JUNIOR PITCH PROFESSIONAL JURY
She was born in 1979 in Budapest. She grew up in Kecskemét where she currently lives here with her family. She has been directing short animated films produced by Kecskemétfilm Kft. since 2006, which give an insight into children's thinking, interesting spaces, heads, boxes, and living spaces. As an artist, she constantly participates in artist camps and group exhibitions. She has been teaching graphics in Kecskemét art high schools since 2005, and also leads animation courses and workshops. In 2021, her animation project ``I am now a crocodile and I eat it`` won the Golden Squirrel Award for the audience's favorite, as well as DIGIC Pictures' award for the most innovative film design in II. Children's and Youth Film Pitchforum.
Gabor Osvath graduated from the production class of University of Theatre and Film Arts of Budapest in 2011. In recent years, he has produced such films as Balaton Method, What a Circus!, On the Quiet and Captives through his production companies Filmfabriq and Boddah. His most successful animation works include his short films with Reka Bucsi and Luca Toth, as well as the television series Castaways. His documentary, Colors of Tobi debuted in the spring of 2021 and the end of the year will see the theatrical release of his romantic comedy, Christmas Flame. He is a member of the European Film Academy and the Association of Hungarian Animation Producers.
He graduated from ELTE in film theory and film history in 2011. He worked on several Hungarian feature films, as well with tthe crews of Discovery Velocity, TV5 and ITV. Since 2018, he has been a producer of self-produced documentaries and feature films. He is currently the producer of Umbrella/Ulab. He is working on three full-length feature films: László Csáki's Blue Pelican, which is Hungary's first full-length animated documentary, Ádám Breier's first feature film: Lefkovicsék gyászolnak, which is being made with the support of the NFI Incubator Program, and The First Two, directed by Balázs Szövényi-Lux.
Hajni Kis graduated from the University of Theater and Film in 2018. Her sophomore work is the short film Beautiful Figure which was nominated for the Student Oscar in 2016. Her graduation film Last Call was completed in 2018, and had its international premiere at the Sarajevo Film Festival, where it won the award for the best film in its category. In the fall of 2020 she completed her first major feature film Wild Roots which won the main prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - ``Works in Progress`` competition. It had its world premiere in 2021 at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In addition to the awards for best first direction and best screenplay, the film also received the award for best Hungarian feature film at the Hungarian Motion Picture Film Festival. In 2022 her work was selected for the renowned Sam Spiegel International Film Lab program, so she will soon develop her new film project in Jerusalem as well
He graduated from the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts in Budapest and the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin. Aron Gauder is an internationally recognized filmmaker who has won numerous awards, including the Annecy International Animation Film Festival's Crystal Award for his feature film, The District!. He also directs documentaries and is an associate professor at the Budapest Metropolitan University. He is currently working on the animated film Four Souls of Coyote which is based on the Native American creation story and will be coming to cinemas in 2023.
JUNIOR PITCH CHILDREN’S JURY
III. Hungarian Children’s and Youth Film Pitch Forum – Professional Jury
Animation Director, Member of NFI TV-Council
Born in 1943, he is Balázs Béla Prize-winning Hungarian cartoon director, worthy artist. He graduated in 1964. He then worked for the Pannonia Film Studio and later for the Film Company. Initially he was a draftsman, then a motion designer and director. After completing the successful Pumukli Adventures series, between 1995 and 2005, he was also one of the owners and directors of Studio II. Ltd. His first short film, Modern Training Methods, has won numerous national and international festival awards. He gained international fame in 1986 with the highly successful cartoon Cat City. Alongise Jozsef Nepp he also directed The Mézga family series.
National Film Institute Hungary - Head of Script Development Department
He was born 1965 in Budapest. His first independent volume (WARRIORS OF THE CATHEDRAL) was awarded at Cherubion Publishing House in Debrecen in 1998, and in 2000 he was awarded the Péter Zsoldos Prize in the category of the best sci-fi novel of the year for continuing the novel (THE LEGEND OF THE CATHEDRAL). His novels, published since 1998, are among the most popular pieces in the genre, worth twenty more new editions since their first release. His career as a screenwriter starts in 2006. Since then, he has created countless film short stories and screenplays. He is considered one of the most employed Hungarian screenwriters. Tibor Fonyódi is a founding member of the Hungarian Screenwriters' Association (MFE-HSA) and the FilmJus screenwriting section. He is a member of the Hungarian Writers' Association. From 2019, he was the Screenwriting Development Director of the National Film Institute.
Senior Creative Producer, DIGIC Productions
Peter Sved is Senior Creative Producer at DIGIC. He is an accomplished and versatile senior CG Producer, currently leading Digic’s IP development efforts alongside Alex and a small team. Peter has previously worked as EP and Head of Production at CG production houses in Sydney, Australia. Peter has a track record of setting up and running CG projects of AAA quality for clients such as Activision, Ubisoft, and Riot Games - as well as high volume jobs, like the upcoming animated series “Battle Kitty” for Netflix. Peter holds a BSc in Computing and a Masters degree in Animation. His extensive prior hands-on experience, spanning nearly 20 years in the industry, has given him a thorough understanding of CG and VFX pipelines - which, in his management roles, has greatly benefitted his teams and clients alike.
Judit Romwalter is an independent producer and also the managing director of SPARKS Kft. in Budapest. She completed her studies at ÉSIAME in France, HEC in Belgium and two universities in Budapest, and in 2021 she completed the professional training in Production at the American UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television. She has been working in the film industry since 1996. Since 2007, she has been involved in the (co)production and production of independent films, international co-productions and projects supported by the National Film Institute as a co-producer and producer. Her films have been shown at festivals such as Cannes, Montreal, SXSW, San Sebastian, Camerimage, Sarajevo. She is currently working on a TV series based on an original idea (The Mamma) as co-creator, co-writer and producer, which was developed in the Eureka series program of the Series Mania Institute, in addition to the script development of a two-episode TV movie (The Poor Doctor) with the support of NFI. Her film Six Weeks had its world premiere in the main competition of the 28th Sarajevo Film Festival. Judit's mission is to support the young generation of filmmakers not only with professional and technical input, but also with mentoring and helping their projects and careers.
She graduated from the University of Theater and Film in Budapest, majoring in film and television directing in 2013, and spent one semester at the Rome Film Academy. Three of her television films, short films and documentaries were screened and awarded at numerous international film festivals - Pilate won the Hungarian Motion Picture Award in the best television film and best director categories. She produced several fiction and documentary series and was a judge at several film festivals. She teached directing at Budapest Metropolitan University. This year seen the completion of the script-development her first feature film, Für Elise. She is currently working on the TV movie version of Sándor Petofi's epic poem, A helység kalapácsa.
III. Hungarian Children’s and Youth Film Pitch Forum – Children’s Jury
Junior Pitch Forum – Main Award
Junior Pitch Forum – Audience Award
Junior Pitch Forum – Cinemira Special Award
Junior Pitch Forum – DIGIC Special Award
III. Children and Youth Film Pitch Forum – Main Prize (300,000 HUF)
III. Children and Youth Film Pitch Forum – Audience Award
III. Children and Youth Film Pitch Forum – Jury Special Award
III. Children and Youth Film Pitch Forum – Sparks Special Award
III. Children and Youth Film Pitch Forum – Award for Most Innovative Film Project from DIGIC Pictures
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