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Teddy Award Winning Hungarian Short Film at the Berlinale

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Flóra Anna Buda’s short film Entropia has won Teddy Award at the Berlinale – an international film award for LGBT topics. Besides, Luca Tóth’s short film Mr. Mare was among the 3 best nominees.

The two animated shorts made by two former students of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME), Budapest, were selected for the 24 best animated short films from more than 4000 candidates. Entropia had its world premiere in Berlin on Monday, followed by Mr. Mare’s on Wednesday. 400 movies from 74 countries were premiered regarding all sections. In Berlinale’s short film section, which is the most significant international “A” film festival apart from Cannes and Venice, 24 short films from 17 countries contested the Golden and Silver Bear Awards, Audi Short Film Award and Berlin Short Film Candidate for European Film Award 2019.

Flóra Anna Buda finished her Animation degree at MOME in 2018. Momentarily, she is doing a workshop at Animation Sans Frontier (ASF), where she can improve her individual projects in an international environment, in collaboration with Europe’s best animation schools. Her diploma film, Entropia (10’) is about three young women looking for themselves, shown in three different dimensions. Buda uses movie tools to present her personal experiences in an honest way through several female characters, questioning and defining identity and world view. Entropia was supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund, produced by József Fülöp.

The other Hungarian success at the Teddy Award gala was Luca Tóth’s short film Mr. Mare. Tóth finished her Animation BA degree in 2011 at MOME, and did her master’s at the Royal College of Art, UK. The Hungarian-French coproduction is about a strong, young man finding a tumour in his chest that soon evolves into a small separate creature. Their addictive relationship turns into a surreal love story, involving themes of unrequited love, vanity, jealousy and disappointment.

Hungarian shorts have been very successful at international awards for the last few years, especially diploma films of MOME Animation students. Péter Vácz’s mixed-technique animation Rabbit and Deer won more than a hundred international prizes in 2012, such as Annecy Cristal Award and several Oscar qualifications of some US festivals. Réka Bucsi’s short Symphony No. 42 was premiered at the Berlinale in 2014, and later got invited by the Sundance Festival, as well as getting shortlisted in the top 10 Oscar nominees. She has since ensured her international reputation as a Hungarian (and MOME) artist with other films, e.g. LOVE and Solar Walk. Dávid Ringeisen and Zoltán Ruska’s 3D diploma film Paperworld won the major American festival, Siggraph’s award in 2014. Zsuzsi Kreif and Bori Zétényi’s diploma film Limbo Limbo Travel (2014) collaborated with a French studio, who had met their plan at a pitch forum. The film was also taken to Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival and to Sundance Festival. Nadja Andrasev’s The Noise of Licking (2015) won third place at Cannes Cinéfondation. Kata Lovrity’s Volcano Island (2016) was premiered at Berlinale’s Generations section. Judit Wunder’s diploma film Bond won first prize at Hiroshima Animation Festival 2017. Olivér Hegyi, former MOME student’s diploma film Take Me Please (2017) won Grand Prix at the 7th Primanima World Festival of First Animations, Special Mention at Zagreb 28th World Festival of Animated Films, and Best Animation at Friss Hús Festival.

MOME animation is a significant platform of Hungarian animation. Its work involves BA and MA programmes and departments, completed with extra-curricular activity, namely production, international talent management and content development, together with research carried out on current regional, historical or other issues of animation.