It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DEC 5th 2015 WEST HOLLYWOOD
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
The Otilia Animal Advocacy Award - White God
Writer - Producer
Producer Viktória Petrányi, together with producer Eszter Gyárfás are the recipients of TheWIFTS Otilia Animal Advocacy Award for White God, a brilliant, touching and poignant film about the deep emotional connection and relationship between a girl and her dog.
Producer Viktória Petrányi says: "The most important thing for both of us is to work on projects that we believe in, projects that we can support and live for with all our passion.
"White God was a very important film for both of us. What at first glance seemed almost impossible turned out very challenging and yet absolutely rewarding.
"In research for a theater play, directed by Kornél Mundruczó - who also directed White God - we went to a dog shelter house in Budapest and completely freaked out. We were in shock for weeks – and also totally touched. We felt such shame that this can happen - dogs living behind bars in terrible conditions. So when Kornél decided to shoot a movie about a dog in the streets of Budapest, we were both absolutely on board - despite the difficulties that we knew we were facing.
"A very important lesson that we learned is that humans and animals can co-operate beautifully. Dogs actually like to cooperate with humans, they love us, and on set they gave a lot of energy; by the end we knew all of them name by name, all 200 of them.
"We had a beautiful experience, learned a lot about dogs - and through them about ourselves - and through our adoption program we helped to connect the ones without shelter to families."
Viktória Petrányi, producer based in Budapest, worked as a television editor between 1996 and 1999. She started work as a freelance producer in 1999, and in 2003 she established the production company Proton Cinema. Her educational background covers an autumn course at Film Business School in 2006 and a Nipkow Scholarship in 2005. She was an EAVE graduate in 2005, and a participant in European Film Producers group in Cannes 2003. Between 1998 and 2003 she was in the Producers department at the Hungarian University of Film and Drama; 1996 to 2003 at Eötvös Lorant Science University department of art theory, and sciences of motion picture, and from 1996 to 1997, Petrányi attended the Department of photography at Szellemkép Independent Art School.
Her very extensive Filmography includes:
2014 - White God (producer, feature), 2014 - Land of Storms (producer, feature), 2014 - For Some Inexplicable Reason (co-producer), 2014 - 1989 (co-producer, feature documentary), 2014 - Wall (producer, short), 2010 - Tender Son (producer, feature), 2009 - Nibelung-Residency (producer), 2008 - DELTA (producer, feature), 2005 - Johanna (producer, feature), 2005 - Lost and Found - Short Lasting Silence (producer), 2004 - Little Apocrypha no. 2 (producer), 2003 - Joan of Arc on the Night Bus (producer, short opera), 2002 - Little Apocrypha no. 1 (producer, short), 2002 - Pleasant days (producer, feature), 2001 - AFTA - Day after day (producer, short), 2000 - This I wish and nothing more (producer, feature).
Her awards include:
WHITE GOD - Cannes Film Festival – Prize of Un Certain Regard, 2014; LET'S CEE, Vienna, Austria – Honourable Mention of the Jury, 2014; Eurimages Award, 2014 - Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, France – Octopus d'Or; Antalya Golden Orange International FF, Turkey – Audience Award.
LAND OF STORMS - Berlinale Film Festival – Panorama, 2014; Tel Aviv LGBT IFF, Tel Aviv, Israel – Audience Award; Taipei Film Festival, Taipei City, Taiwan – Special Jury Prize.
FOR SOME INEXPLICABLE REASON - Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - East of the West Competition; Miskolc Cinefest: Grand Jury Prize; Torino Film Festival: Special Jury Award – Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo; Audience Award; Achille Valdata – People's Choice Award; Holden Award – School for Storytelling & Performing Arts.
WALL - Tampere Film Festival: EFA prize: EFA short nominee of 2014.
TENDER SON – The Frankenstein Project - Cannes Film Festival – Official Selection 2010.
In addition, Proton Cinema Ltd has worked on numerous film and television series productions from across Europe as the Service Production company in Hungary.