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Cocoa Concerts, children’s operas, Midnight Music. Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013, come up with a fantastic project almost every year that really catches the attention of today’s youth. This was certainly the case with the “See and hear!” film competition, organised this season for the second time. We were there at the awards ceremony. (figaro.postr.hu)

Last year, high-school students created short films for Richard Strauss’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. This year they were asked to make a short film on a movement of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 (BWV 1049) of their choosing. The purpose of the competition is quite clear: to get young people interested in classical music, to stimulate their imaginations with a view to displaying and interpreting classical music in their own visual world. Many entries were received, of which 19 met all the criteria. All of them can be viewed on the Dazoo (European Short Film Centre) website, where the candidates uploaded their films.

Ferenc Török, film director, Iván Fischer, conductor, György Báron, film critic, Zsuzsanna Deák, representing Daazo.com and the musicians of the Festival Orchestra made up the professional jury.

The competition finale took place on 19 April 2013 in the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall at the Palace of Arts.  According to the original competition rules, “the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer will play the appropriate movement of Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 live for the 3 films that make it into the final.”

To our surprise, however, the programme changed at the last minute because six films made the final, two for each of the movements. Interestingly, when the films were uploaded to the Dazoo website the film entitled “Budapesti rohanás” was to the second movement of the Brandenburg Concerto, “Andante”, but by the time it made the final it comprised the music to the first movement, “Allegro”. This well illustrated the fact that the vast majority of the films – with a few honourable exceptions – were not organically related to Bach’s music. But that’s just a critic being pernickety.

The films were presented one after the other, before the three best and then the final winner were selected based on votes by the Festival Orchestra’s musicians.

Here are the six films that made the final, which was eventually won by Helen Jánka, a pupil at the Deutsche Schule – Thomas Mann Gymnasium, with her film entitled Balett.

In second place was a team from the Kós Károly Vocational School of Arts (Edina Sára Fejes, Beáta Nagyházi, Dóra Sebestyén, Gábor Strahl, Gergő Tóth) with their film entitled Álomszekvenciák.

Third place on the podium went to Dániel Teplán, Péter Birghoffer and Mihály Szőnyi with a film called Aeterna Pulchritudo (Eternal Beauty). They are all pupils at the ELTE Trefort Ágoston Secondary School.


Melancholia. Emma Kling, ELTE Trefort Ágoston Secondary School, 10.a. This film was made for the second movement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. IV, “Andante”.

András Herczeg’s film “Budapesti rohanás”.

Mónika Erdélyi and Péter Ferencz’s film: Öngyilkos Project. Film genre: burlesque.