Directed by Kristof Deák
Hungary | 25 minutes | 2016 | Hungarian

Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school – singing in the school’s famous choir is her only consolation, but the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is. It will take Zsofi and her new friend Liza to uncover the cruel truth. Sing is a childhood drama with a lot of music set in 1990s post-socialist Budapest, Hungary.
Based on a true story, it follows an award-winning school choir and the new girl in class facing a tough choice: to stand up against a corrupt system – or to fit quietly into it.


Director: Kristof Deák
Screenwriter: Kristof Deák, Christian Azzola, Bex Harvey
Cinematography: Róbert Maly
Producer: Anna Udvardy, Kristof Deák

  • Kristóf Deák
    Kristóf Deák

Festivals & Awards

Best Live Action Short – Academy Awards OSCAR® – 2017
Audience Award – 32éme Festival du Cinema Européen Lille
Audience Award – Festival International de Cine Lanzarote
People’s Choice Award – TIFF Kids Toronto Special Award – Friss Hús Fesztivál Budapest Grand Prix &  Best International Short &
Audience Award – Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Tokyo (OSCAR® Qualifying)
Best Child Actress (for Dorka Gáspárfalvi and Dorottya Hais) &
Audience Award – Sapporo Shortsfest
Best Live Action Short Film – Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (OSCAR® Qualifying)
2nd Prize – Interfilm KUKI + TeenScreen Berlin

press quotes

My favourite… a parable of defiance against unjust and corrupt authority.
New York Times

It leads to a conclusion that’s so great I practically jumped up and cheered.
Chicago Times

Masterfully directed, Sing reminds us that a single voice alone is capable of starting a revolution.
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Kristóf Deák

Kristof Deak (1982, Budapest) started his career in editing before studying directing at Westminster Film School. He has been working in London and Budapest, directing fiction short films and TV drama episodes. He is currently developing his first feature film.

2016 Sing, short
2013 Monstrosity, short
2012 The Boss, short
2012 Losing It, short
2011-2012 Hacktion, TV series
2011 Germ Free Adolescent, short
2010 Golf With a Shotgun, short