Ten short films, including Réka Bucsi's digital drawing animation diploma film, SYMPHONY No.42, have been shortlisted in the 2014 competition for the Oscars Best Animated Short Film category.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced that 10 animated short films, including Réka Bucsi's SYMPHONY No.42 will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards.
"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 human and nature," says the film’s synopsis. According to Réka Bucsi, "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 made at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME) with the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund; it was edited by Judit Czakó, and produced by József Fülöp, head of MOME. Réka Bucsi graduated at the Animation MA course of MOME in 2013, presently she participates in the Animation Sans Frontiéres (ASF) international animation workshop.
Since 2012 the Hungarian National Film Fund has been supporting the diploma and workshop films made at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, the ELTE Film Department and the University of Theatre and Film Budapest with an annual 70 million HUF. The aim is to create opportunities for practice and experimentation for the young talents, to support emerging filmmakers. As a result, about 40 short films per year are made at the three institutions.
The Academy's Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in New York and Los Angeles. Fifty-eight pictures had originally qualified in the category.
Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.
The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.