Éva Demeter - festival director

Dear Festival Guests, Filmmakers, Colleagues!

Feedback on our work is important in all of our lives. It is the same the filmmaker, the art cinema operator, the visual artist, the visual designer and the list goes on. Since last year's film festival, our cinema has received several honours, including the Gróf Szapáry Gulya Award, the Tiszavirág Tourism Award, the Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County Art Award and the silver Hungarian Cross of Merit for our cinema director, István Demeter. All these awards show that the work of our persistent, conscientious team is not in vain, and the value-creating activities of the cinema are recognised throughout the city, county and country.

At our autumn film event this year, we will again showcase the diversity of the profession, with a selection of outstanding art, academic and special-interest feature films. It is important to us that the best films are judged by a jury of renowned national and international juries who will be rewarding the hard work of filmmakers with festival prizes.

This is why the Alexandre Trauner ART/Film Festival is a celebration for us, a celebration of "filmmakers", meaning everyone who has contributed to the success of the films presented here. But the success of a film does not end when its production is finished, it is when it reaches the audience on the big screen that it really comes to life. ATAFF's competition programme is a carefully selected selection of films showcasing the latest artistic trends and artists, but also includes serious subjects that are most appealing to students, masterfully crafted animations and brilliantly shot features.

The films open up a new world, a universe of those sensitive filmmakers who allow us to step out of our skin and experience a thousand faces of reality - or dreams.

Like the filmmakers, we festival organisers are constantly learning from each other, visiting each other's festivals and cinemas abroad and at home, in order to bring the highest quality programmes to the public. I believe that in Szolnok we have done it again this year! Emir Kusturica, the world-famous Serbian film director and musician is this year's ATAFF star guest, whose cult films need no introduction, and whose orchestra is touring the world, with our city as one of the stops in 2022.

So let's watch the films together, listen to the concerts in the evenings and enjoy the extremely colourful and unique programme of events at ATAFF together! Have fun!

Éva Demeter
festival director