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CONTEMPORARY YOUNG HUNGARIAN ANIMATION
Date: Saturday, September 10th
Venue: Grand Hall
Time: 4:00 pm
Curated by: Anna Ida Orosz
Towards the end of the first decade of the new millennium, there was a sort of reshuffling of animated film production in Central Europe. Most autonomous animations are produced at various educational institutions. Universities are beginning to play roles similar to those that were played by animation studios in the past. In Hungary, the internationally most recognized animations of the last few years were produced by students or fresh graduates, which – as some say – mark the beginning of a new golden era in Hungarian animation. And while traditionally men prevailed in the Hungarian animation industry of the past, today fairly equal number of female directors finishes college every year.

Today in Hungary one can participate in academic level animation training at two major educational institutions. At the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME), the animation department was founded in 1980, whileat the Budapest Metropolitan University (formerly known as Budapest College of Communication and Business) the animation training programme was established in 2011. As a co-director of Primanima World Festival of First Animations, we launched the festival in 2012 to put a spotlight on the growing number of young animation talents in Hungary.

This selection from the past 5 editions of Primanima is aimed to give you an overview of some of the most talented up-and-coming directors, who recently put themselves on the map as independent animation artists. In general, the strength of these films lays in the eye-catching visual design and orientation towards the narrative; while many of the films directed by young women animators, are dealing with the issues of gender equality and female sexuality.

  • HEARTH
    Bálint Gelley | Hungary | MOME Anim | 2012 | 6’ | Izvorni naslov: Otthon

    Three old ladies are sitting in a boat. A man is rowing. A girl is smoking on the rooftop. The family’s preparing for lunch. This short film is based on a short story by Ádám Bodor. The film got the prize for best graduation film at Cinanima 2013.

  • RABBIT AND DEER
    Péter Vácz | Hungary | MOME Anim | 2012 | 16’ | Izvorni naslov: Nyuszi és Őz

    The friendship of Rabbit and Deer is put to the test by Deer's new obsession to find the formula for the 3rd dimension. The film has won over 125 awards after beening screened in 63 countries at more than 300 festivals.

  • BEYOND
    Milán Kopasz | Hungary | MOME Anim | 2016 | 10’

    A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. Also in Earth there are places and situations with strange attraction. Some back off, some step closer to observation...

  • BALCONY
    Dávid Dell'Edera | Hungary | Budapest Metropolitan University | 2016 | 6’ | Izvorni naslov: Balkon

    Everyone does what they want. The people in this film are not yet sure what they want to do. The film got Annecy Jury Award in 2016.

  • SYMPHONY NO. 42
    Réka Bucsi | Hungary | MOME Anim | 2013 | 10’

    Symphony no. 42 presents 47 observations in the irrational connections between human and nature. The film was premiered at Berlinale, and was selected to the competition programme at Sundance; it was shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards.

  • THE AGE OF CURIOUS
    Luca Tóth | UK | Royal College of Art | 2013 | 8’ | Izvorni naslov: A kíváncsiság kora

    Three teens face their inner wildness on a dreamlike journey when they decide to peek under the hair of God. The film got Annecy Jury Award in 2014.

  • LIMBO-LIMBO TRAVEL
    Zsuzsanna Kreif, Borbála Zétényi | Hungary, France | MOME Anim, Lardux Films | 2014 | 16’

    Eight women, a remote island, and the quest for true love. The film was selected to major international film festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand, Annecy, Krakow, DOK Leipzig and Sundance.

  • PASSIONPANTHER
    Anna Katalin Lovrity | Hungary | MOME Anim | 2015 | 3’

    A love-starved female panther seduces a voluptous jungle inhabitant, but the rendezvous ends with an accident.

  • THE NOISE OF LICKING
    Nadja Andrasev | Hungary | MOME Anim | 2015 | 9’ | Izvorni naslov: A nyalintás nesze

    A film about a voyeur cat, a woman with an excessive love for plants, and a peculiar visitor in a fur hat. This short film is based on the short story by Ádám Bodor. The film got joint 3rd prize at Cannes Cinefondation in 2016.

 
 
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