Dear film lovers!
Welcome to the very first edition of the film festival Little Europe. Even though the idea of the festival was born quite recently and the festival is, as they say, still in its infancy, in its short life, it has managed to envision great things and set the goals high. As a matter of fact, this festival aims to present the most extraordinary treasures of recent years’ cinematography of selected countries in Central and Eastern Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) to the audience. Although the film selection focuses mainly on narrative films, the programme also includes several documentaries. The dramaturgy of the festival tries to both affirm and destroy the stereotypes concerning the mentalities of individual nations and their cinematography.
The selected films tell stories of everyday heroism, of dramas taking place in small towns or communities, or the successes and downfalls of ordinary people, highlighting the theme of this year’s edition: A Little Big Man. The films offer a rich insight into specific regions and therefore, they can valuably contribute to broader discussion about globalisation, about the challenges that the cinematography of smaller nations face nowadays, and about the questions of national and regional identity. These films and their creators are in a constant dialogue with reality, they analyse and transform it and thus make it universal.
Come and join us for the screenings which will take place in the Toldi Cinema between the 25 and 27 April 2023!
The Little Europe Festival Team
The Little Europe Festival Team
Austrian Cultural Forum
Since 1976, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Budapest has served as a platform for cultural contacts between Hungary and Austria through the variety of its events. The Cultural Forum supports artists and projects in the fields of music, literature, performing and visual arts and film but also symposia and discussion events.
Czech Centre in Budapest
The Czech Centre in Budapest was established in 1993 in the Zichy Palace in the sixth district of Budapest where the Czech (Czechoslovak) Embassy has been located since 1922. The main objective of the activities of the Centre is to develop a dialogue with the Hungarian public, especially by promoting Czecho-Hungarian cultural events.
We present the films BANGER. and Il Boemo at the festival.
Polish Institute in Budapest
As one of the oldest Polish Institutes in the world and one of the oldest foreign cultural institutes in Hungary, the Polish Institute in Budapest is presently involved in organising around 120-130 various programs each year, including such fields as culture, education and science.
We present the film Amaterus at the festival.
Romanian Cultural Institute
The main objective of the Romanian Cultural Institute, a public body founded in 2003, is to raise the profile of important Romanian cultural works around the world. It tries to achieve this primarily by spreading information and carrying out cultural projects involving Romanian artists. At the same time, the Romanian Cultural Institute represents a channel of communication between Romanian cultural products and foreign audiences.
Slovak Institute in Budapest
The Slovak Institute in Budapest is a Slovak state institution that aims to promote cultural relations between Slovakia and Hungary by nurturing the Slovak language and culture in Hungary and regularly organizing cultural (scientific and artistic) events.
Embassy of Slovenia
In terms of culture, the Embassy aims to promote mutual understanding in its work to implement Slovenian cultural policy. It strengthens contacts with relevant cultural institutions of Slovenia and the host country as well as with artists, who would like to show their work abroad.
We present the film Deadlock at the festival.