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The 13th Anniversary of KAFF Animated Film Festival – Kecskemét

Report on the events of KAFF – Kecskemét.

June, 21 to 25. 2017.

The multiple events at the festivals-of-festivals has brought the City of Kecskemét into the spotlight!

Over 5 intense days at Kecskemét – „Capital of KAFF” animated-film buffs have been able to savour an impressive range of animated movies boasting a high degree of variety and quality.

The 13th Anniversary of KAFF is internationally renowned event featured a range of styles, genres and techniques were testament to the vibrancy and relevance of creative animation.

Local communities and European and global onlookers filled the city with numerous viewers, animators, jury members from several countries as: Australia, Israel, China, Iran, France, Estonia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Romania.

Compared to the previous years, this year at its 13th edition had made additions to the European Animated Film Festival whereas the Hungarian animations films were introduced. The TV Film held for  the first time the 10th European animations, the TV specials and TV series  under the new name KAFF which were competed in a separate category.  The animated feature films and television specials brought from over Europe, television series participating in the competition.

During the 5 days Animation Film Festival the audience had a chance to see the production of Hungarian animation films from the last two years. These were 36 short films, 25 television series episodes, 22 student films and 33 animated animations  from nearly 400 works from 27 countries in the entire program of the festival. In addition to the festival favorites, many fairy tales and historical themes were screened.

Within a handful of events the KAFF organisers held a tribute to the memory of one of the great sons of the City of Kecskemét,  Zoltán Kodály with screening  the 1981, one and a half hour animated tale of Háry János by Zsolt Richly, which tells the story of the ancient Beowulf, citing the Monty Python movies. Zoltán Kodály’s work, who was born 135 years ago and passed away 50 years ago, certainly inspired Hungarian animation. Mostly Zsolt Richly turned to Kodály pieces and to his folk song variations. Richly created cartoon series, short and feature-length animated films and these animations blend Kodály’s music with folklorists visual stylization.

The film was screened on the main square at the open-air theater set up next to the Grand Church.

Daytime no time to layback, because the films were running one after the other  at the Hírös Agóra Cultural and Youth Center and the Otthon Cinema. In the frame of  KAFF festival, other venues had join with attractions such as, offering a visit to the Ráday Museum where the commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with cartoon films on “The life of Martin Luther”.

Then in the evening, concerts and the Kecskemét Wine Festival took the floor … meant populated the main square.

The KAFF festival showcased a mix of films and gave the audiences a complete, up-to-date snapshot of the local and international creative animation. A series of free talks and workshops were held where local filmmakers and other participating countries professionals provided those with questioning minds a chance to learn more about how and why these films get/were made.

At the 13th Kecskemét Animated Film Festival the jury of the international competition handed out its awards within a ceremony. The Best Short Film Award to the“Judges Wunder” – Kötelék, and Réka Bucsi – „LOVE” as the best in short film category. Animation of the 10th European Animated Feature Film and TV Film Festival Best Animated Animation „The Red Turtle”. The audience prize was taken home as My Life Cocktail.

Below are the further awarded animations with the animators names and prizes:

  • AWARDS OF THE 10th EUROPEAN Animated Feature Film and TV Film Festival – Best Full Feature: The Red Turtle – Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
  • The Best Television Series: A Very Long Vacation  – Director: Paul Leluc
  • Best TV Species: Rebellious Rhyme 1 . – Director: Jakob Schuh, Jaw Lachauer
  • He was awarded the National Jury Award by the Rebel Rhyme 1 .  – Director: Jakob Schuh, Jaw Lachauer, and The A Cut Off Girl / Director: Sebastien Laudenbach
  • The jury speaks two TV specials for praise: We Go to Bear Hunt – directed by Joanna Harrison) and The Reindeer – directed by Arnaud Demuynck, Nicolas Liguori).
  • In judging the television series, the jury received a film with a praise:
  • Lili welcomes guest – director: Siri Melchior.
  • AWARDS OF THE 13TH Kecskemét Animated Film Festival
  • Grand Prize for the Festival: Commitment / Director: Judit Wunder – (Kecskemét City Fee, 1.5 millionHUF)
  • Category Awards: Best Short Film: LOVE  – Director: Réka Bucsi – (The fee of the National Media and Communications Authority, 1.5 millionHUF)
  • Best TV Series: Hunor –  Director: Árpád Koós and Béla Klingl
  • (The fee of the National Media and Communications Authority, 1.5 millionHUF)
  • Best Animated Animation: Clean Heart – Director: Ertsey Áron Donát
  • (Software package worth $ 340,000)
  • Best Student Film: The 13th Princess  – Director: Russian Tina
  • Special awards
  • Best First Film: Fiasco –  Director: Szabolcs Nagy
  • Best Picture Language: Mouse –  Director: B. Ervin Nagy
  • The Best Screenplay: Kojot and the Pale Shadows  – Director: Áron Gauder
  • Best Animated Work: Mimik –  Director: Varga Petra
  • (Fee for Photograph and Film of the OCT, 500,000HUF)
  • The Best 3D Movie: Gipsy Tales – The Firefighter Snake / Director: László Balajthy (FocusFox Studio’s 300,000HUF Service)
  • The jury is commended for the harmony of text and image (director: Attila Bertóti) and the film ” Awakening “ for the personal formation of actors – Director: Fruzsina Zángó.

