The city of Pécs (HU) finds its place exactly on the middle of the line between the two other European capitals of Culture, Istanbul and Essen. As ‘gate to the Balkan’ it functions, just as Hungary on the whole, as a crossroad of cultural influences. With a mixture of films ECCOS10 presents this region through its actual and historical background. A most prominent place is given to filmmaker and media artist Péter Forgács.


On Monday April 26th (afternoon) Péter Forgács will host a master-class towards a audience of film professionals. With ‘Storytelling by re-contextualizing the archive’ the filmmaker will dig into his approach and methods, showing more clips and going into discussion with the audience. More of his film work will be programmed before and after this master-class. The master-class is supported by VAF, Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

On Monday and Tuesday 26th & 27th April, Péter Forgács will guide some filmmakers with their archive footage based projects. These selected projects in different stages of development or production will be analysed and discussed during this workshop in an open dialogue by all participants.


Since 1976 Péter Forgács (1950) is present in the Hungarian art scene as filmmaker, and media artist. In the 1970s and ’80s he worked in the Balázs Béla Film Studio. In 1983, Forgács established the Private Photo & Film Archives Foundation (PPFA) in Budapest, a unique collection of amateur film footage and has made this material the raw data for his unique re-orchestrations of history. His international debut came with the Bartos Family (1988), which was awarded the Grand Prix at the World Wide Video Festival in The Hague (1990). Since then Forgács has received several international festival awards in Budapest, Lisbon, Marseilles, San Francisco, New York and Berlin. In 2002 The Getty Research Institute held an exhibit The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River. Forgács won the 2007 Erasmus Prize, which is “awarded to a person or institution which has made an exceptionally important contribution to culture in Europe”.
Until today the work of Péter Forgács remained quite unnoticed in Belgium. ECCOS10 tries to act as a turning point in this.