This year’s 22nd International Animated Film Workshop was held from June 21st until June 28th. There were 22 children participating from all over the world: Romania, USA, UK and Croatia (Zaprešić, Koprivnica, Belica, Čakovec). Leaders for this workshop were Emma Calder (UK) and Zsuzsanna Szabó (Hungary). Guests of this workshop were John Morrison and Grace Angel (USA), Ramona Ciurean and Livio Hosu (Romania) and Karmen Bardek (Koprivnica, Croatia).
During the workshop participants were separated in two groups. Anyhow, they were cooperative, connected and worked together. To start Monday morning with icebreaking, leaders introduced pixilation technique to participants. Everyone went outside to Old Castle Zrinski and had some fun and introduction with pixilation. After such a funny morning, everyone went back to ŠAF studio to do some serious brainstorming and planning. Each one of participants picked two papers out of a hat and got a theme to be worked on. Children were free to work in any technique, but most of them decided to do drawing animation or stop motion collage. There were many interesting combinations as well as characters: blue ostriches, laughing spiders, bearded radios and party babies. Since the whole story actually started from a hat, the workshop project was named FILMS FROM A HAT. Its concept were short animations following each other.
On Tuesday, after whole day in a studio, workshop leader Emma Calder introduced her exhibition in Cultural Center. As a successful illustrator and animator, she presented some of her best works, as well as some of her movies including THE QUEEN’S MONASTERY and MADAM POTATOE. She shared some anegdotes about her work and insipration. Visitors were most surprised with potato print technique, which she used for above mentioned movie MADAME POTATOE.
After strictly working atmosphere on Wednesday, Thursday was meant to be a cinema day. After whole day working, participants and other visitors had a chance to see this year’s Animafest winner in feature film category: THE BOY AND THE WORLD. By it’s colorful technique and dinamic story without spoken language it delighted all viewers, young and old, gathered in Cultural Center projection hall.
Friday is already a traditional picnic day. After visiting old Watermill on Mura river and taking a short walk, there comes the best: swimming in Spa & Sport Resort Sveti Martin.
Saturday morning was reserved for editing and finalizing the workshop project. Afternoon programme in Cultural Center projection hall was also a celebration od ŠAF’s 40th birthday. On this occasion there were some of the older ŠAF movies shown: BABY, BALLAD OF LADY AND CLOUD and ZIKS, ZIKS. After that, it was time for this year’s workshop projection: FILMS FROM A HAT. All participants recieved diplomas which were handed by workshop leaders. Programme ended with this year’s rich ŠAF production.
She co-founded Pearly Oyster Productions making many successful and award winning animated films, including The Queens Monastery (BBC).
Emma lives in London with her partner and two children.
Zsuzsanna was born in 1970 in Budapest, Hungary.
She started to make animated films as an amateur filmmaker in her teenage years.
In 1990 she attended a professional course in cartoon animation and worked as in-betweener at the Pannónia Filmstudio. She studied Animation and Teaching Art and Visual Communication at the Hungarian Academy of Crafts and Design (today: Moholy-Nagy Art Academy) in Budapest, spending a few semesters as guest student in Volda College, Norway and at Akademie Minerva in Groningen, the Netherlands
Since she graduated she worked as animator, script-writer and storyboard artist in several animated film projects, stop motion commercials, directed a documentary film and an animated shortfilm.
She have been teaching animation and leading workshops and short courses in animation for people of different age groups and backgrounds, from lower school pupils to Art Academy students, from socially deprived or physically challenged youth to young animation professionals. Several of her students work was shown at film festivals around the world. In addition to teaching animation in Hungary, she also lead workshops in Norway, Romania, Dubai, Poland and other countries, in English language.
She is member of ASIFA (International Animated Film Association), ASIFA Workshop Group and she is one of the organizers of the International Animation Day events in Hungary since 2006. She regularly participate as volunteer and organizer in animation film festivals.
At the moment she live in the Netherlands.