To be continued with:  Australia as the honorary guest – XIII. KAFF festival

Update Aggie Reiter

The 33rd. European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships – Budapest – 2017.

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May, 19. – 21. 2017. – Budapest

A new European Champion will be crowned at the László Papp Sports Aréna in the Hungarian capital, so we were told at to-day’s  press conference  held by: Dr. Judit Körmendy-Ékes – Chairman of the Hungarian Rhythmic Gymnastics Association, Sándor Altorjai – Secretary General of the Hungarian Gymnastics Association, Miklós Vaszily – CEO of the Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA), Erika Deutsch-Lazsányi – Head of the Technical Committee of the Hungarian Rhythmic Gymnastics Association, Andrea Kovács – Competition Director.

At the press event, among other things, it was revealed who will be the members of the Hungarian national team, and who are the world stars to enter the carpet at the arena.

A new generation of stars will emerge in Budapest. In fact, only two former individual medallists are on the roster, Belarussian – Katsiaryna Halkina and Azerbaijan – Marina Durunda.

Already, 36 Federations have had confirmed their participation, with 84 individual senior gymnasts, and 150 junior gymnasts competing in the group exercise. Halkina will be joined by new colleagues Alina Harnasko and Yulia Isachanka who impressed in the junior Championships last year in Holon (ISR). From RussiaAleksandra Soldatova and the Averina twins, Dina and Arina. Viktoria Mazur and first-year senior Olena Diachenko will represent the Ukraine.

Known big name as from Kseniya Moustafaeva – France, Linoy Ashram Veinberg and Victoria Filanovsky – Israel and from Italy – new star Alexandra Agiurgiuculese will meet with Hungarian talentsAlexandra Kis, Míra Váray and Fanni Pigniczcki. In the junior team: Eszter Ákoshegyi, Korinna Borda, Cintia Földi, Dorottya Györe, Anna Juhász,, Emma Juhász, Dea Várkonyi will be on the carpet at the Arena.

Three days with the talented European Rhythmic Gymnastics  rolling the Hoop –  Ball  – Clubs –  Ribbon is a fine and pleasant time to spend the week-end experience an exciting artistic gymnastics by talented sporty girls.

Friday, May, 19. – 10 a.m. (Most wanted for the Hungarian sporty girls to have full house in cheering at the Arena!)

Juniors Group Qualification – Age 13-15 – (1st presentation)

Opening Ceremony

Seniors Individual Qualification – Age 16+ – (Hoop & Ball)

Saturday, May, 20. – 10 a.m.

Juniors Group Qualification – Age 13-15 – (2nd presentation)

Juniors Group Award Ceremony

Seniors Individual Qualification – – Age 16+  –  (Clubs & Ribbon)

Team Award Ceremony

Sunday, May, 21. – 10 a.m.

Juniors Group Final

Juniors Group Award Ceremony

Seniors Individual Apparatus Finals (Hoop & Ball & Clubs & Ribbon)

Seniors Apparatus Award Ceremony

Gala (reminder to the Gala, for those interested and wish to be present at the show must hurry up to purchase their tickets because they have already been largely sold out!)

Alexandra Kis will be competing for the first time in the senior European Championships. She is 17 years old. Started the rhythmic gymnastics  at the age of six. She is relishing the opportunity to show what she is capable of and will do she can to impress family, friends and the audience at the Laszlo Papp Arena.

