Introducing HIF Graduate Scholar Noémi Veronika Szakonyi

Noémi Veronika Szakonyi is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in filmmaking at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She has received an HIF scholarship to assist her in completing the program.

Noémi Veronika Szakonyi

Noémi is a freelance film director and producer, who graduated in 2011 from the Beijing Film Academy. After leaving China, she applied to the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest for the directing documentaries Master course. She graduated in July 2015 with an animated documentary. At the end of 2014, Noémi co-founded Match Frame Productions with one of her classmates to support young Hungarian filmmakers. The film production company has become a place where young filmmakers can exchange ideas and apply for Hungarian and international grants.

Noémi earned both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in International Relations from Corvinus University of Budapest. She is also a Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow, due to her first feature length documentary, which received development grant from the Sundance Institute.

“To be a filmmaker wasn’t ever a childhood dream for me, but I believe it was growing in my subconscious, and just gradually happened, as I was moving along on my path.”

After her graduation, from the Beijing Film Academy, Noémi felt the need of studying directing on a wider, deeper, more profound scale. She decided to apply for the Masters in documentary directing at New York University and continue her career. So far, Noémi has greatly enjoyed this new chapter in her life. She is grateful for the constructive insight of the motivational professors and has gained a lot of decisive experience, including developing her dramaturgical, directorial and technical knowledge. She looks forward to further developing her story-telling skills. 

“Studying at NYU and working in a diverse class would not just help me to leap forward and build a solid foundation on these stones but also support me to reach the best version of my ideas, original approach and works.”

Noémi is extremely proud of the success of Hungarian cinema and storytelling. She would like to contribute to it by building a network with her fellow classmates, co-produce and co-direct films with them and bring as many productions to Hungary. Also, she would like to shoot her first feature length narrative in Hungary with the collaboration of her talented classmates as she believes in the “magic of international filmmaking.”