Vilmos Zsigmond Film Festival Call for Entries

Venue: Belvárosi Cinema, Vilmos Zsigmond auditorium, Szeged, Hungary
Date: 10-13 May 2017

Vilmos Zsigmond, the world-famous, Academy Award-winning cinematographer, was born in Szeged and was also named honorary citizen of the town. The largest auditorium with 540 seats in Belvárosi Cinema, which is one of the biggest, oldest and most beautiful cinemas in Hungary, was named after him in 2005, and he was very proud of it. He visited the cinema many times and brought international TV companies along to the place where he first met the wonderful world of movies.

The Zsigmond Vilmos Film Festival primarily aims at drawing attention to the work of cinematographers, one of the most important co-creators of a film, together with giving an opportunity to young artists to show their art. Hungarian cinematography has become world-famous in the past 50 years, and the members of the new generations, who both follow and renew the traditions, are no exception.
The festival also wishes to focus on Vilmos Zsigmond’s life and art and to show today’s cinematographers what he achieved. So every year we will also show a retrospective of his work, a selection of his films based on different criteria, as well as documentaries and interviews with and about him.

There will be further events accompanying the main programme, including workshops for professionals, open lectures given by members of HSC and ASC, Q&A’s with artists and film critics, discussions about education in film and cinematography, exhibitions and concerts.

The open call focuses on university students or creative communities with members majoring in film studies, directing or cinematography from Central Europe, also including recent graduates (within 5-10 years). New films, completed after 1 January 2014, and with unique vision and creative cinematography, which also characterised Vilmos Zsigmond’s work, can be submitted to the festival. There are no restrictions on theme, technical specifications, genre or length. One filmmaker can submit more than one film. The films will be grouped into different sections according to genre. There is no entry fee.

The application deadline is 1 March 2017. Applications can be submitted on Belvárosi Cinema’s website  email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .