Hungary’s Kecskemét Animation Film Festival is celebrating its 10th edition this year. On this occasion we collected 15 animated shorts connected to KAFF and made them available in a dedicated channel for a broad audience.

A Little Bit of History

The decision to organise a festival to celebrate both Hungarian animation and the city of Kecskemét itself was made over forty years ago with the foundation of the Pannonia Film Studio at Kecskemét. The era is customarily defined as the golden age of Hungarian animation film production. In 1996 a separate competition programme was established for European animated feature films as well. Hence, KAFF is two in one: the Kecskemet Animation Film Festival presents the latest Hungarian animated films, the Festival of European Animated Feature Films and TV-Specials shows European-made animations. At first KAFF was heId every three years, then in 2005 KAFF became a biennial. In 2011 the most prominent Hungarian and European animation artists will gather for the tenth time between June 15 and June 19 to celebrate Hungarian and European animation films.

Previous Winners of KAFF

On the occasion of the jubilee of KAFF the finest award-winning films of the previous nine festivals are included in this special edition.

The oldest piece is Mária Horváth’s Door No. 8, which won the award for Best Short Film at the very first KAFF in 1985. It is about an old man who finds himself in a pretty disturbing situation and place.

In 1993 Béla Weisz won the most prestigious award, the Grand Prix of the festival for Sprinkling. In this funny animation a pretty little mouse wakes up excited, and goes to open her front door expecting the “Eastern sprinklers”, however she gets more than a bit of a surprise.

The winner of the Best Short Film Award at the last festival in 2009 was Attila Bertóti. His film  Ariadne’s Thread claims itself to be the true story of Ariadne, Theseus and the Minotaur.

Why KAFF 2011 Is Special

KAFF 2011 celebrates among others the round birthdays of such acclaimed Hungarian animation directors as Marcell Jankovics and Zsolt Richly who turn seventy and Ferenc Cakó, István Orosz, Zoltán Szilágyi Varga who have their sixtieth birthday this year. In this online collection you can find a piece from each birthday director.

Marcell Jankovics world-famous animation director is celebrating his seventieth birthday this year. One of his masterpieces Fight is included in this collection. It was the winner of Palme d’Or for Best Short Film in 1977. Fight shows an unquestionable talent of anatomic drawing skill and animation competency. The way it uses perspectives, rhythm and dramaturgy makes this film a unique experience.

Another birthday director is Zsolt Richly who turns seventy this year. His ouvre is represented by Night in Transylvania, an episode from the sketch film Hungarian Pictures inspired by the work of Béla Bartók. The collection also includes the other episodes as well made by acclaimed Hungarian animation directors. You can watch Etude by Kinga Rofusz, Slightly Tipsy by Miklós Varga, Ballad by Éva Korda and Swineherd Dance by Tamás Patrovits.

Ferenc Cakó, one of the most well-known Hungarian animation film directors celebrates his sixtieth birthday this year. He gets a place in the collection with his Golden Bear-winning animation Ashes, which was created with his groundbreaking sand animation technique. It was made in the memory of her mother and talks about death and passing in a very touching way.

István Orosz also turns sixty in 2011. Private Nightmare, a truly representative short by him is included in the collection. Private Nightmare, an animated dreambook about a man’s eerie nightmare full of grotesque images and scenes that take place in the socialist countryside.

At last but definitely not least Culturhistorical Manoeuvre at Night can be watched by another celebrated director Zoltán Szilágyi Varga. The film is a parable about the aggressive political misinterpretation of the living and proud Trojan horse of culture.

Kecskemétfilm Studio’s 40th Jubilee

2011 is a double celebration for the residents of Kecskemét and for the fans of animation, as in addition to the 10th KAFF, Kecskemétfilm Studio is also celebrating another important anniversary: the 40th year of its foundation. In the spirit of the jubilee some of the most successful earlier creations of the studio are also included in the collection.

In Péter Szoboszlay’s How Did Ester Get On the Table? the fantastic and the prosaic-realistic aspects of the world are depicted from a little girl’s perspective who goes for a trip on her father’s table.

Gábor Homolya’s Western from the earlier creations of the Kecskemétfilm Studio is a bloody drama takes place in a far away western countryside.

Zoltán Szilágyi Varga is represented by another film in the collection, too. Court Record – In Memoriam Péter Mansfeld tells the story of the counterattacks that followed the suppression of the 1956 revolution and war of independence in Hungary. The short film focuses on Péter Mansfeld, who had just turned 18, when he was executed on March 21, 1959 in a solemnly premeditated political manoeuvre…

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