Children tickets between the age 6-12 years – 50% discount.  At purchasing over 20 tickets – 20% discount from original tickets price
The discounts can not be combined. Tickets at  www.jegymester.hu

http://www.ueg.org/images/event/131/20170425%20NOM%20entries%20list.pdf

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

The 5th Budapest Jewish Film Festival – 2016.

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The 5th Budapest Jewish Film Festival will be back  again in November, 17-20. 2016.

Művész Art Cinema

 District, VI.,  30. Teréz Blvd.

Budapest Jewish Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. With a broad line-up of the latest movies depicting to-day’s Jewish culture and heritage.

During the 4 days film festival will introduce 30 movies and 8 additional programs by countries as: France, United States, Argentina,  Germany, Canada, Hungary and Israel. 

A variety of genres and interpretations of Judaism is offered to those movie going audience interested and the skeptics. The majority of these films are to be seen for the first time in Budapest.

The festival opens with the „Denial” – Starring Rachel Weisz,  the story of acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt who battled for her truth when David Irving, a renowned denier sues her. Denial is a fast-paced drama about freedom of speech and the questions of understanding our past.

The festival takes place in the vibrant downtown of Budapest. The screening venue is good choice, because of enabling visitors to explore at the same time the city’s Jewish heritage, also to discover cultural gigs and the best of local culinary.

Update Aggie Reiter

 

XXIII. International Book Festival Budapest – 2016.

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Millenáris Park – 4 Days!

April, 21. – April, 24. 2016.

Venue: Budapest –  District II.,  16-20 Kis Rókus Street.

After the previous year’s invited country’s guest of honor, being highly successful Guest of Honour presentations  of Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Canada, China, Romania, Israel, Turkey, the European Union and the Nordic Countries they are here again to introduce the literature and the publishing industry of their country.

In 2016  we will presenting Slovakia as the Guest of Honour Country.

Dates and Opening Hours 21. April,21 – Noon – 7 p.m., 22. April, 22. 10 a.m. – 7 p-.m.,  April, 23. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.,  April, 24. 10 a.m. 7 p.m.

A great festival for book lovers. The Budapest’s International Book Festival hosts representatives of world literature and of domestic intellectual life. During the week-end can meet 100 authors from 25 countries and more than 400 Hungarian authors, scientists, and artists who will be on the spot. Therefore, a  fine occasion meetings with authors, signings sessions, book premiers and presentations, roundtable discussions, concerts, theater performances, exhibitions and films. Also meet many Hungarian and foreign authors.

Children’s Kingdom will be organized especially for young generations with promotion of children’s books and special programs for kids.

Last year opening day was dedicated to Shakespeare and Cervantes, having been commemorated the anniversary of the death of the two great poets.

More than 300 new publishing, a host of international and local authors and around 350 cultural programs make the International Book Festival in Budapest truly  worthwhile event for both locals and  foreigners staying in Hungary and naturally the tourists are  welcomed as well.

Ticket price: 500HUF (if you buy a book at the festival the entry fee will be deducted).

Update by Aggie Reiter

TAMÁS DÚZSI – WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR 2014 – HUNGARY

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The past 24 years became a tradition to the country’s oldest and most prestigious professional wine appreciation organized by Hungarian Wine Academy. Each year giving the title of

„The winemaker of the year”.

This award express the recognition of the quality of a wine and represents the market success of professional management and winery. The competition stood of a two-round vote.  In the first round the College winemakers gave their votes. In the second round the Academy nominations took place for the aggregates. Thenafter, a list of the five most productive winemakers recommendation of the academics in the vote.  The votes in the final result marked “The Winemaker of the Year in Hungary” professional title which were the below names of wineries: János Bolyki János – Eger Region, Tamás Borbély – Badacsony Wine Region, Tamás Dúzsi – Szekszárd Wine Region, Csaba Koch – Hajós-Bajai Wine Region, Mátyás Szőke – Mátra Wine Region.

This year’s award title … “Winemaker of the Year 2014” …  award winner was  

Tamás Dúzsi – Szekszárd wine region.

