The International Festival of Local Televisions Golden Beggar is the most important and the biggest annual event in European local television. It encourages high-quality programs through a competition and through workshops and lectures. From 2009 the competition is open to all filmmakers. For more details see .

The main prize of the Festival has already become a prestigeous award and proof of successful and creative work, highly valued by authors and creators. Recent years have also seen a growing significance gained by the Young Author and Production Company awards. The Golden Beggar has become an award which is a kind of a hallmark of high professional standards for young authors and independent producers.

Three of the awards to be presented at the Award Ceremony are named Golden Beggars.

In the lore of the city of Košice is the story of a beggar, who begged for years. But he used his beggings wisely – saving them and building one of the grandest houses on the main street. The house still stands today, with a Golden Beggar statue on top.

The 29th International Film Festival Golden Beggar 2023 will be held in October 11 - 14, 2023. The festival will take place in Kulturpark, Košice.

The deadline for submitting your films is September 10th, 2023.

We are pleased to inform you that the 29th International Film Festival the Golden Beggar will be held from October 11 - 14, 2023. The festival is organized by the City TV Foundation.

How to enter your film/program
We encourage you to enter your films/program into competition for The Golden Beggar Award in one of the 16 categories.

We expect entries that reflect the lives and fates of people living where you live. We also welcome works that uncover serious problems of present day society, such as refugees, terrorism, corruption, blackmail, ecological matters, minority and cross-border problems, the fate of children, war conflicts and the worst disease of passed days - corona.

The deadline for films/programs to reach us in Košice is September 10th, 2023. All entry forms MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE on
Do not forget! Even if your film/program is dubbed or subtitled, you must also include an original AND an English script!
To select the category of your film / program please use the following category descriptions :
1. Fiction up to 25‘
2. Fiction up to 55'
3 Documentary up to 25‘
4. Documentary up to 55‘
5. Animation for Children up to 25‘
6. Animation for Adults up to 25‘
7. Special category : Life with war / up to 25'
8. Best Director Short Film up to 25‘
9. Best Director Short Documentary up to 25‘
10. Best Director Fiction up to 55‘
11. Best Director Documentary up to 55‘
12. Best Cinematographer
13. Best Actor
14. Best Actress
15. Music Video
16. Student Short Film

Registration Fees

Registration fee for films in any category up to 25 minutes is 10 USD.
Registration fee for films in any category up to 55 minutes is 15 USD.

In terms of length, films/programs registered for competition should generally not exceed 55 minutes and should have been produced after January 31st, 2021.

You are requested to send electronically the following materials:
- the completed Entry Form
- a preview copy
- synopsis in English (also in electronic form)!
- dialogue list both in original and English versions (also in electronic form) !
- stills from the film (print quality 300 dpi)
- trailer or excerpts from the film in electronic form
- flyers or any printed promo material ( if any)
The material received will not be returned to the applicant, unless agreed previously with the organizers.

Shipping instructions :
All required materials can be also sent by mail or courier to the following
City TV Foundation, Jesenského 12, 040 01 Košice, Slovakia

Please PRINT on the parcel: „No commercial value – For cultural purposes only!“

Please don’t forget to label your materials with the same information as on the Entry Registration Form. To ensure proper processing and judging of your entry, it is important your entry forms and film/program be received by the Festival before the deadline September 10th, 2023. If you anticipate any problems, please contact us immediately! The costs of transport of the accompanying materials are the responsibility of the applicants.


Winners of each category will be announced on October 14th, 2023 in the Award Ceremony. The International Jury will decide about the winner of different prizes. The Grand Award „The Golden Beggar“ will be given to a film, in any of the categories, which shows a strong journalistic content, an element of originality and clear understanding of the needs of its viewers. The Jury is also authorized to award other prizes and honorary mentions that are not financially remunerated. The Jury also has the right to decide not to give the Grand Award in any particular section

Promotion of the films
The organizers reserve the right to use film excerpts of selected films for festival promotional purposes under the following conditions:
less than 3 minutes for films up to 55 minutes,
less than 30 seconds for films up to 25 minutes,

The excerpts can be screened in the Festival movie theatres, broadcast on TV channels
promoting the Festival, on the festival’s official website, in printed promo materials or during any multimedia presentation within the duration of the Festival.
The Festival reserves the right to use program segments of up to 10 seconds in length in the festival’s official trailer.
The Festival reserves the right to use program stills in the Festival’s promotional materials, the festival catalogue, promotional flyers, posters, billboards, the festival website, multimedia presentations.

The films will be a part of the festival archive.
The City TV Foundation reserves the right to gratuitous screening of the films awarded in 2023 as a part of the IFFGB 2024 program. The City TV Foundation would like to provide free access to the films for cultural events and the public connected with the IFFGB.

In case of the screening of said films at events other than the Festival events, screening rights are subject to a separate contract concluded with the owner of the rights.

In case of any questions, please feel free to contact the festival organizers:

City TV Foundation
International Festival of Local Television The Golden Beggar
Jesenského 12
040 01 Košice
Phone : 00421 905 966 649
e-mail :,

Overall Rating
  • Eighteen Yuen

    Thank you for selecting my film

    November 2022
  • The communication provided by Golden Begger festival team is very bad. They selected my film and dint update whether my film was screened or not. I am utterly disappointed with the inconsiderate behaviour of this festival team.

    November 2022
  • Real Golden Festival ⭐️ A big thank you for the Finalist of our film JUST LIKE WATER 🎬 I would really love to attend your Festival, but due to the pandemic, I couldn't make it 😷 I hope to see you in one of the next ones 🎥 Warm greetings from Greece 🇬🇷

    August 2022
  • Melihat özdoğan ağgül

    Since the movie is only a selection, my comment will be in that direction. Continuous communication was provided by e-mail and information was provided.

    September 2021
  • Erik Jasaň

    Thank you for the special prize at the 27th International Film Festival Golden Beggar! The communication was great and so was the organization!

    September 2021