szirmai.jpgWhere does the story of “Tripe & Onion” come from?
There is a short story by András Nagy-Bandó I heard on the radio about 15 years ago. It has stayed with me ever since. I wanted to shoot a short film in 2006 and realized this is the perfect story to use.

How did you get your crew and the financing of the film?
The Motion Picture Foundation of Hungary also funded the project but but the lion’s share of the money I raised myself. The crew was mainly formed by the “Közgáz Vizuális Brigád”, but there were some people I had worked with for the first time.

How have you tried to find your audience? What channels did you use?

The film was selected to more than 80 film festivals. Duna Televison bought it for broadcasting. We got a great award at an Italian festival: seventeen 35mm cinema copies, which gave the opportunity to screen the film before long feature films in German and France cinemas. And now it’s time to go to the Internet! Tripe & Onion can be watched on the web only on

Which festival screening was the most important to you?

It sounds very sentimental but all the screenings were very important to me. Of course the festivals I was able to attend had more impact on me. (Sarajevo, Dresden, Triest)

What was your aim with this film?

I wanted to tell the story without using any dialogues. I adapted the story so that I could concentrate on the images.

What are your future plans?

My secret plan is to shoot a film based on Stanislaw Lem’s short stories. But I would like to grow up to this difficult task by making several other short films before.