Striking success for Hungarian animations at Annecy


The 47th Annecy International Animated Film Festival was a great succes for Hungarian animation as Áron Gauder's animated feature The Four Souls of the Coyote won the Jury Award in the feature film competition. Hungarian-French co-production 27, directed by Anna Flóra Buda, won the main prize, the Annecy Cristal in the short film competition, while  Czech-Slovak-Hungarian co-production Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light was honoured with the Contrechamp Jury Award at one of the world's most important animation film festivals ending on Saturday in Annecy, France.

The festival, held between June 11 and 17, received 3,370 entries from 112 countries, from which a record number of 11 full-length works were selected to compete in the main competition, where the three-member international jury awarded the work The Four Souls of the Coyote with the second most important prize.

The director won the main prize of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in 2005 with his previous film, The District! together with Erik Novák for the comedy.

I made my second film after eighteen years of the first one, and the fact that both of them have reached this point is a great joy. Tonight I feel reassured a bit that it was a good idea when I decided to become a cartoonist at the age of twelve’ – said The Four Souls of Coyote director, Áron Gauder after the ceremony.

The crew of The Four Souls of Coyote at Annecy (Photo: GPiel)

The Four Souls of Coyote raises questions about the climate change through the story of native American teenagers who confront an oil pipeline project, which is just down the hill from their ancestral land. The grandfather evokes the ancient tale of their Creation, reminding all of us that we need to find our place in the great circle of creatures.

Áron Gauder's work was produced by Cinemon Entertainment with the support of the National Film Institute Hungary and produced by Réka Temple. The international premiere of the film was at the end of April at Sunscreen Festival in Florida, then at the Arizona Film Festival, where the special animation won the special prize of the jury. The work won the audience award at the Anifilm International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

Hungarian-French co-production animated short film 27, directed by Anna Flóra Buda, received the award for best short film and on the previous day it won the award for best original music for a short film as well. In May, 27 won the Palm D’Or for best short film at the 76th Cannes International Film Festival, and ten days ago it received the award for best Hungarian animated film at the 11th Friss Hús Festival in Budapest.

’It's an amazing feeling, I can't find words that one of the most important animation festivals gave such a great recognition to this film and the whole team’ said Anna Flóra Buda after the award ceremony.

The animated short film was produced by the French company Miyu and the Hungarian company Boddah, and its producers are Emmanuel-Alain Raynal and Pierre Baussaron, as well as Gábor Osváth and Benjámin Péter Lukács. The film's sound engineer is Péter Benjámin Lukács.

The Czech-Slovak-Hungarian co-production Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light was honoured with the Contrechamp Jury Award at the closing ceremony of the 47th Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The animated feature film tells the story of eleven-year-old Tony who has a unique feature he was born with - he glows. His controlling parents try to keep him at home to protect him from the outside world. Before Christmas, a peculiar girl named Shelly moves into his house and turns his world upside down. For the first time, Tony has a real friend. He introduces Shelly to the fantasy world inside his pillow bunker and she shows him her secret treasure: a magical torch.

The lead animator of the family fairy tale film, made with the support of the National Film Institute Hungary, was Kása Károly Papp, sound engineer was Benjámin Péter Lukács, and the music was composed by Ádám Balázs. The feature debut of director Filip Pošivač was presented at the festival at the Contrechamp competition.

Moreover, a short film in development titled Period Drama directed by Michaela Mihalyi, presented at this year's Mifa Pitches, was awarded the Open Workshop Prize.