Herald News … The 13th Kecskemét Animation Film Festival! KAFF – 2017!

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The local festival of animated films is organised between

June, 21 and 25, 2017 at the City of Kecskemét – Hungary

KAFF is Hungary’s largest animation show and  definitely awaiting animation film lovers!

More than 400 films from 27 countries are to be screened during the Festival.

KAFF Festival is more than just  screening – watching the movies it opens a diverse range of talks with guest filmmakers , industry experts conference, exhibitions, concert and book presentation will highlight the event!

In just a couple of days … at the City of Kecskemét will open the screenings at the Animation Film Festival (KAFF). This year holds two festivals in parallel: the festival of Hungarian animation films and the international festival of European  animated features, TV- specials and TV- series.

Looking back in history, the  decision to organise a festival to celebrate both Hungarian animation and the city of Kecskemét itself was made over forty years ago with the foundation of the Pannonia Film Studio in Kecskemét. The era is customarily defined as the golden age of Hungarian animation film production. However, it was not until the mid 1980s, more precisely 1985, that the first Hungarian animated film review was organised, jointly by the studio founded in 1971 and the dynamically growing county seat.

In parallel with KAFF, the 10th Festival of European Animated Feature Films and TV-Films, running under a new name, together with the European animated feature films and TV Specials, TV Series ( to be continued at (Part2 update) will compete for the first time this year.  In addition to the festival favorites, many fairy tales and historical animations will be launched at KAFF event.

This year, the special guest of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival will be Australia with introducing  animated films of more than one hundred years. The anti-German propagandistic short movies of Harry Julius, Cartoons of the Monument (1915) are considered as the beginning of Australian animation. However, it is Eric Porter who really pioneered the Australian animated history. As an enthusiast of Disney’s work, he opened his studio in Sydney, which functioned almost 50 years. The first 3D animated film, Slip Slop Slap (1983) was made here by Alexander Stitt, the creator of Grendel Grendel Grendel. The latter will be screened during the festival.

In the Australian programme of the 13th KAFF festival, a selection from jury member Dennis Tupicoff’s films will be shown. Academy Award winner and nominee Australian shorts are also featured. A separate program is organized for the best female animation directors of the ’90s, and the newest Australian animated shorts, selected by Malcolm Turner, director of Melbourne International Animation Festival.

Michael Dudok de Wit, director of the Red Turtle, visiting Kecskemét to the 13th KAFF. On Saturday, in the evening  June 24th, at 10 p.m. the work on the Oscar Award will be screened on the open canvas on the sophisticated main square at Kecskemét.

The Dutch director in France won the Oscars Prize in 2000 with his Apa and Daughter short film. First Animation, The Red Turtle was commissioned by the legendary Ghibli Stúdio founded by Hajao Mijazaki for nine years under. The film produced in the French-Japanese co-production was made by an international staff, including Kecskemét Ltd. The prize winner of the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes International Film Festival will be nominated for an Oscar Award in 2017. The cartoon, featured in the 13th European KAFF European Competition Program, tells the story of the encounter between a shipwrecked and a giant turtle with an impressive spectacle.

Update Aggie Reiter

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