2016 HFF Narrative Short Sing Takes Home Oscar Gold!


The 89th Annual Academy Awards® took place on Sunday, Feb. 27, and Sing (2016 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Narrative Short) took home the gold for Best Live Action Short.

Live Action, Short Film


Congratulations to Director/Writer/Producer Kristof Deák and the team behind the short film!

Sing tells the story of Zsofi: a young girl who is admitted to her new school’s famous choir but soon learns of the cruel ways of their choir director.

“We are incredibly proud of all the powerful, story-driven Heartland Film Festival short films that were nominated for Academy Awards® this year, ” said Heartland Film Director of Film Programming & Marketing Greg Sorvig. “All of us at Heartland Film could not be more excited for the filmmakers behind the Hungarian short film Sing following their win at the 89th Annual Academy Awards® last night.”

The Heartland Film Festival has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films category. This means that the winner of the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Call for Entries: 2017 Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 12-22, 2017)

Interested filmmakers can submit independent films now through the extended early June deadline. For a complete list of rules & regulations, film categories, submission fees, and deadlines, please visit the Heartland Film Festival submissions page.


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