Here’s some great news for the animaton-loving audience: the 12th KAFF – Kecskemét Animation Festival is coming in a month! From the 24th until the 28th of June, the festival is presenting the most outstanding international and hungarian animated shorts and feature films from the last two years. Besides the competing films and professional programs, they are offering outdoor screening and programs for the whole – animation loving – family!

Song of the Sea

European Competition
For the 9th time in the festivals history, they are organising the European Animated Films and TV-Special’s competition again, with 7 features and 9 TV-specials this year some of them have already been rewarded at important festivals around the world. The programme is nationally diverse: 6 French films are in competition, next to Czech, Lithuanian, Dutch, Danish, Romanian, Italian, and one Irish film, which is the Oscar-nominated Song of the Sea.

They also selected some Hungarian films into the European Competition: Zoltán Miklós’s 3D action-parody called Manieegs is competing amongst the features, the Funeral of the Cheerful Armenian directed by Zoltán Szilágyi Varga and The World Opens Up – History of Hungarian Opera Géza M. Tóth and Miklós Gerdelics will be competing amongst the TV-specials. The members of the pre-jury were producer András Muhi, director and teacher Tamás Patrovits, and Daniel Suljic, the art director of the Animafest in Zagreb. Throughout selection, they were looking animation films that were discovering new topics and using innovative techniques.

Limbo-Limbo Travel

Hungarian Competition

From Hungary, this year they selected 18 short films, 13 student films, 17 TV-series episode, 10 music videos and 20 applied animated film into the competition. The members of the pre-jury were Zoltán Bacsó cinematographer of animated-films, Kinga Rofusz animated film-director, and Péter Szalay director. All of them agreed that the Hungarian animation hasn’t been this strong in a really long time. They claim that, in the matter of technique and complexity, there’s not that much difference between the professional and the student films anymore. They celebrated the fact that more and more films are tend to tell a story, they are more optimist than in the previous years. And they also applied that the strongest competing category is the music videos.

Besides Réka Bucsi’s worldwidely acclaimed Symphony No. 42, there are more student graduation films in the competition, such as Attila Bertóti’s Mese, and Zsuzsanna Kreif and Bori Zétényi’s Limbo Limbo Travel (which won the Best Animated Short Film at Friss Hús 3.0).
This year the festivals guest-country will be Latin America. Besides the industry events and exhibitions, one of the most interesting programme of KAFF is returning this year, the SZAFT – the Independent Animation Filmmakers Event, where Dániel Deák, the head of Daazo will be one of the jury-members. SZAFT is expecting animated shorts from every independent animated-filmmaker – read more about it and apply your short film on Daazo!

For more details and the whole programme visit the official website of KAFF.