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Szabolcs Szirony

17.08.2021 14:53

Szabolcs Szirony was born in 1973 in Budapest, Hungary. In 2006 he graduated from the University of Miskolc where he studied Cultural Anthropology. From 1996 to 1997 and from 2004 to 2005 he was making news stories for the Hungarian Radio and Television Corporation as a director and interviewer, mainly focusing on subcultures around Hungary. In 2005-2006 he directed several low budget documentaries (Critical Mass Budapest, Far from Africa). In 2006 he began to organize a community documentary cinema to screen the works of young Hungarian directors weekly, in clubs around Budapest. Soon the program selected the international documentaries as well, and during the eleven years of Kiss in the Dark filmclub, more than 300 movies were screened in over a dozen different venues around the city. 

From 2009-2013 he was the co-founder and program director of "Ha érteni akarod a világot..." Festival ( "If You Want to Understand the World..." Festival) hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences at ELTE University. The festival focused on international documentaries with issues connected to social sciences. In six years, the festival became one of the biggest documentary events in Hungary and opened the eyes of the public to the genre.

In 2014 he founded Budoku, an organization which focuses on event-based, exclusive screenings of documentaries. Since 2014 he has  participated in Verzió - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival as curator and organizer of the student program, concert coordinator and moderating roundtable discussions.

He has been an associate member of the examiners' board for DOC NOMADS Joint Master Degree in Documentary Filmmaking at the University of Theatre and Film Arts.