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Hungarian Film Wins “Asian Oscar” At International Short Film Festival

By Robert Velkey // 2016.06.15.

ShortShorts is a qualifying Film Festival for the annual Academy Awards. The Award Ceremony for SSFF& ASIA 2016 was held on the 13th of June at Meiji-Jingu Kaikan (Shibuyaku, Tokyo, Japan). The festival’s highest honor, the Grand Prix, was awarded to Hungarian film “Sing” made by Kristóf Deák. The 24-minute drama was made in 2015 by the Hungarian director.


Kristóf Deák’s short “Sing” is a Whiplash-like short about an elementary school chorus & the new girl who is confronted by the ambitious choir master. Quiet 10-year-old Zsófi has just changed schools. Feeling out of place at first, she is quickly admitted to the school’s famous choir and befriends her popular classmate Liza. Soon, they have to stand up united against their choir master,who isn’t quite the friendly and inspirational teacher they first thought she was.

Sing | trailer from Kristof Deak on Vimeo.

Director Kristóf Deák’s “Sing” is based on his friend’s story. He said it took him 3 years to make the short, because he first started to write in English and then wrote a Hungarian one. The filming actually took 6 days, but practicing and recording choir part took a long time.

This was the 18th festival of Short Shorts what was started in 1999. For today the festival became the most important and determinative short-film festival in Japan and East Asia. The next Academy Award might be the Oscar for the Sing according to that the winners of Award Ceremony for SSFF& ASIA 2016 can be nominees for the Oscar-Award automatically.