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The Faludi Film and Media section of the Hungarian Jesuit Province is inviting Jesuits, friends, and co-workers to take part in their annual International Ferenc Faludi Film and Photo Competition. Ferenc Faludi, after whom the competition is named, was a well-known 18th century Jesuit poet, writer, and translator.

Anyone interested or active in the visual arts is invited to enter their work. For more details about the festival and this year’s theme click here or read the competition briefing letter below from the Hungarian Jesuits.

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We would like to draw your attention to our annually organised thematic film festival and the related photo competition.

The Faludi Film and Media created a thematic film competition and festival in 1996 to promote amateur filmmakers. The festival was later expended with a photo competition and broadened to include professional creators too. The festival has come a long way since its early years and in 2021 it announces its 24th edition.

The festival is organized by the laic fellow workers of the Jesuit religious order. Everyone is welcome to submit their work regardless of race, age or religion. We receive a lot of applications from around the world. Around 40-50 films (mostly short films) are selected for the competitive section. The prizes are awarded in three main categories: short feature, experimental/animation, documentary films (short). There are also special prizes such as best first film director, best Hungarian documentary (max. 60 min.) or best film directed by a student of film. In the past few years, we’ve included an international Ecumenical jury too.

Every year a certain value or social problem is placed in the focus of the festival to inspire creating and initiate social discourse around the given topics. Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius, this year the competitors are invited to process the theme ‘Born for More’ in the form of a film or photo.

We are looking for professionally demanding elaborated works that are suitable for creating a forum, in the language of pictures, for a dialogue between different viewpoints and opinions. The submissions are evaluated by international juries. The deadline for entry is 8 October 2021. The submission is free of charge.

This year we have organised a special online edition of the Faludi International Film Festival and Photo Competition between 17-20 November 2021.
For more details about the festival and this year’s theme please visit our website.

We would appreciate if you could help us to reach filmmakers and photographers among the Jesuits and their collaborators in your province and regions and institution, especially among those who are active in such activities so the audience of the Jesuit Festival could enjoy a rich and colourful collection of films and photos.

Thank you in advance for spreading the word about our festival!

Yours sincerely,

Szabolcs Sajgó SJ, Jesuit Program Manager.

Ákos Kovács Lázár PhD, DLA, Festival Director