Prominent figures of Hungarian animation speaking at the MOME Anim master course

Date: 2023.03.08
The Animation programme of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design is hosting three internationally acclaimed film professionals in the spring semester as part of its master course series. Each event features screenings and discussions, and focuses on the life journey of a prominent figure of Hungarian animation.

On 8 March animation producer, head of the Animation Film Studio in Kecskemét, and director of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival Ferenc Mikulás talked to teachers of the University Tamás Kollarik and Máté Gorka-Focht about his career of over 50 years as a studio manager and producer. During the two-hour, full-house event, participants could get a producer’s perspective on the making of iconic Hungarian animations including Leo and Fred and Hungarian Folk Tales. Ferenc Mikulás and the Animation Film Studio in Kecskemét were also involved in the production of animation classics such as as Water Spider-Wonder Spider and Tales of King Matthias Corvinus. The latest from the studio is the animation film Toldi that premiered last year.  

The guest of the event on 12 April will be Béla Balázs Award-winning animation director and graphic artist Zoltán Szilágyi Varga, also known for writing and directing auteur animation films, as well as his unique montages and masterful drawing technique. 
The last instalment of the series on 3 May will feature director of Cat Catcher Béla Ternovszky. Other major works of the Kossuth Award and Béla Balázs Award-winning animation director and artist of merit include Mézga Family, the Adventures of Pumukli, Gusztáv, Cat Tales, and Mecki and his friends

The concept owner for the event series is Hungarian Film Award and Miklós Bánffy Award-winning university teacher and producer Dr Tamás Kollarik, who moderates the discussions with doctoral student and teacher Máté Gorka-Focht. The next two presentations will take place on 12 April and 3 May from 5:00 p.m. in the MOME Auditorium. Participation is free of charge, but requires prior registration. 

Master courses of the spring semester: 

INVITEE NO. 1: Ferenc Mikulás 
Béla Balázs Award, Hungarian Heritage Award and Prima Primissima Award-winning artist, head of the Animation Film Studio in Kecskemét, and director of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival (KAFF) Ferenc Mikulás. With over 50 years experience in studio leadership and producer activities behind him, his contributions to the national and international animation scene includes such widely-known and popular cartoons as the Hungarian Folktales series counting 100 episodes and declared a “Hungaricum” (a distinct element of Hungarian culture) in 2020, Water Spider-Wonder Spider, Tales of King Matthias Corvinus, and Leo and Fred.  

DATE: Wednesday, 8 March 2023, 5:00 p.m.  
VENUE: MOME Auditorium   
(address: H-1121 Budapest, Zugligeti út 9-25. Master Building, 1st floor)  
Participation is free of charge, but requires prior registration (attendance only in person; lecture will not be streamed) 
 
INVITEE NO. 2: Varga Zoltán Szilágyi, Hungarian graphic designer and animation director of Transylvanian origin 
DATE: Wednesday, 12 April 2023, 5:00 p.m.  
VENUE: MOME Auditorium   
(address: H-1121 Budapest, Zugligeti út 9-25. Master Building, 1st floor) 
 
INVITEE NO. 3: Béla Ternovszky, Kossuth Award and Béla Balázs Award-winning Hungarian animation director and artist of merit. 
DATE: Wednesday, 3 May 2023, 5:00 p.m.  
VENUE: MOME Auditorium   
(address: H-1121 Budapest, Zugligeti út 9-25. Master Building, 1st floor) 

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