Budapest Debut Film Forum

Budapest Debut Film Forum

In 2019, the organisers of Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival have announced a new initiative to assemble a group of talented emerging filmmakers from the CEE region having a promising professional background and developing their first feature film project. This new initiative is called Budapest Debut Film Forum and it is a two-day long forum where the participants can benefit from the support of dedicated tutors working closely with them on their projects. Besides the tutoring sessions, participants take part in industry talks and presentations by Francine Raveney from Eurimages and ‘Cold War’-producer Ewa Puszczynska. They can have the opportunity to network with other participants and with invited professionals as well. On the second day of the forum, a roundtable will be also moderated by Matthieu Darras about the feasibility of first feature films as international co-productions. The participating professionals will be: Weronika Czolnowska (Head of Industry at New Horizons International Film Festival-Poland), Dragana Jovovic (Non-Aligned Films-Serbia), György Kristóf (director of Out), Sára László (producer at Campfilm - Hungary), Dorina Oarga (Head of Industry at TIFF), and Francine Raveney (Eurimage). At the end of the forum a presentation of the projects will be held and the most promising project will get a development award of 1000 eur.

BDFF is supported by the Hungarian Film Fund and by the Creative Europe Desk Hungary.

Venue: CEU – Central European University - Oktober Hall

Address: Október 6. u. 7 Budapest 1051


Some of the programmes are open for public. Registration here: 

Tuesday 26th March

09.30 Kick off, short introduction of BDFF

10.00-11.15 Campfilm case study presentation, our guests are: Marcell Gerő and Sára László  producers. How has Campfilm been built? How was the journey from the first short film to a 3-country co-production which is also their first feature film (Natural Light) project? What was the strategy and how was the financing of it put together?

Open to the public.

11.30-13.00 Groupwork with selected tutors Only for participants

14.00-15.30 Groupwork with selected tutors Only for participants

15.45-17.15 Eurimages presentation and Q&A by Francine Raveney –  Welcoming first and second features at Eurimages! Open to the public.

17.30-19.00 Ewa Puszczynska's presentation. Producer of Ida and Cold War in cooperation with CEE.  Open to the public.

Wednesday 27th March

09.00-10.30 Groupwork with selected tutors Participants only


Roundtable with Júlia Berkes ( Proton Cinema), Weronika Czolnowska (Head of Industry at Nowe Horyzonty Film Festival, Kristóf György (director of Out from Slovakia/Hungary), Sára László (Campfilm), Dragana Jovovic (Non-Aligned Films - Serbia), Dorina Oarga (Head of Industry at TIFF ), Francine Raveney (Eurimages).

Open to the public. Supported by the Creative Europe Desk Hungary

13.30-15.30 Presentations (mostly questions and answers followed by a short project presentation) Open to the public

15.45 One-on-one meetings


  • Gabriel Paletz - Czech Republic
  • Wim Vanacker - Belgium, France
  • Júlia Jakab - Hungary
  • Balázs Lengyel - Hungary

The filmmakers participating at BDFF are all writers, directors or producers having their first feature film project at an advanced development status. Amongst the directors we have one participant who had short film premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival: Andrey Volkashin from Macedonia and Michal Blasko from Slovakia or filmmaker Magdalena Ilieva from Bulgaria who has a strong record as a producer (The Lesson – a LUX Prize finalist 2015).

Selected projects:

  • Victim by Michal Blasko (Slovakia)
  • Blue Pelikan by László Csáki (Hungary)
  • Blazing by Balázs Dudás (Hungary)
  • Neither Voice by Ester Ivakic (Slovenia)
  • Eviction by Máté Bence Fazekas (Hungary)
  • Eternity Package by Magdalena Ilieva (Bulgaria)
  • October by Cristian Pascariu (Romania)
  • The Sweet Bitterness of Ripe Pomegranates by Andrey Volkashin (Macedonia)

Supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund's Fast Forward Program.