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Peter ForgacsPéter Forgács (1950) is a media artist and independent filmmaker based in Budapest, whose works have been exhibited world wide. Since 1978 he has made more than thirty films. He is best known for his "Private Hungary" series of award winning films based on home movies from the 1930s and 1960s, which document ordinary lives that were soon to be ruptured by an extraordinary historical trauma that occurs off screen.

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.

In 2002 The Getty Research Institute held an exhibit of his installation The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River . His international debut came with the Bartos Family (1988), which was awarded the Grand Prix at the World Wide Video Festival in The Hague.

Since then he has received several international festival awards- in Budapest, Lisbon, Marseilles, San Francisco and Berlin, where he won the Prix Europe for Free Fall.

In the last decade, Forgács exhibited in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Prague, Bochum, Sao Paolo, New York, Rome, Graz, Fellbach, Warsaw, Krakow, Amsterdam, Newcastle, Ostrava, Mardid, Barcelona, Karlsruhe, Brugge, Los Angeles, Den Hague and Vienna. Various public collections, museums and universities keep Forgács highly recognized works.

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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

Three art documentary DVD, Ministry of 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

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2008 I am von Höfler Creative Documentary Film Grand Prize
Hungarian Film Festival, Budapest
2008 Own Death Experimental Film Grand Prize
Hungarian Film Festival, Budapest
2007 Peter Forgacs media artist Merited Artist Prize
Hungarian Republic Award, Budapest
2007 Peter Forgacs media artist Erasmus Prize
Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, Amsterdam
2006 El perro negro Documentary Film Grand Prize
37th Hungarian Film Festival, Budapest
2005 El perro negro Maysles Brothers Documentary Film Grand Prize
Denver International Film Festival, USA
2005 El perro negro Feature Length Documentary
Grand PrizeTribeca International Film Festival, New York
2001 A Bibó Reader Official selection Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Cannes Film Festival, France
2001 A Bibó Reader Best Director Prize of Short & Experimental Film
33rd Hungarian Film Festival, Budapest
2001 Angelos' Film Best Music and Sound Track Special prize
One WorldHuman Rights Film Festival, Prague
2000 Angelos' Film Documentário Longa Grand Prize
XI Encotros Internacionalis De Cinema Documental, Portugal
1999 The Maelstrom Grand Prize
Out of That Darkness International Film Competition, London
1999 Angelos' Film Documentary Golden Gate Award the Golden Spire
San Francisco International Film Festival, USA
1999 The Maelstrom The MAYOR'S Jewish Experience Prize
for best documentary filmJerusalem International Film Festival, Israel
1999 The Danube Exodus Silver Dragon prix and FIPRESCI prize
Krakow Int. Doc. & Short Film Festival, Poland
1999 The Danube Exodus Documentary Film Grand Prize
30th Hungarian Film Festival, Budapest
1998 Peter Forgacs media artist The Balázs Béla Film Award
Hungarian Republic Award, Budapest
1999 Free Fall The Best Documentary-Fiction, Best Film Music Prizes
Hungarian Film Critics Prize, Budapest
1997 Free Fall FIPRESCI Prize
Leipzig International Film Festival, Germany
1997 Free Fall PRIX EUROPA Grand Prize
Non-Fiction Program of the year, Berlin
1997 Free Fall Grand Prize & CNC “Image de la culture” special award
Marseilles International Document Film Festival, France
1997 Free Fall Short & Experimental Film
Grand Prize, Budapest 28th Hungarian Film Festival, Budapest
1995 Meanwhile Somewhere "Lattücht" Prize Dokument
ART 95 Festival, Neubrandenburg, Germany
1994 Wittgenstein Tractatus Grand Prize
Montecattini, Terme, Italy
1993 Márai Herbal 2nd Prize
Berlin Sport and Young Film Festival, Germany
1993 Culture Shavings St. Germaine de Geneva Prize
5th Semaine Internationale de Video, Switzerland
1993 Wittgenstein Tractatus Video Les Beaux Jours Prize
Film & Video Festival Strasbourg, France
1993 Wittgenstein Tractatus Video Grand Prize
VIPER Film & Video Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland
1993 Wittgenstein Tractatus Sound Base Arts Video Festival
Grand Prize, Wroclaw, Poland
1992 The Private Hungary series Best Hungarian Documentary Film
Hungarian Film Critics, Budapest
1991 Dusi and Jenő Grand PrizeII
European Document Film Biennial, Marseilles, France
1990 The Bartos Family Grand Prize
World Wide Video Festival, The Hague, Holland

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