Welcome to the website of the first Pápa International Historical Film Festival!

It is a great pleasure
to us that You have visited us, and we hope that we will host as many film professionals as possible.
Since the main aim of our festival is not only to distribute awards – of course, this is the most
beautiful task – but rather to make film professionals, directors, writers, producers get to know each
other from all over the world. From every continent!
What do we mean by ‘historical film’? Films which are related to events and periods already
completed in history. Topics can depict any period, event from the antiquity until the 20 th century.
Periods of human history which our children only know from schoolbooks, literary works. Among
these, Cleopatra’s story can take part, or a key experience of the 20 th century, the Communism, or
anything else.

In the category of ‘Feature Film’, we expect the so-called traditional historical films. But we also start
a category of ‘Experimental Film’, as we also would like to receive some films which do not have a
traditional approach to the historical topic, not only ones which were shot from a realistic point of
view. We also expect innovative works in the case of documentaries, and the same applies to the
category of ‘Short Historical Feature’ as well as ‘Short Documentary’.

We also announced an opportunity of competition for young people studying film at university.
The festival takes place in Hungary, in the town of Pápa. Pápa has a significant Hungarian historical
past, its present image also represents that. We would like to organize this festival in a historical
atmosphere, at a place where everything is provided for the artists to enjoy themselves. Modern
accommodation, yet streets with historical milieu. Enormous castle for the receptions, yet modern
cinema for the screenings.

The jury consists of excellent international film experts. We really hope that the current situation will
change by October and we can meet freely between 12th -16 th November 2020, in this beautiful

Zsolt Pozsgai Kriszta Matola
director, producer lead arranger

Terms & Conditions

The first Pápa Historical Film Festival is dedicated to the memory of András László /Andrew László/, the world-famous cinematographer born in Pápa. The trophies created for the winners of the festival also invoke his figure.

Link: Andrew_Laszlo

Zsolt Pozsgai

director, producer, festival director

Kriszta Matola



The planned program of the festival:

11 th November /Day Zero/ 19.00 Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to a Hungarian artist, film

11 th -12 th November Arrival of artists and accredited guests

12 th November 14.00 Opening ceremony of the festival, screening of the opening film

16.00 – 20.00 Film screenings
21.00 Reception for the participants of the festival in the Festival Centre

13 th November 11-13 Film screenings
15-20 Film screenings
21.00 Dinner and programs together for the participants of the festival in the Festival Centre

14 th November 11-13 Film screenings
16-20 Film screenings
21.00 Reception for the participants of the festival in the Festival Centre

15 th November 11-14 Film screenings

20.00 Ceremonial announcement of the results, award ceremony
22.00 Gala and reception for the participants of the festival in the Pápa Castle.

16 th November 10-15 Meeting with the Hungarian film distributors /optional/


Meeting with the film distributors /workshop/

On 11th November we give an opportunity for the creators and producers of the invited films to meet the professionals of the Hungarian distributors of cinema and television. The aim is for the Hungarian cinemas and television channels to buy the works screened at the festival. 

The workshop takes place between 11.00 – 16.00.

A special registration is needed for the event, but the participation is free. In this case, we give an opportunity for the registered film-makers to stay one day longer and their departure will be on 11th November.