Györgyi Szalai and István Dárday

Life Achievement Award for Györgyi Szalai and István Dárday

The Budapest International Documentary Festival (BIDF) took place between 27 January and 2 February for the 6th time. The festival and competition for the latest internationally successful documentaries attracted more interest than ever before. Györgyi Szalai and István Dárday film directors and regular members of HAA received the festival's lifetime achievement awards, and the event has been supported by the HAA as well.
A total of 59 works were screened at the festival, with 32 full-length foreign films and 9 short films in the competition categories.  Hungarian works were featured in a separate section this year. Six films were screened in the competition for Hungarian films.
Györgyi Szalai (1940, Budapest) was expelled from the Academy for Theatre and Film Arts after two years of studying. She started her film-making career at the Béla Balázs Studio. She was a member of the Hungarian Film Production Company called Társulás (Association) and founding member of Motion Picture Innovation Company. She was an influential creator of the experimental, documentary film style with Budapest School in the 1970s and cooperated with István Dárday. They have made documentaries and documentary feature films together. She made her first feature film Pampered Darlings following the same style in 1980.
István Dárday (1940, Budapest) graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in 1973 with a thesis film that won him several international festival awards. In the 1970s he made social documentary films in the Béla Balázs Studio, making his first documentary-feature film, Holiday in Britain in 1974. In the 1970s and 1980s he became one of the central figures of the Budapest School with his internationally recognized documentary style. He is founder of the Company Studio, and manager of the Moving Pictures Innovative Company and Foundation. His constant collaborator is Györgyi Szalai.
March 2, 2020