Award-winning Hungarian journalist and documentary filmmaker Andras Takacs took the hands-on training he got as a student in the New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism program and literally travelled around the world. Having interviewed former President Bill Clinton, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, he has now been selected by Forbes magazine for inclusion in their prestigious “30 under 30 Europe: Media” list.
Andras has produced and presented the current events series On The Spot, with his colleague and wife Eszter Cseke, for 7 years. From the revolution in Egypt to the front lines in Afghanistan, they work with just two small cameras and no crew, giving their programs extraordinary intimacy and honesty. The famed Hungarian war photographer Robert Capa provides their motto: “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
The BBC called their work “rare and exclusive.. “Up-close and visceral,” wrote the Financial Times about their films, adding that “Takacs and Cseke plunge their cameras into the heart of the action, asking questions that are normally suppressed.”
Andras credits NYFA for giving him the skills to embark on his remarkable career, lessons that he still uses every day.