Author and director Zsófia Szilágyi graduated as a Hungarian grammar and literature teacher at the University of Pécs in 2002. She continued her education as a film and tv director at the Academy of Film and Drama of Budapest from 2002 to 2007. During her studies, she participated in a scholarship by Leonardo Da Vinci Programme and studied production at Mediopolis Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH, Berlin in 2006. In the same year she took part in ”Heimat, Europa?”, an audiovisual project by the organisation of Kolleg für Management und Gestaltung nachhaltiger Entwicklung GmbH where she was a scriptwriter and camera assistant. In 2011, she won a Scholarship to the Goethe Institute in Hamburg.
She worked as assistant lecturer to Golden Lion and Oscar-nominated director Ildikó Enyedi at the Hungarian Academy of Film and Theatre between 2007 and 2009. In 2012, she directed If you can (Ha birsz..’), a documentary supported by the European Integration Fund.
She also worked on several short features and documentaries, most prominently as a casting directed for Ildiko Enyedi’s Oscar-nominated ’On Body and Soul’.
‘One Day’ is her debut feature.
2006 Somewhere Neutral (short film, 15’) 38th Hungarian Film Week
2007 The Siege of Budapest – Part III. (2007, television documentary series, 40’)
2009 Step Test (short film, 25’) Brest International Short Film Festival, 2009, ’Mention spéciale du Jury’
2010 In Captivity (documentary, 18’) Hungarian Independent Film Festival, Special Prize of Jury
2013 Impasse (documentary, 50’)
2018 One Day (debute feature, 99′), Critics’ Week, Cannes, FIPRESCI Award
Cannes Semaine Internationale de la Critique – 2018 FIPRESCI Prize
Luxembourg CinÉast – 2018 Grand Prix
Cleveland International Film Festival – 2019 Central and Eastern European Competition Award
Best Screenplay Zsófia Szilágyi Best First Feature
Sydney Film Festival – 2018 (in competition)
Wroclaw New Horizons IFF – 2018 (in competition)
Copenhagen CPH:PIX – 2018 (in competition)
Hamptons International Film Festival – 2018 (in competition)
Los Angeles AFI FEST – 2018 (in competition)
Bydgoszcz Camerimage – 2018 (in competition)
Gijon International Film Festival – 2018 (in competition)
Trieste Film Festival – 2019 (in competition)