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RÉKA BUCSI (1988, Hungary) is an internationally recognised, multiple award-winning independent Hungarian animation filmmaker. At this workshop Réka will talk about her work in independent animation filmmaking from graduation to professional work.

Through presenting her personal work, Réka will talk about the creative process, production, funding and what it means to be a filmmaker with a focus on experimental narrative. How do people relate to abstract storytelling structures, and how to get these across to a bigger audience.

Réka Bucsi received her BFA and MFA at the Animation Department of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest. Her graduation film ‘Symphony no. 42’, got shortlisted for the Oscars in 2014. Her films were screened at official shorts competition at the Berlinale, the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX as well as at the Sundance Film Festival and in Annecy and won over 50 international awards. 2013/2014 she attended Animation Sans Frontiéres (ASF), the European Animation Production Workshop.

She was an artist in residence at the Open Workshop in Viborg - Denmark, and at Q21 in Vienna - Austria. Réka’s debut short film ‘LOVE’ was nominated for best short film at the European Film Awards 2017. Her new short film Solar Walk premiered at the Berlinale 2018, and won the Audi Short Film Award. Réka is represented as a director by Passion Pictures.

Réka is a frequent presenter at festivals and conferences. Just in 2018 she was a guest speaker at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), at the FMX Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, at the Pictoplasma Conference in Berlin Germany where she also had a solo exhibition.


Now in its fourth year, ANIMATED SPIRITS was founded and is organized by Zita Mara Vadasz, Advisor at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, and former director of the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York. The festival is curated by Anna Ida Orosz, lecturer at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary. Both Zita Mara Vadasz and Anna Ida Orosz are well-known figures in the European animation community.

Since 2015 the festival has showcased 86 films from 21 countries in front of a 1500+ registered audience.

The festival is presented by the School of Visual Arts, powered by The International Visegrad Fund and made possible by MANIFESZT – Association of Hungarian Animation Filmmakers (HU); AniScreen (CZ); Fest Anča International Animation Festival (SK); Galeria Bielska BWA (PL).

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

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