Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival was founded by staff members of Blinken OSA Archive in 2004. Verzió Film Foundation was established in the following year to provide a stable background for the organization of the festival. The founders’ vision was to create a platform, till then missing from Hungary, for international documentary films with a focus on human rights. In 17 years, festival programs were attended by more than 120,000 visitors in the cinemas of Budapest, Pécs, Szeged, Kecskemét, Debrecen and Szombathely, and the the first fully online edition in 2020 has reached over 30,000 viewers in Hungary and abroad.
Verzió is an important meeting place for the documentary film community and a diverse audience of documentary film lovers. In Budapest, we hold film screenings, discussions and accompanying events at the Toldi, Művész and Kino cinemas, the Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, the Blinken OSA Archive, the CEU and the Empathy Café, with the participation of invited filmmakers and experts.
Verzió takes place annually in November and continues to organize programs during the year across the country as well as online, such as free screenings and discussions in high schools, film clubs and cultural festivals.