Selection of the international successes of Pannónia Film Studio

After the film, roundtable discussion: 65 years of the Pannonia Film Studio


09.17. 15:00
Toldi Main Hall

Párbaj / Duel, 1960, 10'
Átváltozások / Metamorphoses, 1964, 7'
Koncertissimo  /Concertissimo, 1968, 5'
A Nap és Hold elrablása / Kidnapping of the Sun and Moon, 1968, 13'
Sisyphus, 1974, 2'
József Attila –  Altató / Lullaby, 1974, 3'
Babfilm / Scenes With Beans, 1975, 12' 
Küzdők / The Struggle, 1977, 3'
A légy / The Fly, 1980, 3'
Moto perpetuo , 1980, 10' 
Ad rem, 1985, 6'
A szél / The Wind, 1985, 5'

The principal criterion of Hungarian animation is diversity: “… not a uniformly evident international style, but the fact that there is a huge number of sovereign artistic individuals, each with a basically different approach, working with each other,” wrote film critic and script consultant István Antal. The success story of Pannónia Film Studio in Budapest, which was founded 65 years ago, started in 1960 with the internationally-acclaimed ‘New Wave’ short films of artists Gyula Macskássy and György Várnai. These drawn animated films supplanted the fairy tale films made for children during the previous decade and created a graphically new kind of modernized animation language. The period of animation film production in Pannónia Film Studio, that reached its peak – from both quantity and quality aspects – in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, is often termed the golden age of Hungarian animation. Whereas financial speaking the very existence of this legendary studio was founded on the series starting in the 1960s and full-length animation filmmaking beginning in the 1970s, short films were the most inventive works of Hungarian animation.

After the film, roundtable discussion: 65 years of the Pannonia Film Studio

Participants: Béla Ternovszky and Edit Bleier animation film directors, Edit Kő production manager, Zoltán Bacsó cinematographer

Moderator: József Fülöp, rector, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design