Schwechtje Mihály

director

Mihály Schwechtje is a Hungarian film and theater director and university lecturer who has made several

award winning short films before making his first feature film. In 2020 he was awarded the

Contemporary Hungarian Drama Award (Kortárs Magyar Dráma-díj). In his recent projects he is

especially interested in our current society’s problems. His first feature film, Hope You’ll Die Next Time

☺, talks about the young victims of cyberbullying. The film was professionally and critically acclaimed and

amassed great audience success.

He is a university lecturer at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, having obtained a

degree of Doctor of Liberal Arts.

He is currently working on the development of his second feature film and working on the

pre-production of his next documentary, alongside starting the rehearsals for his new theater play at

Radnóti Theater.


FEATURE FILMS

Hope You’ll Die Next Time☺ 2018 first feature film 96’

Awards

Grand Prix Just Film Tallinn, youth section of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Special Mention of International Jury at REC Film Festival Tarragona,

Opera Prima competition

Best Scenario and Best First Feature Film awarded by the Hungarian Film Critics Society

Other festivals

Cottbus Film Festival – Spectrum Section 2018

Febiofest Prague International Film Festival – Generation Section 2019

Cannes Écrans Junior – 2019

TIFF Romania – 2019

Art Film Fest Kosice – Slovakia 2019

Pula Film Festival – Croatia 2019

Ale Kino! International Film Festival – Poznan, Poland 2019

Gangneung International Film Festival – Korea 2019

CinEast Film Festival Luxembourg – 2019


Mihály SCHWECHTJE - Biography and filmography

SHORTS

Ready or Not 2018 Alexa 11’ Festival selections below

The Penguin Construction 2013 RED 16'

Powdered Sugar 2011, RED 32' Festival selections below

Praliné 2009, RED 12'

Cold Grove 2008, Super 8, 16’ Festival selections below

The Apple 2007, 16 mm, 21’

TV SERIES

In Treatment 2017 HBO Hungary Original Series director

DOCUMENTARY

Give Me Shelter 2018 – 2019 currently in production

A Confession 2005 – 2008 DV 85'

THEATER

The Legacy – 2019 writer, director. Premiere @Jurányi House Contemporary Theatre Center in Budapest

on the 28th of February 2019 -Contemporary Hungarian Drama Award (Kortárs Magyar Dráma-díj) 2020

PRICES AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Democracy Work in Progress selected to Nipkow Program in 2018

Eurimages Co-production Development Award - Transilvania Pitch Stop 2019 - Best Project

Earlier projects

Best scenario for Heat (feature film script) at Hartley Merill competition 2005

Young talent price at the 38th Hungarian Film Week for the short film The Apple

2007

Best Short Film at the 40th Hungarian Film Week Budapest for Cold Grove 2009

Jury Price at Soria Short Film Festival for Cold Grove 2009

Heat screenplay selected to Cinelink at Sarajevo, first feature movie

Heat screenplay selected to Binger Filmlab Amsterdam 2009

Heat screenplay selected to Festival des Arcs at Lowbudget Film Forum 2010

Heat shortlisted at the Sundance Feature Film Festival Program International Sundance Institute 2011


Other Festival Selections

Ready or Not - 2018

AISFF South Korea / International Short Films Competition

Tampere Film Festival / International Short Films Competition

Regensburg International Film Week / International Short Films Competition

Odense International Film Festival / International Short Films Competition

Powdered Sugar (2012) Angers Premiers Plans Film festival, Busho International Short Film Festival

Budapest, ALTERNATIVE International Short Film Festival,


Mihály SCHWECHTJE - Biography and filmography

Cold Grove (2008) Clermont–Ferrand Film Festival, Drezda Short, Manchester Short, Uninvited, Short

Paris, Revine Lago Short, Mexico Expression en Corto short, Pontenure Concorto, Telluride, Madrid, la

Bocea del Lobo short;


ASSIGNMENTS

Director

at Digic Pictures Hungary - various 3D animation projects 2017-2018

In Treatment HBO series third season


Casting director

In Treatment HBO series third season

Seven Little Coincidences feature film directed by Péter Gothár 2018

Well, second feature film directed by Attila Gigor 2016

Gallopping Mind first feature film directed by Wim Vandekeybus 2015

No Man’s Island a feature film by Ferenc Török 2014

Schwechtje Mihály