20th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
This year marks the 20th edition of the Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. From 22 to 29 November, this prominent film festival, a cinematic impression of our current world, will present a renewed logo, a fresh image in line with this year's focus theme and an exceptionally rich programme of more than 80 films. The key question this year is: Where are we going?
Every year, Verzio Hungary represents human dignity and our common social issues through international and Hungarian documentaries - this year for the 20th time.
This year's jubilee edition of Verzió offers an extremely varied programme, a virtual journey through more than 40 countries with 80 films. In addition to the Toldi cinema, the Corvin cinema is a new venue this year. In addition to the latest award-winning films, Verzió will also bring experimental works that will show viewers the diversity of genres that documentary filmmaking can offer. Among these is this year's Vektor VR 2023 programme, which delves deeper into ways of sensory perception, understanding and interaction.
The 20th anniversary of Verzio was an opportunity for the festival to renew itself visually. The original design of the well-known old logo was combined with the structures offered by the new font to create a modern, powerful symbol. The logo changes dynamically - at once a camera tripod, a trap, or the emblematic letter V of Verzio. The basic element is the font Mohol by Hungarian type designer Ádám Katyi (Hungarumlaut).
The new identity for 2023 reflects the richness of Verzio's offer and the ever-changing world. The films presented here make us think about the possible future, about the human values we must preserve, and also about the things we want to change. Therefore, the fresh look builds on the triad of past-present-future, placing us on a timeline and asking questions: Where are we going?
"Documentaries can highlight global changes through very personal, individual stories, create an emotional connection with the protagonists and help us reflect on the diversity of the world," says festival director Oksana Sarkisova. "By knowing the past and understanding the present, we can better see where we are going and help choose the right direction."
This is where the Verzio films provide valuable support year after year: for 20 years now, they have invited us to explore different layers of reality, to get closer to the diversity and unity of our world through global and personal stories, and to understand where we are going in it. This year, there are more than 80 films in 5 competition categories and 7 sections.
The Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival will take place in Budapest from 22-29 November, and in the countryside in Szeged, Szombathely, Debrecen, Kecskemét, Miskolc and Pécs. The festival's online film library, Verziótéka, will be open from 30 November to 10 December for those who want to join the 20th Verziótéka online.
Detailed programme and ticket information coming soon!
The Verzio Film Festival is organised by the non-profit Verzio Film Foundation and Blinken OSA Archivum with the support of the Creative Europe Media Programme.