Awards of the 12th Kecskemét Animation Film Festival

The 12th Kecskemét Animation Film Festival (KAFF) took place between 24 and 28 June 2015. In the framework of KAFF two festivals were taking place in parallel: the festival of Hungarian animation films and the international festival of European animated features and TV specials.
At the opening ceremony the guests of the festival were welcomed by Dr Mónika Karas, the president of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH), who emphasized the international relevance of Hungarian animation. The NMHH has supported Hungarian animation production since 2011 from tender resources. 
The festival's selection featured 342 films: 18 short films, 13 films by students, 17 television series, 10 music videos, and 20 films of applied animation were also selected for the contest.
The guest of honour was Latin America, offering a program of 56 films.
After the decision of the international jury the Grand Award together with a prize of 1.5 million HUF was given to Ducki Tomek for his short film entitled Bath (it also gained the award of Hungarian Film Critics). A prize of 1.5 million HUF with the award of best TV series was bestowed to Líviusz Gyulai, member of MMA for the new sequence of his TV series entitled Diary of a Naugthy Kid. The best short film was Tale by director: Attila Bertóti, the best student film was Frustration (director: Milán Kopasz), the best applied animation was the WWF image film entitled Paper World (directors: László Ruska and Dávid Ringeisen). The prize of 500,000 HUF for this category has been offered by the Section of Photography and Film of MMA.
The Honorary Award of the festival has gone to Italian animation historian Giannalberto Bendazzi. In 1993 and 1999, Bendazzi helped the festival as a member of the jury. He has great knowledge of and respect for Hungarian animation. His book, Cartoons, discusses the universal history of animation with a detailed section on Hungarian filmmakers. Between 1982 and 1991, he was in the directory board of ASIFA, then founded the Italian division of ASIFA. As a researcher and professor he lectured all over the world and participated in the jury of more than 30 festivals. 
July 6, 2015