Renate Farqas

Renate FarqasProducer

Renate started working as a TV-crew member during her university studies in Hungary. She became skilled in various aspects of media, including project management, camera operation and video editing. After graduating from university she moved to Scotland with the intention of getting her foot in the creative industry, so, besides her day jobs she started working on film productions on a voluntary basis. Her first short, The 6th Child, which won the Van Gogh World Cinematography Award at the Amsterdam Film Festival 2012, was also selected for the Cannes Short Film Corner 2012. Building on this initial success, Renate has been involved with several powerful film projects resulting in the ongoing co-operation known as Burning Horseshoe Productions. Renate has produced eight short films, all of which have been screened at UK-and international film festivals (Germany, France, The Netherlands). I.F (Invisible Frequencies) won the Best Thriller Category in 2013 in Amsterdam, and The Priest with Two Guns was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in 2014. Close Encounters was made particularly for the 50 Kisses competition, the short produced by Burning Horseshoe Productions, then being screened at the World Premiere of 50 Kisses in London, in February 2014. Burning Horseshoe Productions co-produced a feature thriller called The Dying Eye with the American Meditz Productions. The film was in the Official Selection for the Southampton International Film Festival and was nominated in 2 categories: Director in a Feature & Best Horror/Thriller in 2014. After attending a session on Interactive Media at the 2013 Edinburgh Film Festival, Renate came up with the idea of creating a tourist app for Edinburgh, featuring the work of local artists and game developers. The University of West of Scotland proved to be a powerful partner in this challenge. They were awarded a grant from the Scottish Funding Council's Innovation Voucher Scheme and created a successful app called Explore Edinburgh Rock 2 Rock. In April 2015 Stephen Don contacted Renate with an exciting feature script idea, based on the true story of a remarkable escape of two Scottish soldiers in the 2nd World War. The project, which is steeped in Scottish language and culture, has already raised interest among industry professionals. They have been awarded development funding through Northern-Ireland Screen and are in the process of getting the lead actors on board and securing finances for the project.