The master of rosé wine from Szekszárd … already received over 70 international awards to his fine wines. The future of the wine is well founded at the Szekszárd Region. The whole family busy hands are in some way or another in conducted or professionals in winemaking. It is absolutely a family enterprise. One of his son is also a wine producer and out at the DiVino wine bars in Budapest… so as it is said in Hungary … „the apple does not fall far from the tree”.  One other son won a tender abroad studying winemaking. Naturally, behind a successful man is always a woman and Ilona Patai Duzsi, the wife also takes load part in the wine making huge family. The Tamás Duzsi wine label is well know outside Hungary. Mentioning a couple races in recent years,: France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain. In Hungary received a lot of medals for the rosé wines and red wines. In 2014 was present at several wine competitions : Le Mondial du Rosé, the Challenge International du Vine, and the ProWein Mundus Vini and brought also home the recognition of GOLD .

Once at a previous wine competition, Duzsi said … Quote: „Folks always ask me which one is my favorite wine? It is hard to point out even one favorite wine. It is like having children and each one being close to the heart would be pretty hard to name only one of them” … Damn well said!

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THE RUSSIAN SWAN LAKE BALLET – EXPERIENCE OF ROMANCE AND DRAMA – BUDAPEST – 2014.

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The gem of Russian Swan Lake Ballet from Moscow will be presenting an unforgettable  moments for any age!

Sunday, November, 23. 2014.

Papp László Budapest Arena

District, XIV. 2., Stefánia Rd. Budapest

3 p.m. and 7 p.m. will be shown!

 

The performance of Swan Lake will be staged in Budapest by twice sixty-minute act. The presentation is based upon the Director, who died last year, Victor Smirnov-Golovanov. Costumes by Elisaveta Dvorkina.

Swan Lake is ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was composed in 1875–1876. The scenario fashioned upon a Russian folk tale and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.

Moscow City Ballet is currently at its outstanding artistic best. Been around the four corners of the Earth … mentioning  a couple of places … United Kingdom, Israel, Dubai, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy Sweden, Mexico, United Arab Emirates , Finland, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy Sweden, Mexico, and  ongoing winning new invitations to perform internationally. The orchestra, choreography, interpretation, beauty and outstanding virtuoso performance won the souls wherever they floated on stage. Most probably at their Budapest performances by the Moscow City dancers will add emotions to that magical ingredient of the essence of Russian culture aswell.

Tchaikovsky’s magical tale is of mystery and romance with spellbinding ballet dancing by the Moscow city Ballet. The Swan Lake is a masterpiece of classical ballet and should be experienced at least once in one’s lifetime.

Be ready for having goose pimps several occasion during at the  performance of the gems!

… Just adding a piece of background to Tchaikovsky and the tale itself. The composer recalled and had a great interest in the life story of Bavarian King Ludwig II, whose tragic life had supposedly been marked by the sign of Swan and (who either consciously or not) was chosen as the prototype of the dreamer Prince Siegfried.). More background to the full story can be see visiting the Castle of Neuschwanstein in Bavaria  … but that is another piece of journey.

Tickets can be purchased only on weekdays and an hour before on the day of the show at the Ticket Office at the a/m  venue the spot.

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“ART ON THE WATER”- CITY PARK – AUGUST, 7 – 20. 2014 – BUDAPEST

 

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Moments of Central European Art Visual Art Festival (AMS) 

“Art on the Water”

Motto: “Melting Pot”

Where … around the Castle of Vajdahunyad

When …  Thursday, August, 7 until  Wednesday, August, 20. 2014.

Was announced to-day at the press gathering, that it is a pleasure to have this year the Art Moment at the City Park of Budapest. In the frame of Art on the Lake, around 20 programs will be organized with piece of works of arts to catch the eye whilst boating on the City Park’s lake, adjacent to the Castle of Vajdahunyad. On a 600 square meters an exhibition presenting art works by European, UAE and Hungarian artists. Those who wish to skip the boating may view the arts from the dock of the lake. During the evening time there will be concert, shooting films, literature discussions, discussion about art works on 600 square meters venue. It will be opened for the public, no matter being local, foreigners working staying as tourist in Budapest or throughout the country.

The arts festival aims is to bring closer the contemporary art of the domestic and artists and to provide an introduction and demonstration of emerging opportunities by the domestic and the already well-known artists. Simultaneously, there will be „room on the lake” for foreign talents to strengthen the connection between the international professionals. Here at the Lake the Art Moments will present a unique show from the usual contemporary art up to the gallery environment. By this  sophisticated exhibition a much wider audience can be present at the same time.

