We are almost there! Another year has gone by and the 69th Berlin International Film Festival is about to start. Before we begin sharing more details concerning the contributions of 2019 with you, we want to know how the winners of last year’s competition have been spending the time after their success in 2018. Check out the interview with Réka Bucsi, who won the Audi Short Film Award 2018 with Solar Walk.
We can’t wait to see her again in February: Don’t miss Réka Bucsis talk with Jeffrey Bowers, Senior Curator at Vimeo and part of the International Short Film Jury 2019. Meet them on February 10 at the Audi Berlinale Lounge, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz – just next to the Red Carpet. The panel is for free and open for everyone. 4:00 – 5:00 PM.
How has life been since last year’s Berlinale Shorts?
Life has been busy and exciting, I have been traveling almost all year. I took on some small animation projects, but I also had the opportunity to start focusing on my new personal film, which would not have been possible without winning the Audi Short Film Award last year. Winning an award at a festival like Berlinale as an animation filmmaker has been pretty special as it turns out.
What did winning the award mean to you personally?
The night I won the award, was very emotional for me. I never felt this much appreciation and love coming at me for my work all at once. It was very direct from many wonderful people, who’s work I admire and respect. It felt real and very surreal at the same time, and I got so much energy out of that night for a long time after. It also inspired me to take on a bigger project in the future and be confident about what I want to say and how I want to do that.
What are your plans for 2019?
My plans are to finish the preparations for my upcoming new film, and not take on smaller projects on the side. I am pretty excited about this year, and I would like to use my time and focus and just enjoy the freedom of writing and drawing my personal film as long as I have the opportunity to do that. I am also going to teach a little bit at Calarts, which is going to be a first for me, so that’s also something I am looking forward to.
At the 2019 edition of Berlinale Shorts, 24 films from 17 countries will be competing for the Golden and Silver Bear, the Audi Short Film Award (endowed with 20,000 euros) and a nomination as “Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards 2019”.