MOME Anim diploma film in competition at Sundance

Réka Bucsi’s multi award-winning diploma film titled SYMPHONY NO. 42 has been selected for the short film competition of the Sundance Film Festival. The digital drawing animation was made at the Animation Department of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME) with the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund.

Founded by Robert Redford, the American film festival of world-wide reputation each January presents the most outstanding, pioneering films from all around the globe in Park City, Utah. During the 30 years since the foundation of the festival, only two films created by Hungarian filmmakers have made it to the short film competition: Before Dawn by Bálint Kenyeres, then Les Conquérants, the animation short of Sarolta Szabó and Tibor Bánóczki.

Symphony no. 42 was made at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME) with the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund. Réka Bucsi’s diploma film premiered in the competition program of the 2014 Berlinale and later received numerous awards and recognitions, among them at the acclaimed international film festivals of Hong Kong, Lisbon, Hiroshima, Chicago, Melbourne, Sao Paolo and Valladolid.

Based on an unconventional narrative, Symphony no. 42 presents a subjective world through 47 scenes. The small events interlaced by associations express the irrational coherence of our surroundings. The surreal situations are based on the interactions of humans and nature. According to Réka Bucsi, director, “the film is based on an interesting human behaviour: when witnessing an unknown situation, we unconsciously put it in context according to our own ideas.”

Symphony no. 42 was produced by József Fülöp, rector of MOME and founder of the university’s animation department, was edited by Judit Czakó, with Péter Benjamin Lukács as the sound designer.
Réka Bucsi graduated at the Animation MA course of MOME in 2013, presently she has a scholarship at the Open Workshop created for youn animation filmmakers by the Danish The Animation Workshop.