Mecal is pleased to have Hungary as guest country this year. With a film industry highly influenced by contemporary historical events, Hungary has produced high quality films which have not always received the feedback they deserve, with the exception of some cult films. The year 2014 was a special one for Hungarian cinema due to its creativity and international impact. Since then, its importance has never stopped growing and Hungarian production short and features films have been strengthened by their recognition in various international festivals. Equally, in the latest years the Hungarian animation production, which has a long tradition in the country, has experienced a strong development, particularly in the short film area, thanks to the growing investment and the emerging talent of students.

In this section we offer a programme which, although concentrated, is highly representative of the country’s cinematographic arena and the concerns of Hungarian short film producers.

Focus Hungary consists of five programmes including two current short films selection focused on the best Hungarian short films of the last five years, a retrospective on the animation director Ferenc Rófusz, who won the Oscar in 1981 for his daring short film A Légy, with an open interview, a selection of the best short films of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival (KAFF) and, lastly, a compilation of the best University of Theatre and Film Arts de Budapest (SFzD) students’ production. We also offer an exhibition depicting the main historical milestones in this area through various films, technics and artists. As closing event, a cocktail will be held in honour of the Hungarian cinema.