Réka Bucsi is a Hungarian independent animation filmmaker. She received her BFA (2011) and MFA (2013) at the animation department of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME), Budapest. Her graduation film ‘Symphony no. 42’ got shortlisted for the Academy Awards in 2014. Her films were screened multiple times at official shorts competition at Berlinale, SXSW, Sundance, Annecy, and won over 60 international awards. In the semester of 2013-2014, she attended Animation Sans Frontières (ASF), the European Animation Production Workshop. She was an artists in residence at the Open Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, and at Q21 in Vienna, Austria.
Réka’s first independent short ‘LOVE’ was produced by Boddah (HU) in co-production with Passion Paris (FR), and won several awards like the Oscar-qualifying Jury Prize for Best Animated Short at the RiverRun International Film Festival, Best European Animation at 3D Wire, in Segovia, Hokkaido Governor Award at the New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival in Hokkaido, Eastward Window Best Film and Best Original Score awards at the Żubroffka International Short Film Festival in Poland. ’LOVE’ was nominated for best short film at the European Film Awards in 2017.
In 2017, she worked in Viborg, Denmark for a few months, where she and her international crew made a 50 minutes long animation for the live concert of the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, with the title of ’Solar Walk’. After that, Réka made a 20 minutes short film version of ’Solar Walk’, which premiered at the Berlinale in 2018, where it won the Audi Short Film Award and was later nominated for the 46th Annie Awards in Hollywood.
Réka is represented as a director by Passion Pictures. Her clients involve FX Networks, Adult Swim and Cartoon Network. She was a speaker at conferences like Pictoplasma Berlin/NYC and FMX Stuttgart. In 2019, Réka tought a workshop at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).