The 89th Academy Awards took place on February 26, in Los Angeles, celebrating the best in film achievement. The Academy rewards short films in three categories as well: live action, animation and documentary.

The Oscars this year was so exciting for Hungary, because two Hungarian movies became Oscar-nominated for two consecutive years; in 2016, László Nemes’ first feature, Son of Saul, got the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and this year Kristóf Deák’s Sing (Mindenki) earned a nomination for Best Live Action Short. A few hours before it revealed that Deák’s short film not just earned a nomination but won the category! We are so proud that Kristóf Deák belongs to Daazo family and his film is part of our festival portfolio!

Sing 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. Deák’s film is about the competitive world of children’s choirs that is based on a true story but also stands as a solid metaphor for the current state of the world.

Dorottya Hais and Dorka Gáspárfalvi in Sing

After 16 years a Pixar-short won an Oscar: Piper, directed by Alan Barillaro, got the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, which involves a hungry baby sandpiper learning to overcome her fear of water.

The White Helmets by Orlando von Einsiedel, which got the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film, follows the daily operations of a group of volunteer rescue workers of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets.

Best Live Action Short Film

Sing – Kristóf Deák and Anna Udvardy

Ennemis intérieurs – Sélim Azzazi
La Femme et le TGV – Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
Silent Nights – Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
Timecode – Juanjo Giménez

Best Animated Short Film

Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Blind Vaysha – Theodore Ushev
Borrowed Time – Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Robert Valley and Cara Speller
Pearl – Patrick Osborne

Best Documentary Short Film

The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Extremis – Dan Krauss
4.1 Miles – Daphne Matziaraki
Joe’s Violin – Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
Watani: My Homeland – Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis