VERZIO Film Festival – 11 Years On

In 11 years, Verzio Film Festival has shown more than 600 films from 60 countries which were seen by more than 60,000 viewers. Verzio, held annually by the Open Society Archives at CEU and Verzio Film Foundation, is the only human rights documentary film festival in Hungary. The festival is a committed promoter of democratic values, rule of law, human rights, and critical thinking, showcasing creative documentary films from all over the world addressing important social and political issues. The films are accompanied by debates with filmmakers and human rights activists. Verzio organizes screenings in 4 art-house cinemas in Budapest and runs a supplementary programs such as the DocLab, masterclass series, exhibitions, and special educational screenings accompanied by discussions with experts and human rights activists. Verzio films also enrich the OSA Film Library collection, which now amounts to 3,800 works, including classic and rare fiction and nonfiction, documentaries, propaganda and educational films. Each year several hundred recent human rights documentaries - submissions to Verzio Film Festival – are added to the collection, making the OSA Film Library Hungary’s largest recent documentary collection, with most films available in English.