Posted: November 19, 2019 - Updated: March 01, 2021

Two Audience Award Winner Films were announced at the Closing Ceremony of the 16th Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival on 16 November at Toldi cinema. Colectív (directed by Alexander Nanau) won the Audience Award in the International category, and The Euphoria of Being (directed by Réka Szabó) won the Audience Award in the Hungarian category. 

Posted: November 18, 2019 - Updated: March 01, 2021

When I started preparing for my opening speech, a woman shared a photo of her face on social media. She wrote about how her partner abused her. She survived and reached the hospital, which filed a complaint against him, but her face will forever carry the marks of his deeds. The shocking images were meant to show that the woman had to save herself, pulling herself from her own hair—the hair her partner had also pulled—and managing to get away at the last moment. She uncovered her wounds to save herself.  She and others who bear similar wounds and face a similar fate.

Posted: November 17, 2019 - Updated: March 01, 2021

The 16th Verzió gave the Hungarian Audience Award to The Euphoria of Being, and the International Audience Award to Colectív. The Best Human Rights Award went to Advocate, the Best Student/Debut Film Award to Downstream and the Award of the Teen Jury to Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.. Moreover, Crime + Punishment and Zoryana Horobraya received Special Mention Awards. 

Posted: November 14, 2019 - Updated: March 01, 2021

Fish, a short film directed by Abouzar Soltani premieres at 18:15, November 14, in Toldi in the frame of the Growing Up section at 16th Verzió.

Posted: November 11, 2019 - Updated: March 01, 2021

For its 16th year, Verzió Film Festival welcomes audiences to view the finest human rights documentaries as well as its very first VR Selection, on November 13–16 in Budapest.

Posted: October 30, 2019 - Updated: March 01, 2021

The 16th Verzió, which opens on 12 November, once again welcomes several renowned documentarists, such as Emmy Award winner Alexander Nanau, FIPRESCI Award winner Saeed Al Batal, and the director of Novaya, Askold Kurov, who will hold a masterclass during the festival. 

Posted: October 24, 2019 - Updated: March 01, 2021

Ilham Tohti, an Uyghur economist fighting for the rights of China’s Uyghur minority, is the winner of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2019.

Posted: August 25, 2019 - Updated: September 15, 2021

Stand up for human rights through creative documentary films!

Application deadline: September 29, 2019

Posted: July 30, 2019 - Updated: October 27, 2019

Verzió is one of the most established film festivals in Hungary, hosting over 150 screenings per year for over 12,000 people. The 16th Verzió will take place this year from November 12-17 in Budapest and November 21-24 in Szeged, Pécs, Kecskemét, Debrecen and Szombathely. Festival guests include filmmakers, producers, DoPs, human rights activists, and film protagonists. They participate in Q&As, hold masterclasses and workshops or are invited as Jury members.

Posted: June 28, 2019 - Updated: March 01, 2021

What happens when two bubbles collide? Following the main concept of Bánkitó Festival 2019, Verzió joined forces with Pázmány KineDok film club to organize a screening series where diverse identity problems will be thoroughly discussed and all kinds of bubbles shall be discovered. 

We count on the audience's active participation, since we turn from classic discussion format to a more playful method of analysis of both the documentary genre and the topics presented, hoping that we can share with each other how we see the bubbles of others and our own, from the inside.

Venue: Town Hall, Bánk