Sing (2016 Hungarian film)

Sing (Hungarian: Mindenki, means "Everybody") is a 2016 Hungarian short film directed and written by Kristóf Deák. Set in 1991, it follows the story of a girl who moves to a new elementary school and becomes a member of the award-winning school choir.[1][2][3] In 2017, the film won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards.[4][5]

Film poster
Directed byKristóf Deák
Produced by
Written byKristóf Deák
  • Dorka Gáspárfalvi
  • Dorottya Hais
  • Zsófia Szamosi
Music byÁdám Balázs
CinematographyRóbert Maly
Edited byManó Csillag
Release date
  • 28 February 2016 (2016-02-28) (Hungary)
Running time
25 minutes[1]


The story takes place in Budapest in 1991. Zsófi (Dorka Gáspárfalvi) moves to a new elementary school and becomes friends with Liza (Dorottya Hais). Zsófi joins the award-winning school choir but she is told not to sing out loud because Erika, the teacher, doesn't consider her good enough and the choir is preparing for a competition where they can win a trip to Sweden. Zsófi is visibly hurt, but she obeys the teacher and keeps her request secret from the other children.

Liza notices that Zsófi doesn't sing, and Zsófi tells her about the teacher's request. At the next choir rehearsal Liza confronts the teacher, but she is told that it's in the best interest of the choir that only the good singers sing out loud. Erika also tells Liza that she didn't want to publicly shame those who can't sing well, but now she asks all of them to raise their hands. Zsófi is surprised when she realizes that she was far from being the only one who wasn't allowed to sing. Later she tells Liza she has a plan.

The day of the competition arrives. Erika's choir is supposed to start singing, and all the children start silently mouthing the lyrics, no one sings. When a frustrated Erika leaves the stage, the children start to sing.


The film features the choir of the Bakáts Square Musical Primary School from Budapest.


The film's plot is based on a story that director Kristóf Deák heard from a Swedish friend.[8] The first screenplay was written in 2012 with two English comedians Bex Harvey and Christian Azzola, and was originally set in an English-language environment instead of Hungary. In 2014 Deák rewrote the screenplay and received a funding of 8,000,000 forints from the National Media and Communications Authority (the highest amount that can be awarded for short and experimental films). An additional 2,000,000 forints came from the state, the filmmakers and the film studio.[9][10][11]

It was the first starring role for both Dorka Gáspárfalvi and Dorottya Hais, who were chosen from eighty children auditioning for the roles. The choir was chosen from among five school choirs.[12]

The film was shot during six days;[9] editing and post-production took a year to complete.[13] The film was finished in Autumn 2015.[14]

Awards and nominations

The film received the following awards and nominations:

List of accolades
Award / Film festival Category Recipient(s) Result
Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival  Hungary 2016 Daazo - Special Mention
European Film Festival of Lille  France 2016 Audience Award
Lanzarote International Film Festival  Spain 2016 Best Short International Film - Audience Award
Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People  Greece 2016 Best Short Fiction Film - International Jury Award Won
Sapporo Short Fest  Japan 2016 [15] Best Children Actress Dorka Gáspárfalvi, Dorottya Hais
Audience Award
KUKI International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth Berlin  Germany 2016[16] Best Short Film KUKI 2nd Prize
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia  Japan 2016 International Competition - Best Short Film Won
International Competition - Grand Prix Won
TIFF Kids - Toronto International Film Festival  Canada 2016 People's Choice Award - Best Short Film Won
Chicago International Children's Film Festival  United States 2016 Live-Action Short Film - Adult's Jury Award Won
89th Academy Awards  United States 2017 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film Won
55th Hungarian Film Critics Award  Hungary 2017[17][18] Best Female Actor in a supporting role Zsófia Szamosi

Sing was selected as the opening film of the 14th Asiana International Short Film Festival in Seoul.[19]


1.^ Zsófia Szamosi received the award for her roles in Sing and Strangled (orig.: A martfűi rém).


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