Sing means everybody is a 2016 Hungarian short film directed and written by Kristóf Deák. Set in 1991, it follows the story of a girl who moves to a new elementary school and becomes a member of the award-winning school choir. In 2017, the film won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
Directed by – Kristóf Deák
Produced by – Kristóf Deák, Anna Udvardy
Written by – Kristóf Deák
Music by – Ádám Balázs
Cinematography – Róbert Maly
Edited by – Manó Csillag
Country – Hungary
Language – Hungarian
The film’s plot is based on a story that director Kristóf Deák heard from a Swedish friend. The first screenplay was written in 2012 with two English comedians Bex Harvey and Christian Azzola, and was originally set in an English-language environment instead of Hungary. In 2014 Deák rewrote the screenplay and received a funding of 8,000,000 forints from the National Media and Communications Authority (the highest amount that can be awarded for short and experimental films). An additional 2,000,000 forints came from the state, the filmmakers and the film studio.
It was the first starring role for both Dorka Gáspárfalvi and Dorottya Hais, who were chosen from eighty children auditioning for the roles. The choir was chosen from among five school choirs.
The film was shot during six days; editing and post-production took a year to complete. The film was finished in Autumn 2015.