Hungarian short film Sing successfully overcame another obstacle on its way to the Academy Awards gala. Kristóf Deák’s film got onto the top-ten list and the five best movies will be chosen out of these ten next year. There has been no Hungarian film this close in the category of Best Live Action Short Film for 53 years – writes Origo.

The list of the top-ten competing for the top-five in the category of Best Live Action Film was introduced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on Wednesday. Kristóf Diák’s film, which has won two awards earlier making it an Oscar nomination (it was the winner of both the Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia in Tokyo and the Chicago International Children Film Festival), is on the list.

It is a great success for the young Hungarian director, as there has been only one Hungarian movie nominated in this category in the history of the Oscars: István Szabó’s film, Koncert was nominated in 1963.


  • Bon Voyage (Marc Wilkins)
  • Ennemis Intérieurs (Sélim Azzazi)
  • Graffiti (Lluis Quilez)
  • La Femme et le TGV (Timo von Gunten)
  • Sing (Deák Kristóf)
  • Nocturne in Black (Jimmy Keyrouz)
  • The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy (Oualid Mouaness)
  • Silent Nights (Aske Bang)
  • Timecode (Juanjo Giménez)
  • The Way of Tea (Marc Fouchard)

The 25 minutes long film was supported by the Media Council. The stars of the film are two child actresses (Dorka Gáspárfalvi and Dorottya Hais) and Zsófia Szamosi, who also plays the role of the sister of a wrongly convicted man in the successful Hungarian film A martfűi rém. The film, which takes place in the 90s’ primary school environment, was introduced to the public at the Friss Hús International Short Film Festival in March.

The story:

It is 1991. The ten-year-old Zsófi just got into a new school. Feeling out of place at first, she quickly finds her place: she is admitted to the school’s famous choir and befriends her popular classmate, Liza. Soon, they have to face with serious questions, which would be difficult even for an adult. The choir master is not quite the nice and inspirational teacher they first thought she was, but, eventually, they find the best solution to deal with the situation.

The Oscars nomination is going to be announced on the 24th January, in other words, this is going to be the time when we find out whether Kristóf Deák’s Sing gets into the top five.

No need for any far-reaching conclusions, but it is worth mentioning that that director of Sing was born in 1982 (the same year when István Szabó took the first Hungarian Foreign Language Oscar for Mephisto) and worked as an assistant in Steven Spielberg’s movie, München, which was photographed partly in Hungary (just like László Nemes Jeles did, who took the second Hungarian Foreign Language Oscar for Son of Saul).

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