Daazo.com takes six short films and their creators on tour in the Visegrad countries. The 1000 euro prize will be awarded to the best film at the closing ceremony, held in Budapest. There will be a panel talk, organised in the framework of the Titanic Festival, where participants will discuss collaboration possibilities in the Visegrád countries.

Daazo.com, the video sharing site supported by the MEDIA Programme of the EU announced a short film competition for V4 filmmakers. More than 120 entries, totalling 1300 minutes, were received before the March 23th deadline. The average age of the the filmmakers whose works were competing was 25. The jury of Daazo.com chose six of these films to take on tour in the four contries, together with their directors.The film contest and subsequent tour have been organised with the support of the International Visegrad Fund.

The six winners are:
Agata Jagodzinska (PL), “Secret of Confession
Tomasz Jurkiewicz (PL), “Grandma has gone ”
Michal Hogenauer (CZ), “Children Watching Night Trains”
Robert Hloz (CZ), “Numbers”
Lucia Halmová (SK), “Escape”
Csuja László (HU), “Phosphorus”.

The “Visegrad Shorts on Tour” travelling short film festival presents the best six shorts of the Visegrád region, and their creators. The aim of the event is to introduce the filmmakers of the four countries to each other so that they can find out about, and offer support in each other’s  work, and to show their films to the audience

The tour takes place on the following dates and venues:

2012. April 12., Krakow, 8 pm KINO18 / Klub Pauza
2012. April 14., Prague, 8 pm, BIO OKO
2012. April 15., Bratislava, 8 pm, KC Dunaj
2012. April 17., Budapest
11 am: panel talk about the collaboration possibilities in the V4 countries
8 pm: screening, award ceremony and party at the MENTA TERASZ

The panel talk will be held at 11 am on April 17 in the framework of the Titanic International Film Festival, in the café of the Uránia Cinema. The young filmmakers will be discussing collaboration possibilities in the four countries with important experts and decision makers.

At the closing ceremony in Budapest, one of the films will receive the main prize: the 1000 euro Visegrad Shortfilm Award.  An audience award will also be given to the film that receives the most votes by the viewers. The winning film will be selected by a jury of acclaimed film professionals, including Ferenc Pusztai, producer and head of KMH Film, Philip Ilson, director of London Short Film Festival and Petr Horák, representing IShorts from the Czech Republic.The screening and award ceremony will be followed by an all-night-long after party.

After the tour, the six shortlisted films and the other competing 120 works can be viewed online on Daazo.com, where the online community can also choose their favourite: the film receiving the most online votes will receive a valuable prize.

On the occasion of the Visegrad Shorts on Tour events, Daazo.com will publish the short film magazine World of Shorts – the Visegrad issue. The magazine introduces the six selected filmmakers and their films, a Slovak animation that is now Oscar qualified as well as an essay by Zsolt Gyenge, analysing Roman Polanski and István Szabó’s short films, and an interview with producer Ferenc Pusztai about working with debutant filmmakers.