Hungary’s Izabella Pörös has won the Top Shorts Online Film Festival’s award for Best Indie Filmmaker for Runaway, a music video featuring Hungarian vocalist Barbara Kiss, which gives voice to the tragedy and heartbreak of abusive relationships.
Like all of Pörös’ films, Runaway focuses on issues affecting women. Violence against women, both physical and mental, are recurring themes in her work. She has consciously chosen to focus her filmmaking efforts on the sensitivities of the female psyche.
Top Shorts, which on its official site claims to be “the world’s leading online film festival,” offers awards in 11 categories. The festival focuses on short, low-budget films, as well as music videos, webs series, and short experimental films.
Runaway has also been nominated for Best Director in the Music Video Underground November 2017 competition. Established in Paris in 2016, the Music Video Underground is a monthly competition 100% focused on music videos. Runaway is the only European video nominated in this category. You can view the video in its entirety below:
Born in Hungary, Izabella Pörös claims that her fascination for films began as a child. With her mother being an English language teacher and her father a film critic, she grew up watching English-language movies. Wanting to be a filmmaker, she attended screenwriting workshops, such as James V. Hart’s master class in Budapest, Hungary, and studied acting for five years; this training later helped her to work with actors.
In addition to her latest music video, Pörös has acted in a number of short films, and has worked as a director and writer. Her first short film, It’s a long way, premiered in New York and won several awards. The film went on to become a 2015 New York City International Film Festival finalist (not to be confused with the much larger New York Film Festival) in the Best International Short Film Category. Pörös was nominated for Best Director as well.
Via Gulden Comm, IMDB, topshorts.net, and izabellaporos.com
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