In 2021 the Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival will have its 9th edition. The main goal of Friss Hús is to present the newest Hungarian and international short films and also to create a professional forum where filmmakers looking for feedback and dialogue can show their works to a larger audience. The festival and its full-house screenings have received significant interest from the industry and the media. The annually growing audience proves that short films are becoming more and more accessible and popular.
Over the past years, the complementary cultural events, roundtable discussions and workshops have been attended by hundreds of film lovers. Since the first festival, Friss Hús has been expanded with industry events, a pitch forum and international sections. In the framework of the festival, the audience can not only watch the best recent Hungarian and international short films but also gets a look into future projects. The programme also screens the works of students, giving an overview of the projects made in Hungarian film schools and courses.
Films shown at the Hungarian selection of Friss Hús went on to have a successful festival run all over the world. The winner of the Daazo Festival Distribution Award in 2016, Kristóf Deák’s Sing had been a festival favorite at numerous events before winning the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Many shorts premiered at Friss Hús have also been selected to compete at Cannes, Sarajevo and other A-list international festivals.
Since the second year of the festival, Friss Hús is one of the most popular platforms for introducing contemporary Hungarian animation. Many daring experimental animations were selected into the programme such as the Cannes prize winner The Noise of Licking by Nadja Andrasev, Superbia by Luca Tóth which also had its premiere at Cannes, or Réka Bucsi’s LOVE which competed at 120 festivals and won more than 15 awards since.