Tuesday, June 7, 2011

KAFF Animation Collection on Daazo.com

Press Release from Kecskemet Animation Film Festival

Hungary’s Kecskemet Animation Film Festival is celebrating its 10th edition this year. On this occasion 15 animated shorts connected to KAFF were collected and made available in a dedicated channel for a broad audience at Daazo.com - The European Short Film Centre.

Apropos of the KAFF jubilee 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. From the competition in 1993 Béla Weisz is represented with his animation Sprinkling that won the most prestigious award, the Grand Prix of the festival. The latest piece Ariadne’s Thread made by Attila Bertóti was the winner of the Best Short Film Award at the last festival in 2009.

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 represented by one of his masterpieces Fight. It was the winner of Palme d'Or for Best Short Film in 1977 and shows an unquestionable talent of anatomic drawing skill and animation competency. Ferenc Cakó one of the most well-known Hungarian animation film director gets a place in the collection with his Golden Bear-winning animation Ashes, which was created with his groundbreaking sand animation technique.

2011 is a double celebration 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.

Daazo.com is a community website for sharing and watching professional European short films supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union. Besides creating a community website for young European filmmakers, Daazo.com also serves as an archive of classic European short films. The aim of the KAFF Animation Collection is to preserve and maneuver these hidden masterpieces into the spotlight.

The KAFF Animation Collection is available now on www.daazo.com/kaff2011. To learn more about the films visit our blog and watch the pieces of the KAFF Animation Collection online!

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