The abbreviation of the CAP comes from the English Contemporary Art Platform, in expressing the colors of contemporary art. The CAP is a modern and contemporary nonprofit art center in Kuwait. Aim is to support to-day’s or emerging artists, providing creative workshops, exhibitions, workshops, readings, cinema nights organized and to continually support the expanding library of art. Continuing the collaboration started last year, this year’s the CAP Director – Abed Al Kadirinek of the Art Moments of Kuwait will be here who is also an active artist and also arriving two other artists from the Arab region, Rima Chahrour and Kevork Mourad who will be also creating live performance on Thursday, August, 7 and Friday, August 8. on the spot. Their joint project title bears the state of the anxiety: war, destruction and creation.

What may be expected to the coming days by the visitors … Carried out on request of Art Moments, the Central and Eastern European Art exhibition focuses on the young and emerging contemporary art of the region. The exhibition’s sculptures, installations, videos and their hybrids will bring alive at the temporary exhibition space set on the City Park Lake alive. This is largely due to the intention of the exhibitors. The exhibition showcases constellations, which are both highly entertaining and humorous yet, at the same time confusing, making the audience uncertain and stimulating them to understand it, but bringing us closer to the true essence of contemporary art and understanding. Placing particular focus in the realm of applied art, Abu Dhabi Art Hub has assembled an extraordinary group of prestigious international artists  from Germany, Scandinavia, Ireland,Philippines, France , Canada,  4 Eastern European States, USA, South Korea,Mexico Arab North, Australia and Hungary have had already been at the Art Hub at the community oasis designed to live, to create, to exhibit at the platform for artist both local and creativity in the UAE, said Ahmed Al Yafei – founder – owner of the Art Hub.

Artist Zéro Kelemen – Hungary, statue welcomes the visitors arriving to the venue to admired the “Möbius ship” floating on the water. Will be presented the MOME and Mercedes-Benz joint project. The best of diploma exhibition … The “Worker” painting by Alexandra Evelin Hegedűs  – Hungary can be seen  on the spot. She graduated at the Faculty of Arts at the City of Pécs  (was founded in 1996 which is the only institution to provide the higher education in music and art, as well as visual arts programs in shaping the cultural life of the City, furthermore the Nation’s and Europe’s Art Moments. Sculptures formed of volcanic stones floating on the boards on the water titled “Mom Sees Into Water” by Imre Pistyur – Hungary. His motto: “For me painting is a study of reality perceived, a new cognizance of the world. The process of cognizance shows as new side of fality … this is what I call essential realism” Have to mention the Must see sculptures! Have the experience to lead your steps to the spectacular shadow art sculptures by Bassam Al Selawi (3 family members sculptures) and Maysoon Masalha. An another Hungarian artist  has worked in Abu Dhabi Marto Takat’s painting „Musaffah Seaside” About the venue he said: “Some contemplative workers and two old ships in the morning by the seaside of Abu Dhabi’s industrial district „Musafah.”

 H. H. Sheikha Alyazia bin Mubarak Al Nahyan – UAE … ” Most of our shapes come out from our thoughts and views, consists of beneficial or unbeneficed information we receive from the different forms of media. We become what we are by taking in what is fed to us through our screens … and as the saying goes…YA WHAT YA EAT!” Sheikha Alyazia drew the contours of her artistic career at an early age, adopting a unique approach in her paintings which are characterized by cultural reflections. A lists of art exhibitions and events she participated would be far long to long to give an overview, so therefore mentioning a couple of them as being at the “Emirati Expressions”, titled “39 Artists” in Abu Dhabi, which was arranged by the Ministry of culture on the UEA National Day. In 2011., “Fine Arts” titled: Abu Dhabi Business Women Council. Also in 2011 she opened her own solo art exhibition entitled “Dialogue” at the Artspace Gallery in Dubai.

Highlighting some  programs: Movie presenting famous photographer Vivian Maier’s life. Closing day of the Art Moments will be on stage „Cities of Mary”, the only opera by Astor Piazzolla – performance by the musical theater. Within the Art Moments events, to have the rhythm under your feet there will be a happy-go-lucky Salsa evening.

Joining the festival will be brought the “Cégér”,  is to address to designs of wine the labels of this year’s top 10 wines. At the same time the goal is  to introduce young vintners and help them enter the market, which is pretty hard task without a marketable brand image.

Further source: http://artmoments.hu/en

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter