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World Premiere – Hungarian animation diploma film at Berlinale

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The animated short film titled VOLCANO ISLAND directed by Anna Katalin Lovrity as her graduation film at the Animation department of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME Anim) was invited for the Generation program of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival starting on the 9th of February.

Volcano Island, a 9-minute digital animation film, takes place on a magical island where a young, naive female tiger is chased by an old, white male tiger. “My goal was to create a visually experimental film, in which the scenery plays a dramaturgic role. Therefore the representation of the environment and the landscapes are extremely important, since it helps to understand this symbolic, associative story,” said the director of the film, Anna Katalin Lovrity.

The MOME Anim diploma film, funded by the National Film Fund was invited for the Generation selection of the 67th Berlinale. The program founded in 1978, also organises educational satellite programs, talks for the young audience in addition to the screenings. Films premiering in the selection are competing for the Crystal Bear awards and the special awards of the Generation program’s jury.

In recent years, young animation filmmakers graduating at MOME Anim have been invited to the most prestigious film festivals of the world. The diploma film of Nadja Andrasev, The Noise of Licking won shared Third Prize in the Cinéfondation program of the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, while Symphony no. 42. premiered in the short film competition of Berlinale in 2014, and was later shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

Anna Katalin Lovrity graduated at the MOME Anim MA program in 2016 with her diploma film titled Volcano Island; presently she is a participant of the Animation Sans Frontiéres (ASF) international animation workshop, where she is already working on the development of her next film project.

The producer of Volcano Island was József Fülöp József, its editor Judit Czakó, the world premiere of the film is at Berlinale.  

MOME Anim is one of the defining creative workshops and intellectual centres of Hungarian animation. Its scope of activities cover the operation of the university department running the animation BA and MA educational programs, while its work is defined by activities that reach beyond education. Production activities are of key importance, talent management and content development set in an international network are of significant role: an important outcome is the creation and operation of incubator programs. The acquisition of research topics examining the contemporary issues related to animation film in regional, historical or other contexts is also part of the workshop’s life.
The Hungarian National Film Fund has since 2012 been supporting diploma and exam films made at higher education institutions with about 70 million HUF, among them films made at MOME Anim. The aim of the Film Fund is to offer the possibility of practice and experimention for young talents, thus helping the future of the profession.  

Watch the teaser here.

(2017, MOME Anim diploma film, 9 minutes, digital animation)


Written/Directed/Character and Layout Design by: Anna Katalin Lovrity

Producer:                József Fülöp
Editor:                Judit Czakó
Consultants:            Tibor Bánóczki, Júlia Farkas
Further consultants:            Judit Czakó, Rita Domonyi
Sound Design:            Péter Benjámin Lukács, Milán Kopasz, Sándor Fegyverneky
Composer:            Bálint Szabó
Compositor:            Sándor Fegyverneky
Layout:                Anna Katalin Lovrity
Animation:    Luca Tóth, Zoltán Koska, Dániel Bárány, Judit Erdélyi, Bori Mészáros, Krisztián Király, Lili Korcsok, Zsuzsanna Kreif, Milán Kopasz, Petra Marjai, Anna Tőkés, Maja Szakadát, Ágota Végső
Colouring:    Anna Tőkés, Máté Muszka, Enikő Szász, Borbála Zétényi, Vivien Hárshegyi
Production managers:    Nadja Andrasev, Orsolya Sipos
Creative assistant:    Júlia Farkas
Supported by:             Hungarian National Film Fund