With the worst of summer’s dog days behind us (and we are not talking about Budapest’s hosting of the International Dog Fair, but rather the easing of the long hot days’ heat) we can ready ourselves for a busy autumn. That means it’s almost September, the time of year for BuSho, the Budapest International Short Film Festival. But what is behind this strange name? In the words of the organizers, “The name “BuSho” comese from a pun (Budapest Short – budapesti rövid), but it also refers to a traditional popular custom of winter-send-off from southern Hungary called ‘busójárás’ ”
In its ninth year, the festival has seen an expansion, and was able to draw 962 submissions from 67 countries, ranging from San Marino to Iran, Kazakhstan to Canada. Only 90 films – in categories of ‘fiction,’ ‘experimental,’ and ‘animated’ will be screened over this year’s six-day festival. Films selected for competition come from places like Moldova and South Korea, with a health number of locally made, Hungarian short films in the running. Started in 2004 by local film-makers, BuSho is intended to showcase and give an audience to short films, which are frequently overlooked or difficult to market. The form is, of course, also a great way for budding film-makers to get their ideas out there without having to fund a feature-length film and is an important part of any film culture’s development. Since its inception, BuSho has since outgrown its confines and is also having satellite screenings in towns around Hungary, including the Szolnok, Szombathely, Nagyvárad (present-day Romania), and Magyarkanizsa (present-day Serbia).
Just to get a flavor for what you might expect of a BuSho short film, have a look here at Cabbagemincer, a short by Russian Vadim Vinar, which won for Best Production Design last year. It’s showing on Vimeo, exactly here.
For a breakdown of the schedule for this year’s BuSho, Budapest International Film Festival, have a look here.
Otherwise, thanks for reading this short plug for BuSho, our short festival.
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