The District! (Nyócker!) [2004]
Áron Gauder
Lichthof Productions / Hungary / 85:00
2D computer
Hungarian with English subtitles
Friday, September 23, 7:00 pm (NAC Southam Hall)
Saturday, September 24, 7:00 pm (Bytowne) 
A raunchy hip-hip look at life in Budapest's downtown quarter District VII. The film uses a loose Romeo and Juliet plot to lampoon every Hungarian cultural stereotype - with lots of busty women thrown in. The inventive visuals and music will blow you away but be warned this movie is for adults only.
Áron Gauder started his computer animation career at Kosmo Studio. He graduated in 1999 from the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts (MIE) department of animation. His diploma work, The Helping Soul, was made with film carving technique. Áron has been working on several feature film projects as CG visual effects director. In 2001, he created an interactive animation for the Hungarian National Museum. In 2002, he made a documentary short on Iceland and took part in various international animated short film projects in Germany.
   

 
Empress Chung [2004] 
Nelson Shin
KOAA Films, Inc., KOAA Film Seoul, Inc. / Korea / 35mm / 94:00
2D computer
Korean with English subtitles Thursday, September 22, 7:00 pm (Bytowne) Saturday, September 24, 1:00 pm (National Gallery)
Classically animated, this traditional Korean story follows a young girl who courageously attempts to save her father's sight. Her sacrifices lead to an incredible adventure under the sea. This family- friendly film was recently released in both North and South Korea - a cultural rarity.
Nelson Shin graduated from Fine Art College in 1960, worked shortly for Seoul daily newspaper as a political cartoonist, and pioneered in Korean animation before he immigrated to the USA. He had worked for DePatie-Freleng Enterprises from 1973 through 1979 and animated many shows as an animator during this period with Friz Freleng, Bob McKimson and many other main veins of Warner Brothers. From 1980 to 1988 he worked for Marvel productions and in 1985, he established AKOM Production Company in Seoul, Korea, producing thousands of animated television series and winning numerous Emmy Awards for his efforts. Shin contributes to a number of animation festivals: as a committee member in most Korean and International animation festivals and as part of the jury in others. He helped organized ASIFA Korea and is currently president. He also teaches university-level animation courses.
     
 

Frank and Wendy [2005]
Priit Tender, Ulo Pikkov & Kaspar Jancis
Eesti Joonisfilm / Estonia / 35mm / 75:22
2D computer
Estonian with English subtitles Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 pm (Bytowne) Saturday, September 24, 3:00 pm (Bytowne)
Two American secret agents - Frank and Wendy - are sent to the world's hotbed of danger, known as Estonia. Estonia is a silly place, perhaps even sillier than the agents themselves. Whatever the animators in Estonia are on, it sure seems like a lot of fun. A surreal, hilarious and head-scratching parody of X-Files and world politics.

Priit Tender was born in 1971 in Tallinn, Estonia. He studied at the Tallinn Pedagogical University from 1990 to 1994 and graduated as an art teacher. He then joined Studio Eesti Joonisfilm and worked on a number of Estonian animated films as an animator before designing and/or directing his own in collaboration with, or under the supervision of, Mikk Rand. Many of Priit's films have been awarded prizes from various film festivals and he has also participated in several art exhibitions.
Ulo Pikkov was born in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1976. He graduated from the Turku School of Art and Media in Finland, in 1998, and has since had a number of his caricatures, comics and illustrations published in the press. His films have won numerous film festival awards.
Kaspar Jancis was born in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1975. His interest in drawing comic strips and writing stories was aroused at an early age and his first moving pictures appeared in the corner of his school notebooks. He later enrolled at Tallinn University where he made his first student films. His cutout puppet film, Flight of the Little White Helicopter, was screened at rock concerts and also on TV. In 1997 he transferred to the Turku Arts and Media School in Finland to study animation under Priit Pärn. Among other films featured at festivals, his Witzenberg Street has been awarded with a number of international prizes.