István Szabó

Oscar and Kossuth Prize winner Hungarian director. He is the best-known, and one of the most critically acclaimed Hungarian film directors of the past few decades. He achieved his greatest international success with Mephisto (1981), which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a Cannes Award for the Best Screenplay. Colonel Redl (1985) and Hanussen (1988) were also nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe Awards, and the former was the winner of a Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival. His most known English-language films are Meeting Venus (1991), Sunshine(1999) and Taking Sides (2001). His latest one, Being Julia (2004), brought an Oscar nomination for actress Annette Bening. In 1996, he was awarded the Hungarian Pulitzer Memory Prize for his TV documentary series, The Hundred Years of Cinema. His latest success, The Door (2012) was written on the basis of Magda Szabó’s novel (The Door) and it stars such actresses like Oscar-winning Helen Mirren, also Martina Gedeck, who has starred in the Oscar winner German film, The Lives of Others. MORE



Tibor Fonyódi

Novelist and screenwriter. He was the head writer of the Hungarian television series In the Line of Fire and Hacktion, and also one of the screenwriters of Metamorphosis. He is the co-founder and member of the Hungarian Scriptwriter’s Association (MFE-HAS) and also a member of the Hungarian Writer’s Association. Under the pseudonym “Harrison Fawcett” he wrote more than a dozen succesful science-fiction novels that have been published in many countries. MORE




Zsuzsa Radnóti

Dramaturg, Jászai Mari Award winner artist. For many years, she was the leading dramaturg of Vígszínház, a prominent Hungarian theater. Now she is a freelancer, and she is in the board of directors of the Dramaturge Chamber and Chapter of Association of Hungarian Theatre Arts. She received the Artist of Merit of the Hungarian Republic. She is the widow of the Kossuth Award winner writer, István Örkény (1912–1979). At the Budapest Film Academy, she helps the students with looking through their scripts and analyzing them from a dramaturgical point of view. She also gives advice to students, regarding the structure of their work. MORE