Documentary Film Directing
Instructor and Mentor in Film Exercises
Visiting Lecturer and Adviser (2013-18)
Peter Kerekes is a film director, producer and teacher.
His first feature length film was the documentary "66 seasons" (2003). Seen through several stories that unfolded between the years 1936 and 2002, the film captures 66 seasons at the popular swimming pool of Košice, Slovakia, and the same number of years in the history of Central and Eastern Europe. The film was screened at over a hundred festivals and won among others, the best European documentary award at JihlavaInternational Documentary Film Festival 2003, and Best Director at DocAviv, 2004.
His feature documentary Cooking History (2009) is a documentary film about military cooks, how their cooking changed the history. The film was in production for five years and was filmed in 11 different European countries. It was awarded at several international festivals, including the Jury Prize at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, the Best Documentary Award at Viennale, and was nominated for the best documentary at the European Film Awards.
His film Velvet Terrorists (2013) - a documentary comedy of three protagonists who opposed the communist regime in Czechoslovakia - is a Slovakian-Czech-Croatian co-production which was co-directed by Palo Pekar and Ivan Ostrochovsk. The film was honored at several festivals, including the „Tagesspiegel audience prize“ at Berlin International Film Festival, 2014 and FEDEORA award the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2013.
Kerekes also produced the omnibus documentary „Occupation 1968“ (2018), which maps the occupation of Czechoslovakia from the perspective of 5 directors coming from 5 different countries (Evdokia Moskvina, Linda Dombrovszky, Magdalena Szymkow. Elisa Marie Scheidt, Stephan Komandarev).
As a co-producer he took part in the projects of the „White world according Daliborek“ (2017) by Vít Klusák and „The Wind. Documentary thriller“(2019) by Michał Bielawski.
Peter Kerekes is teaching at Academy of Performing Arts (VMU) in Bratislava. and at the DocNomads Joint Masters in Budapest.