Trencsényi Klára

SZFE University of Theatre and Film Arts, Cinematographer, ELTE BTK Spanish Philology

Hungarian (native)
English (fluent)
Spanish (fluent)
Romanian (fluent)
Russian (advanced)

Klára Trencsényi is a freelance director and cinematographer committed to creative and social documentaries.
She graduated from the Hungarian Film Academy in Budapest as Director of Photography.
Prior to her first feature length, award winning documentary, Train to Adulthood, she directed two mid-length documentaries (Corvin Variations, 2011, Birds Way, 2009), and a short documentary (3Weddings–Elena&Leo, 2009).
Klara has worked in many international productions as director of photography with Dutch, American and Hungarian directors, and won several awards.
She has organized the first creative documentary development workshop and pitching forum in Budapest in 2010 (MyDeer, DocuArt Center) and led courses of documentary filmmaking at the Central European University, Budapest Technical University and Anderson Art Lab.
Since 2017 she is lecturer at the Budapest based Metropolitan University, teaching documentary writing, directing and film presentation techniques.
In 2017-18 she was tutor at the Participatory Video course at OLIve, Open Learning Initiative for Refugees at CEU.
She is a co-founder of DunaDock Creative Documentary Development Forum.
In September 2018 she started her practice based PHD (DLA) in documentary filmmaking.

Awards, nominations

Train to Adulthood – (director, cinematographer)

DokLeipzig 2015 – Golden Dove – Next Masters Award,
ZagrebDox 2016 – Special Mention of the Jury.
Doc Alliance Selection 2016 – Award nomination
Prix des jeunes – Enfances dans le monde 2017 – Nomination

Birds Way (director, cinematographer)

Astra Film Festival Sibiu 2009 – Best Romanian Documentary Film
Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival 2010 – Special Mention
Mediawave Documentary Film Festival 2010.

The Angelmakers (director of photography)

IDFA 2005 – First Appearance Award,
Astra Student Film Award 2006,
ZagrebDox – Little Stamp award etc.


In postproduction: Wardens of Memory – an Éclipse Film production, Hungary

2015 Train to Adulthood (79’)- HBO Europe – Éclipse Film production, Hungary
2015 One Tree Left (35’) – Institute for Foreign Affairs, Hungary
2014 Bread of Life: The Word (17’) with Vlad Naumescu, funded by SSRC & CEU
2014 Bread of Life: The Silence (17’) with Vlad Naumescu, funded by SSRC & CEU
2011 – Corvin Variations (57′) – creative documentary, Inforg Studio – Hungary
2009 – Birds Way (56’) – creative documentary, Libra Film – Romania
2009 – 3Weddings – Elena-Leo (27’) – short documentary, Campfilm, Hungary



2019 – The Pastor of Mandak House (70’) – Dir. Maria Takacs, Hungary
2015 – Hot Men Cold Dictatorships (98’) – doc feature, Dir. Maria Takacs, Hungary
2012 – The Gunyas – experimental documentary Dir. Astrid Bussink, Holland
2011 – Vivien – social documentary, Dir. Eszter Hajdu, Hungary
2009 – Concealed Years – Lesbian history in Hungary during communism – doc feature, Dir. Maria Takacs
2006 – The Csangos – documentary, 2nd d. o.p Dir. Ibolya Fekete, Hungary
2006 – Budapest to Gettysburg – doc feature, Dir. Jake Boritt, U.S.A
2006 – Tabló – fiction, Second Unit D.o.p. Dir. Gabor Dettre, Hungary
2005 – The Angelmakers – mid length doc, Dir. Astrid Bussink, Holland-UK