Hungarian Film Week set


BUDAPEST -- The 39th Hungarian Film Week, opening Tuesday, will present the best of the past year's Hungarian cinema. Beside the selected 18 full-length features competing for the  new prize of The Golden Reel, a total of 388 other films will screen during the event in Budapest.

The 2008 festival has significantly more movies to offer than any other before, organizers say. And, for the first time, the result of the main competition will only be revealed at the ceremony closing the festival, adding a touch of Hollywood showbiz to the event. As well as the Golden Reel, a Best Genre Film is to be chosen and foreign critics will present the Gene Moskowitz Award.

Eva Vezer, head of the Hungarian Film union, expects about 120 attendees from abroad -- including many mainstream media film critics -- to attend the event, which closes Feb. 5.

The message organizers want the event to convey is that Hungarian film production is alive and kicking and eager to become integrated into the European and overseas film production.