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GÉZA M. TÓTH Academic, director, animator, producer / Hungary

Curriculum Vitae:

GÉZA M. TÓTH was born in Hungary. He is an awarded film director, university professor, founder of the KEDD Animation Studio, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Worked as a tutor at several foreign institutes and universities (Royal College of Art, London, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad). As a filmmaker, he created short films (ex: Icar, MAESTRO, ERGO, MAMA), experimental art projects (ex: XYZ, The Miraculous Mandarin, The Bluebeard's Castle) and animation tv series (ex: VIVA Channel IDs, Modern Folk-tales, Berry and Dolly, The Grickles). His artworks successfully participated in more than 200 film festivals worldwide and were awarded more than 100 prizes. His animation film, MAESTRO was nominated to the Academy Awards in 2007 in the Best Animated Short Film category.





2019    MATCHES – individual animation short film (writer, director)

2013    YES – short film (director)

2012    Mr. Dokker – animated short film (producer)

2009    MAMA – individual animation short film (writer, director)

  • 11th MAREMETRAGGIO FilmFest, Trieste, Italy 2010 – CEI Award
  • International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima, Krakow, Poland 2009 – The Director’s Award
  • Anilogue, Budapest, Hungary 2009 – Jury Prize
  • International Filmfest Braunschweig, Germany 2009 – Best Music Award
  • BUSHO Budapest Short Film Festival, Hungary 2009 – Special Prize
  • Hungarian Film Week 2009 – Special Prize, Student Jury Prize
  • in competition in several other festivals

2008    ERGO – individual 3D animation short film (writer, producer, director)

  • Sarajevo IFF, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2008 – Special Honorary Mention
  • ANIMANIMA – Cacak, Serbia 2008 – Special Prize for Best Sound Design
  • FCAN – Short Animation Film Festival Neufchateau, Belgium 2008 – Grand Prize
  • KAFF – Kecskemét Animation Film Festival, Hungary 2009 - Special Prize for Best Music
  • Animation Block Party, USA 2009 – Best in Show Award
  • Ojai Film Festival, USA 2009 – Special Prize
  • BKKIAF - Bangkok Animation Film Festival, Thailand 2009 – Main Prize of the Jury
  • BACKUP Festival – New Media in Film, Weimar, Germany 2010 – RED2 Prize
  • ANIFEST Rozafa International Film Festival, Tirana, Albania 2010 – Best Sound design
  • PATRAS International Film Festival, Patras, Greece 2010 – Best Animation
  • Mogilev Animaevka 2010 – Best Experimental film
  • in completion in several other festivals, incl.:
    • Cannes Semaine de la Critiques, France
    • Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada
    • ANIMA MUNDI, Rio de Janeiro, Săo Paulo, Brasil
    • Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland

2005    MAESTRO – individual 3D animation short film (writer, producer, director)

  • Academy Award nomination for Best Animation Short Film 2007
  • Kawasaki Digital Short Film Festival, Japan 2007 – Superior Prize
  • FIKE – Evora International Short Film Festival, Portugal 2007 – Audience Award
  • LUCANIA Film Festival, Lucania, Italy 2007 – Animation 1st Prize
  • Semana de Cine de Medina del Campo, Medina, Spain 2007 – Special Prize
  • NAFF Neum Animated Film Festival, Bosnia Herzegovina 2007 – Grand Prize
  • SARDINIAFILMFESTIVAL, Sassari, Italy 2007 – Shortest Category Grand Prize
  • Wurzburg Film Weekend, Germany 2006 – Short Film Prize)
    • International Animation Festival Hiroshima, Japan
    • Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France
    • Los Angeles Film Festival, USA

1996    Icar – individual animation short film (writer, production designer, director)

1994    Wallwalkers – animated short film (writer, director, producer)

1992    The Pied Piper – animated short film (writer, director, producer)


            TV SERIES

2018    What’s this? What is it? – animated children encyclopedia (co-director, producer)

2018    Detty and Doglet – animation TV series, 2 episodes (producer)

2017    The Grickles – 2D animation TV series (co-director, producer)

2015    Paprika plus Rosy – animation series of 120 episodes (producer)

2014    Berry and Dolly: Friends – 2D animation TV series (co-director, producer)

2014    KEDD’s puppet: KEDDconcert – 13 episodes, KEDDcooking – 2x13 episodes, KEDDcreative – 2x13 episodes, KEDDtale – 2x13 episodes, KEDDmagician – 2x13 episodes, KEDD’s puppet – 13 episodes ­– animated series (producer)

2011    Berry and Dolly: 13 New Tales – 2D animation TV series of 13 episodes

(co-director, producer)

2010    Berry and Dolly: 13 Tales – 2D animation TV series of 13 episodes (co-director, producer)

2009    Tales from the bend – TV series with special puppet animation (director)

2008    Modern Folk Tales – TV series of 80 episodes (writer, producer, director)



2017    Siegfried – interdisciplinary artwork (director, production designer)

2016    Bartók-Marathon – interdisciplinary artwork (director, production designer)

2016    Die Walküre – interdisciplinary artwork (director, production designer)

2015    Das Rheingold – interdisciplinary artwork (director, production designer)

2014    Opera130 – Palace on the Boulevard – animated documentary film (writer, director, producer)

2014    The invisible fort – animated documentary film (producer)

2014    “Szabadság tér ‘89” – animation inserts for the historical television talk show, 103 episodes, broadcasted weekly on Hungarian Television (Magyar Televízió) (producer)

2013    Where the World unfolds: The History of Hungarian Opera – animated documentary film (director)

2013    7 illustrious day – interdisciplinary artwork (writer, director, producer)

2013    St Matthew Passion – interdisciplinary artwork for Johann Sebastian Bach’s Matthäuspassion (director and producton designer)

2012    Lieb Ferenc, the painter of Edelény – short period drama in digital 3D (writer, producer, director)

2006    The Miraculous Mandarin – interdisciplinary artwork for Béla Bartók’s music (director, production designer)

2006    Duke Bluebeard’s Castle – interdisciplinary artwork (director, production designer)

1998    XYZ – interdisciplinary artwork (writer, co-director, production designer)



2008    Habilitation, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest

2005    PhD in Pedagogy, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest

2004    DLA in Visual communication - animation, Hungarian University of Art and Design, Budapest

1996    MA in Visual communication (animation spec.), Hungarian University of Art and Design, Budapest

1993    MA Ed. in Visual communication and environment culture, Hungarian University of Art and Design, Budapest


Work Experience as a teacher


2014-2019      Rector of the Hungarian University of Theatre, Film and Television, Budapest

2010-              Professor at the Hungarian University of Theatre, Film and Television, Budapest

2005-2006      Royal College of Art, Royal Music Academy, London (Postdoc research fellow in the „Shared Language” project)

1995-2010      Visual Communication Department of the Hungarian University of Art and Design, Budapest (Head of Animation Course: 1998-2005)

1994-1998      Peto Andras Institute for Conductive Education of the Motor Disabled and Conductors' College (Lecturer of Visual Communication)


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