Karoly Bardosh

Associate Arts Professor

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Accumulating over 30 years of professional experience in Europe, Asia, Brazil, Hollywood and New York in all genres of film and television, Prof. Karl Bardosh of New York University has been an award-winning director, producer, writer, editor of features, shorts, television series and documentaries. Throughout these years Prof. Bardosh has been a trendsetting pioneer in many areas of film and television:

He had initiated the world’s first network television educational series on the Aesthetics of Film (Hungary, 1967) Also, pioneered a new genre, Poetry Music Videos with Allen Ginsberg (USA, 1984) and had written, directed and edited the first American documentary on Bollywood and Indian Parallel Cinema for the American Public Broadcasting System (Bombay, 1992) that was run in prime time for three years. 

Bardosh wrote and directed the short feature film, “Iron and Horse”- produced at the American Film Institute, shot (in Panavision-Technicolor) by Oscar Winner Vilmos Zsigmond starring Academy Award Nominee Lynn Carlin. The film won Best Short Feature of the Year Award at the USA Film Festival and was the first AFI film that was picked up for theatrical distribution by Warner Brothers at the Melbourne International Film Festival. (1976)

In 1987, Prof. Bardosh had produced and directed “Crossing the Bridge” a poetic documentary for the national television network of Hungary about the friendship between Nobel Prize nominated poet, Sandor Weores and the American Poet Laureate, William J. Smith. The film featured cutting edge, surrealistic visualizations of poetry.

Integrating films and videos, Prof. Bardosh had designed the first Virtual Memorial on the Internet. (AltaVista, New York, 1998) Prof. Bardosh was the Co-Producer/ Writer of “Forced March” the first and only international dramatic feature film co-production about the Nazi labor camps in World War II. (1990) Championing ethnic television in America, Prof. Bardosh had started Hungarian American Television in 1978 that is still running as a weekly broadcast on Time Warner Cable TV. Prof. Bardosh had directed the very first experimental multi-camera live switching broadcast streamed on the Internet for the Microsoft Corporation featuring interviews with various stars of Broadway. (“Backstage at the Tony Awards” -1997) In 2004, “The Sit Down” a multi-camera live-on-tape reality show pilot directed by Prof. Bardosh was nominated for the “Rose d’Or”, the oldest and most prestigious award in international television. Prof. Bardosh has also pioneered Cell Phone Cinema in India, in co-production with Executive Director, Sandeep Marwah at the Asian Academy of Film and Television, (Film City, Noida, January, 2007) In his recent NYIIFVF Best Experimental and Best Director of a Feature Award winner film, “Out of Balance” -he was the first one to use live action inter-cut with color and black and white rotoscoped sequences to express different layers of memory. (Rio de Janeiro, South Florida, 2006-08) In his book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digital Video published by Penguin-Alpha Books, Prof. Bardosh has introduced the concept of filmmaking with an unbroken chain of digital software starting with Digital Screenwriting (November, 2007).

In 2010-11, Prof. Bardosh acted as Executive Producer and Editing Consultant on “Mozart of Rap” a micro-budget hip-hop musical feature film. Also, he has produced and directed “Demons and Angels” a full-length docu-feature about addiction for Recovery, Inc.

In addition, Prof. Bardosh has been frequently serving as Script Doctor, Creative Consultant and Dramaturg on international co-productions and as Artistic Director, Judge and Panelist for international film festivals and competitions.

Prof. Karl Bardosh has been teaching 26 different courses during his 19 years tenure at New York University Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film and Television including a course of his own design “Cell Phone Cinema” since the Fall, 2009 semester.


Cell Phone Cinema

26 different courses in Film and Television Production, Writing, History and Criticism, embracing all genres, from Narrative Workshop to Research and Writing for the Documentary.


doctoral studies in Literature, Linguistics and Media University of Budapest
Director Fellow, American Film Institute Center for Advanced Studies