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Péter Forgács (1950) media artist and independent filmmaker, based in Budapest. Since 1978 he has made more than thirty films and several media installations. He is best known for his "Private Hungary" series of award winning films and installations often based on home movies from the 1920s-1980s, which document ordinary lives that were soon to be ruptured by an extraordinary historical trauma that occurs off screen.


Since the early 1990s Forgács' video installations have been presented at museums and art galleries throughout Europe and America. His international debut came with The Bartos Family (1988). Since then he has received several international festival awards – in New York, Budapest, Lisbon, Marseilles, San Francisco and Berlin, where he won the Prix Europa for Free Fall film in 1997. Between 2000-2002 Forgács was artist in residence at The Getty Museum/Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, where he created  The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River installation. His works can be found in several museums and public collections. In 2007 Forgács was awarded with the most prestigious Dutch Erasmus Prize for his notable contributions to European culture. In 2009 Forgács represented Hungary at the Venice Biennale, exhibiting the Col Tempo- The W. Project installation.

Forgács “has given the private archive project an ontological dimension, turning it into a reflection on the nature of memory, the construction of history, and the phenomenology of film-making itself.”         Joanne Richardson.

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2010  Hungarian Cultural Ambassador
Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture's award
2008I am Von Höfler  Creative Documentary Film Grand Prize
Hungarian Film Week • Budapest
2008Own Death  Best Experimental Film Prize
Hungarian Film Week • Budapest
2007  Erasmus Prize
Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, Amsterdam
2007Miss Universe 1929  Special Mention
Hungarian Film Week • Budapest
2006El Perro Negro  Documantary Grand Prize
Hungarian Film Week, Budapest
2005El Perro Negro  The Maysles Brothers Documentary Grand Prize
Denver International Film Festival
2005El Perro Negro  Feature Length Documentary Film Award
Tribeca International Film Festival, New York
2002A Bibó Reader  Best Director PRIZE of SHORT & EXPERIMENTAL FILM
33rd Hungarian Film Festival, Budapest
2001Angelos' Film  Best Music and Soud Track Special Award
One World Film Festival, Prague
2001  Best Director Prize of Short & Experimental Film
33rd Hungarian Film Festival, Budapest
2000The Maelstrom  Grand Prize
Out Of That Darkness” International Film Festival, London
2000Angelos' Film  The Golden Spire
San Francisco International Film Festival
2000Angelos' Film  Golden Gate Award - The Golden Spire
San Francisco International Film Festival
2000Angelos' Film  Documentário Longa Grand Prize
XI Encotros Internacionalis De Cinema Documental, Portugal
1999The Danube Exodus  Fipresci Prize
Krakow International Documentary Film Festival
1999The Danube Exodus  The Silver Dragon Prize
Krakow International Documentary Film Festival
1999Free Fall  The Best Documentary Fiction Prize
Hungarian Film Critics Prize, Budapest
1999Free Fall  Best Film Music Prize
Hungarian Film Critics Prize, Budapest
1999The Danube Exodus  Documentary Grand Prize
Hungarian Film Week • Budapest
1999The Maelstrom  The MAYOR'S Jewish Experience Prize
Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel
1997Free Fall  Television Programme of the Year
Prix Europa
1997Free Fall  Fipresci Prize
Leipzig International Film Festival, Germany
1997Free Fall  Grand Prix
International Documentary Film Festival of Marseilles
1997Free Fall  CNC “Image de la culture” Special Award
International Documentary Film oFestival f Marseilles
1997Free Fall  Short & Experimental Film Grand Prize
Hungarian Film Week • Budapest
1995Meanwhile Somewhere ... 1940-1943  "Lattücht" Prize Dokument
RT 95 Festival, Neubrandenburg, Germany
1994Wittgeinstein Tractatus  Grand Prize
Montecattini, Terme, Italy
1993Márai Herbal  2nd Prize
Berlin Sport and Young Film Festival, Germany
1993Wittgeinstein Tractatus  Les Beaux Jours Prix
International Film & Video Festival, Strasbourg
1993Wittgeinstein Tractatus  Video Grand Prix
VIPER Film & Video Festival, Lucerne
1993Wittgeinstein Tractatus  Grand Prix
Sound Base Arts Video Festival, Wroclaw
1991Dusi & Jenő  Grand Prize “vue sur la doc”
2nd "European Documentary Film Biennial", Marseilles
1990The Bartos Family  Grand Prize
World Wide Video Festival, The Hague, Holland

Works in Public Collections


Hungarian National Gallery
, Budapest

Ludwig Museum LUMU, Budapest

Samlung Oppenheim, Bonn

Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley CA USA

MOMA, Film and Video collection, New York

Nederland Filmmuseum, Amsterdam

Centre Pompidou & Musé d'Art Moderne, Paris

Zentrum für Medien Kunst, ZKM collection, Karlsruh

Haus der Dokumentarfilm collection, Stuttgart

Center National du Cinematographie, Paris

KIASMA Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki

Open Society Archive, CEU, Budapest

C3 Media Art Center, Budapest

The Getty Museum, Special Collection, Los Angeles

USC Film School - Annenberg Center for Communications, Los Angeles

Stanford University Library, Green Library, USA

Moffitt Library UC Berkeley, CA USA

Harvard College Library, Cambridge MA USA

New York University, Bobst Library NYU N.Y. USA

Australian Center for the Moving Image (ACMI) CINEMEDIA, Melbourne

Free Fall, The Danube Exodus, The Land of Nothing.
                DVDs published by the Ministry of Culture and Education, Hungary

Bobst Library New York University N.Y. USA

UIAH Helsinki University Art Department collection

Yad Vashem, The Visual Center, Jerusalem

Montreal Cinematheque, Permanent Collection

Yale Film Study Center, Yale University, New Haven, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, 20th Century Collection, Budapest

Kiscelli (Municipal) Museum, Budapest orologi replica


Scholar, visiting artist, The Getty Research Institute, The Getty Museum, Los Angeles 2000-2002.
Fulbright Scholarship at NYU, NY 2007


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