Call for Application

14 March 2024


Venue: Belvárosi Cinema, Szeged, Hungary
Date: 8 – 12 October 2024

‘Making a film makes you happy. This is what I wish you all, see it through, don’t ever stop!’
(Vilmos Zsigmond)

Vilmos Zsigmond (1930-2016), the world-famous, Academy Award-winning cinematographer was born in Szeged. With his words in mind, our festival invites cinematographers to compete and focuses on the quality of the film image.

The honorary patron of the festival: Susan Zsigmond

Festival goals:

The Zsigmond Vilmos International Film Festival draws attention to cinematographers, one of the most important co-creators of a film, together with giving an opportunity to young artists to show their art.

The festival jury will evaluate the films submitted to the festival primarily on the basis of innovative cinematography, but will also consider the overall artistic quality.

Applicants should be aware that the different awards of this festival go to the cinematographers.

The festival pays neither rental fees nor copyright fees for the films screened within the festival programme.


The call is open to individual filmmakers and artistic communities without age restriction, and the festival organisers also look forward to receiving films made by students majoring in film studies, directing or cinematography.

The call is open to films in three categories: FEATURE FILMS, SHORT FILMS (with no restrictions on genre or technical aspects, but no more than 51 minutes in lenght) and DOCUMENTARIES, completed after the 1st of January 2022. One filmmaker can submit more than one film.

Registration fee

From 2024 each and every submission is subject to a registration fee of 6350  HUF (~16 EUR depending on the current exchange conditions of your bank), irrespective of length or category, and can be payed here.

If you are registering in a taxpayer capacity from the European Community or from a third country, after registration please indicate this fact by sending an e-mail to zsigmondvilmosfeszt [at], indicating the 9-digit Bank Transaction ID and the following compulsory company details: Company Name, Address of the Registered Office, Community Tax Number/Tax Number. Thank you! We will send the corresponding invoice to the e-mail address provided.
E-mail address of the festival: zsigmondvilmosfeszt [at]

Technical requirements

For viewing purposes we only accept online screeners, and if applicable, with a password that will expire after the festival. All films should be subtitled in English. Please note that the viewing copy should be the final cut of the film submitted.

Submissions selected for the competition programme will be accepted only in DCP format.

Application form 

Application deadline: 31 May 2024, midnight (CET)

The competition programme of the festival will be announced on the 17th of June 2024.

An integral part of the Call for Application is our Submission Policy


The films submitted will be pre-selected by a jury of cinematographers, film directors and film professionals.

The awards will be voted by a professional jury chaired by Gábor Szabó, Béla Balázs Award-winning cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond’s former colleague. The main festival prize, the Zsigmond Vilmos Award for Best Cinematography, will be given to the best cinematographer. The best films in each category will also be awarded, as well as the City of Szeged, the Film Critics’ jury and the Student jury will hand out an award respectively.

The jury reserves the right not to present every award.