at the Berlinale, awarded many prizes worldwide, including “European Discovery of The Year”. Represented Hungary at the Academy Award’s “best foreign language movie” competition (2009). His rendition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (shot again, on 16mm) is before its world premiere. He’s working on a fantasy movie, Maze-In-Lake, while he is a lecturer at the Eszterházy Károly University, Eger, a core-tutor at Midpoint, Praha and a Creative Advisor at Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab, Jordan. Still believes that making movies comes from the spirit, more than anything else.

Brigitta Burger-Utzer

Born in 1960 in Vienna; studied theater and photography; degree in Cultural Management from the Kepler University, Linz. Co-founded sixpackfilm in 1990; since 1992 managing director of sixpackfilm (association for lending and distribution of Austrian art films and videos); concept and/or organisation of numerous film series in Vienna and for international venues; since 1994 in charge of the series “IN PERSON: International film/videoartists bring their work up for discussion”; 2003 edition of the book Frank Films – The Film and Video Work of Robert Frank (together with Stefan Grissemann). In 2004 she founded the DVD-Label INDEX together with Medienwerkstatt Wien. She was conferred the Austrian Award for Film Art by the Federal Chancellery in 2017.

Jana Černik

Born in Bratislava, Jana grew up in Morocco and Germany. After graduating in applied cultural studies with a focus on film, she worked for the Kinemathek Hamburg and for several international film festivals. Jana also worked as a freelance translator and journalist and later became a film editor for the TV Magazin TV Today. From 2002 until 2013 she established and directed the national promotional body Czech Film Center (CFC) based in Prague. As of August 2013 Jana Černik moved to Dresden where she became one of the managing directors of AG Kurzfilm – German Short Film Association which is the representational and lobbying body for German short film. The association’s mission is to improve the public awareness of German short films. Thus, it acts not only as a contact source for political bodies and the film industry, but also as a service centre for short film makers, producers, festivals and cinemas.

Michał Hudzikowski

He deals with festival distribution of Polish short films. He studied management of film and television production. After graduating from the University of Silesia in Katowice, he worked as a manager of the promotion office at Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television, which is sometimes labeled as Katowice Film School. He currently works for Munk’s studio, which handles the production of short-length and feature-length debuts of young Polish filmmakers. He also deals with the distribution of independent and student films.

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