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See what you hear!

See what you hear!

Each year, the Budapest Festival Orchestra holds the “See What You Hear” film competition for secondary school students. Entrants in the competition are asked to produce a short film for a movement of their choice from a given piece of music. The films are then judged by a prestigious jury.

This year the Budapest Festival Orchestra is once again inviting high-school students to enter its film competition; after the successful launch six years ago it is hoped this will become a traditional annual event. Budding film-makers can enter individually or in groups (up to a maximum of 5 team members). 

This year’s task:  Make a film of a one or two parts of Béla Bartók’s The miraculous mandarin (Suite)

There are no restrictions on the genre of the film, any type of technique may be used, and if you don’t have a camera then just use your mobile phone or computer animation software.  Identify the genre and the method of filming that is the most interesting and exciting for you! The film should have no connection to the original story but should relate only to the suite.

The competition:

There are three rounds to the competition, it is open to any high-school student and it is free.

You can register for the competition by completing and sending in the registration form which can be found on the website of the Festival Orchestra.

Registration deadline: 6 January 2017 

You can send the registration form:

  • by post:   BFZ 1033 Budapest, Polgár utca 8-10./B
  • fax: +36 1 355-4049
  • e-mail: anita.juszt@bfz.hu

All those sending in a registration form will receive the music to be used in the film, broken down into movements, in electronic form, and we will also send you the information required to upload the film.

Reservation deadline: Please send your application material to one of the above addresses by 28 February 2017 (Tuesday)

Application materials required:

Synopsis of the film:

  1. 1.     Which movement did you choose?
  2. 2.     What will we see in the film? (short, outline, roughly one page of information on content)
  3. 3.     A few photographs or storyboard to illustrate the atmosphere: comic-strip type sequence of the individual sections of the film (8-10 pictures)
  4. 4.     What techniques do you plan to use to shoot the film?

If you make it to the next stage after the first round of judging (we will send written notification to all contestants), then you can make your film and upload it to the site of our partner Daazo.com.  All of the films will be available online on this site after the competition deadline expires.

The completed films must be submitted, i.e. uploaded by: 2 May 2017. (Tuesday)

The finals will be held on 13 May 2017 (Saturday) in the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall of the Budapest Palace of Arts where we will present the films that made it to the finals, and after the decision we will award the prizes.

Dates, deadlines:

  • Submission of registration form: 6 January 2017 (Friday)
  • Submission of application materials: 28 February 2017 (Tuesday)
  • Deadline for uploading completed films: 2 May 2017 (Thursday)
  • Competition final: 13 May 2017 (Saturday)


  • Ivan Fischer, music director  of the Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Kristóf Deák, director (jury president)
  • Hajni Kis, director
  • Peter Lichter, director
  • Zsuzsanna Deák, Daazo.com
  • Musicians of the Budapest Festival Orchestra


The Budapest Festival Orchestra is organising a whole-day student film festival in the Palace of Arts (Müpa) on 13 May 2017 (Saturday) during which all the films submitted to the competition will be shown.

The jury will announce the winner of the competition at the end of the day.

The main prize of the competition: The winner(s) selected by the jury may take part in one of the BFO’s international tours.

Audience Award:  All of the contestants and their classes/class friends are invited to the competition final and the awards ceremony.  It is worthwhile bringing as many supporters as possible since everyone in the concert hall can vote for the Audience Award.

Special Daazo.com Award:  After the deadline for uploading films expires, you can vote for the films on Dazoo.com – a platform for several thousands of modern film productions – and the one which collects the most votes will receive a special award from our partner.


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