The founder and Director of Visegrad Film Festival grew up in Slovakia, one of the Visegrad 4 countries. The region has a very strong film history and produced movies on par with the rest of world cinema, but have not getting the exposure it deserves. These feelings were confirmed by the Irish and International patrons of the first Visegrad Film Festival of 2015, by their very positive feedback after each of these screenings.
A chance encounter with a friend on a visit to Slovakia, the idea started to take shape and was transforming itself to the realms of reality. The program director, curator of the Slovak selection, writer, director, and producer brought to the festival her experience and hands-on approach and the Visegrad Film Festival was born.
The International Visegrad Fund shared the enthusiasm and financially supported the festival as well. Special thanks goes to Camden Palace Hotel who sponsored the venue for the festival and who is in fact one of the main organiser. We are lucky to be surrounded by such creative and professional people and we have some great selection of movies, guests and food prepared for you. We hope to see you there.
Polish ambassador, Ryszard Sarkowicz
"" I am delighted that, once again, the Polish Embassy in Dublin is taking part in the Visegrad Film Festival in the beautiful city of Cork.
We are especially happy to participate in this year’s edition as, due to the Polish Presidency of the Visegrad Group, this year’s programme focuses mostly on Polish cinematography.
The fifth Polish Presidency of the Visegrad Group (called V4) takes place between July 2016 and June 2017. Over the last 25 years, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland developed a close cooperation based on common values and interests. The V4 has become a well-known brand - a symbol of a successful initiative for pursuing joint interests and a central element of cooperation in Central Europe. Poland would like to continue and strengthen this successful collaboration through a number of initiatives and objectives. An important goal of the Polish Presidency is to support and pursue common cultural
projects all around the world, with Cork’s Visegrad Film Festival being one of them.
At this year’s festival audience will have the opportunity to see eight award-winning Polish films and also six Polish short films. Leading Polish film-makers will attend the festival to talk about their work and inspirations as well as share their professional experience. This is a truly unique initiative promoting Central European cinema, with films from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. It promises to be a true Slavic feast for cinema goers, and for those who would like to explore different cultures.
I would like to congratulate the organizers for their excellent work and wish you all an unforgettable cinema experience.
Ambassador of Poland to Ireland ""