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Hungarians On The Board Of The American Film Academy

Robert Velkey 2017.06.29.

The American film academy is best known for selecting the recipients of the prestigious Academy Award for cinematic achievement. The Academy continues its diversity push this year with a record 774 new invitations for membership, including people from all over the world. Seven Hungarians are among those invited, the website Variety said on Thursday.

The number of invited Hungarians is a new record in the history of the Academy, and in the history of the Hungarian film industry. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will count directors Márta Mészáros, Ildikó Enyedi, Géza M. Tóth and Kristóf Deák, animated film director Ferenc Rófusz, producer Anna Udvardy and writer Éva Pataki among its members.

  • Márta Mészáros: Hungarian screenwriter and film director. Her film Adoption was entered into the 25th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Bear.
  • Ildikó Enyedi: Hungarian film director and screenwriter. Enyedi’s film On Body and Soul premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Golden Bear.
  • Géza M. Tóth:  He is an Oscar nominated Hungarian filmmaker.
  • Kristóf Deák: He is a Hungarian film director, screenwriter, film director, film producer and editor who is best known for his work on Sing, which earned him critical appraisal and recognition including the Academy for Best Live Action Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.
  • Ferenc Rófusz: He is a Hungarian animator. He was the first in Hungary to “get an Oscar”.  For A Légy (“The Fly”) he received the 1981 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.
  • Anna Udvardy: Hungarian film producer and production manager. Best known for her work on Sing as producer.
  • Éva Pataki: Hungarian producer, screenwriter and dramaturge.

Andy Vajna, the Government Commissioner in charge of promoting the Hungarian film industry, published the good news on Twitter about the new Hungarian members of the American Film Academy.



The academy, having faced backlash for awarding and admitting white men to a disproportionate extent in the past, has invited new members from 57 countries this year. Thirty percent of the invitees are non-whites and 39 percent women.

via: english.mti.hu; origo.hu; twitter.com; thefilmexperience.net; inforadio.hu

photos: origo.hu; app.oscars.org

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