For the See what you hear! competition, the BFO encourages secondary school students between 12 and 19 years of age, and teams of students, to produce a film for a musical piece selected by the orchestra. The objective is to present the feelings and impressions that music evokes in young listeners. The product may be a short movie, a documentary, an animated film or anything else – there are no restrictions on genre or tools to use for the production.
Prizes are awarded each year at a special event, where a jury composed of prominent persons will evaluate the productions submitted. In previous years, the jury was chaired, for instance, by Kornél Mundruczó, Szabolcs Hajdu, Károly Ujj-Mészáros, Ferenc Török and Kristóf Deák.
As a grand prize, the winning team selected by the jury and musicians from the orchestra will have the opportunity to accompany the orchestra on one of its international tours.
In recent years, entrants set to music works such as the suite version of Béla Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin or Shostakovich’s Hamlet suite, among others; but Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8 and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 have also been assigned for the contest.