The Hungarian short film ‘Sing’ (2016) by director Kristóf Deák was awarded with the Oscar for Best Live Action Short film during the Academy Awards on Sunday 26 February.

The film, which is 25 minutes long, is set in Budapest in 1991. According to Deák, it is inspired by a true story, and “follows an award-winning school choir, their charming teacher and the new girl in class whose arrival starts a series of events that might expose the dark truth behind their fame.”

In his acceptance speech Deák thanked the Academy, his family and his teachers. “I am dedicating this award to all those people that can make this world a better place, the children. Let’s try to bring them up well so we can be proud of them". 

Sing brings home Hungary’s fourth Oscar. The first was won by Ferenc Rófusz for his animated short ‘The Fly’ in 1981. Director Istán Szabó’s ‘Mephisto’ was next in 1982 as Best Foreign Language Film. László Nemes’s ‘Son of Saul’ won in the same category in 2016. 

The film is available online until 5 March.