On the 27th of February, 2017, Sing (Mindenki) became the second Hungarian Film in as many years to win a distinguished Academy Award, more commonly known as an “Oscar.” Held in Hollywood, the 89th Academy Awards Ceremony had Sing was nominated and won the Academy award for best Short Film (Live Action). The first time a film directed by a Hungarian (Kristof Déak) has won in this category.
The setting for Sing is Budapest in the early 1990s and is inspired by a true story, says Director Kristof Déak. The film details the story of an award-winning school choir, lead by a charming teacher Miss Erika (Zsófia Szamosi). A new girl to the school, Zsófia, played by Dorka Gáspárfalvi, arrives at the school and begins her first set of lessons as part of the choir alongside her new best friend, Liza (Dorottya Hais). Her experience however, sparks a series of events that unravel the true claims to the choir’s success.
Sing and the four accompanying films made it through the eliminations rounds, which included up to 70 international films. During the countdown to the Academy Awards, Sing was already establishing itself on the International Film Stage. It won the Grand Prix prize at the Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo, the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Kids category and the Adult jury Prize in the Live-Action Short Film category at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Video source: Kristof Deak- Vimeo
Sing is the second Hungarian film to win the exclusive Oscar in two consecutive years. Following in the footsteps of László Nemes’ multi-award winning film, Son of Saul. This is the first Academy Award win for a Hungarian film in the Live-Action Short Film category and only the second to be nominated, following István Szabó’s 1963 film, Concert. István Szabó would later go on to direct Hungary’s first Oscar winning film, Mephisto in 1981.
List of Awards that Sing has been awarded since it’s release.
Academy Awards, USA
Oscar – Best Live Action Short Fil
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Adult’s Jury Award – Live-Action Short Film or Video
European Film Festival of Lille
Festival Award – Audience Award
Lanzarote International Film Festival
Audience Award – Best Short International Film.
Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People
International Jury Award
Best Short Fiction Film
Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market
Audience Award – One Title Section
Grand Prix – Best Children Actress
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
Audience Award – International Competition
Best Short Film – International Competition
Grand Prix – International Competition
TIFF Kids International Film Festival
People’s Choice Award Best Short Film
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