28/03/2011 04:28

Saboc Tolnai: The first selector for Up to 10.000 bucks


You were the first selector for Up to 10.000 bucks competition programme and you practically set standards when it comes to film selection. Which criteria did you use when you chose films for this debut selection.

When directing, you often have to make quick, spontaneous decisions, and each one of these has to hold a part of the values you stand for, a part of what your work signifies. On the other hand, there is no mystification. I simply tried to assess the values of each film, without bias. Some of those films touched me deeply and there are some scenes I’ll surely remember for a long time.

Can this type of contest serve as a stepping-stone for the young film authors, when it comes to their professional careers, and in what way?

Every project and every award is a stepping-stone, which can mean a lot, but it can also mean quite the opposite; starting from scratch, especially in a society like ours, where talent and work is underappreciated, and cunning and subtlety in a well-known game of back scratching are preferred.

You attended and participated at numerous film festivals. In you opinion, what singles out Cinema City from other festivals?

Unfortunately, in the past few years, I haven’t had the opportunity to attend Cinema City, therefore I’m not in a position to objectively assess the path it crossed so far.

This year’s call for Up to 10.000 bucks was officially opened on Friday, March 11 and will last until April 5. All who wish to apply can do so by filling out an online form at www.cinemacity.org/do10000/.