On Saturday, 18 June, the 22nd International Festival of Local Televisions Golden Beggar, the only European forum bringing together local broadcasters as well as filmmakers from all over the world, drew to a close.
An award ceremony, which concluded the Festival, offered a rich cultural programme in course of which the audience could enjoy the performances of the Private Conservatoire for Music and Drama in Košice orchestra.
“The International Festival of Local Televisions competition is unique and stands out among the other festivals as it introduces the films you will not have a chance to see anywhere else,” says Roger Worrod (Switzerland), a Chairman of the Jury.
Some 300 films from the total of 49 countries were competing in this year’s competition which was of exceptionally high quality. Apart from the festival premises in Veritas, the films were also screened in Ster Century Cinemas, in the T-éčko student club and, unconventionally, also in Košice’s Ústav na výkon väzby a na výkon trestu odňatia slobody prison.
The Festival also offered panel discussions on the following topics: Terrorism, Wars and Other Conflicts – Existential Threat for Journalism and Refugee and Migrant Crisis Through the Eyes of Media.
The topics were actively discussed by participants from Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Germany, France, Serbia, Macedonia, Switzerland, UK and USA.
As every year, the Festival boasted series of accompanying events also in 2016. One of the most popular was the performance of Nis Academic Choir from Serbia held the Evangelical Church. During the concert, both sacred and religious songs were performed. The audience rewarded the extraordinary performance of the choir by several rounds of applause as well as by standing ovation. Moreover, the choir prepared one more surprise for the people of Košice when, on Saturday morning, they sang 3 songs at the market square in front of Veritas.
Despite the many difficulties the organisers encountered while preparing the event, the Festival was a great success. With respect to the strongly international nature of the Festival, the organisers consider the possibility to move a part of the Festival to other European capitals.